The Pats shocked the world by signing former Bills CB Stephon Gilmore to a huge deal. A lot of the details aren't out yet, but it's somewhere around 14 million a year, very shocking move, especially by the Patriots. Did not see that coming.
The next question that addition poses, at least to me is what does that mean for Malcolm Butler? The Patriots have placed a 1st round tender on the restricted free agent. Which basically means he can either sign the I believe 3.9 million dollar one year contract offered to him or he can sign an offer sheet with another franchise, and if the Pats don't match it he's gone, but they get that team's first round pick if he signs else where. Most believe nobody will try to sign him as no team has signed an offer sheet to a player with a 1st round tender since 2003.
Personally, I've been in the re-sign our guys camp. Like I probably tweet it once an hour. I think they should build around Malcolm Butler and Dont'a Hightower. This team had the best defense in the NFL this last season and it only makes things easier for an aging Tom Brady. The better the defense is, the longer I think he lasts since you aren't asking as much from him, not exactly a groundbreaking concept. Both guys are young explosive, play makers who have helped this team win two Super Bowls in the last three years. There's a chance for a 2nd New England dynasty if they win another ring.
I get all the "it's a business jargon" but I think a team with the cap space the Patriots have owes it to these guys to get them paid and keep them in Foxboro for a long time.
We all know you can't guess what the Patriots will do next because they've been shocking the league and their fans for almost 20 years, but this seems like a no brainer. I'm honestly shocked they'd let a guy like Dont'a Hightower walk and are considering trading an elite NFL corner for speed receiver. Resigning these guys makes all the sense in the world and they can afford it. It's not like they're strapped against the salary cap, as Jean Ralphio would say the Pats are
I just don't get why they have to be so fucking cheap? If you re-sign Malcolm longterm (which they can totally afford to do) then of a sudden you have one of the best secondaries in the NFL between him, Gilmore, McCourty & Chung.
As for the Brandin Cooks for Malcolm Butler talks, it makes no sense to me. I don't understand why the Patriots are so obsessed with this guy. Sure he's a nice player, but WR is one spot the Pats don't really need any help at. Plus Malcolm Butler is an All-Pro top 5 corner in the league, who also fucking stole this team a championship. How does that not mean anything to them? Why are they trying to give up a 1st round pick or all-pro corner for him? Use the first round pick on a more pressing issue like the front 7 or offensive line. WR may be the last position on the field I think the Pats need help at. I love Edelman, Hogan proved to be huge this year, making a ton of big plays, including a catch on 3rd and 10 to get the Patriots game tying drive of Super Bowl LI going. We know Danny Amendola can add, and Malcolm Mitchell really came into himself as a rookie. I think he has an extremely bright future, especially since he's gained Tom Brady's trust. Basically the Pats are pretty solid at WR. Plus they have this guy named Rob Gronkowski coming back as well.
I know Bill has proven us wrong a ton with his questionable moves, but let's not act like he doesn't make mistakes too. This is the same guy who drafted guys like Ras-I Dowling and Tavon Wilson.
I just think this trade is a horrible idea and I think the fact that they aren't paying guys who have made huge plays in Super Bowls for them is a horrible look. After Malcolm Butler's interception and what he's proven the last two seasons, it should be an obvious choice to resign him. A guy like that should be a Patriot for a long time. It's a slap in the face to those guys and I think it sets a horrible precedent. If I'm him I'm pissed at the Patriots. He's the one who's done it for this team on the biggest stage. Gilmore is a nice player, but this is probably his most famous career highlight.
The Patriots are playing with fire. Especially if Tony Romo signs with Denver or Houston. Gotta keep this defense in tact. You cannot afford to lose two of your three best defensive players just because you want to save money.