Perillo: Pats can't bring in troubled players

Perillo: Pats can't bring in troubled players
July 23, 2013, 12:15 am
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Weird news continues to trickle out of Foxboro.

A month after Aaron Hernandez was charged with murder and a couple of weeks after Alfonzo Dennard was arrested on suspicion of DUI, the Patriots made a curious choice of their own, although of a much more mild manner.

The team, who had reportedly already had a deal in place with defensive tackle John Drew on Monday, changed courses later that day, signing Anthony Rashad White for that defensive tackle position instead.

Drew had been an interesting case due to his expulsion from Duke for firing a gun on campus. It is yet to be determined if that was what stopped the Patriots from signing Drew to the 90-man squad.

As Paul Perillo suggested on Uno Sports Tonight, though, he is pretty certain the team knew about the gun issue all along

"I find it hard to believe that they absolutely didn't know about the gun charge," Perillo said. "I think someone in the organization had to, or at least I would hope in this climate right now, have done their due diligence and found out."

Drew's near signing brings up an interesting question: with all that has gone on this offseason, can the Patriots afford to take on any character risks well down the roster?

Perillo doesn't think so.

"Right now I don't think the Patriots can go out and afford to find them and bring them in as the 90th man on the roster," Perillo said. "Do you need your fourth, fifth, sixth defensive tackle that badly that you have to find one that has a gun charge right now a month after what has just transpired?"

Will the Patriots indeed avoid all of those with a checkered criminal past? Only time will tell.