Matt Roth: Why He Should Lower His Demands to Join New England Patriots
Matt Roth should be a New England Patriot. Everything about the way he plays reminds me of a Bill Belichick-type player. He's sort of a late-bloomer, his technique is remarkable, and he sets the edge as well as any player in the NFL.
However, after the Patriots' recent rash of defensive lineman signings, the chances of Roth joining forces with Belichick has grown slim.
Especially because of Roth's contract demands, which look a little bit too high from where I'm standing.
The latest, via PatsFans.com:
An interesting note this morning for the people wondering whether or not free agent Matt Roth might be potentially ending up in New England.
It’s not looking too promising.
As some of you probably remember, Roth recently worked out for the Patriots, but apparently there was a reason why there was no immediate deal. According to Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe, his colleague, Shalise Manza Young, has learned that following the workout Roth upped his asking price.
That reportedly left the Patriots front office unhappy, and it appears for now that the possibility of him ending up here remains up in the air.
Uh oh. That situation doesn't look good. The reported number he was looking for was $3 million for one year.
It's probably not the best idea to be making contract demands when you have no leverage whatsoever.
Yeah, Roth is a good player, but linebackers have been getting crushed in free agency so far, and Roth's four sacks don't really make your jaw drop. The clear solution?
Roth has to drop his price.
Despite all of the moves New England has made, there are still plenty of questions about the outside linebacker position. Adding Roth would change that.
He belongs here, and I'm pretty sure New England really wants him here.
Let's get a deal done!
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