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You Can Now Give the Gift of Patriots Lingerie

In an article that appeared this morning in the Columbus Business Journal, Victoria’s Secret Pink collection is adding NFL themed merchandise from a select number of teams, one of which includes the New England Patriots.

The lingerie company is offering an assortment of officially licensed merchandise in a partnership with the NFL that features the names and logos of just 13 teams at this time.

The products include T-shirts, sweats, hoodies, underwear and tank tops.

If you want to see a photo of a model in their Patriots gear, you can click this link to check it out.  There are only a handful of products available to start with, although no word yet on when more will become available.

They also have other teams available from College teams as well, with lots of great items for your special someone.

In the meantime the products are available to purchase now online, and are expected to hit stores on August 10th.

Saturday Patriots Headlines – July 24th

TRAINING CAMP COUNTDOWN: 5 days until Patriots training camp

A beautiful Saturday here in New England, and it’s exciting to think that next weekend we’ll hopefully have plenty of football to talk about as Training Camp will be underway.  But for now, here are today’s headlines.

Jeff Howe of NESN.com takes a look at the Patriots offensive line, and ponders what changes that will be made now that it’s looking more and more doubtful that they’ll have Logan Mankins on the field this season.

Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com reports that the Patriots and Mankins remain in a standoff, with the two sides not having spoken since Mankins publicly demanded a trade.  Mankins is not expected to report this week when the team opens camp on Thursday.

Howe also looks at quarterback Tom Brady’s current contract situation, and expects Brady to remain the consummate professional he’s always been.  He also looks at the fact that for the first time during Brady’s career, the Patriots are underdogs heading into this season.

Christopher Price of WEEI.com has part two of his “Rating the Roster” from 1-82, and today has the ratings from 70-61.  Each day he’ll be releasing the next 10, and we’ll be including it here in the headlines.

Yesterday we learned that Wes Welker won’t be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list when training camp opens on Thursday, and Albert Breer of the Boston Globe talks about Welker’s remarkable return.

Glenn Farley also takes an in-depth look at Welker’s return, and hopes that some of the guys around him take some of the pressure off, as Welker has lead the team in receptions the past several seasons.

The Charlotte Observer reported some sad news this morning, with former Boston Patriot Dennis Byrd passing after suffering a heart attack on Thursday.  The 63-year old suffered a heart attack July 15 while undergoing unrelated back surgery and never regained consciousness.  Byrd was the team’s number one draft choice in ’68, and played two seasons in the old American Football League before finishing his career with the Jets in the NFL.

 For fans who wonder whatever happened to former linebacker Chris Slade, the Virginia Gazette reports that this past week Slade made a return trip to the Colonial Capital as part of Football University’s 2010 Top Gun camp at James City County Stadium.  Slade is also entering his second season as sideline reporter for Virginia’s radio broadcast of Cavalier games, as well as working with Comcast Sports in Atlanta where he resides. 

The Lexington Herald-Leader has an article on Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder, reminding us of an incident from back in November of 2008 where Crowder engaged in a memorable exchange with Patriots tackle Matt Light.  The incident led to Light ripping Crowder’s helmet from his head before tugging at his dreadlocks, and both players were ejected and fined $15,000.

Sam Farmer of the Gloucester Times wonders how the Patriots will contend with the new look Jets, and also takes a quick look at the rest of the AFC East.

Christopher Gasper of the Boston Globe says that with the changes to the coaching staff in recent years, it’s an experienced group around Belichick that will need to grow quickly in order for the Patriots to be successful this season.

Tom Curran of Comcast Sports New England has an article talking about the fact that while the Patriots have plenty of “quantity” on offense, we’ll have to wait and see how much of that is “quality” when they take the field this week.

OTHER NFL HEADLINES:

Danny O’Neil of the Boston Herald has an article on Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, who brought USC’s football program to greatness, but now controversy surrounds the program.  The interesting note from O’Neil in this article is that in Carroll’s book titled “Win Forever” reportedly begins with the epiphany he experienced in the months after he was fired by the New England Patriots.   It began while he was reading a book by John Wooden that prompted him to refine the philosophy that he now sees as the backbone to his success at USC.  Carroll hopes that philosophy will translate to a similar success with Seattle.

