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On further review, not sure how Pats resist Jax

Posted on: October 7, 2010 11:33 am
Edited on: October 7, 2010 11:38 am
The more I think about Vincent Jackson and the more I talk to GMs and scouts throughout the league the more it makes sense to have the unsigned wide receiver go to New England.

I threw it out there Wednesday, shortly after the Randy Moss deal, basically because it seemed logical then. But the more I think about it the more logical it becomes because of two things: 1) The Patriots have the ammunition to satisfy San Diego's demands, and 2) big and fast is what Bill Belichick covets in wide receivers, and Jackson is both.

Besides, Belichick had a chance to watch the guy play when the Bolts met New England, and he should have been impressed. In his last three games vs. New England, Jackson had 15 catches -- including five for 134 yards and a touchdown in his most recent appearance. Despite the emergence of rookies Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez as receivers, the Patriots need a big, physical threat on the outside, as well as someone who can stretch the field, and Jackson fits that description.

With the Patriots having multiple first, second, third and fourth-round picks in next year's draft they have the resources to play ball with San Diego. GM A.J. Smith demanded second-and-third-round choices from Minnesota and was rebuffed after the Vikings reached a tentative agreement with Jackson on a one-year, $6 million offer. No surprise there. You don't pay that price to rent someone for a season or less. But if New England thought it could sign Jackson to an extended contract I could see the Patriots making the deal to hold off the Jets in their division and to solidify the position for the future.

Yeah, OK, so Jackson has character issues. The Patriots have never been shy about assuming them, with Corey Dillon and Moss two notable examples. I don't think that's the issue. Big and fast is, and I don't see how Belichick resists -- especially with Jackson sitting out there waiting for someone, anyone, to call.
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Since: Oct 7, 2010
Posted on: October 7, 2010 9:57 pm

On further review, not sure how Pats resist Jax

Jackson does not make the Pats a Superbowl team so why add him if it will cost them at least a 2nd and a 3rd plus a ton of guarenteed money? Pats should use the pick they got from the Raiders to take a receiver like Green or Jones in the draft, especially if the NFL institutes a rookie payscale.  Pretty slick how this team completely rebuilt through the draft without having to go through years of agony.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2010 3:03 pm

On further review, not sure how Pats resist Jax

I can see it getting done. Smith clearly does not care about winning a SuperBowl.If he did he would have gotten VJack and McNeil in camp some how some way with an uncapped year especially. Not to mention many of his past moves. Smith lets his ego get in the way and you cannot have that with a GM.

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2010 12:24 pm

On further review, not sure how Pats resist Jax

The move is definitely right for the Patriots. As the Pats have been the Bolts playoff nemesis I do not see AJ Smith making this move. These teams are sure to meet again in order to achieve a birth in the Super Bowl. Smith will not want to get burned by V. Jax and he sure as heck does not want to make the Patriots stronger. WR's generally come around in year 3. I see Smith making the Pats use a draft pick and wait and not offering up V. JAz as an immediate solution. AJ Smith will be compensated when Jackson flies the coop. They are not going to provide the ammunition for a gun pointed at their very own heads.

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