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Pats Pulpit

Patriots re-sign linebacker Marquis Flowers to one-year, $2.55 million contract

The linebacker depth chart gets another body. While the New England Patriots bolstered their defensive line and their secondary over the course of free agency, the team did not address the linebacker position – arguably the unit's Achilles heel in 2017. To make matters worse, the team lost depth as Shea McClellin failed a physical and was subsequently released. However, the Patriots made a move to add to the group today. According to his agent and via ESPN's Adam Schefter, the team re-signed linebacker Marquis Flowers: Patriots keeping another of their own, re-signing LB Marquis Flowers...

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New England Patriots links 3/22/18 - Patriots stock up on special teams with Marquis Flowers signing

Daily news and links for Thursday TEAM TALK Patriots re-sign WR Matthew Slater. Lauren Williams helps us get to know new Patriot RB Jeremy Hill. Fun facts: Jeremy Hill. Promo - How do we feel about Matthew Slater returning to New England?! (30 second video) Don Banks and Nick Stevens Cover 2 podcast: Chris Mortensen interview, strengths of the 2018 NFL Draft class, updating the catch rule, free agency and more. (54 min.) PFW in Progress 3/20: Analysis of Patriots roster moves. (2 hours) LOCAL LINKS Ryan Hannable looks at whether selecting an offensive tackle high in the draft will...

Niner Nation

49ers tied for 5th best Super Bowl odds after start of free agency

The 49ers made some impact moves, and the latest Super Bowl odds are reflecting it. The San Francisco 49ers offseason maneuvering has people buzzing, and oddsmakers are reflecting that in their latest Super Bowl 53 odds. Bovada posted their first update of odds since immediately after Super Bowl 52, and the 49ers have improved from 20/1 to 14/1. The 49ers were tenth in the post-Super Bowl odds, but are now tied for fifth with the Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay Packers after a week of free agency. The Rams improved from 18/1, while the Packers were dropped from 9/1. The New England Patriots...

SideLion Report

Detroit Lions free agency mirrors the New England Patriots

When it comes to signing veterans, fans need to pause and exhale. The Detroit Lions have actually made some smart choices in free agency. Fans wondered, some very vocal about just what the Detroit Lions were doing as free agency opened last week. General manager Bob Quinn was following what he knows “the Patriots way.” […] Detroit Lions free agency mirrors the New England Patriots - SideLion Report - SideLion Report - A Detroit Lions Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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Matthew Slater the Patriots' latest special teams domino to fall this offseason

New England made sure to keep its core special teamers in town – and added some outside reinforcements along the way. A look at the New England Patriots' 2018 free agency class shows that the unit with the most top players about to hit the open market was special teams. Of the 14 unrestricted free agents to be, eight held major roles in the kicking game the previous year. A ninth player, Brandon King, was furthermore scheduled to become a restricted free agent last Wednesday. It was clearly an important time for the future of New England's kicking game operation, particularly in regards...

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“It was a roller coaster type of day”: Jason McCourty recounts getting traded to Patriots

The newly signed Patriot tells how the trade went down from his perspective. One of the New England Patriots' biggest moves of free agency so far was trading a sixth-round draft pick to the Cleveland Browns to obtain Jason McCourty and a seventh-round selection. New England, which moved down a mere 14 slots in the draft to get the veteran, was not only able to add a starting-caliber player to its secondary, it also reunited the cornerback with his twin brother and Patriots starting safety Devin McCourty. Jason McCourty last played alongside his brother during the 2008 season, when both were...

Pride Of Detroit

4 things to know about new Detroit Lions linebacker Devon Kennard

We learn a little more on Devon Kennard with a new York Giants expert. Welcome back to our 4 questions free agency series. Earlier in the week, Reisman sent me out to Minnesota to chat with Eagles and Patriots experts on the Lions’ newest running back LeGarrette Blount. While I was reluctant to get in between the two Super Bowl foes, this time I was super happy about my assignment. If you’ve read my work since talking about the Lions and free agency, then you know I’ve been a big fan of Devon Kennard ever since the Lions played the Giants in Week 2. I just saw something in the guy....

The Falcoholic

Report: Falcons interested in linebacker Arthur Moats

The veteran has 16.5 sacks in 121 career games. Now that the first, frenzied wave of free agency is over, you’re seeing teams like the Patriots rouse from their slumber a bit to pursue free agents. The same may be true of the Falcons, soon enough. Atlanta worked out Pro Bowl-caliber special teamer Justin Bethel yesterday, per the team, and today we’re hearing they have interest in former Bills and Steelers linebacker Arthur Moats. The 30-year-old would be an affordable piece of depth on Dan Quinn’s defense, which has to this point not replaced several useful reserves. The Steelers...

