If I was in charge of the Patriots for one day, and I had the opportunity to make one move, it would not be spending $20 million to sign Darrelle Revis or trading Laurence Maroney for Adrian Peterson. Those would seem to be unreasonable expectations. No, I would make a much more subtle move.
I would sign Dre’ Bly.
He is an 11-year veteran, has not missed a game over his last 4 seasons, and still has the skill to make a difference on an NFL team.
Granted, Dre’ was cut by the Detroit Lions, so if he couldn’t make their roster then which team could he make. However, I think he would be a very interesting pick up for New England.
A low-risk, high-reward signing, if you will.
Last year, Bly had three interceptions and 28 tackles. The year before, he had two picks and 54 tackles. Not exactly lights out numbers, but I would not be signing him to be the shutdown corner he once was.
I would bring him on to be a consistent player who can mentor the Patriots' extremely young cornerbacks:
Jonathan Wilhite: 3rd year
Darius Butler: 2nd year
Terrence Wheatley: 3rd year
Devin McCourty: Rookie
Leigh Bodden: 6th year…IR
A guy like Bly would not only help the Patriots on the field, but he would also help the younger players develop and give them tips against certain wide receivers or offenses, to quicken the learning curve.
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