You know I can see trading Matt Cassel to the Chiefs after all he was getting a ton of money to be a backup but Mike Vrabel?
I would have thought that Cassel would have been sufficient to get the deal done. Vrabel is effective on both offense and defense. He is old but has delivered time and time again.
Apparently I’m not alone in this:
“We’ve lost perhaps our best all-around football player. Defense, offense, special teams, Vrabes did it all,” Tedy Bruschi [stats] wrote in an e-mail. “His intelligence and on-field adjustments cannot be replaced. This team has just changed immensely.”
And he’s not the only one:
Former Patriots linebacker Steve Nelson was completely taken aback when apprised of the trade.
“I guess that means they’re happy with their young outside linebackers. I don’t know. You’ve really caught me by surprise. He was really a great player for them,” Nelson said. “He was a real leader . . . that’s kind of a stunner.”
And another one:
Harrison, who is still undecided about his future, summed up his feelings in a few words.
“It’s business,” Harrison responded via text message, when asked his reaction to the Vrabel trade.
You know its a weird move when I’m talking about the Pats during spring training. I can’t fathom it.