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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Patriots looking into LB Derrick Burgess

By: Greg

Lacking depth at linebacker the Patriots are reportedly looking to trade for Derrick Burgess currently on da Raiiiders roster. Buress is a two time pro bowler who turns 31 this year. He plays defensive end but will most likely convert to OLB with the Pats. In 2005 he collected 16 sacks followed by 11 the next season. Over the past two seasons however he has been slowed by injuries. He only had 3.5 sacks last season in 2008 and 8 in 2007. He only played 10 and 14 games respectively in those seasons.

The Patriots have a plethora of draft picks next season and are looking to unload either a 2nd, 3rd or 4th pick to acquire the 30 year old.

Right now Burgess is in the final year of his contract and is unhappy about his current contract situation with the Raiders and wants out. But who doesn't want out of Oakland.

This addition would be intriguing. Burgess can obviously get after the Quarterback but he is getting up there in age. Why not just keep Vrabel? Giving up a 4th round pick would not be anything so if the Raiders would do it for a 4th I would be es tactic but a 2nd round pick is too much for an aging defensive end. The Pats do need help at both inside and outside linebacker so they need to start wheeling and dealing. Burgess is a great pick up but for what price?

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