Posts Tagged ‘2013 NFL Free Agency’

How Will New England’s Offseason Moves Affect Their Financial Flexibility in 2014?

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Middle linebacker Brandon Spikes is entering the final year of his rookie contract. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

When considering how New England should allocate their money in free agency this offseason, it’s important to weigh the impact that multi-year contracts will have on their cap flexibility in future seasons as well. Unfortunately for the Patriots, making long-term investments in players such as Wes Welker, Sebastian Vollmer, Aqib Talib, or outside free agent options may constrain their potential movements next offseason.

Read on for more information about the potential repercussions of this year’s free agent movements on next year’s possibilities.

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New England’s Safety Situation Presents More Difficult Decisions

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Should Devin McCourty and Steve Gregory be New England’s starting safeties next season? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

Two days ago we discussed the major possibilities regarding New England’s cornerbacks; today, the secondary discussion continues with a look at some of the Patriots’ options at safety this offseason. Take a look at New England’s options and be sure to let us know what you think the Patriots should do at the position 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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New England Patriots: Defensive Free Agent Possibilities

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Prophetic safety Ed Reed could “definitely” envision himself playing for Bill Belichick. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

Yesterday, potential offensive free agent options were profiled; today, the defensive side of the ball will get some attention. In contrast to the disappointing crop of offensive free agents, the defensive class is rich with logical options for New England, many of them potential starters. Read on for more information regarding some of the most appealing defensive players available.

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New England Patriots: Offensive Free Agent Possibilities

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Danny Amendola isn’t the only intriguing free agent wide receiver this season. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

New England’s primary concerns this offseaosn should be re-signing their own free agents and preparing for the 2013 NFL Draft, but the Patriots typically wade into free agency as well. Last season the team signed fifteen players from other teams; while that number should be smaller in 2013, a number of players appear logical possibilities. Today, offensive free agent options will be examined; be sure to check back tomorrow for the defensive list.

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Should Patriots Re-Sign Julian Edelman Before Wes Welker?

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012
Julian Edelman Patriots

Is Julian Edelman poised to be a bigger part of the offense next year?

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

It isn’t hard to see how important wide receiver Wes Welker has been to the New England Patriots since joining the team in 2007.

Welker has been among the NFL’s top two in receptions in four of the past five seasons, and has been among the league’s top two in receiving yards for two of the past three. In the process, he has redefined the slot receiver position, advancing the role from a tertiary option to the primary weapon in the Patriots offense.

Welker, however, is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2012 season. The Patriots used the franchise tag to keep Welker in New England for this season, but if they want to keep him beyond this season, they are going to have to be ready to pay up.

The Patriots may be best suited in saving money by letting Welker sign elsewhere, and instead use a portion of the money they save to re-sign their other slot receiver, Julian Edelman, who will also be an unrestricted free agent.

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