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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: Patriots Shut Out Raiders In Mexico City

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What a day for the Patriots to secure a win in the most Patriot way possible. The game was effectively over before the 2nd quarter ended. The team was dominant throughout the entire duration of the game and it showed. In many ways, there were a number of factors within this game that caused the Raiders to ultimately fold early on in the game

The Altitude Difference

The Patriots had the smart idea to stay in Denver and travel to Colorado Springs to adjust their bodies to the pressures of high altitude. The Raiders took the same approach when they traveled to Mexico City to play against the Houston Texans in Week 11 of the 2016 season. Although, the method worked last year, you can’t deny that there was a lot of outside interference in that game.

This time around, it was very clearly from just the fact that CB Stephon Gilmore and WR Danny Amendola leaving the game due to dehydration showed how taxing the high altitude was on them. The Raiders were arguably worse with their team as they allowed 4 turnovers on the offense yesterdays. The sheer pressure the game put on most of the players was quite significant in this game for both team. But the Patriots ultimately minimzed the effect that it had on them.

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Patriots Football Talk: Patriots Dominance Continues In Mexico

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It was a sunny Sunday at the Estadio Azteca, Mexico’s Premier Stadium, in Mexico City.  The New England Patriots were facing off against the Oakland Raiders in what was called a Road Game.  It was a made for TV experience to draw in a more viewers and fans.  It was the NFL’s way to reach a larger market, that being fans in Mexico City.

The Game showed off the best in the NFL.  And you know what?  The best Team in the NFL showed what it means to be the best.  Of course I’m talking about the Patriots dominating yet another Team.  They continue to out preform their opponents on the field.  It’s something that this year’s Team has grown in to.  From being just a contender to being an all-out reigning champ; this Team has figured out how to be great.  Today’s game was proof of that!  I’d say they played perfect, but they didn’t get the shut out.  Hey you can’t have everything!

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NFL Talk: Week 11 Picks

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We are finally getting down to the last stretch of the season where teams will finally start to line up where they will make the playoffs and those who will simply tank for the higher pick in the 2018 NFL draft. At this point, most people have teams figured out and know how games should go from here on out. As of now, I got 11-3 correct last week, which puts me at 95-51 for the season.

Tennessee Titans @ Pittsburgh Steelers: Winner – Steelers

At this point in the season, I think the Titans will likely make the wildcard as Jacksonville will run away with the division. The Steelers are pretty much a lock for the playoffs. Their division has the Browns with the worst record in the NFL, and the Bengals and Ravens have fallen off. Even though the game was already played yesterday here was my thoughts before the game:

They are playing the Titans at home and the Steelers defense has been a hack of a surprise for this season. It’s mainly because of how much money was invested into their offense yet their defense has improved substantially from last year. The 2nd best passing defense in the NFL (allowing only 181.8 passing yards per game) and 11th against the run (allowing 102.7 rushing yards per game).

The Titans will have some serious difficulties holding the Steelers down while they are playing at home. Despite the Titans not having a bad team by any stretch (they have the 6th best rushing defense in the NFL), this is the Steelers game to lose and thankfully after what we have seen, that isn’t alot. Steelers won by 40-17 and my prediction was they would score 27-20. (Titans couldn’t even get me that)

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Cleveland Browns: Winner – Jaguars

If the Jags somehow throw this game away I will be so done with predicting their games this season. The Browns are a team that needs a massive overhaul and I don’t see it being enough for them to win this game. The Jaguars will win this game 24-21 with Blake Bortles somehow almost throwing the game away. Almost.

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