Patriots sign Brandon King to two-year deal
The Patriots have re-signed one of their core special teams players.
Field Yates of ESPN reports that defensive back Brandon King has signed a two-year deal to remain in New England. King was set to be a restricted free agent this offseason.
This has been a theory making the rounds over the last week — that the free agent departures were motivated by some discontent more than money. I think Belichick made a bad decision in the Super Bowl. My guess is that some players feel that way too. But I don’t think it’s such a bad locker room or level of lost respect that guys are running away from Foxborough. All the guys you mention, and Butler, got really good contracts relative to their situations. In sports, money almost always matters more than anything else. I also think the idea that guys have taken less to stay in New England over the years is overblown.
I’ve seen guys like Hightower and Devin McCourty listed as examples of that and I couldn’t disagree more. Both guys got big contracts, and in Hightower’s case probably much more than he could have gotten on the market after a few free agent visits. There may be issues in New England. Maybe the Super Bowl added to that. But I don’t think it’s the reason these guys left as free agents. Money talks.
Both positions defy the fact that the NFL has said that it’s inappropriate to ask, Do you like men? While the lack of effective steps to punish and deter offenders raises questions about whether the NFL views potentially illegal interview questions to be as potentially detrimental to public confidence in the game of professional football as, say, football air pressure, the inappropriateness of the question has been resolved conclusively by the league.
That’s not stopping various hot-take dog-whistlers from trying to cater to their bases by saying the things that will get the intended audience to say, Hell yeah and/or to further bemoan politically correctness run amok. It’s predictable. It’s forced. It’s hokey. And it’s wrong.
Not just morally wrong, but logically wrong. Gay men have moved freely within locker rooms for decades. The vast majority have chosen to remain discreet about their sexuality because: (1) it’s irrelevant to their job; and/or (2) unenlightened heterosexual members of the locker room may equate homosexuality with a proclivity to attempt to have sex with any male mammal who happens to be within reach.