College Coach Nick Saban recently compared professional athlete’s agents to that of “pimps” recently, suggesting that the NFL step in and do something about it.  ProFootballWeekly has an article where several agents respond to Saban’s comments – with many of them feeling it was an unfair generalization.

That’s it for this morning.  Enjoy your Saturday, and we’ll have updates later on.

RB Maroney Playing Chess Today

I mentioned this in today’s headlines, but thought I’d make a separate post to point it out since so many people continually feel the need to say negative things about him.


RB Laurence Maroney (Photo: Icon/SMI)

Patriots runningback Laurence Maroney is doing something interesting today, he’s spending his Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Kiener Plaza in St. Louis downtown: challenging area children to quick-chess games.

According to the American Chronicle The Chess Club of St. Louis will set up four tables, and Maroney will play as many games as possible.

The event is part of Maroney’s initiative to encourage St. Louis kids to spend time on positive activities. Everyone is reportedly invited, and there also will be live music.

Give the 25-year old runningback credit for spending his Sunday putting this together, it’s definitely a pretty cool thing and definitely shouldn’t go unnoticed.

With less than two weeks to go things also sound fairly positive in terms of his outlook football-wise. Most reports have said he’s had a decent offseason, so hopefully we’ll see good things from him on the field this year as well.

Saturday Patriots Headlines – July 17th

TRAINING CAMP COUNTDOWN: 12 days until Patriots training camp

ESPN’s John Clayton has the Patriots runningbacks “On the Radar” this morning, taking a look at how New England is going to need for someone to step up this season and take the pressure off of their passing game.

Syracuse.com has a feature on former Patriots coach Dick MacPherson, who like Troy Brown is being enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame this weekend.

The Charlotte Observer reports that former Boston Patriot Dennis Byrd is in the hospital with a heart problem, although no real word is available in the article on his condition.  Byrd was drafted No. 6 overall in 1968, and played two seasons with the Boston Patriots before a knee injury forced him to retire.

The Salem News reports that former Patriot David Givens joined several Boston College players last weekend for a youth football clinic in Peabody, Massachusetts.  It apparently was a big hit for the 139 kids who were on hand for the event.

“The BC guys were unbelievable with the kids, and of course Givens was a big hit,” said John Layton, who started the event last year and is a former football player at Northeastern. “Peabody High head coach Scott Wlasuk brought 20 of his high school players down and they worked with the kids the whole day. Coach Jim O’Leary from St. John’s Prep was there and David Bavaro (a former Patriot who grew up in Danvers) gave a speech. It was just a great day.”

The Los Angeles Times has an entertaining read on an upcoming plot of HBO’s ‘Entourage’, which apparently involves the NFL potentially moving back to LA.  It includes a mention of owner Robert Kraft, along with some other funny storylines.

Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald has a blog entry talking about Kraft and how he manages the challenges the team faces every year going into training camp. 

Ricky Doyle of NESN.com has more on yesterday’s report of Randy Moss hiring new agent Joel Segal.  Segal is also the agent for wide receiver Brandon Tate and defensive lineman Gerard Warren, and according to Doyle is considered an expert in helping players secure endorsement deals, which Moss recently said he was looking for.

Cross Terrell Owens off your wish list.  According to Adam Schefter, who reported this via Twitter, Owens isn’t coming to New England.  If Schefter says it, it must be true.

Schefter also points out that wide receiver Wes Welker recently filmed a “This is SportsCenter” commercial with ESPN, and has a picture of he and Welker from the shoot.

One last note on Owens - Ross Tucker of SI.com had a great comment in his mailbag on Friday, giving his reason as to why he feels Owens is still unemployed:

“I don’t know [where Owens is going to end up], but I do know that T.O. has finally reached the stage of his career where his on-field performance no longer outweighs the risk that he will be a locker room disruption. That’s one of the beautiful things about the NFL: the stuff you do will eventually catch up with you. T.O. is paying the price for his antics in San Francisco, Philadelphia and Dallas right now.”

Patriots.com reports that the tickets for the first ever college football game to be played at Gillette Stadium between UNH and UMASS this fall will go on sale on Tuesday, July 20th, beginning at 10am. 

