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CURRAN: Patriots Back-Up QB Ryan Mallett May Be Headed to Houston


Patriots back-up QB Ryan Mallett may be calling signals elsewhere next season.
(USA TODAY Images)

There has been plenty of speculation regarding the future of Ryan Mallett over the past few months, and it sounds like we may be on the verge of learning more in the not too distant future.

According to CSNNE’s Tom Curran, the back-up quarterback, who was heading into the final year of his contract with the Patriots, may be headed to the Texans. ¬†Curran cites a source who tells him that a deal “may soon be done” between the Patriots and Houston, with head coach Bill Belichick apparently working out a deal with former offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien to potentially yield his new team their future starting quarterback.

Curran followed up by saying, “Not a done deal at all but the machinations have begun.”

While a deal may not yet be done, it makes sense for the Patriots to move the veteran back-up.  The former 3rd round pick was set to become a free agent after this season and it would have been tough to see him walk away without any type of compensation.

The only downside to losing Mallett would be the fact it would leave New England without an experienced back-up behind starter Tom Brady, but it may be a chance they’re willing to take. ¬†It’s also likely they’ll draft someone this weekend, although most are likely hoping the Patriots don’t spend an early round pick on one and instead focus on using it to continue bolstering talent.

For now we’ll have to see how it plays out. ¬†But if there is indeed any truth to this latest report, it could end up potentially being a very interesting weekend.

REPORT: Patriots May Have Long Term Plans For Revis

Following the report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter Wednesday night that the Patriots had reached a 1-year agreement with free agent cornerback Darrelle Revis, there was some conflict from his business manager, John Geiger, who said that nothing had been agreed to just yet.

A day later, his manager finally confirmed the deal but according to the NFL Network’s Albert Breer, the two sides may be having a change of heart and after their meeting they may be thinking a 1-year deal might not be long enough. ¬†Breer reports that following a “feeling-out period”, New England may now be thinking of locking him up with a long-term deal, with Breer saying the club sees an opportunity like this as rare.

Locking up Revis for the foreseeable future in Bill Belichick’s defense would be a major move for a team who hasn’t had a player of his caliber since the days of when New England had Ty Law in their secondary.

Fortunately they’ve already got him for this year. ¬†If this news is true and they’re able to get something done to keep him even longer, that obviously makes it even better. At just 28 years old it’s tough not to believe Revis still has plenty of his best football left in him, and hopefully if all goes well the Patriots will be able to enjoy having him around for more than just this season.

Wednesday Round Up: Some News and Notes After Day Two

With free agency now in full swing, Darrelle Revis Joins Patriots Defense">aside from the Darrelle Revis acquisition, the Patriots started doing their normal due diligence which included some players at different positions on Wednesday, along with some player visits.

Broncos linebacker Lesley Woodyard was in town for a visit, and after leaving told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that the meeting “went great”, although he left without a contract. ¬†Also in town was Panthers free agent wideout Brandon LaFell, who was Carolina’s third leading receiver in 2013 with 49 catches for 627 yards and five touchdowns.

Field Yates of ESPN Boston reported that Cardinals linebacker Matt Shaughnessy also visited, with some believing Shaughnessy could be a nice fit for a defense that Bill Belichick is seemingly trying to add speed and depth at that position, at least judging by the type of players they’ve targeted so far.

As for other personnel moves, the Patriots released defensive lineman Isaac Sopoaga along with offensive lineman Markus Zusevics.   The team will reportedly be meeting with Rams offensive lineman Shelley Smith, and also recently met with former Cowboys center Phil Costa.

Meanwhile one player that the Patriots expressed interest in is now a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars, with former Buccaneers linebacker Dakoda Watson revealing to reporters in Jacksonville that New England was among nine teams who were interested in his services.

Other notes:

Julian Edelman gaining interest – A report from Aaron Wilson from the Baltimore Sun on Wednesday indicated that Edelman is drawing heavy interest from several teams, and there appears to be a healthy market for the Patriots free agent receiver. ¬†What that means for his future here in New England remains to be seen, but it appears that he’ll at least have more options this time around that he didn’t have when he hit the open market last year.

Broncos take DeMarcus Ware off the Market - The Broncos made their second free agent splash on Wednesday when they snagged Ware and added him to their defense.  Ware was on the wish list of quite a few fans who hoped he may land here, while Greg Bedard Tweeted that he felt Jared Allen might be a better fit for the Patriots in their defense.

