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Ty Law Now?
The Ty Law syndrome has gripped Patriots fans for weeks.
"Where will Law end-up?" is the question on everyone's minds. Will he
re-sign with the team as some have predicted? What is the market for Law?
latest news on Law is that he's still making the rounds, as a good free agent
should. While he recovers from foot surgery, Law has been visiting with teams
looking to add some quality depth in the secondary.
Law has visited or
talked to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Indianapolis Colts,
the New York Jets, the Detroit Lions and most recently the Miami Dolphins.
Detroit's GM Matt Millen tells the media he wants to add depth, and from all accounts,
the Lions need help on defense, it appears Law will play the waiting game a little
longer and make another stop on his whirlwind tour around the league.
in a walking boot
Reports emanating from the Florida
media have Law making a visit to the division rival Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins
recently lost Will Poole to an injury. Coupled with a number of other roster changes
to the Dolphins secondary, Miami will need to add some bodies to their roster,
and a healthy Law is the type of defender the Dolphins could use.
earlier on Patriots Insider, Law's agent Carl Poston isn't in the business of
rushing his client into a bad deal. On a local radio show, Poston talked about
the type of contract his client is looking for. ''I don't think there's any question
that Ty is still Ty Law,'' agent Carl Poston said during a radio interview Friday.
``He had the injury, but he's ahead of schedule.''
This is the same line
Poston has been offering to anyone who's listening. Law, who's recovering from
foot surgery to repair what's known as a Lis Franc injury, hasn't started to do
the type of cutting that is required by top-flight backs. That hasn't stopped
his agent from working the media trying to create a market for his client.
Lineman In The Mix
The Patriots confirmed the signing of offensive tackle
Victor Leyva. Leyva, 6-4, 307 pounds, has spent time with the Bengals and the
Dolphins and had yet to crack the starting lineup. His days in Cincinnati were as
a reserve lineman for the Bengals.
Coming out of Arizona State, Leyva,
a fifth-round pick, was considered to be in the same class as guards like Jonas Jennings, Georgia, Matt Lehr, Virginia Tech, Floyd "Pork Chop" Womack,
Mississippi State and Paul Zakauskus, Boston College. Other guards of note who
were drafted the same year Leyva were Steve Hutchinson and Patriots lineman Matt Light.
The Bengals, in search of line depth in 2001, signed all-pro Richmond Webb
from the Dolphins. Leyva was glad to have the veteran around to teach him what
"He helps me out there communicating, making sure I get
some of the calls," Leyva said. "That's a big help because at times,
I get lost out there, so it helps to have somebody who knows exactly what you're
doing to help you out with all the calls." - Pro Football Weekly August 2001,
Leyva's rookie season.
Leyva played in 10 games over his four-year career.
He spent the entire 2004 season out of football after being cut by the Bengals
prior to the season. The Bengals apparently had given up on their project lineman
after drafting players like Levi Jones who filled in right away.
Victor Leyva is still an enigma in his third season. He hasn't had to play much
in his first two seasons" - Bengals Insiders, August 2003
was signed by the Miami Dolphins this past January, but was released a couple
weeks ago. It's expected that Leyva will compete with the reserve linemen on the
roster, as well as the undrafted free agents the team has signed, for one of the
final roster spots.
Brady's Contract, A Deal Or Not?
There has been significant ongoing discussion
as to how the Patriots managed to get a hometown discount when signing starting
quarterback Tom Brady to a contract extension. Brady, who signed a 6-year, $60
million deal, appeared to be pleased with the outcome.
Brady who's never
been about being number one as an individual, has espoused the Patriot Doctrine
that what's good for the team is good for the team's leaders. In a
recent column on Sports Illustrated, Peter King reflects on something Brady
told him about the money he'll get from a new deal.
what makes me happy. In this game, the more one player gets, the more he takes
away from what others can get. Is it going to make me feel any better to make
an extra million, which, after taxes, is about $500,000? That million might be
more important to the team.''