The Republican

New England Patriots free agency: What moves remain for reigning AFC Champions?

A look at what moves the New England Patriots can make in the second week of NFL free agency.

Pats Pulpit

New England Patriots links 3/20/18 - 2018 Roster still in spin cycle

Daily news and links for Tuesday TEAM TALK Patriots release LB Shea McClellin. Patriots acquire WR Cordarrelle Patterson in a trade with Oakland. Andy Hart catches up with newcomer Danny Shelton, who wants to join the Patriots winning ways after a tough three years in Cleveland. Patriots 2018 free agent tracker. Patriots 2018 mock draft tracker. LOCAL LINKS Kevin Duffy looks at what moves the Patriots can make in the second week of NFL free agency. Ryan Hannable points out Bill Belichick has a lot of work to do over the next month, given the lack of cap space and number of needs...

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Tom Brady, Dwayne Allen among early winners and losers of Patriots' free agency

The first wave of free agency frenzy is over. Let's take a look back. After its busy start, the first wave of 2018's NFL free agency is slowly winding down. This, in turn, gives us a chance to take a look back at what happened over the past week from a New England Patriots' perspective. We have already recapped the action yesterday, today we will take a look at the impact the moves made will have on the team and who are – this early during the process – the winners and losers of them. Loser: QB Tom Brady Coming off an MVP season and historic Super Bowl performance, Tom Brady again...

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Patriots re-sign special teams ace Matthew Slater to two-year deal

Slater returns. The New England Patriots entered the 2018 offseason with some core players about to hit unrestricted free agency. Among them was special teams ace and team captain Matthew Slater, who entered the open market last week. Now, the veteran – a few days after taking a visit with the Pittsburgh Steelers – is back in New England, according to ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss: Special teams captain Matthew Slater is returning to the Patriots on a two-year deal, per source. Slater entered free agency coming off a difficult 2017 season. While he finished tied for third on the Patriots...

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Patriots free agency tracker: Rumors, news, signings, instant analysis

Make sure to stay up-to-date. On March 14, the NFL's new league year will officially begin and with it the 2018 free agency period. The New England Patriots project to be rather busy given a) their lengthy list of players headed for the open market, and b) the fact that the team needs to improve a defense that gave up 41 points during Super Bowl LII. Expect the next few days to be busy as reports will start to come in. Especially after the legal tampering window opens on Monday, March 12, things will start to heat up around the league. In order to not get lost, we have created this tracker...


Here’s What Adrian Clayborn Is Looking Forward To Most With Patriots

Adrian Clayborn is ready to roll. The New England Patriots beefed up their defensive line in free agency last week... Read More »

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2018 NFL free agency: Details released on Adrian Clayborn’s deal with the Patriots

As reported last Friday evening by the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Patriots inked veteran edge defender Adrian Clayborn to a two-year free agent contract. On Tuesday morning, more context was provided as details of Clayborn’s deal were made public. According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, the two-year agreement has a base value of $10 million. DE Adrian Clayborn's two-year contract with the Patriots is worth a base value of $10 million. He gets a $4 million signing bonus and has a $1.5 million base salary in 2018, and a $3.5 million base salary in 2019. In each year, Clayborn can earn......

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Patriots select Nate Solder's replacement in latest SB Nation mock draft

New England adds to their offensive line. The New England Patriots lost some core players over the first week of free agency. The biggest of those losses – both from a physical perspective as when it comes to importance – is arguably starting left tackle Nate Solder. The 29-year old, who protected Tom Brady's blindside for the majority of the past seven years, signed a record-breaking four-year, $62 million contract with the New York Giants. Naturally, the Patriots are now in need for a new left tackle and the draft might be the way to go – and SB Nation's Dan Kadar has already...


Cowboys should learn from Byron Jones mistake when hosting free agents like Cameron Fleming

SportsDay Cowboys insiders Jon Machota and Brandon George discussed free agency on a recent episode of their podcast "Candidly Cowboys." Here are some highlights:Get the Cowboys Sports Radio app by clicking here.On offensive-line movesGeorge: Two offensive tackles who played last year for the New England Patriots, Cameron Fleming and LaAdrian Waddle - both of those guys spent time at right tackle. Fleming ... probably could be a starting right tackle in the league - he's talented enough. He's a great candidate for swing tackle, played left and right tackle for the Patriots.Machota: Do you...

The Republican

New England Patriots draft prospects: Bill Belichick meets with South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst

After a busy weekend in free agency, Bill Belichick is back on the scouting trail. He met with South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst on Tuesday.