Emmanuel Sanders Exploring His Options¬†- One name that was thought to be on New England’s radar given their interest in him last offseason was Sanders, who was in Jacksonville Wednesday for a visit with the Jaguars. ¬†From there he’s headed to Tampa Bay, and is also reportedly going to be visiting with the Jets. ¬†Judging by the interest in LaFell and Avant, it looks like that’s a position that’s on New England’s radar this offseason.

In the meantime be sure and check out our Patriots free agent “Rumor Mill”, which is updated throughout each day with the latest player rumors, visits, and signings.

Patriots Free Agency: Day One Rundown


Julian Edelman decided Tuesday to test the free agent market. (USA TODAY Images)

The Patriots weren’t able to lock down their top two free agents before the free agent market opened, with neither Aqib Talib nor Julian Edelman having agreed to new deals.

With day one in the books, as tends to be the case here in New England, there haven’t been any major signings just yet. However, here’s a quick run down of what happened on the first day of free agency as it relates to the Patriots:

1) Julian Edelman will test the market – According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Patriots reportedly offered Edelman a 3-year deal, and had asked the veteran receiver to give them an answer before the free agency period opened. ¬†Edelman instead turned it down, and decided to become a free agent, which Mike Giardi of CSNNE reported was because his agent didn’t feel Edelman received a fair market offer.

So far it appears that the Baltimore Ravens are among the first team potentially interested in his services, with Tom Curran of CSNNE reporting that Edelman is scheduled to visit with them.

It will be interesting now to see what type of money he’s offered, and there seems to be a possibility he could stay. Some reports say that he’s open to continuing to negotiate with New England, which is a different situation than the one they faced last year when they lost Wes Welker to the Broncos. This time around it appears the two sides parted amicably when the negotiations came to an end, and hopefully they’re not done talking just yet.

2) Aqib Talib not as close as had been thought? – Last night reports out of Washington saw Dianna Maria Russini reporting that while the Redskins wanted Talib, the Patriots were offering a better deal and that the veteran cornerback was close to an agreement.

Yet here we are, more than one day later and no deal yet between the two sides. ¬†To complicate matters Mike Giardi reports that so far there haven’t been any standing offers for Talib, which has people close to Talib surprised that he hasn’t been offered anything similar to guys like Brent Grimes and Sam Shields have received thus far. ¬†We’ll find out in the days to come just what type of a market there may be for him, but early indications seem to point to the fact it might not be as strong as he may have hoped.

UPDATE: Adam Schefter reports that Talib has joined Denver after agreeing to a 6-year $57-million deal that includes $26-million guaranteed.

3) LB Wesley Woodyard the first visitor to Foxboro – The Denver linebacker was the first reported player we heard about who is scheduled to visit Foxboro, with Brandon Krisztal out of the Mile-High City reporting that Woodyard’s first planned trip was to New England, although he had another visit planned after his meeting with the Patriots. ¬†Tough to say exactly how he would fit into the defense, but he’s an athletic player who would seemingly give them more speed on that side of the football. ¬†It’s early, but he appears to be someone to keep an eye on.

4) Dane Fletcher is Apparently Looking For a Starting Role – Jason LaCanfora reported on Tuesday that Fletcher was scheduled to visit Tampa Bay, which may spell the end of his days in New England. ¬†According to Nick Underhill of MassLive, Fletcher is looking for an opportunity to start, which considering the crowded group the team seems to have, he may feel he’s not going to get the opportunity with the Patriots.

5) Darrelle Revis not out of the mix yet, but seems unlikely –¬†According to Adam Schefter, should the Buccaneers release Revis on Wednesday the Patriots are one of the teams who could be in the mix for his services, although Revis has gone as far as saying he’d love to return to the Jets. ¬†He wasn’t willing to take a pay cut to execute a trade with Tampa Bay and most reports say his philosophy surrounding his salary aren’t going to change. ¬†As a result, as nice as it might be to see him potentially end up in the Patriots secondary, it seems like quite a long shot.

UPDATE: With Talib joining the Broncos, the circumstances have now taken a dramatic turn since from a financial standpoint the Patriots could now potentially be in play for Revis. It should be interesting to see if New England switches gears and makes a run at him, or if they have a different backup plan in play following Talib’s departure.

6) No Call Yet for Andre Carter – Carter has made it clear he’d like to play for the Patriots, but according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, Carter hasn’t heard from the Patriots so far. ¬†It’s tough to say if that call will come or if the Patriots will instead move on as they try to improve their pass rush in the months ahead.

