Memo To Rodney Harrison: Are You In, or Are You Out?

Andrew CahillSenior Analyst IApril 13, 2009

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 20: Rodney Harrison #37 of the New England Patriots is taken off the field after being injured against the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium on October 20, 2008 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Paytiots won 41-7. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

 Patriot Pat says-

Rodney Harrison has said that he will make a decision on June 1st to return to the New England Patriots, or not. To me, this seems a little too late.

He should make that decision before the draft.

I'm not sure how the Patriots will approach the draft in terms of aggressively drafting a Rodney Harrison replacement, but I think that they should at least know for sure if they really need to.

There is speculation that Rodney Harrison will be a "back-burner" of sorts, and that he may be called upon later on in the season if he is needed.

The Patriots may draft Safety early this year even without knowing that Harrison will be back. If that is the case, there is call for them to draft Louis Delmas from Western Michigan. They also have shown interest in Oregon's Patrick Chung.

I have recently been interested in Louis Delmas, however, my original thoughts towards this draft were to forgo Safety in the draft this year, and make it a priority next year.

They could trade into next year, and go after USC prospect NFL-Draft/taylor_mays.htm" target="_blank" title="Taylor Mays">Taylor Mays. He would be a long-term answer for replacing Harrison.

It can't be said what exactly the Patriots are thinking, and whether Rodney's decision would hold any water on how they approach the draft anyway.

Even with that said, and even though he is one of my favorite Patriots, the fact that Rodney Harrison decided to wait so long to make a decision like this doesn't sit well with me.

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