There's not too much going in terms of transactions, though the Patriots did release wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez, trimming the number of players at that position to 11 entering the summer.
That number, along with others at various
positions, will continue to shrink in the next couple of months as the
Patriots trim the fat before they reassemble for training camp in July.
Any additions will be few and far between at this
point, though it's worth noting the team did host a workout for veteran
tight end Bo Scaife. The team also added undrafted rookie Nick Melillo,
creating some small competition at a position that really doesn't need
any fine-tuning entering this season.
As always, locking down the unsigned rookies will
remain a priority entering camp, but the Patriots will continue to do
their due diligence regarding any veterans who wind up on the waiver
MEDICAL WATCH: No updates.
FRANCHISE PLAYER: WR Wes Welker (tendered at $9.515
million; signed May 16).
TRANSITION PLAYER: None.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
--DE Andre Carter suffered a season-ending injury
toward the end of the year, but had a breakthrough season prior to
that, which was expected to earn him a sizeable pay day this offseason.
He remains unsigned.
--DE Shaun Ellis did not fit in defensively
throughout most of the year, and his playing time suffered because of
it. Highly unlikely he re-signs with New England.
--RB Kevin Faulk had a hard time handling the
workload this year after returning from the physically unable to
perform list and was ultimately phased out of the offense to the point
where he was inactive for the Super Bowl. He's expected to retire, but
no announcement has been made yet.
--S James Ihedigbo filled in nicely with all the
injuries the Patriots suffered in the secondary, but he has limited
ability and won't be back unless it's for cheap money.
--CB Nathan Jones was a late-season fill-in for
Phillip Adams and probably won't be back unless no one else signs him
and he's invited to camp in the summertime.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers)
--S Bret Lockett (not tendered as RFA) is a
physical specimen, but he can't stay healthy. He'll probably be at camp
this summer, but it's a long shot he makes the final cut unless he's
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.
EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS
--DL Kyle Love should be back since he is an
exclusive rights free agent, and it would only cost $540,000 to keep
him at the minimum salary for third-year players.
DRAFT CHOICES SIGNED
--DE Chandler Jones (1/21): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--S Tavon Wilson (2/48): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--CB Nate Ebner (6/197): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--CB Alfonzo Dennard (7/224): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--WR Jeremy Ebert (7/235): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--WR Deion Branch: UFA; $1.325M/1 yr, $250,000 SB.
--OG Dan Connolly: UFA; $9.75M/3 yrs, $3.25M SB.
--QB Brian Hoyer: RFA; tendered at $1.927M with
second-round pick as compensation); $1.972M/1 yr.
--C Dan Koppen: UFA; $6M/2 yrs, terms unknown.
--LB Niko Koutouvides: Potential UFA; $825,000 1
--WR Matthew Slater: UFA; $5.4M/3 yrs, $2M SB.
--DL Gerard Warren: UFA; terms unknown.
--WR Wes Welker: Franchise FA; $9.515M/1 yr.
--LB Tracy White: UFA; $990,000/1 yr, $300,000
--RB Joseph Addai: FA Colts; terms unknown.
--CB Will Allen: UFA Dolphins; $1.025M/1 yr,
--LB Bobby Carpenter: UFA Lions; $775,000/1 yr,
--CB Marquice Cole: Not tendered as RFA by Jets;
$640,000/1 yr, $25,000 SB.
--DE Jonathan Fanene: UFA Bengals; $12M/3 yrs,
--TE Daniel Fells: UFA Broncos; $5.25M/3 yrs, $2M
--FB Tony Fiammetta: Not tendered as RFA by
Cowboys; $615,000/1 yr.
--WR Jabar Gaffney: FA Redskins; terms unknown.
--OG Robert Gallery: FA Seahawks; $1.8M/1 yr,
--WR Anthony Gonzalez: UFA Colts; $700,000/1 yr
--SS Steve Gregory: UFA Chargers; $8.5M/3 yrs,
--DT Marcus Harrison: FA; terms unknown.
--FB Spencer Larsen: UFA Broncos; 2 yrs, terms
--WR Brandon Lloyd: UFA Rams; $12M/3 yrs, $3M SB.
--C/G Jamey Richard: UFA Colts; terms unknown.
--DL Trevor Scott: UFA Raiders; $1.150M/1 yr,
--WR Donte Stallworth: UFA Redskins; $925,000/1
yr, $25,000 SB.
--DE Mark Anderson: UFA Bills; $19.5M/4 yrs, $8M
--RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis: UFA Bengals; $9M/3 yrs.
--LB Gary Guyton: UFA Dolphins; 1 yr, terms
--OT Matt Light (retired).
--CB Antwaun Molden: UFA Giants; $700,000/1 yr.
--OG Rich Ohrnberger (released/failed physical).
--FB Lousaka Polite (released).
--DE Mike Wright (released/failed physical).
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