Just wanted to post some of the interesting Patriots tidbits from the Boston writers: Bedard's notes in the Sunday Globe Unchartered waters ahead in NFL free agency - Sports - The Boston Globe -He hears that the position the Pats are most associated with going into FA is defensive end. As mentioned earlier on this forum, sources told him that they were going to go after CIN DE Michael Johnson if he had not been tagged this past week. Other DE options he mentions: Antonio Garay (SD), Dwight Freeney(IND), John Abraham(ATL) and Cullen Jenkins(PHI). -He notes that the Patriots will have plenty of inside knowledge on Dwayne Bowe, if they choose to listen. He notes Pioli, Crennel, and Daboll all have experience with Bowe. -He points out the fact that the players who McDaniels brought in last year failed to live up to expectations. Of note - Hooman, Lloyd, Fells, Larsen and Salas. -Restructuring too many deals equals bad cap management - eventually you have to pay the piper. -He mentions that Brian Hoyer, because he was only active for 5 games in 2012, missed Unrestricted Free Agency and remains a RFA this offseason. -The Patriots currently have $24.99M in cap room. -Can the Patriots tag a guy who has had off-field problems (Talib) while letting a 'rock-solid' guy like Vollmer walk? How does that play in the locker room? -Other notes about NH's Chip Kelly and how Peyton Manning should be healthier going into next season. -Also, he talks at length about the unprecedented free agency period ahead. Reiss' Piece's Quick-hit thoughts around NFL & Pats - New England Patriots Blog - ESPN Boston -He thinks that Belichick will remain with the team at least through 2017(the end of Brady's deal) -The idea of trading Mallett: He thinks it would be hard for a team to give up value for someone who hasn't shown much but the Browns would be a logical fit with Lombardi there and Norv Turner's scheme. -Four of the first five players who were franchised this year (Melton, Byrd, Johnson, McAfee) were selected after the 1st round. -Of the 9 players selected by the Patriots in the 2007 draft, only 2 players remain in the NFL (Merriweather and Corey Hilliard). Note: Wes Welker(traded for '07 2nd rounder) and Randy Moss(traded for '07 4th rounder) remain in the NFL. -He thinks any decision to cut Lloyd would be more based on economics than his off-field issues. He notes that he has seen and heard of a lot worse off-field issues in the Pats locker room during his 12 years covering the team. -This is Donald Thomas' chance to cash in. -The final chapter of Brady's career has been set up with his new deal - with both sides having tangible end points to consider. Guregian's Notes Tom Brady -Ellis Hobbs has started a concierge business for athletes and high net worth individuals -An article on whether or not Brady can stay sharp through the end of his new deal. Insights from Warren Moon and Trent Dilfer. Comparisons to Len Dawson, Testaverde, Kurt Warner, and Steve Young. -Joe Andruzzi is being inducted into the National Italian American Sports hall of fame (Massachusetts chapter).