Longtime Patriots guard Dan Connolly may call it a career

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Dan Connolly has been a starting guard for the Patriots for the last five years, but he may be done.

Connolly, whose contract with the Patriots expired after last season, drew some interest from the Buccaneers and Seahawks in free agency but declined to sign with either. Now Mike Reiss of ESPN reports that Connolly may decide that he wants to go out having won a Super Bowl in his final game, and he could retire.

The offers from the Seahawks and Buccaneers may not have interested Connolly because he’d prefer not to move his family across the country. And according to Reiss, the Patriots haven’t shown a ton of interest. Connolly will turn 33 before the season starts and appears to have lost weight, which may indicate that he’s no longer focused on keeping himself at 305 pounds so that he can play in the NFL.

Connolly wouldn’t be a huge loss to the Patriots, who drafted guard Tre Jackson and who showed last year when trading Logan Mankins that they can get rid of a longtime guard and adjust perfectly well. But his retirement would represent a changing of the guard for New England.

26 responses to “Longtime Patriots guard Dan Connolly may call it a career

  1. I was waiting to see if any haters were obsessed enough with the Patriots to comment on this completely unrelated topic, as expected they did not disappoint!

  2. saintsfan26 says:
    Jun 28, 2015 7:26 PM
    “Connolly will turn 33 before the season starts and appears to have lost weight”

    He is deflating. It’s a Boston term.
    ——-
    Even as a Pats fan, I’m giving this guy props. Pretty good dig.

  3. I assumed he was going to bag training camp then sign.

    But if he lost a substantial amount of weight, he may indeed be done. Good player.

  4. Too many key losses at key positions. Pats have first losing season(with the eyes of the league preventing cheating) in a while.

  5. …Ohhh, cheating propelled them to the playoffs every year for 15 years or so? Riiiight…

  6. Actually Connolly is a significant loss. He pulled that line together after a couple disastrous early games. It was his steadiness that held the other guys together.

    He also went up against Suh one on one in the Lions game something like 22 times and beat him straight up 20 0f them. He’s not so easily replaced.

  7. I’ve been hoping you’d return to the Pats Dan, you have long been an invaluable member of the O line!

  8. This does not bode well for our ageing, relatively immobile QB. Perhaps this also signals the change of the guard at QB position. Jimmy G., got some wheels on him and he may be a perfect fit while we are rebuilding the O-line.

  9. Good player on an otherwise cheating team.

    Six to go out with yet another asterisk Dan.

    At least yall won a single SB legit, and none since.

  10. jchipwood says:
    Jun 28, 2015 7:11 PM
    Why are the Patriots losing next years first round pick again for the second time in the last decade?

    Because the Patriots are the greatest NFL dynasty ever, and the NFL brass and the other 31 teams recognize that their only chance of maintaining parity with the dominant New England Patriots organization, as long as Belichick is in New England, is by cheating the Patriots out of draft picks.

    Cheating the Pats out of a 1st round draft pick in 2007 simply did not work out as well as the league had hoped as the Pats still made it to multiple Super Bowls – albeit winning “only” one of three. The league hopes that cheating the Pats out of two draft picks this time will at least bring the Pats down to the level of the Seahawks and Packers, thereby giving some other teams a fighting chance at the Super Bowl.

    Any other questions?

  11. He probably just fed up with all of the lying and cheating from that half azzed organization! And if he’s lost that much weight, you know Tom Brady’s involved in the deflation! That’s a given!

  12. @cincyalldaway says:
    Jun 29, 2015 8:52 AM

    He probably just fed up with all of the lying and cheating from that half azzed organization! And if he’s lost that much weight, you know Tom Brady’s involved in the deflation! That’s a given!

    I almost gave you a thumbs up but then I remembered how NE has beaten up that red-headed stepchild that Bengals fans call quarterback.

    He’s so bad he should give Cincy fans a refund!

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