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  • Patriots sign Shawn Springs

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3955762

    It didn't take long for free agent cornerback Shawn Springs to find a new home, or for the New England Patriots to strengthen their secondary with a veteran cover man.

    Springs, agreed to a contract with the Patriots on Thursday, after visiting with team officials, a source told ESPN.com. The move continues a trend by the Pats in recent years of signing a veteran cornerback in the offseason to bolster their defense. Springs, 33, was released by the Washington Redskins last week after the team re-signed free agent DeAngelo Hall.

    Details of the contract, which has not been officially signed, were not immediately available. Springs also considered signing with Phildelphia.

    Patriots' officials visited with free agent Leigh Bodden (Detroit) earler in the week, then turned their attention to Springs. It is believed that Springs, who can play cornerback or safety, could challenge for a starting job.

    Springs, a 12-year veteran, has played for the Redskins the past five seasons. Prior to that, Springs played seven seasons in Seattle, which chose him with a first-round draft pick in 1997 with the third pick overall.

    The former Ohio State star has played in 143 games with 134 starts. He has 372 tackles, 32 interceptions, 66 passes defensed and 8 1/2 sacks. Springs is the son of former Dallas running back Ron Springs. He played in nine games with seven starts for the Redskins in 2008, before an injury ended his season.

    The Patriots on Thursday also acquired wide receiver Greg Lewis from Philadelphia.

    New England will get Lewis, along with an undisclosed choice in the 2010 draft, in exchange for an undisclosed choice in the 2009 draft. Over the last two seasons, Lewis has dropped down the Eagles' depth chart.

    A veteran of 90 games, and 23 starts, Lewis made the Philadelphia roster as an undrafted free agent in 2003. The former Illinois standout has 127 catches for 1,699 yards and seven touchdowns. His most productive season was in 2005, when he caught 48 passes for 561 yards.

    The Patriots also re-signed starting safety James Sanders, punter Chris Hanson and reserve linebacker Eric Alexander on Thursday.

    Sanders, a fourth-round pick in 2005, has started 36 games over his first four seasons in New England. He has 198 career tackles, five interceptions and a sack.

    Hanson has played ten seasons in the NFL, the last two with the Patriots. He averaged 43.7 yards on 49 punts in 2008, with nine touchbacks and 19 kicks inside the 20.

    Alexander was signed as a rookie free agent in 2004. He appeared in only one game last season because of a hamstring injury.

    The Patriots also released linebacker Darrell Robertson, who spent part of last season on the practice squad.

  • #2
    I'm liking the kind of players they're bringing in so far in free agency for the most part. I can see why they wanted to get rid of Cassel (salary) and Vrabel (money) and I can see why Belichick didn't want to wait on a potentially better deal (since he could get stuck with both and not have money to sign free agents), but it's only okay for now.

    Fred Taylor will take over for LaMont Jordan in that RBBC approach New England has, and Chris Baker is someone I expect to take over as the starting tight end. Springs is probably the #1 cornerback on the team right now and even though he's old and injury-prone, I like the move so long as they didn't pay him a ridiculous sum. He only gave up one touchdown last year. Not a huge fan of the Greg Lewis trade, but I think he could realistically replace Jabar Gaffney, who came onto the team under similar circumstances. He has a cheap deal and is signed for three years, which looks good considering the bloated free agent contracts at wide receiver.

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    • #3
      I like this signing

      Sig by BoneKrusher
      Matt Barkley will be the best QB to be selected in the Top 5 since Peyton Manning.

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      • #4
        Here's his entry in the top 50 cornerbacks rankings from last year:

        28. Shawn Springs, Washington Redskins
        Season Totals: 31 attempts, 5.16 YPA, 32.26 Forced INC%, 1 TD, 1 INT

        My two cents: Shawn Springs just couldn’t stay healthy and was only able to play in nine games. In those nine games Springs played well. Springs will turn 34 in March and has likely already seen his best years. He is still a top 20 CB when he is healthy, unfortunately he has only played one 16 game season in the last eight years.

