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Patriots Sign Alge Crumpler

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As each day passes, I grow increasingly concerned that we are watching the collapse of the New England Patriots dynasty before our eyes.

Should it matter in the main scheme of things that the Patriots signed Alge Crumpler to a contract on Thursday? No.

However, when the Patriots let Ben Watson walk to the Cleveland Browns and cut Chris Baker, it’s basically Crumpler…and not much else.

Crumpler, who is 32, has seen better days. Far removed from his days as a Pro Bowl tight end with the Atlanta Falcons, he caught just 51 balls over the past two seasons. At this point in his career, his value is in blocking, not pass catching.

Nonetheless, New England seems to be making the same mistake that many other great franchises made in years past; getting old in the wrong areas.

The Patriot passing game features an over 30 Randy Moss as its primary pass-catching contributor. Meanwhile, the run game last season featured the stylings of 30-somethings Fred Taylor and Kevin Faulk.

While gettting young may cause some problems in Patriotsville, it must happen. They are decaying on offense and bringing in a 32-year-old tight end may not exactly help matters.

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