By releasing Nose Tackle Vince Wilfork, the Patriots just got under the $142,000,000 Salary Cap. So there is still plenty of maneuvering needed if they want to be players for DT Ndamukong Suh.
Suh will command upwards of $18-20 Million per year against any teams' Salary Cap. For the Pats to get in play they will have to find another $20 Million in Cap Space and that takes a lot of restructuring contracts or cutting some expensive vets.
Plus they still need to save about $6 Million for their 2015 Draft Class contracts.
What I see is the Patriots positioning themselves to instead go after a rookie to replace Wilfork.
I can see them looking to draft with their 32nd pick either Jordan Phillips of Oklahoma or Eddie Goldman of Florida State.
Both are 330 lbs can play inside in the Pats 3-4 scheme.
That's if both are still available at 31 so that they will get one or the other.
If one of them goes earlier than 31, the Pats will have to rethink their positioning and possibly have to trade up to grab the remainder of the two.
One other player they may covet is 6-5, 320 lbs DT Carl Davis out of Iowa. He possesses an excellent blend of size and athleticism. As the 48th rated player in this year's draft class, the Pats may feel he will be available at 32 anyway.
The Pats may even be able to trade back a little and still get him.
Or will the Pats uncharacteristically make a big splash and way move up in the draft in order to snag the 340 lbs DT out of Washington, Danny Shelton?
No matter their plan, I just don't see the Pats being able to sign Suh, but by at least having him in for visit, they could make it more expensive for whomever does sign him.
And that may be part of their plan as well.
Dolfan since 12/25/1971
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Thursday, March 05, 2015
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