Found March 03, 2013 on NESN.com:
Tom Brady restructured his contract, so that means the Patriots should sign every high priced free agent available, right? In short, no. The three marquee free agents on everyone’s mind this offseason are wide receivers Mike Wallace, Dwayne Bowe and Greg Jennings. The thought is that if the Patriots sign one of those players, the offense will suddenly take off into the stratosphere and be even greater than they have ever been before. Unfortunately, despite Brady’s restructured contract, and despite all of Robert Kraft‘s funds, there is a set limit on how much NFL teams can spend. They call it a salary cap. With the restructured Brady deal, it’s nearly a foregone conclusion that Wes Welker will be brought back on a long-term deal. That limits the Patriots’ spending elsewhere and especially at the wide receiver position. The team already has tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez tied up to long-term deals, and while most assume Brandon Lloyd‘s team option won’t be picked up, i...
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