They didn’t pay Asante Samuel.
They didn’t pay Richard Seymour.
It’s up in the air if they’ll give in and actually pay Vince Wilfork.
Now all this lack of commitment to such important players is having a rather large impact on a future free agent.
“You know the Patriots don't really pay, so when I got my second contract from them that was a blessing in disguise. I understand the business. I don't think they're going to re-sign me back,” Moss told reporters at former Patriot Heath Evans’ charity softball event. “I'm not mad. I'm not bitter. It's just the way things are in this NFL, so like I said after this year I'll be looking for a new team. I think so.”
Moss is entering the final season of a three-year deal and will make a base salary of $6.4 million. Combine the Patriots infamous frugality and the money that will be allotted to two other crucial players more valuable than Moss, and the outcome doesn’t look too rosy.
Vince Wilfork is the first man the Patriots need to take care of as his contract has expired. While he is an elite nose tackle and a crucial part of the Pats’ 3-4 defense, there has been hesitancy to pay him.
This doesn’t bode well for Moss because while he is currently an elite receiver, receivers are easier to replace than elite nose tackles. So if the Patriots are hemming and hawing about paying such a difficult guy to replace, what will they do to a guy who plays a much easier position to fill?
After Wilfork, New England will most likely work on extending quarterback Tom Brady’s contract. Players like Brady don’t come around very often and he has become the first name people associate with the franchise.
The Patriots will pay him.
They will pay him what he wants/deserves.
Just means less “straight cash ” for Moss.
Moss is also now 33-years-old. By no means is he over the hill, but he’s closer to the end of his career now and it’s a good question to ask how much and how long of an investment the Pats should even consider making in Moss.
Not bringing back Moss will definitely hurt though.
In his three seasons in New England, Moss has not missed a game; has registered 1,000 yards receiving each year; and has posted double digits in touchdown receptions in all three years.
He was a key cog in New England’s incredible 18-1 season, catching 98 passes for 1,493 yards and 23 touchdowns. He broke the NFL record for touchdown catches and he set the Patriot’s franchise record for highest yardage total.
Moss is a deep threat that towers over defenders. He demands a lot of attention from defenses that makes for a tough decision: double him and let one of the other very capable Patriot receivers hurt you, or put him in single coverage and take your chances with his height, leaping ability, and pass catching skills?
Moss has created a very good relationship with Brady, and keeping your quarterback happy is invaluable.
The receiver position was already in a little bit of trouble.
No. 2 receiver Wes Welker is hurt and when he’ll return is uncertain, severely weakening the receiving corps. One of the Patriots’ things on their to do list this offseason—albeit not as important as improving the pass rush and secondary—was to grab another receiving threat.
If Moss leaves, it could be a crippling blow.
All this is premature of course because it’s only February; we haven’t even hit the NFL Draft Combine yet.
However, the fact that Moss is already thinking about is enough reason to raise some red flags.