4202Re: Traylor to replace Washington
- Apr 1, 2004Ron Borges of the Boston Globe (Boston.com) is reporting that the Pats
have negatioated a deal with Detroit. It would send both first round
picks, a second, and a fourth to the Lions for their #6 pick overall,
and a fourth. This is contingent upon the player that the Pats want
being available at that time. No, it's not Jackson or Fitzgerald. They
are supposedly looking for U. of Miami safety Sean Taylor. The
conjecture is, move Wilson back to corner, and pair Taylor (another
big hitter) with Harrison. Hmm, where does that leave you, Mr. Law.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "rogue35lk" <levon.knowles@m...> wrote:
> By Len Pasquarelli
> Not to worry, New England Patriots fans, at least those who fretted
> over the free agency defection of prized nose tackle Ted Washington
> to the Oakland Raiders.
> The dogged personnel department that never seems to sleep promised a
> replacement and on Wednesday afternoon delivered, signing free agent
> defensive tackle Keith Traylor to a contract, details of which were
> not immediately available. The 12-year veteran essentially will
> replace Washington in the middle of the 3-4 defense that coach Bill
> Belichick prefers.
> Ironically, Traylor and Washington played together for two seasons
> with the Bears and provided Chicago with two mammoth interior run
> Traylor, 34, might not be quite as effective as Washington, one of
> the NFL's premier big men and a defender whose tackle totals always
> belied his value, but the Pats coaches feel he can still be a solid
> player if his snaps are maximized.
> The former Central State (Okla.) star, like Washington, regularly
> commands double-team blocking and generally keeps offensive linemen
> away from linebackers. His acquisition, likely for a modest
> contract, is typical of the kind of additions the Patriots have
> become so adroit at making under Belichick and personnel boss Scott
> While it doesn't seem that significant, if Traylor is healthy, his
> presence will be a big plus for the defending Super Bowl champions.
> It will enable the Patriots to be flexible again in their tricky
> defensive fronts and means the team will not have to force some
> youngsters, like 2003 first-rounder Ty Warren, into the lineup.
> Last season, Traylor started and played in 10 games, missing six
> contests after having an arthroscopic procedure on his right knee.
> He had 18 tackles, four of them for losses, and a forced fumble.
> Traylor originally entered the NFL as a third-round pick of the
> Denver Broncos in 1991, and at that point, he played linebacker. He
> grew, over time, into a tackle and, when he has been healthy, has
> been a stout run defender.
> He has started in 107 of his 171 appearances in stints with Denver
> (1991-92 and 1997-2000), Green Bay (1993), Kansas City (1993-96) and
> Chicago (2001-2003). Traylor has 427 tackles, 13 sacks, 11 forced
> fumbles and three recoveries.
> *** I'm just curious, Traylor currently is listed as 340 lbs, what
> did he weigh in '91 to be drafted as a Linebacker?
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