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        • #5
          He should be a good fit at CB in their system.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by RavenOfProphecy View Post
            I'm liking the kind of players they're bringing in so far in free agency for the most part. I can see why they wanted to get rid of Cassel (salary) and Vrabel (money) and I can see why Belichick didn't want to wait on a potentially better deal (since he could get stuck with both and not have money to sign free agents), but it's only okay for now.

            Fred Taylor will take over for LaMont Jordan in that RBBC approach New England has, and Chris Baker is someone I expect to take over as the starting tight end. Springs is probably the #1 cornerback on the team right now and even though he's old and injury-prone, I like the move so long as they didn't pay him a ridiculous sum. He only gave up one touchdown last year. Not a huge fan of the Greg Lewis trade, but I think he could realistically replace Jabar Gaffney, who came onto the team under similar circumstances. He has a cheap deal and is signed for three years, which looks good considering the bloated free agent contracts at wide receiver.
            I deff dont think Baker will take over at TE.

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            • #7
              Hopefully this eliminates Chris Carr from their wish list. He needs to come to the Lions.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Thunder&Lightning View Post
                I deff dont think Baker will take over at TE.
                You must not have seen Ben Watson play.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by RavenOfProphecy View Post
                  Here's his entry in the top 50 cornerbacks rankings from last year:
                  he is the defintion of a 4-6 game stop gap. have fun with him.
                  my scent?...like making love to a lumberjack
                  <TACKLE> i will ngata give you a bj raji
                  <+BOE> Scott, with Burfict's character concerns (whether legit or not) you think Pioli would draft him. :D
                  <+ScottWright> Why not. Baldwin does need a sparring partner...
                  Originally posted by Hermstheman83
                  What's with the hate on Ricky Stanzi? Those youtube clips of him with the hulk hogan theme music instantly make him better than Luck.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by RavenOfProphecy View Post
                    You must not have seen Ben Watson play.
                    He was injured the entire season and when he did play you could tell he was not at 100%

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Thunder&Lightning View Post
                      He was injured the entire season and when he did play you could tell he was not at 100%
                      He also can't catch a football. He drops a ridiculous proportion of his passes, catching only 47% of passes thrown at him. Baker caught 70% of the passes thrown at him, per Football Outsiders. He's a blocking tight end but has decent hands as well.

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                      • #12
                        Too many old guys. I'm not against the move and it's probably only for a year, but it just makes our defense seem so much older. Always have to watch out for the defense breaking down with age. Hope this doesn't change our draft plans any. We still need a younger starting caliber corner.

                        Any idea how much this is going to cost us?

                        And yeah, Watson is an absolute waste of talent. Terrible hands and he isn't good at locating the ball on top of that.

                        R.I.P. Junior Seau

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by RavenOfProphecy View Post
                          He also can't catch a football. He drops a ridiculous proportion of his passes, catching only 47% of passes thrown at him. Baker caught 70% of the passes thrown at him, per Football Outsiders. He's a blocking tight end but has decent hands as well.
                          Took you long enough to look that stat up... Bottom line is that Baker will be a #2 TE hes not a receiver hes a blocker his best days are behind him. Watson is a playmaker, if hes healthy.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Thunder&Lightning View Post
                            Took you long enough to look that stat up... Bottom line is that Baker will be a #2 TE hes not a receiver hes a blocker his best days are behind him. Watson is a playmaker, if hes healthy.
                            Which Ben Watson are you watching? Because I'm seeing the one that hasn't developed as a player for three years despite obvious opportunities to step his game up.

                            R.I.P. Junior Seau

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ElectricEye View Post
                              Which Ben Watson are you watching? Because I'm seeing the one that hasn't developed as a player for three years despite obvious opportunities to step his game up.
                              Baker hasnt done much either... If Watson is healthy he can be a playmaker.

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