hong wei · 6 days ago
At this rate www.authenticsnewenglandpatriots.com , the Patriots will be able to sign WR Dez Bryant on an incredibly affordable contract The New England Patriots need to add another wide receiver to the roster and Dez Bryant makes a lot of sense and should happen immediately, but also makes too much sense to actually happen. Bryant’s seen his contract value plummet this year and it’s continuing to trend downwards. He was released from his $14 million per year deal with the Dallas Cowboys back in April. He then turned down a $7 million per year deal with the Baltimore Ravens a few weeks later. And now Pro Football Talk reports that Bryant turned down a deal worth less than $5 million from the Cleveland Browns.It seems like Bryant wants a 1-year deal so he can reestablish his value for a new deal in 2019 and he wants to play for a contender this year. Bryant has also called Tom Brady his “favorite player.”With one week left in the preseason, it would be surprising if the Patriots brought in any new faces, but there will be a point where Bryant will be available at a price point too reasonable for Bill Belichick to ignore, right?At what point is Bryant a reasonable player to add?Bryant collected 69 receptions for 838 yards and 6 touchdowns last year, which is roughly in line with the 77 receptions, 942 yards and 5 touchdowns that every wide receiver currently on the Patriots roster (other than Eric Decker) combined for in 2017. (That leaves just Chris Hogan, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Phillip Dorsett as receivers that produced last season.) (I’m just really trying to highlight the question marks with the Patriots receiving corps.)Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, and Cordarrelle Patterson are all on the books for between $3-4 million this year and their annual values are between $4-5.5 million. I think a fair deal for the Patriots and Bryant at this stage of the season would be an incentive-laden deal with $3 million in base salary with an opportunity to make up to $7 million in incentives. Those incentives could pretty reasonably be linked to 250-yard or 3-touchdown increments, with $500 New England Patriots T-Shirt ,000 for each milestone. For example, a 750-yard, 6 touchdown season would earn Bryant $2.5 million in incentives and a total of $5.5 million in 2018, a fair value for that production.If Bryant collects 1,000+ yards and 12+ touchdowns, he’d hit the maximum incentives and make $7 million this year and definitely reestablish his value for free agency in 2019. And if he plays that well, then it’s likely that the Patriots are contending for another title.The longer that Bryant waits, the less money he’ll make in 2018 and the harder it will be for him to position himself for a good contract in 2019. Joining the Patriots on an incentive-heavy deal offers him the best of any opportunity to produce, contend, and earn a new deal in 2019. The New England Patriots have set a benchmark for divisional dominance in the NFL for nearly two decades.Their mastery of the AFC East with coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady leading the way 鈥?10 straight titles and 16 in 19 seasons since 2000 鈥?has proven to be somewhat of a double-edged sword for its division opponents.It's the curse that haunts them and the engine that drives them."New England is the team that teams want to be," 22-year-old Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen said after Sunday's 24-12 loss in Foxborough gave New England its latest division crown.Allen is new to the scene, but he has already had a taste of the Patriots dynasty that has beleaguered the Bills.And New England Patriots Hats , the New York Jets.And, the Miami Dolphins.In all, the Patriots have won the division 21 times. The Dolphins were the last non-New England team to win the AFC East in 2008 鈥?the same season Brady missed all but one game after tearing knee ligaments in the opener.The last of the Jets' four division wins came in 2002.Buffalo's most recent of its 10 division titles came in 1995. The Bills were also the last AFC East team to string together consecutive division championships, doing so in four straight seasons from 1988 to 1991.Since the AFC East's inception in 1960, no team has done what New England has during its recent run. The Dolphins came closest, winning five of their 14 titles consecutively from 1981-85 and 10 in 15 years."I think every team wants to (emulate them)," Allen said. "Obviously, they've got one of the greatest coaches to ever coach and one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game of football. ... So, obviously, that's what we want to be."Just about the only thing working against the Patriots is time.Brady is now 41 years old and in his 19th season. Belichick, 66, is four decades into an NFL coaching career during which he has won seven Super Bowls New England Patriots Hoodie , five as a head coach in New England.Yet the Patriots still find themselves a Week 17 win against the Jets away from clinching a first-round bye in the playoffs, ensuring them an all-important extra week of rest and at least one more game in Foxborough."We still have one hugely important game left," Brady said. "We have to finish strong."Unlike years past, the Patriots' road to the AFC East crown hasn't been as easy. Their five losses are the most for any Patriots team since going 10-6 in 2009 and losing to the Baltimore Ravens in the wild-card round.Off-field issues such as the abrupt departure of midseason acquisition Josh Gordon, who was suspended indefinitely by the NFL last Thursday for another violation of the league's substance abuse policy, have made the road even tougher."Every team goes through things," Belichick said during a conference call Monday. "When you play football for five months, things happen that you have to deal with as a team and we all have to deal with individually. So, I can't imagine a season where that would ever not be the case."It's becoming harder to imagine a season that doesn't end with the Patriots on top of the AFC East, as well.
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