Are the New England Patriots making another push for perfection? It sure seems that way. They traded this offseason for WR Greg Lewis to play opposite Randy Moss and next to Wes Welker. They brought in Fred Taylor as a 3rd down short yardage back. Yesterday the team signed former Miami Dolphins C/G Al Johnson. While those names hardly resonate with a run at perfection, a couple others and a trade just might.
We all know that Bill Belichick is still stewing over his lost bid to join the Dolphins as the only undefeated teams in the NFL’s history. We all know that while the schedule is rather tough next season, the Patriots believe that their window of opportunity is closing. So much like the Jets, the Patriots are spending money.
When free agency started, the Patriots had less than 8 million available in ca
p space. They traded franchised QB Matt Cassel to Kansas City along with LB Mike Vrabel and cleared almost 20 million.
The team not only had more cap space, but are now sitting with 3 picks in round 2 and their own first rounder. The team is set to get younger. Which is good because they keep signing some older defensive players.
The Patriots went out and snagged CB Leigh Bodden formerly of the Lions who joined the already added CB Shaun Springs after he was released by the Redskins. Now it appears that they are on the verge of making a trade for Carolina Panther DE/LB Julius Peppers.
The two teams deny that talks have occurred because under the leagues CBA rules, two teams can not discuss the trade of a franchised player until he has signed his “tagged” contract. The rules do however allow the player and his agent to discuss a new contract with another team, so it appears that if the rumors are true, the Patriots are on the verge of a monster trade. And we all know that they will likely come out of it quite well.
So while the Dolphins work towards their rebuild through the draft and young players, the Jets, the Bills, and the Patriots saw fit to spend more and more money. It will be interesting to see how it all adds up on the field of play however.