Buzz: The word on the street is that the patriots might lose 5 of their top veteran leaders to free agency, retirement or being cut do to lack of performance. Arguably the most vocal leader of the bunch Rodney Harrison has the most interest. Harrisons contract, and his lack of speed may be too much for the Patriots to want him back.
Reality: Nothing more than hogwash. Harrison is coming back to Foxborough to play his last season. According to a Scout.com report by Adam Caplan, Harrison will finish out the final year of his contract.
On February 2nd, Caplan wrote:
According to a league source, New England Patriots SS Rodney Harrison is expected to play out the final year of his contract which expires after the 2008 season. Harrison is set to make $3 million in base salary next season. The 14-year pro is set to play in his third Super Bowl with New England on Sunday.
Harrisons performance may have some wondering if the aging veteran has lost too much of his questionable speed. Roy Williams has the same issue in Dallas. Harrison, however has a better chance of remaining in Foxborough, at least until the NFL Draft and free agency shake out.
Losing Harrison would be devastating to a secondary absent of leadership. Veteran safety Eugene Wilson was moved to a reserve role, and may not make the team in 2008. His contract expired, and the team may let him find new employment. James Sanders is Harrisons most likely successor. If Sanders steps into Harrisons role, the team will lose one of its greatest assets the ability to know where a big play opportunity is in a big game. Harrison has done that for the Patriots for years. Sanders isnt quite yet ready to take the helm
New York Giants receiver David Tyree (85) catches a 32 yard pass while in the clutches of New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison (37) and James Sanders (36) during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl XLII football game at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008 in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)
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