Seems honorable enough. Certainly Patriots
fans are familiar with Brady's comments regarding his contract.
With a number
of media outlets reporting that Brady's deal is indeed a value for the team, a
certain columnist on CBS Sportsline, Pete Prisco, isn't so sure. In his recent
deal doesn't look like such a steal," Prisco takes both sides of the
argument. Prisco works at making his point by looking at both the positive and
negative sides of Brady's deal, comparing it to Michael Vick and Peyton Manning.
However, in his efforts to clarify Brady's deal, he fails to make clear to some
readers his point.
Hard Football Facts picked up on Prisco's column and has taken him to task
on his oversights . This is the same Boston sports media site that took Ron Borges
to task for his relentless negativity surrounding the team.
Insider has looked at the Brady deal, there is one thing that jumps to mind. Tom
obviously gave up a lot to make the deal work. He's happy with it, and the Patriots
are happy with it. It was a win-win in spite of what some have to say on the matter.
Just ask owner Robert Kraft who spoke with the Boston Herald about the
"I know, speaking for the organization and the fans of New
England, we're happy it's behind us and we can concentrate on what's going to
go on on the field now," Kraft told the Herald
'Nuff said Mr. Kraft,
Patriot Nation is with you on that point.
Another Veteran Linebacker
With the addition of Chad Brown, the Patriots continue to
look stronger than ever at the linebacker position. Brown, who has been a stalwart
of the Seattle Seahawks defense, is expected to take on linebacker duties in the
middle should starter Tedy Bruschi not be able to return on time for the 2005
Brown told the media he was happy to join the Patriots, and the
personal attention head coach Bill Belichick paid to him was a key component of
his decision. Doug Farrar, of Seahawks.net - another Scout Media insider - reviewed
the signing and had this to say to Patriots Insider:
incentives in his deal (specifics unknown at this time) may push the total near
the $4 million mark over the two years, the Patriots have once again shown their
mastery of the cap - and Chad Brown has shown his intense desire to get a real
shot at the Super Bowl ring that has eluded him for so long." Farrar said.
"This is an outstanding agreement for both parties, and a true meeting of
Brown leaps to drag down Itula Mili
The value the Patriots
found in Brown appears to be directly related to the mystique the team has created
around league circles. Each year, the Patriots start at the bottom and have to
work their way to the top. Yet because of their success, or in spite of it, they
manage to attract top tier players who feel coming to New England is their best
chance at going to the Super Bowl.
Other linebackers the Patriots have been
speaking with appear to be moving on now that Brown has joined the team. Warrick Holdman, formerly of the Cleveland Browns, signed with the Washington Redskins,
and Anthony Simmons, formerly of the Seattle Seahawks, seems to have disappeared
from the Patriots radar altogether.
For an excellent breakdown of the difference
in Seahawks linebackers between Simmons and Brown, visit the "Insiders Lounge"
on the message boards. Farrar breaks down these two talented backers for Patriots'
fans interested in finding what they might be getting to watch next season.
With Rookies coming and going, a couple of them stand out
as having a good shot to make the roster. Competition at the position, or lack
thereof, only improves their chances. One such rookie spent a few moments sitting
down with Cyclone Nation this week to talk about the team, and his chances to
make the cut.
Nation spoke with Ellis Hobbs, III the Patriots third-round draft choice out
of Iowa State University.
CN: Have you had any one-on-one conversations
with the head coach or position coach to get a feel for where you stand?
No, and my expectation doesn't exceed making the team right now. That's my number
one goal is to make the team. They don't have to sit down and talk to me about
playing time and starting, because I don't want to hear that and don't need to
hear that. My number one job is to make the team. They just taught me my job and
I need to go out there and perform. I have no idea what they're thinking.
Hobbs has assumed the rookie role well, and is acclimating himself to the
Patriot mindset rapidly. More on the Hobbs interview pre and post draft can be
found on Cyclone Nation.
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