Kyle Van Noy: "Go Giants"


Tom Brady isn’t the only key Patriots free agent this offseason.  The Patriots will have some decisions to make on the defensive side of the football.  One of those players has also been part of two Super Bowl championships for New England, and that player is linebacker Kyle Van Noy.

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Van Noy, 28, is going to hit the open market for the first time in his career and theoretically will be looking to cash in on this opportunity.  While on Quick Slants, which can be seen on NBC Sports Boston, Van Noy was asked if staying with New England was a priority.  Van Noy responded, “of course, everything’s on the table.  I’m looking obviously to get paid a lot.  I’ll just leave it at that.  I’m blessed in so many ways and I’m excited to play for the Patriots and excited to play with my teammates.”

Shop for official New York Giants fan gear and authentic collectibles at NFLShop.comWill Head Coach Bill Belichick pay the money to keep Van Noy in Foxboro?

The Patriots will definitely bring Van Noy back, but on their own terms and at the right value.  The Patriots have a history in allowing their free agents to hit the open market and see what’s available.  The team has done that most recently with Donta Hightower who met with the Steelers and Jets before coming back to New England.

The Patriots have paid linebackers in free agency in the past as too.  In 2007, the Patriots signed Ravens free agent linebacker Adalius Thomas to a five-year, $35 million dollar contact that guaranteed $20 million.  That contract turned out to be a bust.  Thomas never lived out the deal and was released in 2010.

New England also signed linebacker Rosevelt Colvin in free agency back in 2003 (seven-years, $30 million), but missed his first season with a shattered socket in his left hip.  Colvin would play 65 games in New England but was never a regular starter for the Patriots.

The Patriots will spend in free agency, but it will always be about value and the right fit for Belichick and his roster.

Van Noy has been very public going into free agency.  "For me personally, I want to do what's best for my family and I would love to stay in New England," Van Noy told CBS Sports HQ before the end of January.  "It's going to be home forever.  I won Super Bowls there now, the fans have embraced me like their own, I feel like I'm a Bostonian at heart.  The food, the culture, everything.  I'm in it with them when I go to the Bruins games, the Celtics games, so I'm very, very confident in regards to staying at home.  That would be an honor to finish out my career with the New England Patriots.”

It feels like this is where Van Noy wants to be, but he’s going to play the free agency game.  That free agency tour will surely lead him to a visit to Met Life Stadium and with the New York Giants.  The Giants recently hired Joe Judge as their new head football coach.  The connection?  Judge was a coach for the Patriots and has been with Van Noy in New England and in Alabama.

While on the Pat McAfee show, Van Noy had a glowing endorsement for the Giants new head coach.  “He’s a ball of energy.  If he can take the energy he has and consistently, each and every day, line it up with that positive energy and not go, ‘Woo woo,’ all over the place, I think they’re going to be really, really good because he’s a really good coach.  He loves football,” Van Noy said.

New head coaches like familiarity within their new programs.  Van Noy has been with Judge for a while, they both respect each other and the Giants are a realistic landing spot in free agency.  The Giants have money to spend this offseason.  The Giants also need depth at linebacker, which will fuel the speculation that Van Noy could sign with the Giants.

Van Noy would go on to add in his interview with McAfee, “Go Giants”.  Van Noy will have a market and he is an important free agent for the team.  The Patriots number one priority is what they will do at quarterback, then Van Noy might be the second most important free agent this offseason.

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Boston Sports Syndicate: Kyle Van Noy: "Go Giants"
Kyle Van Noy: "Go Giants"
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