It makes perfect sense for the Patriots to be interested in the restricted free agent CB from Baltimore, especially after a 2011 season where Webb racked up 5 interceptions and 67 total tackles, which were numbers that were certainly worthy of consideration for a trip to the Pro Bowl. But will he come at the right price? A player of Webb’s caliber would cause the Pats to have to spend a little more to take him away from the Ravens but they’re getting a very solid player at a premium position.
As Eisenberg reminds us that, ” Under the new CBA, signed last summer, the price is just a single draft pick now – a first-rounder for anyone who is really good.”
So even though the Patriots do have two first round picks in the upcoming NFL Draft, they would only have to give up one to get Webb. On the other hand, the would force the Ravens to match any offer they through at Webb which in turn could create issue for Baltimore seeing as they have limited cap space to work with after franchising Ray Rice. They could free up some extra cash by restructuring some players contracts, much like the Steelers and Raiders have been doing. They have room to work with but most likely not enough to keep both Webb and G Ben Grubbs.
Although the cost may be high, Webb would certainly be worth it, as he would help strengthen a Patriots secondary. It’s hard to assume that they’re going to get a player with one of their first-round picks that going to be as good of a player as Webb has proven to be.