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For 3/13/96

The Pats just signed safety Willie Clay from Detroit and WR Shawn Jefferson from the Chargers. Bobby Ross said that Jefferson has great, not good, but great deep speed. He does question his endurance, sighting that his production dropped in the second half of the season. He trailed Tony Martin and Ronnie Harmon in receptions, with 48 for just over 600 yards, and two TD's. Hopefully the Pats offseason weight program will help.

Marty Schottenheimer also remarked that Jefferson had great deep speed, and can really stretch opposing defenses. He is 27, 5'11", 180lbs. He signed for 4 years, 6.4 Million. He made 1.1mil last year in San Diego. The signing disappointed Tom Coughlin, who was trying to woo Jefferson to the Jaguars.

Clay is 25, and had 8 picks last year with the lions. He is known as a playmaker, and a good decision maker. His handicap is his speed. He is not effective in one on one coverage, but can play the zone. There is no way they will play both Guyton and Willie Clay with that large a combined salary. Ricky Reynolds still makes a bundle as well. I bet they will cut "Toast" Guyton. Good Riddance!

Irving Fryar wanted about 2.5 million per year. The Dolphins signed Fred Barnett to replace him, and the Pats instead opted for Jefferson. That leaves the Jets, Saints, and Eagles still looking at Irving.

With Jefferson signed, look for the Pats to go for help on Defense, particularly on the line, with the 7th pick in the draft.

Also making news was Todd "I'm Back!" Collins. After his surprise early retirement just prior to last season's training camp, Collins has applied to the NFL to be reinstated. He still has one year remaining on his contract with the Pats. He can become an unrestricted free agent following the '96 season. Collins, however, does not want to come back to the Patriots. His agent notified the Pats that his client desires a trade to a team in the South, and may re-retire if he is forced to remain with New England.