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Making Sense of the Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater Visits

April 2nd, 2014 at 7:05 PM
By Ryan Thomas Guidi

Top quarterback prospects Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater were both at Gillette stadium on Wednesday, occupying two of the total thirty spots that teams can designate to meet with NFL prospects before the official draft in May.  With number 12 still playing at an elite level and the team fresh off of another trip to the AFC Championship Game, many Patriots fans are simply asking themselves "Why?"

It's obvious that at first glance, the quarterback position for New England does not seem to be one of major need.  In fact, despite a decline in total yards, touchdowns, and quarterback rating in each of the last two seasons, Brady remains one of the most consistent signal-callers in the NFL.  

So are the Patriots simply sticking to their ways of due diligence on players who could potentially slide down the draft board- a la Ryan Mallett being available in the third round of the 2011 draft- or could they actually consider trading up for one of these players to replace Tom Brady when his contract expires after the 2017 season?

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Vince Wilfork Will Return to Patriots on Re-structured Contract

March 27th, 2014 at 7:59 PM
By Ryan Thomas Guidi

The New England Patriots have re-structured defensive tackle Vince Wilfork's contract in a deal that will potentially keep him in New England for three more seasons.  

According to ESPN Insider Adam Shefter, the new deal is for one year at $8 million, with $3 million guaranteed, and a team option for an additional two years.  Based on the unknown details regarding incentives and workout bonuses, it's unsure exactly how the money shakes out, but the deal is reported to have a value of up to $22.5 million. 

Wilfork and the Patriots have been engaged in contract negotiations for several weeks, and recent reports indicated that this past season could well be his last in New England.  At 32 years old and coming off a major achilles injury, Wilfork's cap charge of $11.4 million for the 2014 season was obviously a question mark heading into the offseason.  Now it appears as though the Patriots will have the best of both worlds- retaining a cornerstone of the defense for the last decade and creating more flexibility with the salary cap in the short-term.  

Wilfork took to Twitter earlier Thursday to address the situation;

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Bill Belichick Fields Questions at Annual Owners Meetings in Orlando

March 25th, 2014 at 9:50 PM
By Ryan Thomas Guidi

The yearly NFL owners meeting was in full swing on Monday and Tuesday, where the financial backers of the multi-billion dollar brand that is the NFL gathered to discuss and improve the state of the league.  

The owners hold both exclusive meetings amongst one another, and also answer a litany of questions in what has become a very popular media Q & A session.  Amongst other discussions, one of the more interesting aspects of the meetings is the proposed rule changes that teams submit for consideration for the upcoming season.  This year, the Patriots and the Washington Redskins were the most active teams in submitting potential rule switches, with each team submitting four.  Here is a rundown of what head coach Bill Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft are seeking to rectify as it relates to in-game officiating:

1) Extending the uprights an additional five feet across the crossbar on both sides.  

2) Extending the line of scrimmage on the point-after attempt to the 25-yard line.  

3) Placing fixed cameras on all boundary lines to ensure solid viewpoints on instant replay.  

4) Allow everything outside of turnovers and scoring plays (the current format) to be challenged. 

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New England Patriots Elect not to Assign the Franchise Tag

March 3rd, 2014 at 5:34 PM
By Ryan Thomas Guidi

As expected, Monday's 4:00 pm league deadline has come and gone without the Patriots designating an impending free agent with the one-year "tag" contract.  

Each of the league's 32 teams face the question of whether or not to utilize this one year, guaranteed salary approach on a highly valued player scheduled to hit the open market.  The tag was designed to give teams an extra year to work out a long-term deal with a star player, and automatically gives the player a salary equivalent to, or exceeding, the average of the five highest paid players at the same position.  

The only real candidate to be a franchise player for New England heading into next season was cornerback Aqib Talib.  The current tag number at the cornerback is $11.8 million – a hefty financial commitment for just one guaranteed season of service.  

Talib is now free to start negotiating with other teams starting Saturday, March 8, and can officially sign with a new club beginning on March 11. 

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New England Patriots Release Safety Steven Gregory

February 28th, 2014 at 5:10 PM
By Ryan Thomas Guidi

The New England Patriots cut veteran safety Steven Gregory on Friday, announcing via the team's official twitter feed just before 3:30 pm that the two sides had officially parted ways.  Gregory's agent- David Canter- was the first to break the news about his client, also doing so on Twitter.  

Gregory was a regular contributor for the Patriots last season, logging thirteen starts and playing in every game before being de-railed by a broken thumb in week 9.  

Though Gregory under-performed for large stretches of the 2013 season, this is the type of roster move that is more financially motivated than anything else.  Gregory was scheduled to earn a starting base salary of $2.25 million next year, and his release will save the Patriots close to $2.85 million on this upcoming season's projected salary cap.  

With news that the salary cap for the 2014 season will be between $132 and $133 million, the Patriots rank toward the bottom of the league in terms of free money to offer to impending free agents.  

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