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NFL Free Agency: Day One Thoughts

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
Wes Welker Patriots Jets

Will he or won’t he? (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Free agency is five hours old and there has been plenty of activity to keep NFL fans glued to their Twitter feeds. The New England Patriots, however, have been dead silent. It should come as no surprise, as the Patriots let the market settle, determine the value of players and then jump in head first with plenty of cap room. The same can’t be said Miami, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Indianapolis all of whom have been making multiple moves today.

Here are my thoughts on day one of free agency (so far).


Potential Patriot: Victor Cruz

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
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Victor Cruz could be changing uniforms, but don’t count on it.

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

This has the possibility to be one of the biggest free agent signings that we have seen in the Bill Belichick-era with the New England Patriots. However, let me be clear: The chances currently are slime to none.


Patriots Free Agency Preview

Saturday, March 9th, 2013
Nick Caserio Bill Belichick

It is a busy time for Bill Belichick and Nick Caserio.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

The most exciting time of the NFL off-season is here. Free agency is a mere two days away from starting and the Patriots are well positioned, ready to attack the free agent market with 25.3 million in available cap space. By showing financial restraint after the lockout, the Patriots are primed to add to what is already a very competitive football team.

There still remains interest in resigning many of their own free agents and a robust buyers market means the Patriots expect to be active on Tuesday and beyond. Who will they target in free agency? Will they resign any of their own free agents? What holes can be filled via free agency?

All of these topics are discussed in this comprehensive 2013 Patriots free agency preview.


Potential Patriots: David Nelson

Thursday, March 7th, 2013
David Nelson Patriots

David Nelson is an intriguing free agent option for New England.

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

The future is still up in the air for Brandon Lloyd as there have been reports indicating that the soon-to-be 32-year-old wide receiver is not in the New England Patriots plans for the 2013 season.

If the Patriots do decide to cut Lloyd, as he’s owed a $3 million bonus, the team will have to make their decision by March 16.

Assuming that the Patriots do cut Lloyd, then one free agent possibility for the team to sign to fill the X wide receiver role could be David Nelson of the Buffalo Bills.


The Implications of Wes Welker Reaching Free Agency

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Could wide receiver Wes Welker be on his way out of New England? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported today that New England Patriots free agent wide receiver Wes Welker “has no plans to re-sign with the team before first testing the free-agent market next week.”

This comes on the heels of an article posted by Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports yesterday which reported on what Cole referred to as “Welker’s somewhat mild disdain for the Patriots right now” , resulting from “how he was treated in last year’s opener, when offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels had him targeted for a season-low five pass attempts.”

Read on to find out what this means for New England.


Potential Patriot: Danny Amendola

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
Wes Welker

Would a younger Wes Welker be preferable to the real deal?

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

As Monday’s franchise tag deadline has come and gone, the New England Patriots elected not to tag any of their players—which means that they’ll hit the open market on March 12 if the two sides cannot come to an agreement on an extension.


Potential Patriot: Dwight Freeney

Friday, March 1st, 2013
Dwight Freeney Patriots Colts

Is Dwight Freeney heading to the northeast? (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

The New England Patriots entered the 2013 NFL off-season with just about $15 million in cap space. However, since Tom Brady’s contract extension earlier this past week, New England currently sits with roughly $23 million to spend.

Many figure some of that money will spent on current players with expiring contracts, such as Wes Welker and Aqib Talib, but still with $23 million to spend, the Patriots do have enough money to make a free agent splash.


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