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Sometimes one must draw a distinct line between the past and the future. Cutting Ryan Wendell, long a veteran presence in front of Tom Brady, would be quite a distinct move by Belichick.
However, if the New England Patriots are going to try and hang on to the building blocks of the future—Josh Kline, Jon Halapio, Cameron Fleming and Bryan Stork—they may have to tear down the present structure. Kline and the rookies might not play much in 2014, but there may be enough depth in place to mitigate Wendell's departure.
Dan Connolly can play center, and Marcus Cannon has looked good at right guard. Cannon has been impressive enough that it would be a disservice to let him sit as a swing tackle. That would leave a left-to-right starting line of Nate Solder, Logan Mankins, Connolly, Cannon and Sebastian Vollmer.
Brady might loathe to see Wendell go, but it is the best thing for the future of the franchise.