OTHER NFL HEADLINES:

FoxSports.com has a piece this morning on their “Top 10 Teams that Deserve a Super Bowl“.  It’s an interesting read, although it may be a long time before some of the teams find their way to the NFL’s biggest stage.

Christopher Price of WEEI.com has an interesting blog entry on Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, who appeared on Dennis & Callahan on Friday.  Carroll claims that “one guy” took down USC, and has more on the scandal that is currently plaguing the university.

NFL.com reports that commissioner Roger Goodell will be visiting some of the league’s training camp sites next month, and will be paying a visit to seven teams.  According to the report he’ll start off in New Orleans on Aug. 2., and then will join John Madden on his bus for visits to the Philadelphia Eagles on Aug. 3, the Baltimore Ravens and Washington Redskins on Aug. 4, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns on Aug. 5, and the Indianapolis Colts on Aug. 7.  Considering the fact the New York Jets will be on HBO’s Hard Knocks, I’m kind of surprise Goodell isn’t paying them a visit purely for the sake of getting some television face time.

And finally Green Bay Packers defensive end Johnny Jolly has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy – which is an understatement to say the least.  The Green Bay Press-Gazette has the most information I’ve seen on this story, with court records stating that Jolly “bought, sold, funded, transported and aided in the buying, selling, funding and transportation of illegal narcotics including cocaine and marijuana.”  The league handed down the most severe punishment we’ve seen so far without a conviction, but it appears after doing their due diligence and looking at the evidence – there didn’t seem to be much working in Jolly’s favor.

Help Vince – Play the Game

It was reported this morning that the “Help Vince” T-shirts we’ve seen spreading throughout the media and in the locker room are to promote a scavenger hunt for fans to locate Vince Wilfork’s missing Super Bowl ring, which has apparently been stolen by a Jets fan.

Not really – but that’s the premise behind this.

Here’s a video from Vince and the Patriots on what it is, and how it works:

For fans who are interested, it’s a pretty interesting and fun thing they’ve put together, and you can learn more by clicking on the link below - which will take you to the official page for this scavenger hunt over at the team’s official website.

Help Vince Find His Super Bowl Ring – CLICK HERE

Thursday Patriots Headlines – July 15th

TRAINING CAMP COUNTDOWN: 14 days until Patriots training camp

We’ll kick off this morning with an answer to what many of us have been wondering for a while.  Vince Wilfork recently had been sending out “Help Vince” T-Shirts, and the answer came this morning when according to the Boston Globe it was learned that he and the team are working with Scvngr, a Boston company that has developed a software platform that allows organizations, schools – and football teams – to create scavenger hunt games that are optimized for smartphones.  The premise of the “Help Vince” scavenger hunt is that Wilfork’s Super Bowl ring has been stolen (not really, but play along), and they’ve set up a smartphone scavenger hunt to find the missing ring.

Albert Breer of the Globe has more along with a video of Wilfork and PR director Stacey James explaining more on this. 

To actually play the game – CLICK HERE.

Today the NFL will hold their supplemental draft, and the name that continues to be thrown around is BYU runningback Harvey Unga, who the team has reportedly shown interest in.  It’s a bidding war that teams will submit the highest draft selection they’re willing to give up for him, and the team that submits the highest pick wins.  According to The Universe, Unga is excited about what comes next.

“I’m just looking for a shot, an opportunity, an open door,” Unga said after his NFL Pro Day workout last week. “I’m just going to make the best of what I got. It’s an exciting time right now.”

Patriots.com has the next piece in their “Meet the Rookies” series, with linebacker Brandon Spikes in the spotlight.  It’s a terrific in-depth article on the Florida standout, and definitely worth a read.

Former Patriots defensive lineman Richard Seymour has had the franchise tag placed on him out in Oakland by the Raiders, and according to WEEI.com he’s willing to play under that designation.  According to the article as of Wednesday night it appears that there’s no deal imminent in regards to an extension, with a deadline of today looming for any franchise player to sign a multi-year contract.

The Bristol Press has an article this morning on quarterback Tom Brady’s contract extension, with columnist Johnny Burnham saying that they need to do the right thing and get Brady signed ‘on the dotted line”.

Tom Curran of Comcast Sports New England has an article on “Five Things You Don’t Have to Worry About“, one of which includes Brady holding out of camp – as was suggested yesterday by ESPN’s John Clayton.

