The New England Patriots thought they were getting the running back they needed four seasons ago. With the 21st pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, New England happily selected Laurence a Maroney out of the University of Minnesota. the After four seasons, they’ve decided what they had, wasn’t all that special and sent their former first rounder and a future Draft pick to the Denver Broncos for a 2011 Draft pick. In exchange for Denver’s fourth-round pick in April, the Broncos get Maroney and New England’s sixth-round pick.
In Denver Maroney will be reunited with his former offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels who is now the Broncos head coach. Maroney’s best seasons in New England were with McDaniels running the Patriots offense.
The Patriots kept Maroney though roster cuts despite giving indications that he may not be in their longer term plans. Sliding down the depth chart throughout training camp and the preseason, Maroney missed two of the team’s four exhibition games fueling speculation that he would be traded or released when the final 53-man roster was revealed. Maroney made it through cuts, but was declared inactive for the season opener.
New England Patriots Laurence Maroney vs Tennessee Titans Oct. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Maroney carried the ball 16 times for 123 yards and a TD against the Titans, his only 100-yard game of the 2009 season.
Four years, 582 carries, 2,430 yards and 21 TDs are what Maroney brings with him to the Broncos. Unfortunately he will also bring a history of injuries, ill-timed fumbles, and disappointing finishes with him.
McDaniels has a history of acquiring former players. Lonie Paxton, Jabar Gaffney and even Jarvis Green left the familiarity of New England for a future with McDaniels. Some found success, some, like Green, did not. Just how Maroney fares is yet to be determined.
With one year left on his contract, now is the time for Maroney to prove his doubters wrong. He’s getting the chance to show he can revive the skills that made the Patriots so enamored with him at Minnesota. He’s getting the chance to show a coach who belives in him, that he isn’t a bust. With a banged up backfield in Denver, McDaniels is expected to put Maroney to the test right away.
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