The New England Patriots have a long list of free agents, but two of the top players don’t seem open to the idea of returning on a below-market contract. LB Dont’a Hightower and TE Martellus Bennett have expressed a willingness to play under the franchise tag, but both have taken to Twitter to laugh at Patriots fans that expect them to play for less money in New England. It’s a fair response. Players value facets of a team differently- winning, location, teammates, money- and each player is unique. Just because QB Tom Brady plays on a cheaper contract doesn’t mean that every other player will sign a below-value deal in New England. Some players, like veteran EDGE Chris Long, will sign a cheap
The Cleveland Browns have a reputation for making impulsive, ultimately terrible decisions when it comes to drafting franchise quarterbacks. For different reasons, Brady Quinn, Brandon Weeden and Johnny Manziel didn’t work out, and while the team remains in the market for a passer, they’d be much better off taking Texas A&M pass rusher Myles Garrett with the first-overall pick. There are no sure things in the draft, but Garrett’s abilities translate to the next level, which we can’t say about the lackluster crop of quarterbacks expected to go in the first round. Plus, the Browns are a team with myriad needs and two selections in the top 12, which affords them the opportunity to address several of those needs early in the proceedings.
We answered half of your questions in the first mailbag this week (see story). But there are plenty more to go. With free agency just around the corner, let's not waste any time jumping into today's questions: I don't think so. Yeah, moving on from Connor Barwin is going to be tough. He's a great guy and has been a tremendous asset in the community. His foundation is amazing. But on the field, his production dropped while his price tag soared. That's a problem. Barwin has said publicly that he'd be willing to take a pay cut to stay in Philly. He's a smart guy and knew there's no way the Eagles are going to keep him around with an $8.35 million cap hit, especially when they can save $7.75