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Read and React: Against the Law

Ty Law is still getting slapped in the face.

A year ago, it was the New England Patriots and their four-year, $26 million contract offer. Now it's the fans that are showing no pity for Law's offseason struggles as he pursues a new deal in free agency. While it's clear there are a lot of readers that would like to see Law land with their team, many wrote in to rip Law for rolling his eyes at such a lucrative offer only a year ago.

Maybe it's the summer heat, but readers also seem to be getting a little testy (or loopy) these days. Our lead story on Kyle Boller earlier this week didn't exactly get rave reviews from one reader, while another suggested Aaron Rodgers should be given a shot at the starting quarterback job in Green Bay.

As always, we love hearing from you, so keep the responses coming. If you want to be considered for future mailbags, remember to include your first and last name, city and state (or country).

To the mail …

TY LAW ("Offseason notebook: No Lawmaking yet," June 17, 2005)

I'm a Patriots fan and a big fan of the team concept, but how could Ty Law reject a four-year, $26 million offer from the team that got him three Super Bowl rings?

Erik Newton
Clinton, Mass.

Being a Patriots fan, I was wondering how Ty Law was progressing health-wise. I know this question might be naive, but why is it such a big deal to be paid as the "top" corner in the league? Seems like Ty's pride was his downfall.

Al Mirabile
Boston, Mass.

Hindsight is 20-20, but to be fair to Law, he was entering the 2004 season as the league's top cornerback. And considering his age and the reality that he only had a few prime years left, I'm sure that played into Law's thinking with the money. Whatever the case, it's far easier (but not really fair) to second-guess his stance after the injury.

Ty Law said the Patriots' offer of a 4-year, $26 million deal was "a slap in the face"? Well, his words were a slap in the face of the many ordinary fans who will never earn such money for the rest of their lives. If I'm an owner of an NFL team, I will never think of making him a part of my club. He's a big insult to the paying fans.


I would really like to see the Minnesota Vikings pick up a guy like Ty Law. That would really complete the defense. Bring a guy like Law in here and you got it all.

Robert Cada
Winona, Minn.

Do you think the Kansas City Chiefs' interest in Ty Law will increase now that Julian Battle is lost for the year due to an Achilles injury?

Mike Barnhart
Kearney, Mo.

Money still is an issue. They may not have the cap room to stay in the bidding. Even if Law is forced to sign a one-year deal, the Chiefs likely would trail the New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers on Law's list of finalists.

Law has had an outstanding career with the Patriots, but would you want to sign a player of his age to a multiyear, multi-million dollar deal – not knowing if he can give you 100 percent for a 16-game season and a possible playoff run?

Virginia Beach, Va.


Let's be realistic – Plaxico Burress doesn't have to have a monster year. He just needs to open up the field a bit for the other boys. It will be very hard to "finally" stop the New York Giants' offense this year. But defense wins bowls. Enough said.

Toronto, Ontario

Just a few points. No. 1, the Vikings still stink and stink badly. No. 2, Kyle Boller? A headline given to Kyle Boller on Yahoo!? What has the offseason become? Absurd is all I can say. Just wait until November. The Vikings will have won four games and Kyle Boller will be again a bust as a quarterback. What is next – Cardinals in the Super Bowl?

Adam Hartway
Scottsdale, Ariz.

Now that you mention it, those Cards do have a dark horse quality.

With Patriot Nation losing two beloved coordinators, Pats fans are worried about the upcoming season. I think this is the year Tom Brady proves to be the star that he is.

Pawtucket, R.I.

He hasn't proven it by now?

What do you think will happen with the Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers quarterback dilemma? Rodgers should at least be given a fair chance based on his skills and ability to learn, in addition to his achievements at Cal. He is a proven winner.

Marco Linale
Omaha, Neb.

There is no quarterback dilemma with the Green Bay Packers.

I don't know if you know this, but Randy Awrey, who is the coach of Division II football powerhouse Saginaw Valley State, was also friends with Mariucci and Izzo growing up in Iron Mountain, Mich., and roomed with them in college. That's a pretty impressive group of friends if you ask me.

Kyle Taylor
Freeland, Mich.

In all that has been printed about the offseason, very little has been said about the Detroit Lions. They have made some great free-agent acquisitions (Kenoy Kennedy and R.W. McQuarters) and had an outstanding draft. The addition of Mike Williams to go with Roy Williams and a healthy Charles Rogers will take the pressure off an already solid running game with Kevin Jones. And the signing of Jeff Garcia to push Joey Harrington will prove instrumental to this team climbing out of the cellar and becoming a playoff team.

Yokohama, Japan

As a former member of the U.S. Air Force, I had an opportunity to attend a NFL Europe game in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1998, and it was a carnival atmosphere. There was a large festival outside the stadium prior to and during the game, and the place was packed with fans that loved their local team. The entire time the opposing team from Barcelona was on offense, the home crowd whistled. It was quite deafening. Unless the climate has changed, I believe NFL Europe will thrive for years to come.

Mike Woeckener
Longmont, Colo.

How can you be so ignorant? David Terrell and Tom Brady went to the University of Michigan, not Michigan State. There is a huge difference. How could you have watched them there when they were not there?

Brad Schneider
Moore, S.C.

I wouldn't even answer this email if I hadn't gotten dozens of others asking the same question. Re-read my answer in the last mailbag. I didn't say Brady and Terrell played for Michigan State. I said I remembered them from my time covering MSU – which plays Michigan every year and resides in the same conference. I didn't realize it would be that hard to follow what I was saying.

I was intrigued by your comment that Tom Brady and David Terrell were "chewing up" the Big Ten when you were covering MSU a while back. I've been under the impression that nobody had ever heard of Brady until Drew Bledsoe went down, and that lack of recognition is what led to his being ignored in the draft until the sixth round. Were Brady and Terrell really that good back then?

Malcolm Otis Delano
Ajijic, Mexico

Arm strength and mobility issues hurt Brady in the draft, not college production. In their last season together in 1999, Brady and Terrell (and tailback Anthony Thomas) led Michigan to a 10-2 record and a No. 5 national ranking. Playing in a balanced offense, Brady threw for 2,217 yards and 16 touchdowns while completing 61 percent of his passes. Terrell caught 61 passes for 888 yards and four touchdowns, and he ran for another touchdown while carrying the ball five times for 89 yards.

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