It's almost that time of year again, training camp. A time when dreams become a reality.
Or, it can be a time when dreams get squashed, usually by an old guy with a whistle (RE: Coach Belichick). The New England Patriots will take the field someday soon, and start preparing for what is sure to be a long, exciting season.
Before we get there, though, there will be player cuts. Marcus Stroud was signed by the Patriots before the lockout for two years and $3.8 million. The contract included only a $150,000 signing bonus, so New England could easily cut the decorated veteran if he doesn't fit in well (a la Derrick Burgess, who ended up being traded).
A year after the Patriots finished a stellar 14-2 regular season with a disheartening, confusing and frustrating 28-21 loss to the hated rival New York Jets, New England is looking to come back solely focused on the ultimate goal: another Super Bowl.
Like Tom Brady likes to say, "My favorite ring is the next one."
Here are five veterans who may not make it through Bill Belichick's training camp this offseason, and with such a large infusion of young talent, this could be a little different than Patriots fans expect.
(I am counting anyone with more than five years of experience a veteran, and I am including players who I expect to resign once the lockout is lifted)