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Belichick's system cherishes veteran linebackers

When he's building linebacking units, Bill Belichick favors the tried and true -- even if they happen to be some other team's free agents.

Originally Published: January 29, 2008
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

PHOENIX -- In terms of financial outlay, the New England Patriots' biggest offseason addition wasn't wide receiver Randy Moss.

The real big spending was the signing of unrestricted free-agent linebacker Adalius Thomas to a five-year, $35.04 million contract, which included $20 million in bonuses for the eight-year veteran and two-time Pro Bowler.

The largesse of owner Robert Kraft in spiriting Thomas away from the Baltimore Ravens should not have been surprising, given the ...

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