Here are this morning’s top stories:

BOSTON GLOBE:

NFL’s Thursday night package shouldn’t affect Patriots – Chad Finn – Finn has an article on the league’s new Thursday night television deal, which he feels wouldn’t see the Patriots appear on there more than once.

Words With Frenz mailbag: Should the Patriots use the franchise tag this year? – Erik Frenz – Frenz has his mailbag for this week and as usual touches on a variety of interesting topics in this entry.

BOSTON HERALD:

What’s at play with key Patriots free agents – Jeff Howe – Howe has his thoughts this morning on where he believes the Patriots stand with their five starters who are a month away from the open market.

ESPN BOSTON:

Patriots ties in Houston bear watching – Field Yates – Yates looks at some of the hires being made in Houston, who he feels could lure away some of the Patriots potential free agents.

Patriots defensive snapshot: contracts – Mike Reiss – Reiss looks at the contracts for the Patriots on the defensive side of the football.

Patriots offensive snapshot – Mike Reiss – Reiss also has a breakdown of the offense, with some thoughts on some of the moves they’ll make this offseason.

Belichick, Brady have one round in books – Field Yates – Yates looks at the current results of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, which has Bill Belichick’s duo leading Tom Brady’s by one stroke through one round.

Kiper/McShay mock draft reax: Patriots –  Mike Reiss – Reiss looks at a recent mock draft on the Patriots, which saw a couple of interesting picks made.

Weekly Patriots chat recap – Mike Reiss – Reiss recaps his chat from yesterday, which as always had some interesting discussion.

WEEI:

Patriots position-by-position breakdown: Cornerbacks – Christopher Price – Price continues his position breakdown, with this entry taking an in-depth look at the defensive back spot.

Free agent snapshot: Michael Johnson – Christopher Price – Price looks at Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson, and ponders how he might fit in here in New England.

PATRIOTS.COM:

In Case You Missed It: The Offseason is Underway – Isaac Moore – Moore has a good entry on the offseason picture.

CSNNE:

Free agent analysis: Pats may upgrade from Mulligan – Tom Curran – Curran looks at tight end Matthew Mulligan, and wonders if New England will opt to try and replace him this offseason.

Free agent analysis: Hooman a fit at tight end? – Tom Curran – Curran also has an entry on Michael Hoomanawanui, and wonders the same thing.

NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST:

Patriots have decision to make with Aqib Talib – Aaron Wilson – Wilson has notes on Talib, and wonders if the Patriots will be able to re-sign him.