Thursday, March 16, 2006

McGinest to Cleveland

Willie McGinest signed with Cleveland yesterday, which is disappointing. McGinest was, at times, a disappointment, as there were some unrealistic expectations that went along with his draft position (4th overall in 1994), but he was a consistent and professional, and at times outstanding, player for the Patriots. Most Patriots fans still have faith that the front office understands what it's doing, and it is possible that Cleveland gave McGinest a little more than the Patriots wanted to spend.

But it doesn't seem to be an exorbitant deal (3 years/$12 million with half guaranteed) and there are many of us, I'm certain, wondering if they wouldn't have been better off to match it and bring him back. In any event, he's gone now, but his legacy with New England is a strong one. In his 12 seasons, they went to the Super Bowl 4 times, winning 3 of them, and he was a key component of those teams. He leaves as the 3rd-leading sacker in Patriots history (behind Andre Tippett and Julius Adams) and as the NFL's career record-holder in post-season sacks.

So best of luck, Willie. I'm sorry to see you go, but thanks for all you did in a Patriots uniform...

Willie McGinest had an incredible career with the New England Patriots. He will always be regarded as a smart, talented, tough team leader who infused professionalism to the team every day and contributed greatly to many championship seasons.
- Bill Belichick

Fair enough...



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