April 2, 1988

As the NFL Draft loomed, the Patriots went about taking care of the veterans they expected to be on their Opening Day roster. They wrapped up a six-year deal with linebacker Andre Tippett that would pay him, in total, as much as $6 million.

Most observers considered that a wise business decision.

Word also came that the Pats’ offered to re-sign Tony Eason for the 1988 season for $350,000 less than he made in 1987.

Most observers also considered that a wise business decision.

Eason’s agent, Leigh Steinberg, fought hard for his client (and, of course, his cut from whatever deal could be wheeled). Steinberg told the world that he’d begin considering other teams who would be more than happy to pay big for a proven NFL …

Well, Steinberg must have said something that would equate to “star.”

Those who saw Eason close up over the previous season were more likely to grumble “stiff,” though Eason did suffer from injuries that limited his availability.

Eason stayed with the Patriots until being banished to the Jets in November, 1989. Starting two games for the Jets in 1989, Eason was released in 1990.

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