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Projected Landing Spots for Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen


The New England Patriots will have two running backs hitting the open market on March 10th, Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen.

Vereen is the pass-catcher, who had a big game against the Seahawks, but is looking for a deal of $5 million or a little less depending on his value in the market, and Stevan Ridley, whose coming off a torn ACL.

Ridley is a very good and productive back and the Pats best runner and most consistent on the team, but he has fumbling issues that had put him in the dog house more than once. He might take a one-year prove it deal with the Patriots or another team, but he’s likely to see a longer term contract offered to him. The Jets, Bills, Colts, Raiders, Jaguars, Vikings, and Falcons all have running back needs they may address in free agency. The Saints may look for one and Ridley would fit them if they let Mark Ingram go. Maybe the Titans too. The Chargers might get him because they will need someone to replace Ryan Mathews. Regardless, the market is there for Ridley and only one team will be able to afford DeMarco Murray or Adrian Peterson, so the other teams will be realistic and go for a cheaper but solid option in Ridley.

I think the Colts would love to get Ridley, Spiller, or Bush even and they all fit them perfectly. The Bills would love Ridley. The Chargers would love Ridley to. Those 3 are the most likely landing spots, but I’ll break it down to which exact one I think he goes too.

It’s hard to say if Ridley returns or not, he’s a good runner, but the Pats probably won’t match or offer more than another team even if it’s pretty cheap.

Most likely landing spot: Colts

Shane Vereen might be gone too. Depends on the options out there and I don’t think any team will pay him $5 million a year, but he could get $4 million a year from someone. He fits the Saints, Eagles, Raiders and Colts too. He could be a pass-catcher for any throwing team and he also fits the Packers and Broncos sadly enough. He might stay with the Pats, he will be a very cheap, yet productive option for most teams, especially the Patriots. He will go to the highest bidder and it might not be the Pats because they are more focused on some other pressing needs and they in their minds have somebody on the team already that can do his job. I can see him coming back and I can see him leaving. Right now, it’s confusing because he’s sorta like a Kevin Faulk guy, but I have no idea what happens. The only two likely landing spots for him is Packers and Patriots and since I’m weary of the Pats paying the most especially after trying to get a deal done last year, and the cheaper option already on the team I’ll pick the other “P” team.

Most likely landing spot: Packers 

Be sure to read my next post coming up, it’ll be about which player I can see the Patriots replacing these two guys if with if they need to.






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