Patriots Have Every Intention of Bringing Home the Lombardi Trophy


Published: March 18, 2009


... and hard work required to dominate for a decade is too much after awhile, and it just seems easier to hold off, to shave the roster of proven veterans and rebuild through the draft.


This is not the case with the New England Patriots. Sure they recently traded away Mike Vrabel, a proven middle linebacker, leader of the defense, and above all else, a Bill Belichick favorite. But they did it for flexibility and to bring in other veterans.  Along with the Vrabel trade to Kansas City for a second-round draft pick went Matt Cassell, the young-gun quarterback, who piloted the Tom Brady-less Pats to an 11-5 regular season record, and a narrow playoff miss. 

More than flexibility and veteran presence, the trade to the hapless Chiefs freed up cap room for Belichick to address two of his team's biggest needs: defensive back and halfback.

Belichick swerved and maneuvered his way around the vast free-agent pool to lasso savvy veteran Shawn Spring...

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