Adam Vinatieri did not give the New England Patriots the opportunity to match the offer he accepted from Indianapolis.
They've replaced players like Vinatieri, McGinest, and Poole with Martin Gramatica, Tebucky Jones, and Eric Warfield. Sorry, but that's not going to cut it. They did extend Richard Seymour's contract, but that's a no brainer. If they'd let him go, Scott Pioli's firing would have been a public event.
And all this talk from Patriots fans and media that Pioli and Belichick "know something" about Vinatieri's health, and that this inside knowledge is the reason they let him walk, is complete garbage. The Pats got beaten to the punch by a team that beat the crap out of them last year in Foxboro on Monday Night. It's as simple as that.