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Is it Time for the New England Patriots to Rebuild?

Tom Brady and Tim Tebow

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This offseason for the New England Patriots hasn’t been the best to say the least. The departures of Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez were critical losses to the Patriots offense, and now they may be without star tight end Rob Gronkowski as he was put on the Patriots’ Physically Unable to Perform list at training camp yesterday.

As all of these unfortunate losses have occurred, I have started to wonder if the Patriots should just gut the offense and start from scratch. As Tom Brady’s age becomes a factor in the next couple years, maybe getting Tim Tebow was a plan for the future. Yes, we all know how terrible he is as a passer, but with the mentoring of Brady and coach Bill Belichick, rebuilding the Patriots wouldn’t be as dumb as it sounds.

If they planned to do this, there is definitely the possibility that a team would trade a first rounder and maybe even a few other picks to get Gronkowski, that would give the Patriots a good start to the rebuilding process. The Patriots might even be able to get a few decent draft picks for running back Stevan Ridley.

If the Patriots did perform these trades, they could completely flip the offense around and try to improve the run game to build around Tebow, then draft a Percy Harvin- or Tavon Austin-type player at receiver, get a couple replacement tight ends and next thing you know, the Patriots are a powerhouse once again in the league. Of course, there would be a few dark years for New England, but if a trade like that did happen today, I would certainly see a light at the end of the tunnel.

John Beauchamp is a Tampa Bay Buccaneers writer for Follow him on Twitter @John_Beauchamp or add him to your network on Google