Bill Belichick has long built his team around the offensive line and Brady, while finding role-players at RB and WR. According to this article (http://cover32.com/p...offensive-line/), they pay an average of $22 million a year on the line, double all positions except for the QB.
The addition of Monroe makes the information relevant. Yanda already has a big deal and should be a career Raven. We need to hang on to Monroe. Oher could be deemed necessary to retain. KO could be due for a big deal soon, and Gino could too down the road. The point is, if we want continuity on the line, and to duplicate the incredible offensive line play that the Patriots have, we may have to pay our line the big bucks.
I think it's a good idea, mainly because the Patriots, outside of Gronk, Moss, Welker, and Hernandez, have had role players at every position. Right now, Brady is working with a rookie, and two career slot guys. Yet, they are 4-0. How is that possible? Watch them play. Brady routinely has an unbelievable 4+ seconds of protection, and they constantly open holes in the running game.
The issue with this is that skill players like Torrey, Pitta, and Rice, or the defense may be deemed expendable. This could be an issue.
Does anyone else think it might be a good idea to take a page from the Patriots' method of building a team?