March 16, 2009

A #2 IS WORTH MORE THAN A #1:

Patriots appear primed to make a deal with Panthers for Peppers (Vic Carucci, 3/16/09, NFL.com)

Once the Patriots were convinced that Brady would be fully recovered from the season-ending knee injury he suffered last year, they were comfortable with trading his replacement to the Chiefs and putting the wheels in motion to bolster a defense that has gotten particularly old at linebacker. Vrabel and fellow linebacker Tedy Bruschi are well into the twilight of their respective careers.

NFL sources say the Panthers would welcome the chance to unload Peppers for a second-round draft pick, even though it would be well below his market value, because it would be less costly than signing a first-rounder. The Panthers already have made some belt-tightening financial moves within their front office.

This, in part, could help answer the lingering question of why the Patriots were willing to take only a second-round pick for Cassel and Vrabel rather than possibly go for a higher choice as part of a three-way deal involving the Denver Broncos, who were ready to give up Jay Cutler for Cassel. Without an additional second-round pick, the Patriots might not be able to pursue Peppers.


You get the same player but pay a fraction of the price. The NFL has actually figured out a way to punish bad teams and reward good ones.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 16, 2009 3:35 PM
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