5:16 AM EDT, Mon March 10, 2014
New England Patriots Rumors & News
Boston Herald 5 hours ago
Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan would love to have the scoop on Aqib Talib’s future.Of late, Ryan can’t go anywhere without people looking for the lowdown on the team’s shutdown corner, who has been listening to pitches from suitors during the legal tampering period of free agency.Will Talib remain in Foxboro, ultimately re-signing with the Patriots? Or, will he hit the road and sign with another team?
The Blitz | Boston Herald 12 hours ago
Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan would love to know Aqib Talib's future, just like everyone else. Of late, people have come to him looking for the lowdown on the Pats free agent corner. Will he stay in Foxboro? Or will he sign with another team in free agency?
Richard Hill / Pats Pulpit 7 hours ago
As much as Patriots fans want Aqib Talib to return for a few more seasons, it's looking less and less likely to happen. The Patriots need for a number one cornerback might just have shot back to the top of their list. Forget about protecting Tom Brady with the offensive interior line. Those at defensive...
Seventh installment in a multipart series on free-agent fits at various positions leading into the start of free agency March 11. Position: Cornerback Players under contract for 2014: Alfonzo Dennard, Kyle Arrington, Logan Ryan, Justin Green Level of need: Moderate-to-high Projected top targets: Nolan Carroll (Dolphins), Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Broncos), Aqib Talib (Patriots) Why Carroll fits: Good size (6-foot-1, 205 pounds), the right age (27) and has experience (26 career starts in 4 years).
Eighth installment in a multipart series on free-agent fits at various positions leading into the start of free agency March 11. Position: Inside/middle linebacker (off the line) Players under contract for 2014: Jamie Collins, Dont'a Hightower, Jerod Mayo, Chris White, Steve Beauharnais, Chris White, Ja'Gared Davis, Taylor Reed Level of need: Moderate-to-low Projected top targets: Dane Fletcher (Patriots), Ramon Humber (Saints), Dekoda Watson (Buccaneers).
A few thoughts from the free-agent trail: 1. Not much action from Patriots: About 24-30 hours into the start of the “legal tampering period”, the biggest thing from a New England Patriots' perspective is gaining tangible intelligence on what market has developed for cornerback Aqib Talib and receiver Julian Edelman. Both wanted to see what was available to them on the market, with the understanding that they would circle back to the Patriots before the official start of free agency because talks with the team have been open-ended.
Quick-hit thoughts around the NFL and with the Patriots: 1. Linebacker Brandon Spikes confirmed the obvious on Friday, stating it would be best for him and the Patriots to have a fresh start by making a split. That had me thinking back to Spikes’ rookie season, and the initial days of training camp, when Bill Belichick was expressing excitement about Spikes. Some of the soundbites: “He sees some things that I’m not sure everybody sees.
Boston Herald Mar 9, 2014
The primary competition the Patriots may have to ward off to keep Aqib Talib in Foxboro just might be the Washington Redskins.Chris Simms, who was in the Pats organization recently as a coaching assistant and also played with Talib at Tampa Bay, reported for “The Bleacher Report” that he was hearing the Skins were going to be “major players” in the bidding for the shutdown corner.In a lot of ways, it makes sense, as there were also some similar rumblings at the NFL’s scouting combine.
The Blitz | Boston Herald Mar 9, 2014
The Texans have interest in acquiring Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett, a source told colleague Jeff Howe.That nugget shouldn't come as a complete surprise. Texans head coach Bill O'Brien was the Pats offensive coordinator in 2011, and has an intimate knowledge of Mallett's capabilities.
The Blitz | Boston Herald Mar 8, 2014
It looks like the Patriots might have to duke it out with the Washington Redskins over Aqib Talib.Bleacher Report analyst and former NFL quarterback Chris Simms, who was in the Pats organization recently as a coaching assistant, and also played with Talib in Tampa, reported that he was hearing the Skins were going to be “major players” in the bidding for the shutdown corner.
Sixth installment in a multipart series on free-agent fits at various positions leading into the start of free agency March 11. Position: Quarterback Players under contract for 2014: Tom Brady, Ryan Mallett Level of need: Moderate-to-low Projected top targets: Colt McCoy (49ers), Brady Quinn (Rams), Rusty Smith (Titans) Why McCoy fits: He previously played under current Patriots assistant Brian Daboll in Cleveland (2010), and thus has a background in a Patriots-type offense.
Boston Globe Mar 8, 2014
Brandon Spikes hasn’t made many impact plays in his four years with the Patriots, and the team’s patience with him clearly wore thin at the end of last season when it placed him on injured reserve with a knee ailment instead of letting him play with his teammates.
Boston Herald Mar 8, 2014
Brandon Spikes is eager to get to free agency and make a break from the Patriots.The linebacker was a guest on NFL Network’s “NFL AM” yesterday and talked about leaving the Patriots and it being beneficial to both parties.With his representatives free to talk to other teams over the next three days before free agency officially begins on Tuesday, Spikes didn’t want to rule out a return to the Pats, but he seemed to think it would be best to part ways.
New England Patriots Blog | ESPN Boston Mar 7, 2014
Free agency technically begins at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, but that won't be the first chance NFL clubs have to begin conversations with the agents of players they covet. Effective at midnight tonight, the NFL opens what has become commonly known as a "legal tampering window." While teams cannot execute a contract with a free agent (other than their own free agents) until Tuesday at 4 p.m., they can contact the agents of pending unrestricted free agents of other teams.
Boston Globe Mar 7, 2014
The Patriots have begun the process of addressing the team's 12 free agents, re-signing long snapper Danny Aiken, according to a report.
A few leftover questions from the weekly Sportsnation Patriots chat we didn't get to: Chris P (Toledo): I'm happy with our offensive line, but feel a quality center is really the boost Tom Brady would need. Less pressure = more time for receivers to get open. I don't know if a starter could be had in the draft this year. Any thoughts on a FA center? Chris, outside of Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack (transition tag), one free-agent of note is Evan Dietrich-Smith of the Green Bay Packers.
The Blitz | Boston Herald Mar 7, 2014
Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes, who is primed for free agency on Tuesday, was a guest on NFL Network's "NFL AM" this morning and talked about his desire to go to a new team.While Spikes didn't rule out a return to the Patriots, he seemed to think it would be better to part ways."I would never say never," Spikes said of a return to New England. "You know, everybody (says) you never want to burn a bridge, but I just feel like both sides could benefit from a fresh start."