7) DeMarcus Ware looks like he’s headed to Denver – There were many who envisioned Ware in New England’s defense, but it appears that may be off the table. ¬†According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Denver appears to be in the lead for his services at this point. ¬†There’s no deal done yet, but for any fan who was hoping to see him end up in a Patriots uniform, it doesn’t look promising.

There has been some speculation that the Patriots could be players in the sweepstakes to land cornerback Darrelle Revis, and while it’s hard to imagine the Patriots pulling the trigger to pry him away from the Buccaneers, here are some thoughts on that potential move.

1) It’s up to Revis – According to a couple of reports, the veteran defensive back is willing to restructure his deal, which would certainly make him more attractive for teams to bid with Tampa Bay for his services. ¬†The bigger question now is whether or not Revis is willing to change his previous philosophy of following the money, or if he’s decided to focus on trying to win a championship. ¬†Every player is motivated by different things, and with Revis now at the age of 28 and having made plenty of money over his career, it will be interesting to see how that part plays out. The Patriots likely won’t try and get him unless they believe they could keep him, and the financial implications involved would need to make sense for both sides. Whether or not Revis would be willing to leave some money on the table for a chance to join Bill Belichick’s team with a chance to get a ring is a question that only he likely knows the answer to.

2) Forget the money, what will the price be to get him?¬†– We can talk about the financial aspect of things all day, but the next question is going to be what the Buccaneers are going to want in return in order to ultimately decide to part with him. Tampa Bay is clearly in a rebuilding mode now and after a head coach and general manger change want to start putting together a team that can once again become a contender in the NFC. ¬†Moving one of their top players isn’t going to happen unless they can get enough in return to make it worth their while, and the question now will be whether or not the Patriots would be willing to part ways with the necessary draft picks to get it done. ¬†As we’ve seen in the past, Bill Belichick values those heavily, so it would be hard to imagine him pulling the trigger if the asking price is too high. Then again, the Buccaneers reportedly may release him if a suitable trade partner can’t be found, but that would likely increase his asking price if he’s allowed to hit the open market.

It’s hard to rule anything out at this point, but it’s hard not to like the idea of Revis and Aqib Talib together in New England’s secondary, especially Julian Edelman" href="http://www.patsfans.com/ian/blog/2014/03/10/latest-rumors-patriots-close-signing-talib-getting-aggressive-julian-edelman/">if the reports of a deal being close with Talib are accurate. ¬† However, the likelihood of that happening would seem to be a long shot considering the financial implications and the philosophy the team tends to follow, although according to CSNNE’s Mike Giardi they’ve at least had internal discussions about Revis.

Then again, stranger things have happened.  The Buccaneers are reportedly looking to move Revis quickly and it appears whatever is going to happen will be happening sooner rather than later.  Whether or not the Patriots are part of that equation remains to be seen.

 

As we close in on the start of free agency, it appears the Patriots are trying to make sure their top two players don’t get a chance to test the market.

According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, the Patriots have ramped up negotiations with wide receiver Julian Edelman in an attempt to prevent him from hitting the open market. ¬†Howe reports that Edelman has reportedly received enough interest elsewhere to land a new contract in the event the two sides can’t close a deal before free agency begins on Tuesday.

Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston reports that Edelman was spotted out in California working out with Tom Brady on Monday, with Brady likely hoping that Edelman will still be catching passes from him during the 2014 season.

Meanwhile things seem to be heating up with cornerback Aqib Talib, who seems to be closing on a deal to stay in New England. ¬†Dianna Marie Russini from NBC’s channel 4 in Washington reports that while the Redskins want Talib, the Patriots are reportedly offering a better deal¬†and reported that New England is very close to getting a deal done to keep him.

A couple of additional notes:

The Patriots released wide receiver T.J. Moe, which came as a disappointment to his agent who said the wideout had worked hard to recover since his Achilles injury… Free agent cornerback Alrerraun Verner of the Titans said on Monday that the Patriots are a possibility for him, with Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty reportedly lobbying for him to come to New England… Rand Getlin of Yahoo! Sports reported on Monday that the Patriots will reportedly re-sign tight end Michael Hoomanwanui… Jeff Howe also reports that wide receiver Aaron Dobson had surgery today to repair the stress fracture in his foot, and the early recovery timetable for Dobson is estimated at 2-3 months.

After recent reports that neither he or the Patriots have been speaking to one another on a new contract, Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes sounds like he’s ready to make a change this offseason.

