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LB Vrabel trade from Pats to the Chiefs CONFIRMED


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Adam Schefter of NFL Network reports that Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel currently is in Kansas City.

He's taking a physical, and if he passes it he'll be traded to the Chiefs.

New Kansas City G.M. Scott Pioli wants a player with whom he's familiar. And the Pats are willing to pull the trigger.

So if they can come to an agreement on Vrabel, when will Matt Cassel make his way to Missouri?

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We've received confirmation from Mike Vrabel himself that the New England Patriots have traded the veteran linebacker to the Kansas City Chiefs.

"It's true," is how Vrabel responded to an email inquiring.

The story was first reported by NFL Network's Adam Schefter.

Vrabel spent the last eight years in New England, playing in four Super Bowls and winning three championships. He served as a team captain, made a Pro Bowl, and his versatility became a symbol of what the Belichick-Era Patriots looked for in players.

The 6-foot-4, 261-pound Vrabel turns 34 in August, and will be reunited with Scott Pioli, now the Chiefs GM, in KC.

Those from the Belichick/Parcells football tree have, in the past, brought veterans from their former homes to new ones to set a tone, and Vrabel will likely serve in that type of leadership capacity in Kansas City. And the former Pro Bowler, it should be remembered, is just a season removed from having been a double-digit-sack pass rusher.

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Patriots beat writer Mike Reiss wonders if Mike Vrabel's trade could be part of a larger deal including Matt Cassel.

Now that would be a doozy. Reiss is one of the most well-respected beat writers in the country, and is usually very cautious to publish anything resembling speculation. He rightly points out that we have no idea what the compensation in the Vrabel trade is.

Source: Boston Globe

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This is kind of surprising to hear. Vrabel just seemed to be one of those untouchable Belichick-guys that would remain in NE for as long as he could play. I wonder if Bruschi's next on the chopping block?

Lesson. It's better to get rid of aging vets to early rather than too late.

In any event, the Patriots are probably doing Pioli a favor by letting him bring in a locker room leader that Pioli trusts.

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