Thursday, February 10, 2011
Free-Agent Fit: Cornerback
By Mike Rodak
(Student assistant Mike Rodak continues an early position-by-position look at free agency with the Patriots. Because free-agency rules are unclear based on the uncertain collective bargaining agreement, the 2010 rules were used to compile the information. Teams may also restrict some of these players with the franchise tag.)
KEY CONSIDERATION: Safety Patrick Chung often filled the role of the slot cornerback in 2010, but long-term the Patriots would most likely prefer to have a natural cornerback play the position. Butler’s up-and-down 2010 season brings no assurance he can be that player. If the team feels that neither Arrington nor Wilhite could fill that role, then they could look elsewhere.