The soon-to-be free agent linebacker appeared¬†on NFL Network’s ‘NFL AM’ and said during the intervierw¬†that both he and the Patriots could use a “fresh start”, which would lead you to believe his days in New England are over.

“I would never say never,” said Spikes regarding returning 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.”

Spikes also said during the interview that he’d be surprised if the Patriots released veteran tackle Vincent Wilfork.

‚ÄúIf he hits the free agency, I would be shocked,‚ÄĚ said Spikes. ‚ÄúI think the Patriots love him, the organization up there, Boston loves him. He‚Äôs been there for a while. I just honestly can‚Äôt see him leaving.”

As the Patriots try and keep wide receiver Julian Edelman and defensive back Aqib Talib in the fold this offseason, they’re still going to need some additional financial wiggle room heading into the free agency period along with the draft in the coming months.

That means they’re going to have to start getting creative with some of their existing contracts, and according to Tom Curran of CSNNE, that process may already be starting.

According to Curran, over the next four days, the Patriots will reportedly be trying to convince Wilfork to trim his $11.6 million cap hit by taking a restructured deal, which may also include asking the veteran to take a pay cut, although it’s possible they could instead extend him and spread his salary out to alleviate some of the strain that way as well.

Curran points out that since signing a 5-year, $40 million contract back in March of 2010, which included an $18 million signing bonus, the veteran has already realized $31,954,860 of that deal.

According to our resident cap expert Miguel Benzan, the Patriots are currently about $15 million under the alotted $133 million salary cap.

How this is handled should be an interesting topic in the months ahead, and Curran expects the chances for “a peaceful resolution” are about 50-50. ¬†Hopefully the two sides can get something done without any feelings being hurt, as Wilfork is still an important part of the defense moving forward and despite his age (33) and the fact he’s coming off an Achilles injury, it still makes sense to try and keep him here.

Patriots QB Ryan Mallett Recently Threw At Arkansas’ Pro Day

As Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett approaches a contract year, it appears he may be trying to increase his value a bit in the event he’s eventually no longer backing up Tom Brady after this season.

USA Today reports that the veteran QB recently saw an opportunity to perform in front of NFL decision-makers and took it, appearing at Arkansas’ recent Pro Day. ¬†The Razorbacks alumni was spotted throwing passes to receivers Mallett Javontee Herndon, Julian Horton, Austin Tate and Kiero Small in front of a host of NFL scouts, which was within his ability to do so as the¬†NFL states if a college program doesn‚Äôt have a quarterback or enough wide receivers to run a full pro day, they can pull from surrounding universities or alumni.

According to a report from CBS Sports, Mallett’s performance was described as simply “OK”, with a source who attended the workout telling the website that Mallett’s time in the NFL has not translated into a better build and “he remains gangly and looked ‘weak physically.'”

The report also said Mallett’s most impressive passes on the day were deep outs and go routes, which are two of the more valued throws in today’s NFL.

Mallett attended Arkansas from 2008 to ’10 before being drafted by New England in the 3rd round (74th overall) back in 2011.

There has been some speculation that Mallett could potentially end up being reunited with former Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien, who is now the head coach of the Houston Texans. ¬† That seems to be the most popular potential landing spot for Mallett, as the Texans own the No. 1 overall selection in May’s NFL draft and may decide not to select a QB with the top pick.

Patriots CB Aqib Talib Reportedly Seeking ‘Top-of-the-Market’ Money

After not franchising cornerback Aqib Talib, the latest news regarding the veteran should make the upcoming negotiations interesting.

According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, Talib reportedly wants to be paid as a top-of-the-market corner in free agency, and thanks to the recent signing of Dolphins free agent CB Brent Grimes, who received a four-year, $32 million contract, including $16 million guaranteed, it appears that should give fans a general sense of where Talib may fall relative to that deal.

Howe points out that while Talib has thoroughly enjoyed his season and a half with the Pats and may be willing to take something of a discount, the numbers will at least need to be close.  

Howe also recently reported that the team has already made an effort to start the process of getting something worked out, with the two sides reportedly having met two weeks ago at the scouring combine in Indianapolis.

Head coach Bill Belichick has expressed his affinity for Talib during the veteran’s brief career here, and came to his defense after the AFC Championship game following a hit by Wes Welker that knocked Talib out.

Belichick said after the game that Talib tried to fight his way back onto the field and also said, “There‚Äôs no more competitive guy in that locker room than Aqib Talib.‚ÄĚ

Hopefully the two sides can get something done to make sure Talib stays there next season.


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