The Pats are running pretty much a 4-3 now anyway ... or do you have information otherwise?
Yeah, that's true. The reason I didn't think Abraham was a good fit is because I think they like some versatility in their lineman and be able to show different looks depending on who they're playing. If they go to a 3-4 look, Abraham is a round peg in a square hole. I just feel like a team who has a more aggressive philosphy with their DE's and plays a strict 4-3 would value a guy like Abraham more than we would. But I could be wrong, wouldn't be the first time.
As for franchising Talib, I don't know. That number seems too much for him. I'd rather they use the franchise on Welker again and find a more reasonably priced option in the secondary. With McCourty's ability to play both CB and S competently, they can be a little more flexible in who they target in the secondary. I'd rather spend less money on a vet safety like Reed or Woodson and move McCourty back to CB over franchising Talib at $11M. I wouldn't want to go more than $6M or so per year on a 2 yr deal with Talib due to the injury and off the field concerns. I loved what he brought to the team last year, but that doesn't mean we need to overpay.