Are The New England Patriots Ready to Deal Laurence Maroney?

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Published: April 7, 2009

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... for Julius Peppers would work, since the Patriots would have to free up some cap space, even with having 11 picks in this year's draft to trade away.

That got me thinking.

The Patriots recently added RB Fred Taylor to the roster, who now projects to be the starter for 2009. They've still got Sammy Morris, who looked really good last season when he wasn't injured. Not to mention Kevin Faulk and BenJarvis Green-Ellis, who both played important roles in the Patriots offense last year when half the starters were on the injury report.

Laurence Maroney, who was drafted by the Patriots in 2006, has not yet managed a 1,000 yard season for New England. He's been on and off the injury report, and even when he's completely healthy, fans and media alike have questioned his ability to carry the load as an every-down running back.

Do the Panthers have a need for a first-string running back?

Not with DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart effectively carrying ...

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