hawkfan68 wrote:I can't believe somebody would keep Spencer Ware over Leon. Spencer Ware? What has Spencer done in the NFL to warrant this? He's struggling and may not even be a part of the 53 man roster. Derrick Coleman is ahead of him on the depth chart. Who's Derrick Coleman? Having Harvin lessened the loss of Leon but now that Harvin is not there (at least for most of this year), there is a bigger concern of what the impact is to ST. Leon was stud on ST, that's hard to replace. Even with the crazy rules on kickoffs, Leon made the most of it. Patriots are a lucky team to have signed him.
Well, first off... pre season depth charts mean precisely dick all. Second, Harvin made Leon redundant. Full stop. 3rd, Leon sucked as a running back. Face it, he does. He couldn't beat Justin Forsett on the depth chart for crap sake (the regular season one).
I agree with you that ditching Leon in favor of Spencer Ware or Derrick Coleman is hella stupid, but not when you have Percy fricken Harvin in place to return kicks. Mike Rob turned 30 this year and is in the final year of his contract. I'm not expecting Mike to be crazy expensive, but remember we're heading into a time where we need to re-sign Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Russell Okung, Golden Tate and a slew of others PLUS having RW's re-up on the horizon, MRob's $3m/per contract might not get done in favor of Ware's $600k and $2.4m of extra cap space. Fullbacks seem to take a little while to "get it", so a year of development for young Mr. Ware might see a somewhat seamless transition from MRob to Ware as FB.
As I said, without Harvin in the fold none of it makes sense, but we DO have Harvin and at the time had no reason to believe he would miss any time. Keeping Leon around would just be an extra body kicking around camp (and dead men walking can't be good for morale) AND it would have severely limited Leon's ability to have a successful year somewhere else. P&J knew what was up, so they did what was best for everyone and let Leon go. That's what good franchises do.