For whom the bell tolls?

Well, it’s already tolled for Givens and McGinest (I expected the first, but not the second), and it may be tolling for AV and Troy Brown. Losing Adam would be tough, but I can’t get too worked up about losing Brown at this stage in his career. Sure, it would be sad for his last memorable play with the Pats to be fumbling away the Denver game, but he’s clearly lost many steps.

Itís been clear in interviews since the Givens signing that a large part of Givens leaving was that he wanted to be (and of course be paid for being ūüôā ) a #1 receiver.

Since he wasnít going to be a #1 in the Pats scheme, there was (a) no way the Pats would pay him #1 money, and (b) predispose him to go to a team where heíd be a #1 even if the offers were equal.

As for McGinest, while Iím sad to see him go, I donít think it would have been wise for the Pats to cough up that sum.

Vinatieri is more interesting. I think there has definitely been some behind the scenes friction there for a few years. The Pats had to tag AV last year, and I think before that he was on a relatively short-term contract. So the parties havenít been able to come to a long-term agreement for some time now. AV also brings up the question of do you (percentage-wise) hugely overpay AV to keep him on the grounds that even a big percentage overpay to a kicker is lost in the noise? Or will a big percentage overpay still cause pay-scale problems because then everyone will start saying ďif he is so high percentage-wise, why not me?Ē

Finally, what has bothered me isnít as much losing these guys (and potentially Troy Brown, too, though at this stage of his career thatís not a big loss) is that these guysí agents have said the Pats havenít even talked to them. Of course, I also wouldnít put it past agents to make stuff to make the team look bad, either.

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