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ESPN Boston says the Patriots are more likely to use the franchise tag on K Stephen Gostkowski than S Devin McCourty.

Tagging Gostkowski would cost the Patriots roughly $4.5M while McCourty would be closer to $9.5M. Gostkowski has been one of the league's best kickers ever since the Patriots scooped him in the fourth round of the 2006 draft, converting 243-of-280 (86.8 percent) field-goal attempts.
Source: ESPN Boston
Mar 2 - 11:18 AM

ESPN Boston expects free agent Stevan Ridley (knee) to settle for a one-year, "prove-it" deal.

Coming off ACL surgery, Ridley will attempt to reestablish his value before getting another chance at free agency in 2016. He's been one of the better power backs in the league when healthy, and has potential to be a high-reward signing for a team that's willing to bet on his recovery. Ridley should command an incentives-based deal in the range of $1.25 million.
Source: ESPN Boston
Feb 28 - 2:32 PM

CSN New England's Tom Curran believes re-signing free agent G Dan Connolly is a priority for the Patriots.

Connolly was a liability last season, but he is a veteran leader that could be useful in a backup role. Entering his age-33 season and with a long injury history, Connolly could also opt to retire. One of Connolly's main calling cards is his ability to play multiple positions on the interior line.
Feb 28 - 2:01 PM

Free agent RB Shane Vereen denied a report that he's seeking $5 million annually.

Rotoworld's No. 7 available running back, Vereen was never a realistic candidate to get $5 million on the open market. He should draw interest from multiple teams, but isn't going to break the bank. Vereen will likely settle for a deal in the range of three years and $10.5 million.
Feb 27 - 7:26 PM

Patriots WR Aaron Dobson is participating in a rigorous offseason training program in Arizona.

Dobson showed potential as a rookie in 2013, hauling in 519 yards and four touchdowns. Injuries made him a non-factor last season (five targets in four games). A former second-round pick, Dobson is still only 23 years old, but is likely entering a make-or-break offseason with New England.
Feb 27 - 11:53 AM

Free agent FS Devin McCourty would be okay with the Patriots' franchise tag.

It appears that's where this is heading with McCourty, who would stand to make around $9 million in 2015 on the franchise tag. Not a bad deal. McCourty would be one of the highest-paid safeties in the league and get another crack at free agency next offseason as a 28-year-old should he and the Patriots not hammer out a long-term deal. He's not going to reach the open market in two weeks.
Feb 25 - 1:26 PM

Patriots ILB Jerod Mayo has a $4.5 million injury guarantee in his contract.

Mayo was thought to be a cut candidate, but according to ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss, "cutting Mayo while still owing him $4.5 million wouldn't be sound business." New England is still trying to piece together its salary cap to accommodate Darrelle Revis. Vince Wilfork and Danny Amendola are now more likely to be released given the clause in Mayo's contract.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 22 - 12:52 PM

Patriots ILB Dont'a Hightower is facing a six-to-seven month recovery timetable after undergoing shoulder surgery early in February.

Hightower will miss all of the Patriots' offseason program and is unlikely to be ready when training camp begins July 29. The Patriots begin their season on September 10, exactly seven months after the surgery. Hightower should be ready by then, but the long timetable makes Jerod Mayo's contract situation even more important.
Feb 21 - 9:59 AM

Patriots coach Bill Belichick "loves" second-year RB Tyler Gaffney.

A sixth-round pick of the Panthers last season, the Pats controversially claimed Gaffney off waivers when Carolina attempted to put him on injured reserve with a torn lateral meniscus last July. Gaffney spent 2014 on New England's injured reserve instead. A grinder with little explosion and underwhelming college tape, it is hard to see Gaffney carving out a big role in the Patriots' offense no matter how much Belichick "loves" him.
Feb 21 - 8:44 AM

Free agent RB Stevan Ridley is four weeks ahead of schedule in his recovery from ACL surgery.

Ridley tore his ACL in Week 6, but had to wait until mid-November to have surgery. His availability for the start of training camp remains questionable. Ridley was one of the top power backs in the league when healthy, but will likely have to reestablish his value on a one-year deal.
Feb 20 - 7:37 PM

Darrelle Revis could be willing to give the Patriots a team-friendly deal.

Revis turned down multiple offers last offseason that would have paid him more than his deal with the Patriots. The Boston Herald believes his "positive experience in his first year would seem to suggest he’d do it again." Revis is due a $20 million option, but the Patriots want to work out a long-term deal before his $12M roster bonus becomes guaranteed on March 9. New England is in danger of going over the salary cap if they don't extend Revis or restructure his contract.
Feb 20 - 6:32 PM

A source tells the Boston Herald that free agent RB Shane Vereen is hoping to land $5M per season on his next contract.

It's wishful thinking from Vereen, who is obviously looking to go high in negotiations. The bigger takeaway is that he fully plans to hit the open market and not re-sign with the Patriots before March 10. Vereen, a fine passing back, should be aiming for something around the three-year, $10.5M deal Darren Sproles got from the Eagles.
Feb 19 - 11:54 AM

The Boston Globe considers CB Alfonzo Dennard a candidate for offseason release.

Dennard showed promising press-coverage skills his first three NFL seasons, but plummeted down the depth chart in 2014 as the Patriots brought in Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, and Malcolm Butler. Now owed a $1.59 million base salary, Dennard is overpaid. If cut, we wouldn't be surprised to see Dennard resurface as a starter elsewhere. He's still only 25 years old.
Feb 15 - 2:00 PM

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss would be "surprised" if the Patriots let FS Devin McCourty get away in free agency.

Reiss would be surprised; we'd be shocked. The Boston Herald expects the Pats to franchise tag McCourty, a move that could be made with the intention of eventually working out a long-term deal. Another key Patriots free agent is K Stephen Gostkowski. Reiss expects him back in New England as well.
Source: ESPN Boston
Feb 15 - 1:17 PM

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss reports three years and $10.5 million may be the starting point for free agent Shane Vereen's next contract.

If Vereen wants that kind of money -- which he's certainly worth -- Reiss finds it hard to see the Patriots matching it. The Patriots haven't been known to pay up for free-agent running backs. Vereen turns 26 next month and is one of the top receiving backs in the league with room to grow. Reiss suggests Jacksonville as a potentially "strong suitor" for Vereen.
Source: ESPN Boston
Feb 15 - 10:03 AM


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