Patriots Make Last Minute Pre-Camp Moves

The New England Patriots made some roster moves yesterday that raised a few eyebrows. The additions of Richard Seymour and Chad Jackson to the PUP list were the biggest surprises. RB Laurence Maroney signed his deal and will report to camp on time. Deion Branch, as expected, will be a no show. Two defensive players were relased.

Former Patriots Linebacker Chad Brown agreed yesterday to return to New England for a second season. Brown, 36, had a rough start in his first go-around with the team in 2005, but that wasn't enough to keep him from returning. Brown agreed to a one-year $810,000 deal that will reunite him with Monty Beisel, the other free agent linebacker the team added in 2005.

Both Beisel and Brown were eventually relegated to reserve duties with the team after beginning the season as the starters at inside linebacker slots. A woeful 3-3 start to the season and a pourous run defense forced the Patriots to make adjustments. Brown continued to contribute in reserve duty at the outside position, one more well suited to his experience and style of play.

Maroney Signs

Patriots first-round pick, running back Laurence Maroney agreed to termslate yesterday and will be at Foxboro for the first day of camp.

"It was real important to get Laurence in," Maroney's agent Vance Malinovic told the Boston Herald. "We wanted him to start his career on the right foot."

Maroney is the last member of the Patriots 2006 draft class to sign.

Branch Officially a No-Show

Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch was officially a no show yesterday when the team conducted it's player sign-in and team meetings. In a move that could lead to $14,000 per day fines, Branch has opted to remain away from training camp in protest to the lack of progress on a new deal. The former Luisville product is looking to negotiate a new contract that would pay him on par with other leading receivers around the league.

The move was not unexpected by many familiar with the situation. Branch's agent Jason Chayut told the Boston Globe that the two sides are working on getting a deal done, but that the team's No. 1 receiver will likely not report until progress is made.

He just wants to be treated fairly,'' Chayut said.

Fair in Branch's terms is defined as a deal similar to Indianapolis Colts Reggie Wayne. Wayne signed a six-year $40 million deal with a $13.5 million signing bonus. Those terms are a bit steep for the Patriots who do not view Branch as a typical No. 1 receiver, although he is clearly the No. 1 receiver on this team.

More PUP Additions

The Patriots added five more players to the PUP list yesterday. DL Richard Seymour, WR Chad Jackson, WR Bam Childress, LS Lonie Paxton and DT Johnathan Sullivan. The team added CB Randall Gay, S Rodney Harrison, T Nick Kaczur, C Dan Koppen, FB Patrick Pass to the list on Monday.

Walking Papers

LB Ryan Claridge and DL Kader Drame were released by the team yesterday.

Claridge, a former UNLV linebacker with 3-4 experience, sat out his rookie season with an injury. The Patriots drafted Claridge in the fifth-round of the 2005 NFL Draft and opted to place him on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

Drame was a reserve lineman from Syracuse and could have been considered a longshot to make the final roster.

Training camp opens today at Gillette Stadium. It runs from July 28th through August 17th.

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