NESN’s Mike Cole has a report regarding the unemployed Terrell Owens, who reportedly told the media yesterday that he’s willing to take a pay cut for an opportunity to play here in New England.

Jeff Howe of NESN.com looks at the Patriots wide receivers, and discusses the vast difference between each player – which could potentially make New England’s offense pretty prolific this season.

Howe also has an article on wide receiver Wes Welker, who has probably has had one of the most impressive rehabilitations we’ve ever seen.  Whether or not that has him ready for week one remains to be seen, but it’s still amazing to see how far he’s come this offseason. 

The Globe also has an article this morning on the Boston Militia, a women’s football team which is coached by former New England Patriots defensive back, Derrick Beasley, whose staff includes ex-Patriots Robert Perryman and Vernon Crawford.

Our friends at NEPatriotsDraft.com has a contract update on first round pick Devin McCourty, with updated projections of what he may get once a deal does come to fruition.

OTHER NFL HEADLINES:

The San Diego Tribune has an article on former USC head coach Pete Carroll, who continues to deny any knowledge of any scandal surrounding what went on during his time at the University which lead to serious sanctions being put in place by the NCAA.

“I tell them the truth,” says Carroll. “It (sanctions) wouldn’t have mattered. It’s a fun subject to put out there, but people don’t know me. In hindsight, I should have known. I didn’t. Guys in San Diego did a great job of hiding it. I didn’t know.

“Once again, in hindsight, it’s easy to say I should have known. We were in the middle of a great run; I wasn’t able to see any signs.”

For anyone following what’s going on with Tennessee Titans runningback Chris Johnson, ESPN has a story where he said Wednesday night that his goal is to rush for 2,500 yards this season - but there’s plenty of uncertainty since he may not even report to training camp.  Johnson is reportedly looking for a new contract, but sounds like with the season nearing he’d be willing to be a little more flexible.

“I want a long-term deal,” Johnson said. “But if I don’t get a long-term deal then a short-term deal just to get me to camp — I have no problem with that.” 

That’s it for this morning.  Be sure to join in over at our messageboard for the latest Patriots fan discussions, and we’ll have more later on.

Wednesday Patriots Headlines – July 14th

TRAINING CAMP COUNTDOWN: 15 days until Patriots training camp

We’ll kick off this morning with an article from Christopher Price of WEEI.com on Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his relationship with Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who passed away yesterday morning.  According to Kraft Steinbrenner sent him a letter back in 2002 after the Patriots won their first Super Bowl.

“It was the nicest letter, praising us for the turnaround and making the right personnel decisions, even when they weren’t the most popular decisions at the time,” Kraft said. “We both want to win. We do things different, stylistically, but the bottom line is we want winners running the show.”

Michael Lombardi has a piece on NFL.com where he takes a look at the AFC, and gives a brief summary of each team heading into this season.  One of the highlights of this article is where he looks at the Patriots, and talks about the mention by several media outlets who are claiming New England’s ”window of opportunity is closing”.

I laugh when people say the Patriots’ window is closing fast as Tom Brady gets older. Are you kidding me? The Patriots are a team in transition, but their window is not closing. In fact, it is getting wider as they keep surrounding Brady with young talent.

ESPN’s John Clayton has an article on quarterback Tom Brady, and how he will handle his contract situation heading into this season.  Clayton wonders whether or not he’ll make a statement by holding out when camp opens next week in Foxboro.

“Brady has a decision. Does he simply report and hope something gets done or does he try to make a statement with a holdout? A Brady holdout could be the biggest story of the NFL this summer.”

Andy Hart of Patriots.com answers questions in this edition of ASK PFW, including one regarding his thoughts on the linebacker position, which obviously has quite a few questions heading into training camp.

“The group has the youthful potential to be better than it was a year ago and to continue to evolve throughout the season and coming seasons. But the reality is, there are a lot of ifs in the group.”

Jeff Howe has a good article on Bill Belichick, and whether or not the Patriots head coach is spreading himself too thin by taking over so much of the coaching responsibilities by opting to go without offensive and defensive coordinators.

RotoTimes.com has a 2010 preview of the Patriots, along with Fantasy Football projections for New England heading into this season.

