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NFL Free Agency: Day Three Thoughts

Thursday, March 14th, 2013
Leon Washington Patriots

Does Leon Washington signing with the Patriots mean Danny Woodhead won’t be back?

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Free agency is in full swing. The first wave is in the books and the second wave is winding down. We are entering the point of free agency where the good teams like to operate and find bargains that will complement a contending team. The Patriots have been relatively quiet, outside of the Wes Welker/Danny Amendola swap, but there is plenty of movement throughout the league. One thing is certain, the market is softening and there are a lot of veteran players out there sweating it out, trying to find any deal that pays them.

Here are my thoughts on day three of free agency.

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Patriots Could Earn Compensatory Picks in ’14 By Letting Free Agents Leave

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Allowing Aqib Talib (left) to walk could potentially result in a compensatory pick next season. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

At this point, there’s an argument to be made that New England should attempt to re-sign all three of their major free agents: wide receiver Wes Welker, offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer, and cornerback Aqib Talib. The aforementioned players were all major contributors in New England’s successful 2012 season, and it’s possible that releasing any of the players could create holes on the roster which New England may find themselves unable to fill immediately, especially as they attempt to upgrade their roster in other areas with a limited number of draft picks. However, it may be even wiser for the Patriots to let some or all of those free agents depart this offseason.

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Cornerback Reconstruction May Await New England This Offseason

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Should the Patriots re-sign cornerback Kyle Arrington this offseason? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

One of the most interesting situations facing New England’s front office this offseason is how they choose to handle the expiring contracts of cornerbacks Kyle Arrington and Aqib Talib, who are likely looking for lucrative multi-year deals. Here, we’ll examine the case for re-signing both players, just one, or neither. Be sure to leave a comment and let us know what you think!

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2013 Patriots Off-Season: Salary Cap Situation

Thursday, January 31st, 2013
Wes Welker

Will the salary cap allow Wes Welker to don a Patriots uniform in 2013?

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

It seems that few teams have been able to master the NFL salary cap like the New England Patriots. Sustaining success over a decade without having to blow things up.

Other teams haven’t been so lucky. The New York Jets for example, are currently looking at a $19+ million deficit after a 6-10 season.

What do the Patriots have to work with in 2013?

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Should the Patriots Re-Sign Key Free Agents?

Monday, December 31st, 2012
Patrick Chung Patriots Safety

Is Patrick Chung a part of the Patriots future plans? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Joon Lee

We haven’t reached Wild Card weekend in the playoffs yet, but it’s that time of year where we begin to look forward to the offseason. The Patriots aren’t a team that generally spends a lot of money in the offseason outside of signings like Adalius Thomas.

The Patriots do have notable players entering free agency, wide receivers Wes Welker and Julian Edelman, offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer, cornerback Aqib Talib, running back Danny Woodhead and safety Patrick Chung. Should they be re-signed?

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Tyrann Mathieu: Should the Patriots Draft Him?

Thursday, November 29th, 2012
Tyrann Mathieu 2013 NFL Draft

Tyrann Mathieu was dismissed from LSU, but will the NFL forgive? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

The Honey Badger. Tyrann Mathieu’s nickname helped earn him an invite to the Heisman Trophy ceremony, but also hinted at an underlying problem. He just didn’t care.

Does he care enough to get his house in order for the 2013 NFL Draft?

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Why Patriots Should Keep Devin McCourty at Safety

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
Devin McCourty Patriots

Where is Devin McCourty’s prime position?

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

The New England Patriots drafted Devin McCourty to be the team’s No. 1 cornerback, and for the better part of his first 2 1/2 seasons in the NFL, he has been. He was a second-team AP All-Pro at that position as a rookie, and is one of the league’s best playmakers at the position.

Late last season, however, with a plethora of injuries at the safety position, the Patriots began experimenting with McCourty playing safety. This season, the experiment has gone a step further, as McCourty has played safety full-time each of the past three games with regular starter Patrick Chung out due to injury.

McCourty’s move to safety may just be a temporary shift until Chung returns.

It should be a long-term move.

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