I agree. They let Seymour go expecting this before the season began. Franchised he will be
this might be a reason they let wilfork go. they did invest a second round pick in ron brace last year, a guy a lot of people on this board were high on. if NE gets a team to offer them what OAK offered last year, i think they'd take their chances, especially if the pick is for this years draft.
i think if wilfork looks for a lot of money, say top 5 at the position, NE seeks trade partners (and not in the division). maybe raiders will give up this years first rounder for him, giving NE a top 5 pick and the 22 pick. maybe a team like KC, DEN, or ATL will go after trading for him for the fact of the ties with NE.
i say we go after the player that NE traded away last year. Richard Seymour, to my knowledge, has not signed any extension in OAK and is scheduled to become a free agent (not sure if it would be restricted or not). this is a guy who is probably still sour over being traded from NE to OAK, and would probably salivate over being able to play his former team twice a year. this is also a guy who is very durable, a hybrid type player (DE/DT) that will be able to give our 3-4 defense a lot of different looks. he would add depth and leadership to the defensive line.
i also say that we bring him in because he was one of my favorite players coming into the league, seeing as i am a UGA fan, and its always fun having players from your college team on your favorite pro team.
all that being said, the jets will probably get him.