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Free Agents, Signings
--PK Adam Vinatieri (tendered
TRANSITION PLAYER: None.
- --RB Rabih Abdullah is a special teamer and reserve
running back with the size and physical stature the Patriots like. He could get
a training camp invite because New England doesn't have much depth at the position.
Cedric Cobbs' potential and Kory Chapman's play in Europe could impact Abdullah's
status especially with young players like safety Guss Scott and Benjamin Watson
returning from injury and expected to play on special teams. Signing him is not
an immediate priority.
- --WR Troy Brown carried a cap number of $5.7
million into 2005 with $5 million in new money so after trying to negotiate those
numbers down, the Patriots declined to pick up a team option that would have required
a $2.5 million March 2 bonus payment. Brown was looking for No. 2 receiver money
for three years and the Pats were apparently offering No. 3 receiver type dollars.
The two sides are likely to continue negotiations, and Brown could be back in
- --S Je'Rod Cherry is a special teamer who won't likely be
re-signed. With Scott returning from a knee injury, Cherry, who once again performed
well in the kicking game, is expendable and is the type of player New England
would look to sign during the season as an injury replacement if he were available.
--WR Kevin Kasper won't likely be re-signed unless the Patriots become thin at
wide receiver over the next two months. Then, if Kasper is still available, he
could be signed in May or June to compete for a job in camp.
- --WR David Givens (tendered at $1.43M with 1st-round
pick as compensation) was hoping for the low tender so that he could shop his
services or a long-term deal with the club. He is the only one of the Patriots
four RFAs that could receive a sniff in free agency with a first-round pick looming
as compensation. But even Givens, who led the Patriots with 56 catches last season,
would be hard-pressed to receive an offer requiring that type of compensation.
--DL Jarvis Green (tendered at $1.43M with 1st-round pick as compensation) should
have his services secured for at least one more season. No team would fork over
a first pick for Green, a productive reserve in New England over the last three
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- --OL Gene Mruczkowski
(tendered at $305,000) has been with the team in some capacity - either the practice
squad or the active roster -- for a couple of seasons and seems to be progressing.
He will be tendered and brought to camp to battle for a job. His ability to play
guard and center helps his chances since the Patriots have no true backup center
on the roster.
- --S Guss Scott (tendered at $305,000) was a third-round
pick last year but signed a one-year deal. He spent 2003 on injured reserve after
injuring his knee in a preseason game and while he has one accrued season toward
free agency, he is has no credited seasons in terms of salary and can be retained
for the $230,000 tender. If he is healthy, the Patriots will likely try to work
out a longer-term contract.
WATCH: The Patriots have a mandate against speaking about their injuries,
but Rosevelt Colvin is interested to see how his hip responds to the offseason
program and some new exercises that will further test it. "I'm not in major
discomfort like I was a year ago at this time. I have to wait and see how my body
responds to certain things I haven't done," Colvin said.
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