Shaun Ellis has to tread through a minefield as a switch occurs between two NFL arch rivals. The 2 time Pro-Bowl defensive end signed up with the New England Patriots this Monday after spending an astounding 11 years with New York Jets. This will no doubt cause rivalry between the two clubs to increase.
Patriots have been busy with transfer too. They have signed in another former first round draft pick, free agent defensive end, Andre Carter. Carter has been part of 10 seasons with the San Fransico 49ers and the Washington Redskins.
A 34-year-old veteran, Ellis has become the longest running player on Jets squad since the NFL star was taken 12th overall with a pick by New York.
While talking to media Brown expressed, “It's the same; I'm just on the other side now.” He added, “It feels like home. It feels like a place that's all about winning, like they have been. I'm just happy to be a part of it.”
Brown also admitted that he was slowly adjusting into the squad. He said that he had been working at the practice at Foxborough, Mass. which has helped him improve a lot.
New York later claimed that they would have loved to re-sign Brown. However, the Jets only offered Ellis a new contract which showed minimum wages of $910,000. Patriots of course came up with a better offer and greater future prospects which attracted Brown immediately.
Patriots offered Brown $4 million, with an additional $1 million in possible incentives. Ellis commented on the saga saying, “It's the nature of this sport. I accepted it and found a new home. I just wasn't in their plan. ... I'm a Patriot now. I'm part of this plan.”
However, in spite of Patriots good fortune, stats are siding with the Jets. Currently the Jets have defeated them 4 out of 6 times the last time both teams have met.
Ellis stated on the issue, “Of course, you built up a little kind of hatred toward the Patriots over the 11 years. I understand what it takes to be a champion, and they've been doing it. And I have been wanting to feel that feeling for however long. So, hopefully the time has come.”