OTHER NFL HEADLINES:

The Buffalo Bills official website has an article looking at their offense, and wonders if they’ll be able to average more than 21 points per game this season.

The Denver Post has a mailbag that’s somewhat interesting, discussing Josh McDaniels and how long he has to win in Denver before the team would consider making a change.

The NFL confirmed on San Diego Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson’s three game suspension on Monday for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.  According to USA Today Jackson is eligible to participate in training camp and the preseason, but his availability is reportedly complicated by a lingering contract dispute.  Jackson’s name has been thrown around by fans recently in trade discussions as a potential pickup by the Patriots in exchange for disgruntled offensive lineman Logan Mankins.  Most feel that deal won’t happen, and I’d have to say I don’t see it getting done either.

We’ll end with an article from ESPN’s Len Pasquarelli who has an article on BYU runningback Harvey Unga, whom the Patriots have reportedly expressed interest in.  He points out that only 38 players have been selected in the NFL’s supplemental draft since 1977, but it appears that Unga will likely be one of them this year.

“I feel like I can help a team in a number of ways, and the indications are that I will be [chosen],” Unga said after his audition for about 20 clubs last week.

That’s it for this morning.  Hope everyone has a good day, and be sure to come talk football over at our message board and see what other fans are discussing as we continue counting down to training camp next week.

Tuesday Patriots Headlines – July 13th

TRAINING CAMP COUNTDOWN: 16 days until Patriots training camp

Another very quiet news day here in New England this morning, but here are today’s Patriots headlines.

We’ll kick off this morning with an article in USA Today which takes a good long look at the Patriots – who they claim are in “transition” and they wonder if that means they “can’t win”.  While other publications seem to be pointing out (incorrectly) that the team is too old, the article looks at the changes that have taken place since guys like Tedy Bruschi and Rodney Harrison have retired.  One of those changes includes some of the players on the roster trying to step up and help out the younger guys.

But Banta-Cain, who earned a new contract, says he’s trying to pass on to his young teammates the lessons he learned from the team’s departed stars. “The biggest thing they taught me was how to practice, how to be professional,” Banta-Cain says. “It’s really the example I set — to be the best player I can.”

While we’re on this subject, Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe continues with their “10 Questions” series and asks the question, “Who Leads the Patriots Youth Movement” this season?

Chris Price of WEEI.com notes that defensive back Darius Butler appeared on ESPN’s “First Take” yesterday and has the video from his appearance available for anyone who missed it.

Tom Curran of Comcast Sports New England notes that the gambling experts seem to be predicting less than 10-wins for the Patriots this season/

Monique Walker of the Boston Globe has the Patriots officially announcing the signing of 7th round draft pick Brandon Deaderick.

Paul Perillo of Patriots.com has a good look at rookie tight end Aaron Hernandez in the next edition of “Meet the Rookies”.

Oh boy, Brady and Gisele took their baby to the doctor yesterday.  OK Magazine has the story with photos (you know you’ll click on it…it can’t be helped). 

OTHER NFL HEADLINES:

I don’t know how closely anyone in here follows college football, but you may have noticed a couple of USC players transferred to UCONN recently, most likely due to the scandal that has left their athletic department in disarray.  Former head coach and now Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told the Sporting news that it’s been tough watching it happen.

“I do feel responsible being connected with it,” Carroll said of USC’s troubles. “I’ve also felt a responsibility, with the way it’s come down, to work to try to get the message out there and defend somewhat.”

John Clayton of ESPN.com has a piece this morning on the New York Jets that’s worth a read, and says that in order for Rex Ryan to keep his talented nucleus in place, it’s going to cost them.

There appears to be a snag in the labor negotiations, with the Players Union and the league at odds over HGH testing.  The biggest bone of contention to this point seems to be how the test is administered, with the players being against blood testing.

“In a perfect world, a urine test would be far easier for us to deal with and administer than a blood test,”  Adolpho Birch, who oversees the NFL’s drug policy, told the AP. “The problem is, we thought there was some chance a urine test could be developed. That’s increasingly looking less likely. The practical reality is, we need to focus on a test that works, and the test that works is blood.”

And finally former Giants linebacker Laurence Taylor is scheduled to be in court today facing rape charges for the recent incident that found him in a hotel room with what turned out to be a 16-year old runaway.  He faces four years in prison if convicted.

