The Patriots have made a great move in locking up their best linebacker, Jerod Mayo. The Pats usually let their stud defensive players contracts run up before signing them long term or cutting them loose.
Think about past defensive standout players for the Pats like :
- Assante Samuel: was not re-uped, left for Philly...our secondary has been awful ever since
- Ty Law: was not extended, look above
- Richard Seymour: not extended, traded for a 1st rounder, pass rush has been poor since his departure until Mr. Carter came this season
- Mike Vrabel:
- Vince Wilfork: Not extended until his contract was up, contract discussions became a distraction and tensions grew