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Hey, New England: Jax still out there

Posted on: October 6, 2010 9:16 am
Edited on: October 6, 2010 9:19 am
I'm as befuddled as Pete about what the Patriots do for a deep threat without Moss, but I know where they can go to find another receiver -- San Diego. Last time I checked Vincent Jackson was waiting by the phone.

The Chargers could have peddled the restricted free agent to Minnesota, but the Vikings weren't willing to meet their demands for multiple draft picks. OK, I get it. But this just in: New England has the ammunition to make a move. With reports circulating that the Pats gain a third-round pick for Moss, New England would have multiple choices in the first, second, third and fourth rounds in next year's draft. That gives them the flexiibility to make a move with San Diego, which was asking for a second and third from Minnesota.

Of course, there's always the issue of compensation. Jackson originally sought a five-year, $50 million deal, with $30 million guaranteed. The price went down as time wore on and interest waned -- so much so that Jackson was ready to take a one-year, $6 million deal with Minnesota. 

The hitch with all this is that eventually you have to do a long-term deal, and New England has demonstrated that it's not eager playing ball with guys who go public with demands for more money -- dating back to Deion Branch in 2006. There's also that issue of a three-game suspension for Jackson, so you wouldn't get anything more than a half year out of him. And it would be costly. You'd have to sacrifice two high draft choices to get there.

Just throwing it out there.

New England is in perfect position to turn a raft of draft picks into future starters. They're also in perfect position to give San Diego what it demands. There is a need for an impact wide receiver, but there was in 2006 when the Patriots peddled Branch to Seattle. So they tried to get by with Reche Caldwell and Jabar Gaffney, and they made it all the way to the conference championship game -- missing the Super Bowl by one minute.

Maybe they figure they can do that all over again. I know a team in New Jersey that thinks they can't.

Granted, New England doesn't need another distraction. But it does need a quality wide receiver, someone to back off opposing cornerbacks, and Jackson qualifies. If the Pats believe he can help them ... if they believe he can fit in without disrupting things ... if they believe he's a long-term solution ... they have what it takes to interest San Diego in moving. 
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Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2010 3:23 pm

Hey, New England: Jax still out there

The Patriots will be just fine without Moss.  They are getting younger and faster, will struggle at times (ie Jets game), dominate at times (ie Miami game), and play well enough to win with a bend, don't break defense (ie Cincy and Buffalo).  The Patriots won their Superbowls without a true #1 receiver, and will not make a deal unless it makes long term sense.

Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2010 3:14 pm

Hey, New England: Jax still out there

It took almost 2 pages of comments before Bolt4Life got it right.  AJ is not trading Jax to NE unless it's a #1 and another pick.
I still say Jax winds up with the Chargers after game 7.  Once the October 19th trade deadline passes Jax and his agent will come to the reality that VJ must play 6 games in 2010 to get credit for NFL service this year.

Since: Nov 17, 2009
Posted on: October 6, 2010 2:32 pm

Hey, New England: Jax still out there

Why would you trade away draft picks for a drama-ridden receiver when you can spend 1 pick and draft one in the first or second round? V-Jax isn't going to NE.

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2010 2:26 pm

Hey, New England: Jax still out there

AJ Smith would never trade Vincent Jackson to another AFC threat. This would be stupid. Thats why the Vikings were perfect, they were a NFC team!

Since: Sep 30, 2010
Posted on: October 6, 2010 2:03 pm

Hey, New England: Jax still out there

I don't think Jackson makes the move even though the Patriots have the picks to give San Diego.  AJ Smith can't demand anything from Bill Belichick and expect it, the NE front is a little more stout than Oakland etc.

What your going to see from the slew of Picks from the Patriots next year is a some major depth on the DL, Rush LB and OL (maybe a WR as well). Plenty good solid young players coming out next year.

Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2010 1:57 pm

V-Jax would be a good fit, but...

Pats do have the ammo to pull it off. V-Jax would be a good fit for Brady. I believe that because of V-Jax's youth that a long-term deal could be worked out with the Pats. However, here is why I don't think this will happen. Belichick values his draft picks more than any other person in the league. When was the last time Belichick shelled out a high draft pick (or two) for another player. He Doesn't. So I think this rumor will die. V-Jax's asking price is too high. V-Jax will just waste away for the next year or two and when it's all said and done, SJ Smith will eventually get nothing in return. So sad that there are so many losers in the V-Jax fiasco.

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2010 1:41 pm

Hey, New England: Jax still out there

Starting to make sense now.......Glazer is now reporting that the Pats are talking to the Panthers about Steve Smith.

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2010 1:25 pm

Hey, New England: Jax still out there

What kind of game shape do you think Jax is in? Hasnt played in forever plus I saw him out at PB Beach Club this weekend.

Since: Dec 11, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2010 1:04 pm

Hey, New England: Jax still out there

So far in the comments, I have read that the patsies are "loaded" at WR because they have Tate and Edelman.  HAHAHAHAHA!!!  Those are role players, nice try though.  And the guy who said this would make NE offense better???  LOL!!  That's just funny right there.  The D will focus on Welker now.  Tate's go routes don't work that often in the NFL.  You don't throw 65 yd bombs in the nfl more than once a game max.  What else is Tate doing on offense besides running down the sideline over and over.  Belechick is too arrogant for his own good.  As Simmons has said, this never would have happened if Belicheat was still alive.  Oh wait, actually yes it would because he thinks he's always the smartest guy in the room even though history has proved otherwise.

Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2010 12:56 pm

Well oiled machine.

New England is the best run team in the NFL.  It doesn't matter what happens someone always steps up and takes their place.  Bledsoe gets hurt and this Brady guys comes out off no where.  Brady gets hurt and Matt Cassell comes out of no where.  Randy Moss gets traded and ___________________   comes out of no where.  They are a true team.  All parts of an enguine.  Got a bad part and you get a new part.  They are the best team in football.

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