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Brian Waters rejects New England Patriots deal

Veteran guard Brian Waters rejected the New England Patriots “last-ditch effort” offer of $4 million to return to the team, and this would have been a “significant” pay raise for him. With the news that Waters has rejected this opportunity to play for the Pats, it looks like he will be retiring after drawing out this saga in a manner that is contradictory to what he has done during his illustrious career thus far.

Nevertheless, I’m not going to think less of Waters. He made his choice, and it wasn’t an easy one. It can’t be easy to choose to retire when still being able to play at a high level, but that’s exactly what Waters has seemingly done. If he doesn’t retire, then he will likely play for a team close to his home in Dallas, Texas- playing far away from his family was the main reason why he didn’t play for the Pats.

It looks like all the last drops of the Brian Waters-Patriots saga are over, except for Waters’s final decision. Will he play for a team close to Texas or retire? My gut says he will retire, and there is no way that he plays for a team far from his home state. If he does, then he will have some explaining to do.

At the end of the day, it comes down to Waters picking between retiring and a team close to where he is playing. For the Patriots, it comes down to the health of Sebastian Vollmer at right tackle and some better spot-starting play from right guard Donald Thomas if the solid Dan Connolly goes down again. Marcus Cannon has looked horrible, so any injury that keeps Vollmer out for an extended period would be devastating to the Pats.

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