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Patriots Talk: Latest Signings, Tenders and Releases

by Stephen Hilton

Today begins the NFL’s ‘legal tempering’ which will set the stage for the next two days once free agency begins, March 9th. As of today, March 7th, the Patriots have been getting ready for the inevitable.

Last week, we received several important updates on the status of the Patriots roster. We got confirmation that Patriots’ long-time veteran [Tackle] Sebastien Vollmer was released alongside [Defensive End] Chris Long. Since then, the Patriots have been busy with getting their players resigned.


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Patriots [Fullback] James Develin was resigned recently to a two-year extension worth 1.4 million a season, which was perfect timing because apparently Pro-bowl Fullback for the Baltimore Ravens, Kyle Juszczyk, wanted ‘alittle bit north of two million a year.’

The two sides were significantly apart as of the weekend. Top fullback money is a little north of $2 million per year. However, Juszczyk’s agent will surely ask for far more than that given Juszczyk’s many roles. We’ll know soon if the Ravens view Juszczyk as a luxury more than a necessity.

As of today, the Patriots tendered [Offensive Tackle] Cameron Fleming, [Cornerback] Justin Coleman, and [Tight End] Matt Lengal. They will be playing for the Patriots for the 2017 NFL season.

To add all of this so far, the Patriots have released two unrestricted free agents, they have resigned one unrestricted free agent, one restricted free agent, and two exclusive rights free agents thus far coming into the week. In addition, it would seem the Patriots have they’re work cut out for them as Martellus Bennett has just informed New England reporter, Mike Garafolo the following:

Seems that the now former Patriots’ TE will be entering free agency looking for a big pay day since nine million a season is way too much for the Patriots price range. With this news, the Patriots will more than likely look for a TE in this year’s NFL draft. However, if Martellus does in fact sign for over nine million or more, then the Patriots will receive a 3rd Round compensatory pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

The biggest news shockingly was the speculation around Dont’a Hightower‘s contract deal that he MIGHT receive once he hits the open market. According, Joel Curry, former sports agent and founder of Premier Sports, he believes that what Hightower will get on open market will be quite substantial. These figures that are currently being looked at are:

  • Contract Package: 67.5 million / 5 years
  • Overall guarantees: $35 million ($5 million injury only)
  • Fully guaranteed at signing: $30 million
  • First three years: $42 million

That is a massive pay check for Hightower as that would be around 13.5 million a season. I originally speculated that guaranteed money was the issue and according to what has been talked about, that $35 million would do the job. The chances that Hightower gets that kind of money is still up for speculation as the Patriots do have the money but the chances of them meeting it is a whole other story.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Patriots Talk: Josh McDaniels And The Colts Wouldn’t Have Worked Out

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Josh McDaniels and the Patriots thought their time to depart after their tough loss in Super Bowl 52 was unavoidable. However, not only did Josh McDaniels get extended, but its been many rumors that Robert Kraft had contacted McDaniels literally hours before he was suppose to take off Tuesday for Indianapolis.

 

It’s difficult to know anything within the Patriots’ organization as they have remained firm in not explaining what goes on behind closed doors. However, multiple sources over at ESPN for the past week since the story broke out about McDaniels’ abrupt decision to not become the Indiapolis Colts Head Coach. The way things broke down was that Kraft and Bill Belichick got together and sat down with McDaniels. With Defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia going to Detroit, this seemed like a desperation move to maintain the coaching staff from the previous season.

 

However, according to ESPN writer Mike Reiss, there was more to the situation then just that. In one of his articles regarding the McDaniels’ decision, he stated:

 

Belichick offered to include McDaniels on more of the inner workings of the organization, from roster construction to financial/salary-cap related considerations. That was viewed as “extremely valuable” to McDaniels. Ownership also endorsed it as a way to extend Belichick’s influence on the organization in future years, although no assurances were given to McDaniels that he would succeed Belichick. McDaniels, who a source confirmed got a significant raise, has privately said in the past that he did not want to be the coach who succeeds Belichick. Although he since may have changed his mind, McDaniels knows Belichick, after five Super Bowl victories, will be a hard act to follow.

Beyond financial and professional stability, McDaniels also was thinking of his family. He wanted a long-term commitment from the Patriots so his four children, ages 12 to 3, would be able to attend the same schools over the next several years. The transient life of a coach doesn’t always make that possible.

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Former NFL Official Claims Eagles Used Illegal Play To Win Super Bowl

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Did you have doubts that the Eagles lined up correctly on the Nick Foles touchdown catch?

Well, you are not the only one with a former analyst now claiming that Philly was indeed lined up illegally on the play.

Appearing on the Talk of Fame Network, former head of officiating and FOX rules analyst Mike Pereira said the Eagles were in fact lined up illegally.

“I know the league came out and said that it’s a judgment call, which it is,” Pereira said, via Pro Football Talk. “The down judge, who was the one that [the play] was on his side of the field, they felt that it was his judgment, and [receiver Alshon Jeffrey] was close enough. Well, he wasn’t. They lined up wrong.

“Not only that, it’s a trick play. And if you’re going to run a trick-type play, then you have to be lined up properly. You could either have six men on the line, or you could have an ineligible number lined up at the end of the line, which was the case. I know what the league has said, but they would have been a lot more comfortable if they would have called an illegal formation.

“We always use a yard [within the line of scrimmage], maybe a yard-and-a-half. But that’s two [yards], and even a little bit beyond two. It’s kind of one of those that has no effect on the play. I get it. But they didn’t line up properly. And it really should’ve been called.”

Bottom line is it was simply a judgment call be the officials, might have been the completely wrong judgment, but based on what we know about Super Bowl LII the New England Patriots were never going to win the game. The Malcolm Butler benching paired with Doug Pederson‘s mindset of keeping his foot on the gas and exposing New England’s weaknesses were the reasons the Patriots lost the game, not this particular play.

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Boston Herald Runs Ron Borges’s Tom Brady Hoax Story

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Thursday night Boston Herald reporter Ron Borges penned a story with this headline “Tom Brady wants to get paid like Jimmy G, or he’ll skip OTAs”. A headline and a story that was uncovered as a hoax on Friday.

The Kirk and Callahan show on WEEI revealed that one of their texters pretended to be Tom Brady’s agent Don Yee when texting Borges. The texter dubbed “Nick in Boston” informed Borges that Tom Brady intended to sit out New England’s preseason workouts unless he was paid like Jimmy Garoppolo who signed the largest deal in NFL history on Thursday.

K&C tweeted out the screenshots of texts with Borges outing the story as a complete and utter hoax.

Borges story was actually refuted right off the bat on Thursday night with both NBC Sports Boston and NESN claiming the story held no truth.

As for Borges, this is not his first major failure as a reporter. Since the Herald ran the story they are now looking into the matter.

Overall tricking Borges isn’t a great thing to do. Lying about someone’s identity is never nice with some reporters coming to the defense of Borges. But it is hard to have sympathy for a “journalist” that failed to check his sources and run with a story with only one source confirming of a major story.

Either way, there is no truth to a Brady holdout.

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