Pats Pulpit

5 big questions for the Patriots after the first week of free agency

Some were already answered, others still remain. There are few weeks in the NFL busier than the start of free agency when signings, visits and trades all take place at the same time. The New England Patriots have had their fair share of each so far and the initial wave of free agency slowly winding down, we now have the chance to look back and assess what had happened – and what it means for the Patriots moving forward. Even though New England was able to address some of its needs via free agency signings or more prominently trades, the team still faces some questions. Let's try to answer...

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POLL: Which Patriots free agency acquisition are you most excited about?

Cast your votes. Even though they lost a total of five players so far during free agency, the New England Patriots have still been pretty busy. Overall, the team – either through trade or unrestricted signings – acquired six players since the market opened last Wednesday, addressing needs and adding depth in all three phases of the game: DE Adrian Clayborn: The former first round draft pick signed a two-year, $12.0 million free agency contract with the Patriots. He is expected to become a vital member of the team's defensive edge rotation alongside Trey Flowers, Deatrich Wise Jr. and...

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Recapping the first week of free agency action from the Patriots' perspective

New England is coming off a busy week. During the NFL season, Monday is typically the day to look back and assess what happened over the course of the weekend. And while the 2018 regular season will not open until early September, there are still opportunities to look back during the offseason – with free agency one of the most prominent such chances. The first week of this year's edition is already in the books; let's quickly recap it. Free agents re-signed by the Patriots New England entered the offseason with 14 players headed towards unrestricted free agency. Of those 14, only three...

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Updates on the Patriots and the offensive tackle market

News on where the Patriots will fill the biggest hole on the roster The biggest loss for the Patriots is losing left tackle Nate Solder to the Giants in free agency. So far, there hasn’t been much news on the front of where the Patriots will go to fill that vacancy beyond simple rumors. The Patriots are interested in bringing back at least one of their backup tackles La’Adrian Waddle and Cameron Fleming in addition to being linked to former Jets, Raiders, and most recently the Ravens RT Austin Howard. At the same time, it also appears that the Patriots will be addressing the long term...

The Republican

New England Patriots news: Free agent OT LaAdrian Waddle visits Dallas Cowboys, per report

The Patriots already saw Nate Solder leave in free agency. They could lose his top backups -- Cameron Fleming and LaAdrian Waddle -- as well.

Chowder and Champions

Patriots gridiron news: Jeremy Hill looks to regain power in New England

The New England Patriots added to their running back depth with the signing of former Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill.  Add running back Jeremy Hill as the latest former Cincinnati Bengals player to join the New England Patriots. Following the loss of their 2017 leading rusher Dion Lewis to free agency, the Patriots agreed […] Patriots gridiron news: Jeremy Hill looks to regain power in New England - Chowder and Champions - Chowder and Champions - A Boston Sports Site - Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, Bruins and More!

The Republican

New England Patriots analysis: What type of RB is team getting in Jeremy Hill?

Here's a scouting report on New England Patriots RB Jeremy Hill, who signed in free agency after four years with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Blogging The Boys

Cowboys news: Cowboys plan to meet with OT Cameron Fleming; can Taco break out in 2018?

The Monday morning links. Sources: Cowboys set to meet with free agent OT Cameron Fleming - Brandon George, SportsDay The Cowboys are the only team in the NFL to not sign at least one outside player so far in this free agency period. Could that change? News broke that the Cowboys are eyeing an offensive tackle. The Dallas Cowboys are scheduled to meet with free agent offensive tackle Cameron Fleming beginning Monday, according to sources. Fleming (6-6, 320) started at right tackle for the Patriots in the Super Bowl last month. The Patriots want to re-sign Fleming, but the Cowboys are in...

Behind the Steel Curtain

Steelers hosting safety/special teamer Michael Thomas on free agent visit

The Steelers continue to look for a safety and special teams ace to replace Robert Golden. When the Pittsburgh Steelers released safety Robert Golden at the start of NFL Free Agency, they would have to replace a special team player who once held the title of captain for the team. This is a position the Steelers have clearly targeted, especially after hosting former Patriots Pro Bowl special teamer William Slater over the weekend, and now reportedly hosting former Miami Dolphins special team ace Michael Thomas. .@Michael31Thomas is visiting the Pittsburgh Steelers today.— Alain Poupart...


Cowboys rumor: Dallas considering moving La’el Collins back to guard

The Dallas Cowboys have hardly been heard from during the first few days of free agency. But they’re finally starting to make some noise by bringing in not one, but two New England Patriots offensive tackles, Cameron Fleming and LaAdrian Waddle, in for a visit. They are most likely taking a look at both players […] The post Cowboys rumor: Dallas considering moving La’el Collins back to guard appeared first on ClutchPoints.