Gridironfans.com is reporting that the Patriots are expected to place a second round tender on restricted free agent Pierre Woods:
New England is expected to extend a second-round tender, worth $1.45 million, to restricted free agent Pierre Woods, according to the Boston Globe. If the Patriots do indeed extend the offer, they’d receive a second-round pick from any team that attempted to sign Woods away. Thus, you can expect Woods, who started three games for New England last season, to be back with the team and again serve as one of the team’s top backups at outside linebacker.
Obviously, this means that Belichick hasn’t given up on the Pierre Woods expirement yet. In 12 games last year, Woods picked up 35 tackles and one sack. However, he went down with a broken jaw in week 12, and the Patriots promptly signed Rosevelt Colvin.
Woods can add versatility as a pass rusher. Although last season he struggled in pass coverage, the hope is that he can improve more in that area and become a more reliable every down player.
If Woods signs the tender (which is more than likely), the chances of Rosevelt Colvin returning to the Pats will likely be diminished.