Patriots made a run at Steve Smith

Patriots made a run at Steve Smith
March 15, 2014, 12:15 pm
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Many thought Steve Smith might be just what the Patriots needed. The Patriots apparently agreed.
 
But the aging and maniacal wide receiver got swept off his feet in Baltimore, signing with the Ravens before he could take a scheduled trip to Foxboro.

“I was actually going to have a trip scheduled to New England on Monday, but it didn't work out because of how things went here,” Smith explained to the Baltimore press on Friday.

Smith conjured up a bizarre explanation, adding, “They've been having some weather issues, so this weekend, getting through there was going to be kind of tough.”

But, he added, ‘I had spoken to [Patriots] coach [Bill] Belichick personally when I was at the airport on my way to Baltimore. We had a conversation that indicated that they were very interested in me.

"And I was also open to going there as well, but I really felt like after sitting here that this is the place that I felt would best fit me, and they convinced me that I would fit in here very well."

The downside is that the Patriots missed out on a tremendous player who signed for a mild amount three years and $11M. Even if that’s pricey for an old wideout, he brings a level of intensity that would have been a boon for Aaron Dobson, Josh Boyce and Kenbrell Thompkins to witness. And he would have been their best home-run threat.
 
The upshot? The Patriots are – or at least were – desirous of a player like that and the perception that the offense could use an infusion of attitude outside of Logan Mankins and Tom Brady is present.