Patriots 2014 - 15 season:

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Re: Patriots 2014 - 15 season:

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Mar 11, 2015 6:08 am

Revis returning to Jets with five-year deal

Darrelle Revis is returning home. On a day marked by blockbuster trades, one of the most stunning moves took place Tuesday night when Revis and the New York Jets agreed to reunite. Revis tweeted: I want to thank the Pats and Pats Nation for an unbelievable year.

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Re: Patriots 2014 - 15 season:

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:32 am

Inside Slant: Darrelle Revis, Ndamukong Suh and other Day 1 observations

The first day of the NFL's 2015 league year opened with the most unusual and intense scene imaginable: Three blockbuster trades almost completely unseen just minutes before.

There was a time -- oh, about two years ago -- when trades were a rarity in the NFL. Tuesday, in about 10 minutes' time, we saw the St. Louis Rams and Philadelphia Eagles swap quarterbacks, the New Orleans Saints unload tight end Jimmy Graham and the Detroit Lions find a replacement for defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

Why so many trades? Let's sift through that and other takeaways from Day 1 of the NFL's free-agent market...

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Re: Patriots 2014 - 15 season:

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:33 am

Thoughts in the Darrelle Revis aftermath

Some thoughts in the aftermath of cornerback Darrelle Revis agreeing to a five-year, $70 million contract with the Jets that includes $39 million fully guaranteed:

1. One of the obvious questions is where the team goes from here personnel-wise at cornerback. I don't see any big investment on the free-agent market that would markedly improve what's already on the roster or fit into the team's culture. The best bet looks like the draft, so time to study up some more on prospects who could add a potential front-line talent to the cornerback group, which includes Florida State's P.J. Williams, Wake Forest's Kevin Johnson and UConn's Byron Jones.

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Re: Patriots 2014 - 15 season:

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Mar 15, 2015 5:23 am

Quick-hit thoughts around the Patriots

1. Here’s something I learned about first-year Patriots defensive end/outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard (two-year, $11 million contract) from speaking with folks around his former team, the Browns: He played the second half of last season with a foot injury, and the severity of the injury had some thinking he was going to land on injured reserve. But Sheard, despite his production declining, was determined to play through it. Sheard also was the Browns’ Walter Payton Man of the Year award nominee in 2013, so that combination of toughness and off-field presence should make him a good fit in New England.

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Re: Patriots 2014 - 15 season:

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Mar 17, 2015 6:19 am

Goodbye seems too early with Vince Wilfork

Been wrestling with thoughts regarding defensive tackle Vince Wilfork's departure from the New England Patriots, with two unanswered questions that would certainly help clear up the picture.

1. Did the Patriots think Wilfork wasn't worth a two-year, $9 million contract with $5 million guaranteed? That's the contract Wilfork signed with the Texans and it seems reasonable. If this was a case where the Patriots had the opportunity to match, and decided against it, I'm surprised.

2. Did Wilfork simply decide it was time for a fresh start? As much as Wilfork loved his time with the Patriots, it didn't come without challenges. There were a few tough contract negotiations, the most recent last offseason when he was coming off a ruptured Achilles. His close friend on the coaching staff, Pepper Johnson, also departed after the 2013 season. Maybe the combination of those factors, coupled with some familiar faces in Houston and close friends around the NFL landing with new teams for the first time (e.g. former Miami Hurricanes teammates Andre Johnson and Frank Gore) sparked the feeling that even if the money was close, it would be nice to see things from a different perspective. For some players, it's easier to take a pay cut with a new team than one you've given such a long run of service to, and perhaps that's part of the dynamic in play here.

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Re: Patriots 2014 - 15 season:

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Mar 17, 2015 6:19 am

Patriots' offer to DT Tyrunn Walker highlights focus on restricted free agents

For a New England Patriots team that likes to keep its intentions under wraps as much as possible comes this nugget: In a conference call on Monday, defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker said he chose a one-year contract offer from Detroit over a three-year pact from New England.

Walker told reporters he had taken a free-agent visit to New England, and one thing that appealed to him in Detroit was playing more of a one-gap style than two-gapping.

So who is Walker and can anything be read into the Patriots' interest?

Walker entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Tulsa. He was a restricted free agent this offseason and the Saints didn't tender him a contract, thus making him an unrestricted free agent.

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Re: Patriots 2014 - 15 season:

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Mar 18, 2015 6:48 am

Any reason for concern with number of players turning Patriots down?

When free-agent wide receiver Stevie Johnson elected to sign with the San Diego Chargers over the New England Patriots Tuesday, it marked another player who passed on the recruiting pitch of Bill Belichick and the New England staff. The list has been growing in recent days.

Linebacker Andrew Gachkar chose the Cowboys over the Patriots. Defensive lineman Tyrunn Walker picked Detroit over New England...

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Re: Patriots 2014 - 15 season:

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Mar 18, 2015 6:49 am

Patriots sign pass-catching RB Travaris Cadet

Continuing their focus on the restricted free-agent market highlighted earlier Tuesday, the New England Patriots signed pass-catching running back Travaris Cadet. A four-year veteran, Cadet broke into the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Appalachian State in 2012 with the Saints. He was a restricted free agent this offseason and the Saints didn't tender him a contract, making him an unrestricted free agent. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Cadet had 38 catches last season in limited action. He also has experience as a kickoff returner and playing in the Saints' hurry-up offense. Cadet has played in 41 career games (one start) and has 11 rushing attempts for 37 yards and 45 catches for 345 yards and two touchdowns. He scored his first career touchdown against the Patriots on Oct. 13, 2013...

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Re: Patriots 2014 - 15 season:

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Mar 18, 2015 6:50 am

Patriots have four cornerbacks in for visits

In addition to their previously reported visit with free-agent cornerback Terence Newman, the New England Patriots had three other free-agent cornerbacks in for a visit on Tuesday -- Tarell Brown, Bradley Fletcher and Robert McClain.

The 30-year-old Brown has played for San Francisco (2007-2013) and Oakland (2014), with 114 career games played. He entered the NFL as a fifth-round draft pick of the 49ers out of Texas, and signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal with Oakland last offseason. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Brown has 11 career interceptions and 59 passes defended...

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Re: Patriots 2014 - 15 season:

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Mar 18, 2015 6:51 am

Polling Nation on Patriots' cornerback visits

The New England Patriots hosted a handful of free-agent cornerbacks on visits Tuesday, and ESPN.com NFL Nation reporters from their prior teams share insight.

Tarell Brown: He was a starter last year before he was injured in December and broke his foot. He was a good part of the 49ers’ defense in previous years. He is older, but he is a solid, if not spectacular player. However, the 49ers and Raiders decided not to pursue keeping him in free agency the past two years. I think he could fit in with the Patriots for the short term. Smart pro. -- Bill Williamson, Raiders reporter

Robert McClain: He competed with Josh Wilson for the nickelback role going into last season and lost the battle to begin the year. He eventually was forced into a starting cornerback role opposite Desmond Trufant after Robert Alford went down with a season-ending wrist injury. McClain struggled in the starting role and got picked on some, but had his moments. Former Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan actually said McClain played with more confidence out on the corner then he did covering the slot as the nickelback. The Falcons see value in McClain as a special-teamer but they probably would want him back only at a low price. -- Vaughn McClure, Falcons reporter

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