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Pats could make run at Texans' Williams

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07:59 AM ET 02.13 | The Texans may try to wrap up Mario Williams, of course, but what if they didn't? Bill Belichick is nothing if not opportunistic, and he knows that having one of the finest defensive talents potentially come free like this is a once-a-decade kind of thing he can't afford to pass up. All the signs are there: The Patriots are in great shape, in terms of salary cap, and they have a defense that made strides down the stretch (16.3 points per game allowed in the postseason) but need a jolt of talent up front. The Patriots came within a few minutes of winning a Super Bowl, and they did so with only a few blue-chip players on defense. ... Williams would be Belichick's Richard Seymour, part two.

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February 13, 2012  08:11 AM ET

Ah heck, give Albert Haynesworth another shot...

February 13, 2012  08:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Ah heck, give Albert Haynesworth another shot...

No! The Buffet Restaurant Association of Massachusetts can't take another hit like that.

February 13, 2012  08:19 AM ET

Time to upgrade that weak defense.

February 13, 2012  08:27 AM ET

They need a fast wideout, too. Deion Branch is getting old, and was almost invisible this year. The Ocho Experiment didn't work out, and Tiquan "big hair" Underwood was released.

The Pats have 4 picks in the first 2 rounds. Watch at least one of them go for a WR.

February 13, 2012  08:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Time to upgrade that weak defense.

They need a fast wideout, too. Deion Branch is getting old, and was almost invisible this year. The Ocho Experiment didn't work out, and Tiquan "big hair" Underwood was released.

The Pats have 4 picks in the first 2 rounds. Watch at least one of them go for a WR.

February 13, 2012  08:41 AM ET

Williams would be a great addition to that Patriots pass rush and New England certainly has the money to pay him. Williams, meanwhile, would benefit from some Belichick coaching. But if the Patriots want to develop a deep passing game, it's not just a speedy wide-out they'll need. Tom Brady just can't throw the deep ball accurately any more. A vertical passing game will need a new quarterback.

February 13, 2012  08:41 AM ET

I think BB may still be wary of handing out the big bucks to a FA after the failed Adalius Thomas experiment.

February 13, 2012  08:42 AM ET

Williams would be a great addition to that Patriots pass rush and New England certainly has the money to pay him. Williams, meanwhile, would benefit from some Belichick coaching. But if the Patriots want to develop a deep passing game, it's not just a speedy wide-out they'll need. Tom Brady just can't throw the deep ball accurately any more. A vertical passing game will need a new quarterback.

February 13, 2012  08:48 AM ET

Williams is unhappy with his new role as linebacker/pass rusher and I think if he can back on the D line he'd make the jump to the Patriots.

February 13, 2012  08:59 AM ET

He would definitly be a great pick up for the PATS but there would be plenty of teams lined up to go after him.

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February 13, 2012  09:11 AM ET

As a die hard Patriots fan, and also a realistic one, we need a great deal of help on the defensive side of the ball. Williams is a play maker, a real difference maker, and the idea of him lining up in Patriots colors has me half filled up I'm not gonna lie.

February 13, 2012  09:34 AM ET

They have a lot of draft picks this year, two first rounders, so they have something to dangle in front of the texans. Too bad the Packers don't have anything to offer. This guy would put them super bowl bound and then some.

February 13, 2012  09:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

They need a fast wideout, too. Deion Branch is getting old, and was almost invisible this year. The Ocho Experiment didn't work out, and Tiquan "big hair" Underwood was released.The Pats have 4 picks in the first 2 rounds. Watch at least one of them go for a WR.

They brought "big hair" back.

February 13, 2012  09:43 AM ET

Texans should do what they need to retain this guy. Still in his prime, may only be getting better as he gets smarter and learns more ways to rush the QB. You could throw the name of pretty much every other team in the league in this headline..

February 13, 2012  09:44 AM ET
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No! The Buffet Restaurant Association of Massachusetts can't take another hit like that.

Especially Big Bubba'a Smorgy on Hwy 95.

February 13, 2012  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Time to upgrade that weak defense.

Williams isn't the answer.

February 13, 2012  10:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

They have a lot of draft picks this year, two first rounders, so they have something to dangle in front of the texans. Too bad the Packers don't have anything to offer. This guy would put them super bowl bound and then some.

The Packers could offer them Donald Driver & AJ Hawk.

February 13, 2012  10:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

He would definitly be a great pick up for the PATS but there would be plenty of teams lined up to go after him.

Da Bears!

 
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