That’s it for this morning.  I hope everyone has a good day and we’ll have updates as they become available.

Monday Patriots Headlines – July 12th

TRAINING CAMP COUNTDOWN: 17 days until Patriots training camp

A very quiet Monday morning, but here are today’s New England Patriots headlines.

We’ll kick off this morning with an article from the Boston Globe, who has another edition of “10 Questions”, talking about who is going to start opposite Brandon Meriweather at the other safety position this season.  There was also an edition that ran late yesterday talking about how New England’s defense will be able to generate a pass rush this year.

Michael Lombardi of NFL.com has a blog entry and looks at a variety of questions surrounding teams heading into training camp, and he wonders if the Patriots really believe running back Laurence Maroney can have a breakout season?

ProFootballTalk.com has an article on former Patriot Cam Cleeland, who has seen some improvement while undergoing a new treatment where they used nutrition and supplements to improve problem areas spotted in Cleeland’s brain.

Jeff Howe has an article this morning on back up quarterback Brian Hoyer, who Howe says can handle more than your average Patriots back up QB.

For any fans who are worried about whether quarterback Tom Brady is working hard in these weeks leading up to training camp, he was seen throwing passes at UCLA on Friday.  Although he apparently did do some shopping with Gisele as well that day.

The guys at PatsCast released this week’s Podcast, which includes an interview with me regarding PatsFans.com.  I was pretty nervous, so I don’t expect a career in TV or Radio to be in my future.  When asked about how “I made this place what it is” I more or less realized that it had nothing to do with anything “I” had done, and it’s definitely the people who read it and post that makes it what it is.  So thank you to those of you who are active participants there – you are definitely the ones who get the credit.

OTHER NFL HEADLINES:

Peter King of SI.com has his Monday Morning quarterback and features Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan, who also discussed their match-up with New England last year.

There’s nothing like bad reality TV shows, and leave it to Ochocinco to have a new dating show – which aired over the weekend.  It’s called “The Ultimate Catch” – and since I didn’t see it I’m curious to know if anyone else did.  If you did, drop a comment below and let us know if it was at least entertaining.

Speaking of Ochocinco he got into a fight with a bouncer over the weekend, but apparently turned the other cheek, which lead to the bouncer being arrested instead.  He tweeted afterwards, “Aww man NYPD is so awesome,” he wrote. “We are all headed to Starbucks after we drop the bouncer off at the police station for assault on me.”

File this under “a topic that may interest only me”, but there’s a press release that ran this morning regarding a new partnership between Turner Sports and Sports Illustrated, who are apparently teaming up to improve their sports presence.  The press release says that they’re going to “create one of the world’s most exciting sports destinations on the web”.   They also say that they’ll be  ”capitalizing on each company’s core strengths to create an online sports powerhouse with new revenue and marketing opportunities for both portfolios”.  We’ll have to wait and see how this changes their current product.

Youth organizers apparently don’t care that Michael Vick was restricted by his probation officers and couldn’t leave the state, and are calling him “selfish” for not appearing at a recent charity event that he was scheduled to be at.  I’m not a fan of Vick’s, but like me when you read the article you’ll probably find that accusation unfounded.  After all, he missed his own golf tournament – so clearly he’s not making it up.

We’ll end on a blog post from the San Francisco Chronicle, which highlights a recent interview from Bo Jackson that appeared in the LA Times.  There are some interesting quotes from Jackson, and it’s definitely a good read.

That’s it for this morning.  Hope everyone has a good day and we’ll have updates later on.

A Week’s Worth of Patriots News 7/5 – 7/10

These stories appeared in each of the “Daily News Headlines” from the week of 7/5 – 7/10, with the best New England Patriots headlines and stories from each of the past seven daily entries all combined here just for you.

Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald reported late last Sunday that the timetable for Tom Brady’s new deal may be starting to come to light, as Colts GM Bill Polian claims he’s expecting to know about the new Collective Bargaining Agreement in October.  As we know Peyton Manning is also in the final year of his deal, and his deal from what we’ve heard will likely serve as a barometer for Brady’s contract.

