Pats add more
The 2013 Patriots will have a brand new look this fall as the team added two more new faces over the weekend and re-upped a familiar face.
In an important and necessary move the team brought cornerback Aqib Talib back into the fold signing him to a one-year deal worth $5M. Talib was traded to the Patriots in the middle of the 2012 season and instantly made the secondary better.
Friday night the team made a big pickup signing former Pro Bowl safety Adrian Wilson, who played with the Arizona Cardinals last season.
Wilson may not be able to cover like he used to but he gives the Patriots a big and physical force in the defensive secondary, which is just what the team has been desperate for the last handful of seasons. Wilson and Talib solidify a much maligned secondary unit.
Offensive tackle Will Svitek, formerly of the Atlanta Falcons, also signed with the Patriots this weekend giving the team offensive line depth. Svitek may also see a significant role on the offensive line if the team can not reach an agreement with unrestricted free agent tackle Sebastian Vollmer.
The team also released wide receiver Brandon Lloyd on Saturday after it could not come to terms on a restructured contract. Lloyd’s release was not a surprising move.
Bradley in the mix?
Red Sox manager John Farrell dropped a few hints on Sunday that rising prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. could be in the team’s opening day mix thanks to injuries to David Ortiz and Stephen Drew.
“We’ve got two weeks to determine that,” Farrell answered when asked about Bradley’s chances to make the opening day roster. “He’s not on the roster right now, he’d have to be added, obviously. What the countermove to that would be has to be factored into this. Can’t deny the fact that he’s having a hell of a spring training.
“The bottom-line thing is, with any young player, whether it’s Jackie or any young position player, when they come to the big leagues you want to make sure they get regular at-bats. If those are there, that becomes part of the equation. I think most importantly, he’s doing whatever he can to impact a decision.’’
Bradley has flirted with .500 throughout the spring and while he was not expected to start the season in the bigs, his numbers certainly warrant a chance.
-Compiled by Nick Curcuru