I used the term non-contributing rather than old because the Patriots do have some great veterans who are still producing at a fantastic rate (Tom Brady, Vince Wilfork, etc...).
However, at the same time, there are some New England players who are being paid to average a tackle a game, which simply does not cut it for a Super Bowl-caliber team.
By doing away with excess, the Pats can increase their efficiency to the point where every player on their team can contribute at a consistent rate.
While this strategy may draw similarities to the 2002 Oakland Athletic's idea of moneyball, it's what's needed to better the team as a whole.
- Trade Deion Branch
While Branch's numbers for the 2011 season (51 receptions for 702 yards) weren't horrific, they certainly were nowhere near what his production rate used to be.
For a second string wide-receiver catching balls from Tom Brady, Branch should be doing a lot better. His career is winding down and the Patriots need to trade him for some second or third round draft picks
- Release Kevin Faulk
Kevin Faulk has been a part of the Patriots for a long time, and he has had some bright spots in his 13-year career.
However, being the fourth-string halfback for one of the most dismal rushing teams in the league is not something he should be proud of.
Faulk, too, is reaching the end of his career, and the Patriots should either cut him or let him stay on the team where he can finally retire.
- Trade Chad Ochocinco
While I'm sure everyone was excited that Ocho got a catch on Sunday, he is not what the Patriots need to make it back to the championship.
Just think of this: Chad caught 15 receptions this season; I'm pretty sure that he tweets more than that in an hour.