Matt Roth: New England Patriots in or out of the Running for the OLB?
Matt Roth heading to the New England Patriots seemed like a perfect fit heading into this offseason.
Roth is a highly-regarded 3-4 outside linebacker, and has played for some tough defenses during his stints with the Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns. The Patriots and coach Bill Belichick are well known for their 3-4 defensive schemes. It only seemed right.
Once the Patriots traded for Albert Haynesworth however, things started to change in New England.
The Pats cut veteran 3-4 defensive end Ty Warren, released recently acquired defensive lineman, Marcus Stroud, and a frenzy of signings have followed. Shaun Ellis, Mark Anderson, Gerard Warren. The list goes on for the Patriots, a team that is finally addressing a defensive line so poor in 2010 that Eric Moore, Landon Cohen and Brandon Deaderick all saw significant time.
No offense to those guys, but a team that has a 14-2 record should not be messing around with players who should be on the third unit.
It wasn't all New England's fault. Injuries struck, and the Pats were left with nothing. Ron Brace, Mike Wright, and Ty Warren were all crushed by injuries last season.
This year, the Pats decided to beat the injury bug to the punch.
The depth is spectacular, and Pats fans everywhere are really excited about the new New England Patriots defense.
But where does that leave Roth?
Here is the latest Via John Clayton's Twitter:
With the Patriots getting Mark Anderson and Andre Carter, you get the feeling they aren't going to go for Matt Roth. That's just a feeling.
With the Pats expected to switch to more of a 4-3 base defense, the "feeling" is that Roth has no place here. The truth is though, Roth is about ten to twenty times better than either of those guys.
As of right now, I would put the odds at very slim that Roth joins the Patriots. However, if Roth's expected salary continues to drop, New England should jump at the chance to sign the hard-working outside linebacker.
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