Stroud and Murphy Comin' To Town
The New England Patriots signed defensive end Marcus Stroud today, to a two year deal.
Stroud, who debuted in Jacksonville, has played in Buffalo for the last 2 years. An all-pro talent at Jacksonville, his switch to Buffalo caused him to go from 4-3 tackle to 3-4 end. His play suffered mightily for it.
Maybe we can straighten him out. At worst, he provides experience and stability to our defensive line. Think of him as a slightly better Gerard Warren.
Whether the 6'6", 310 lb Stroud's signing cancels out our need to draft a defensive end, I can't say.
Not to be outdone, the Boston Celtics are bringing in former Notre Dame star Troy Murphy. Murphy was just released by Golden State or New Jersey or someone in a cost-cutting move.
Murph has bounced around the NBA a bit, but he is a solid rebounder. He grabbed 10 a game as recently as 2 years ago. He'll fill a void left in Boston when Kendrick Perkins was traded. His arrival ends most hope for fans of a Rasheed Wallace return.
The Celtics may not be done. They are also thin at point guard, and Washington just released Mike Bibby. Bibby wants to play for a winner badly enough that he ate the last 6 million dollars of his contract to secure his release from DC.
Like Murphy, Bibby is also desired by the Miami Heat. Bibby is the son of former Philly guard Henry Bibby.
Update: Bibby looks to be heading for Miami, alhough Boston is now said to be after former Minnesota defensive wizard Corey Brewer.