Patriots Report: Memorial Day News and Notes

Patriots Report: Memorial Day News and Notes

Vinny coming back? Randall Gay and Eric Alexander official rejoin the Patriots. Chad Brown speculation continues and Randy Moss may still miss his old team.

Gay and Alexander sign tenders

Free agents Eric Alexander and Randall Gay resigned with the team earlier this week according to their agent Albert Elias. Both players received contract tenders from the Patriots.

Gay, 25, has struggled with injuries his last two seasons in New England, appearing in just 8 games over that span. In his rookie season (2004) the multi-talented defensive back appeared in 15 games, including all three postseason appearances as well as starting in the Super Bowl.The promising start to his career was enough to land the fourth-year player a mid-level $1.3 million tender which carried a second-round draft pick as compensation.

The Jets invited Gay to New York for a meeting with former Patriot defensive coordinator Eric Mangini. The Jets opted not to make an offer to the former LSU product. "It was more of a recruiting trip," Gay's agent Albert Elias told PatriotsInsider.com at the time.

The 25-year-old Alexander, an exclusive rights free agent, was offered a qualifying contract, which he signed late in the week. The one-year $435,000 deal ensures that the versatile linebacker will return to add depth to the Patriots linebacker group consisting mostly of 30-year olds and near thirty-year-olds. Starting his only game as a Patriot in the team's AFC Championship loss to the Indianapolis Colts, Alexander offers solid special teams play to go along with his duties as a reserve backer in the Patriots' scheme.

Former Patriot WR finally finds success

Wide receiver P.K. Sam is enjoying a standout season for Rhein in NFL Europa. Sam is second in the league in receiving yards (388) and also ranks near the top in catches (24) and touchdowns (three).

Randy Missing Minnesota?

According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, former Viking Randy Moss revealed that he was still disappointed that the Vikings traded him to Oakland two years ago. The interview, part of NBA star Stephon Marbury's talk show on FSN North, aired last week.
"I still don't know why I got traded from Minnesota," Moss said. "I was hurt. I wanted to be a Minnesota Viking. I really thought I was going to retire a Viking. ... I felt, if you took a chance on me, there's something you like about me."

Vinny Testaverde Comeback?

Reports last week indicated that free agent quarterback Vinny Testaverde was in Foxborough and may be a participant in the team's off-season activities, including passing camp. Testaverde, last with the Patriots in 2006, is not under contract with the team, but still has a locker at Gillette Stadium.

If the 43-year-old veteran can make a comeback, it will be his second tour with the Patriots and his 21st in the league. PatriotsInsider.com confirmed that Testaverde's locker was intact during the team's rookie minicamp. At the time speculation on the return of veteran Junior Seau - who also had a locker intact - was the focus of free agent activity.

Should Testaverde return for another tour with the team, he would likely land one roster spot while fellow backups Matt Cassel and UDFA rookie Matt Gutierrez fight it out for the other.

Chad Brown Speculation

Following early reports on the status of free agent linebacker Chad Brown, Scout.com has confirmed that two teams have expressed interest in the 36-year-old veteran, one of those being the Patriots.

According to a published report by a Boston paper, Brown's agent, Peter Schaefer, denied a report that a deal was reached for the veteran defender. The Boston paper contradicts an earlier report that Brown had reached an agreement with the Patriots.

Brown last played for the Patriots in 2005, recording 39 tackles (31 solo) in 15 games for New England. Brown played for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006.

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