Everyone is a little hysterical about the lack of movement on the part of the Patriots but i think they are playing this year perfectly. Its a very different game then usual because of the lack of a cap. Additionally lets assume that for all intent and purpose that the second round picks are 1st rounders because its said there is 1st talent in the second. So the Pats then have 4 1st (better because they arn't at 1st prices) and more picks later, they also have 2 firsts next year when they will really matter because everything else will be garbage after the 1st due to the Juniors coming out this year. So they have a lot of bargaining chips to play with. What this all means after the jump.
Ok so there are a lot of good RFA's on 2nd round tenders, sounds good except that a 2nd is better than a 1st B/C its the same talent level for less money. So would you really give up a 1st for Greg Olson. Hell no, so why would you give away something better in a 2nd? Teams with these 2nd round tenders to players they really don't want or need will begin to lower what they will accept in place of the 2nd as we get closer and closer to the draft. Also when we get to the draft day some teams lose it and trade away the future for a single targeted player who has dropped. BB has always been willing to delay gratification as it comes to the draft and this has been of great benefit generally. So maybe a high second gets traded for a lower second and we pick up a 3rd or 4th in the process and that pick becomes Olson thus getting him as a RFA for virtually nothing. I think these type of moves will be rampant on the day of the draft. Everything will be pretty quiet until then. We have not overpaid for the best of a crappy FA period and have resigned our best players so I think we have done perfect to date. I feel confident that there will be pokers in the fire come draft day and moves will come. 1st Post hope you enjoyed it.