Coaching free agency hasn’t been particularly kind to the Patriots, with six members of Bill Belichick’s staff — thanks largely to departed linebackers coach Brian Flores, who nabbed three colleagues for his new staff with the Miami Dolphins — not coming back for 2019. Next comes player free agency, which formally begins along with the new league year at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, but will really start to simmer on Monday, when the legal tampering period kicks off. Or, in the league’s words, when “clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents.” The reigning Super Bowl champions have 16 such players, given they’ve already released tight end Dwayne Allen and brought back reserve offensive lineman Brian Schwenke, plus another three restricted free agents to whom they retain rights provided the Patriots make a contract offer to them … [Read more...] about Here’s the list of the Patriots’ free agents
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By Kevin Duffy | [email protected] | Boston HeraldPUBLISHED: February 24, 2019 at 5:30 am | UPDATED: February 24, 2019 at 7:41 am FOXBORO — The Patriots are getting used to dealing with a condensed offseason. After the Super Bowl, Bill Belichick gets a few weeks to unwind before the demands of the new season kick in. Tough decisions on his team’s free agents. Evaluating draft prospects at the combine. Getting on the phone with teams contemplating a trade of their disgruntled superstar receiver. In no time, the whole process begins for Belichick and the Pats. Here are their top five priorities heading into the 2019 offseason: 5. Increase cap flexibility The Patriots are in a fine spot financially. They’re entering free agency with $17.9 million in cap space, according to Boston Sports Journal’s Miguel Benzan. And they can create additional space fairly easily. Tom Brady is on the books for a $27 million cap in 2019, which is the final year of his … [Read more...] about What are the Patriots’ top five offseason priorities?
While the Patriots continue to be the toast of the town, they will face some difficult decisions going forward in their quest to repeat as Super Bowl champions. One of the first things they will need to address is their own free agents. Teams can designate their franchise or transition players beginning Feb. 19, and have until March 5 to do so. The franchise tag is a one-year offer to a player for the average of the top five salaries at the player’s position over the last five years, or 120 percent of the player’s previous salary, whichever is greater. The transition tag is a one-year offer for the average of the top 10 salaries at the position — as opposed to top five. It guarantees the original club the right to match any offer the player might receive from another team but no compensation if it chooses not to match. From March 11-13, teams are permitted to contact and negotiate with players who will become unrestricted free agents. That is followed by the free … [Read more...] about A rundown on the Patriots’ free agents
It wasn’t pretty, but that didn’t matter when the red-and-blue confetti flew inside the Mercedes-Benz Dome. In a 13-3 win Sunday over the Los Angeles, Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and the New England Patriots captured their sixth Super Bowl title in less than two decades. The game featured only one touchdown, 14 punts, and a “surreal” MVP trophy for Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman. Here’s how sports columnists across the country reacted to the team’s latest, if un-flashy, victory. The Boston Globe‘s Dan Shaughnessy writes that opposing fans and teams alike “can only be envious” of this run of success. This one will not go into the vault as an instant classic. It was a punt-filled, rock fight that will be best remembered for New England’s staunch defense and a Rams offense that set records for futility. … Fortunately for the Patriots, there are no style points in these wins. Everyone knows that this was not one of … [Read more...] about What columnists across the country are saying about the Patriots’ sixth Super Bowl title
FOXBOROUGH — Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski says he’s feeling healthy ahead of New England’s divisional matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday afternoon. Gronkowski, who battled ankle and back woes for much of the year, has steered clear of the injury report through two practices this week. After bouncing on and off the report throughout the bulk of the regular season, Gronkowski has been limited in just two practices dating back to Week 14. He is hopeful that trend continues. “It’s the biggest game of the year,’’ Gronkowski said Thursday at Gillette Stadium. “Sunday at 1 o’clock.’’ Though he’s officially considered to be healthy, Gronkowski has largely been neutralized as an offensive threat over the Patriots’ last three games. He hauled in a combined four catches on 10 targets for 45 yards against the Steelers, Bills, and Jets. Gronkowski acknowledged the mental challenge in getting past the … [Read more...] about Patriots notebook: Rob Gronkowski hitting the reset button for playoffs