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Patriots RT Sebastian Vollmer underwent offseason shoulder surgery.

Vollmer's labrum bothered him throughout the year, though it didn't cost him any games. ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss said Vollmer should be "ready for action when it counts." He's finished with positive grades from Pro Football Focus in both pass blocking and run blocking each of the last four seasons.
Source: ESPN Boston
Mar 25 - 8:23 AM

Patriots coach Bill Belichick says he's "excited" to work with second-year RB Tyler Gaffney.

Belichick's "excitement" was expressed during a Q&A session where he acted like he'd rather be on Mars, but is notable nonetheless. The Boston Globe reported last month that Belichick "apparently loves" the 2014 sixth-rounder. Speaking Thursday, Belichick noted that Gaffney was as the Pats' facility every day last season despite being on injured reserve, and said he catches the ball well. Gaffney (6'0/220) would be a seemingly-odd fit to replace Shane Vereen (5'10/210), but could possibly carve out a role in the Pats' new-look backfield.
Source: ESPN Boston
Mar 24 - 4:55 PM

Patriots RG Ryan Wendell underwent offseason shoulder surgery.

It's been described as a minor "clean-out" procedure that shouldn't affect Wendell's availability for training camp. Wendell started the final 15 games -- three at center and 12 at right guard -- last season after opening the year as a backup. He finished as PFF's 30th-ranked guard out of 78 qualifiers.
Source: ESPN Boston
Mar 22 - 9:30 AM

Patriots DL Chris Jones underwent offseason calf surgery.

Jones started 12 games next to NT Sealver Siliga and opposite DE Vince Wilfork last season. He received poor marks from PFF both for his run defense and pass-rush push. With Wilfork now gone, Jones should remain a part of the rotation up front on a line that also includes Dominique Easley and Alan Branch.
Source: ESPN Boston
Mar 22 - 9:25 AM

Patriots signed CB Robert McClain, formerly of the Falcons.

McClain, 26, was a terrific slot corner for Atlanta in 2012, but tumbled all the way to 99th in PFF's 2014 CB grades, getting exposed in a bit of an increased role. He doesn't have ideal size (5'9/195) to play outside, and Kyle Arrington already has the inside job in New England. McClain will serve as depth.
Mar 18 - 1:27 PM

Patriots signed CB Bradley Fletcher, formerly of the Eagles, to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

This is what the Pats get for letting Darrelle Revis walk. Fletcher hasn't looked the same since tearing his ACL in 2011. He was dominated on a weekly basis with the Eagles last season; PFF ranked him 92nd out of 108 qualified cornerbacks and charged Fletcher with nine TDs allowed. Theoretically a press-man corner, Fletcher will compete for playing time with Logan Ryan, Alfonzo Dennard, and Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler. The Patriots also figure to draft a corner.
Mar 18 - 10:34 AM

Free agent CB Bradley Fletcher visited the Patriots on Tuesday.

As did fellow CBs Terence Newman, Robert McClain and Tarell Brown. The Pats have to replace both Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, but none of today's visitors would have a direct path to a starting job. Fletcher was routinely humiliated as a member of the Eagles last season.
Mar 17 - 5:25 PM

Patriots agreed to terms with RB Travaris Cadet, formerly of the Saints, on a two-year contract.

A restricted free agent, Cadet wasn't tendered a contract by the Saints. A pure passing-game back, he gives the Patriots a third-down option as they look to replace Shane Vereen. Cadet caught 38 passes for the Saints last season despite playing just 209 snaps. He has only 11 career carries. Cadet is a name to keep an eye on in fantasy circles, but will face competition for Vereen's old spot.
Mar 17 - 5:11 PM

Patriots re-signed DL Alan Branch to a two-year contract.

The deal has a max value of $6.6 million. Branch, 30, appeared in eight games as a situational run stopper after signing with the Patriots in October. He can play 3-4 end and defensive tackle, and will return as part of the defensive line rotation.
Mar 14 - 7:50 PM

Patriots signed TE Scott Chandler to a two-year, $5.3 million contract.

It's back to the drawing board for the Ravens, who were hoping Chandler would fill their vacancy at tight end. After losing to the Patriots so many times over the years, Chandler figured if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Chandler's ceiling isn't particularly high, but Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels are crafty enough play callers to carve out a role for him. Chandler will not be a fantasy factor in New England barring injury to Rob Gronkowski.
Mar 13 - 1:09 PM

Free agent TE Scott Chandler will sign with either the Ravens or Patriots.

Chandler wouldn't expect to get much playing time in New England behind Rob Gronkowski and Tim Wright. Dennis Pitta has held the Ravens hostage with injuries, so the need for a tight end is far greater in Baltimore. Chandler was dumped by the Bills, possibly in anticipation of landing Charles Clay.
Mar 13 - 12:13 PM

Patriots re-signed WR Danny Amendola to a three-year, $12.75 million contract.

Amendola can still earn the full $15 million he was scheduled to make over the next three seasons, but the Pats essentially ripped up his old deal and handed him a new one. Amendola has had a frustrating two years in New England. He was limited by injuries in 2013, and barely played last season before finally emerging late in the year. The Pats could have a bigger role in mind for 2015.
Mar 12 - 12:38 PM

The Dolphins are interested in free agent CB Robert McClain.

Miami is trying to patch a cornerback depth chart together behind top cover man Brent Grimes. The Dolphins already signed veteran Brice McCain, but are now looking at McClain, who mostly covered the slot for the Falcons the past couple seasons. McClain was a routine burn victim in coverage.
Mar 12 - 11:38 AM

The Ravens are showing interest in free agent TE Scott Chandler.

The tight end market is shrinking now that Julius Thomas and Owen Daniels have signed with new teams. Charles Clay and Jordan Cameron don't appear to be options for Baltimore either. Chandler is an average athlete, but he's at least a big body Joe Flacco can look for around the red zone. Dennis Pitta's uncertain status has made the Ravens especially desperate to find a tight end.
Mar 12 - 10:43 AM

Patriots signed CB Chimdi Chekwa to a one-year contract.

A restricted free agent, Chekwa wasn't tendered a contract by the Raiders. He'll compete for deep-reserve and special-teams duties.
Mar 11 - 7:03 PM


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