With just over two weeks to go until training camp begins, WEEI.com’s Chris Price has an updated list of which Patriots rookies have already signed (prior to the recent Deaderick signing), along with a look at what it may take to get the remaining ones under contract.

Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe has a story that looks at New England’s offensive line, and how they’ll fare in the event the Patriots can’t work out their differences with disgruntled guard Logan Mankins.

Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com had an article on Tuesday regarding Tom Brady’s supposed “discontent” involving his contract.

Florio points out that up to this point Brady has been the good soldier and taken a “hometown discount” to help his team stay competitive and keep talent around him.  However according to Florio, Brady is saying that those days are over, and the Patriots are now going to have to pay market value for his services.  The reason?  Brady is supposedly angry that New England has been using his last good gesture against other free agents (ie: Logan Mankins) to get them to take less money – and he’s not going to do it any longer.

Jeff Howe of NESN.com wonders if recently signed Vince Wilfork, Leigh Bodden, and Tully Banta-Cain will back up the big contracts they recently signed this offseason.

Jeff Howe of NESN.com has an article on quarterback Tom Brady, who Howe says looked “precision sharp” during the team’s minicamp and OTA’s and no longer appears to be hampered by any injuries.  As we recently learned Brady fought through not only trying to battle back from a knee injury, but also dealt with playing through the final weeks of the season with three broken ribs and a broken finger.

Howe also looks at quarterbacks coach Bill O’Brien, who despite the fact there wasn’t officially an offensive coordinator last year handled most of the play-calling.  According to Howe O’Brien has clearly been in charge of the offense so far during the team’s offseason workouts, and after a tough 2009 campaign New England can’t afford any further inconsistant play-calling from him when they take the field this season.

Jeff Howe of NESN.com expects a big year from wide receiver Randy Moss, pointing out that the last time Moss was in a contract year (2007) he had a record breaking season.

The Jets announced the signing of draft choice Vladimir Ducasse on Wednesday, who was taken at 61st overall.  Christopher Price  of WEEI.com reports that with Brandon Spikes being taken just one spot later, Ducasse’s contract should more or less set the benchmark for whatever deal the Patriots end up making with the rookie linebacker.

Christopher Price of WEEI.com reported that Patriots runningback Sammy Morris will be running the second stage of his annual football camp at Army Field in Foxboro from July 15 through the 17th.  Price reports that Morris, who grew up in San Antonio, said he always wished there was a football camp he could have attended as a young football player.

“There was never an NFL team or player in the area when I was growing up,” he said on a Thursday morning conference call. “Looking back, I wish there was something else I could have done to improve my skills early on. There’s always room to improve and people you can learn from. I wanted to do that in areas that are special to me.”

The article also takes a look at some thoughts Morris has about his post-football career, and is definitely a good read.

Price also reports that according to sources the Patriots were one of the teams in attendance Thursday in Provo, Utah for the workout of BYU’s Harvey Unga.  He reportedly remains the biggest name available in this year’s supplemental draft, and considering the age of Fred Taylor and the injury history with New England’s runningbacks, it will be interesting to see if they make the move for him. 

A local paper out of BYU has more on the workout, including his 40-time, etc. for anyone interested.

Mike Reiss has rankings on the players on the Patriots roster, and ranks them in order from 1-82 with some interesting commentary.

Jeff Howe of NESN.com had a great article focused on the Patriots rookies, and feels that this year’s draft class cold play a major role in the upcoming 2010 campaign.

Shalise Manza-Young of the Boston Globe has another edition of “10 Questions” this morning, looking at former Patriot Richard Seymour’s role in the defense and how New England has addressed his loss.

The official site also had a great look at punter Zoltan Mesko in a recent “Meet the Rookies” article.

Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald reported via Twitter Friday that the Patriots signed 7th round pick Brandon Deaderick.

According to Rapoport the Alabama standout will receive a $40,300 signing bonus, although the terms of the rest of the deal have yet to be disclosed.

The team recently featured him in a “Meet the Rookies” column, which can be found by clicking here.  If you read the article, you’ll find Deaderick is lucky to be alive after being shot in the arm during an apparent robbery attempt.  Here’s an article from ESPN.com shortly after he was released from the hospital back in 2009.

Hopefully this brings you up to date, and be sure to send along a comment if you found this post useful in getting caught up on recent Patriots news.