Before re-signing with the Dolphins, Jason Taylor was said to have been considering a number of different options, one of which was joining the Patriots. But now that Taylor will be back facing the Patriots and not playing for them, Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald suggests Bill Belichick will likely look in-house to replace OLB Mike Vrabel, who was traded to the Chiefs in the Matt Cassel deal.
Pierre Woods, Shawn Crable, Vince Redd and (Tully) Banta-Cain are the candidates to fill the void left by Vrabel’s departure. The first three are unproven and largely untested, while Banta-Cain, given big money and a shot to be a full-time player in San Francisco, fell short of expectations.
Woods and Banta-Cain have the most experience of the four candidates. Woods started three games last season in place of an injured Thomas, while Banta-Cain has 15 starts under his belt — five of which came in New England in 2006.
The wild cards are Crable, a third-round pick in 2008 who missed all of last season due to a preseason shin injury, and Redd — also in his second season after playing sparingly in 2008.