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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Florida State DE Cornellius Carradine

03.04.13 at 5:53 pm ET
By   |   Comments will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that might be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2013 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’€™s time for the Patriots to make a selection.


Position: Defensive end

School: Florida State

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 276 pounds

Achievements: 2012 All-America honorable mention (Sports Illustrated), 2012 All-ACC first team (media, coaches), 2012 Ted Hendricks Award finalist, Rated top junior college prospect in the country at Butler Community College before transferring to Florida State in 2011

What he brings: Nicknamed “Tank,” Carradine is described as explosive off the snap, and his strength and hustle have drawn praise from many observers. He didn’t start at Florida State in 2011 (although he still had 38 tackles on the year) and he tore his ACL in November 2012, so he doesn’t have the same amount of experience against elite competition that many of his contemporaries do. Scouts mostly agree that his athleticism, quick hands and strength can overcome that issue. However, lingering concerns about his knee, which held him out of the Senior Bowl, could hurt his status on draft day.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 1-3

Notes: The status of Carradine’s knee could determine whether he winds up being selected in the first or second round of the draft. He had 11 sacks and 13 tackles for a loss through the first 12 games of 2012. Carradine originally signed with Illinois out of high school, but had to start out at Butler Community College instead for academic reasons.

Related articles: ESPN: Florida State Seminoles’ Tank Carradine out with torn ACL

ESPN: Cornellius Carradine forces fumble on big FSU play

Palm Beach Post: FSU defense rolls along thanks to ‘Tank’ Carradine’s powerful play at end

Video: Here’s a look at Carradine vs. Miami last season.

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Patriots opt not to hit anyone with franchise tag

03.04.13 at 4:35 pm ET
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The deadline for the franchise tag came and went Monday afternoon without the Patriots using it on any one of their available players, which means wide receiver Wes Welker, right tackle Sebastian Vollmer and cornerback Aqib Talib — New England’s top three possibilities to be tagged — have between now and March 12 (the start of free agency) to work out a new deal with the Patriots or hit the open market.

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Ed Reed: Bill Belichick a ‘good’ coach, but I plan on being a Raven

03.04.13 at 12:37 pm ET
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On “NFL AM” Monday morning on the NFL Network, Ravens cornerback Ed Reed — who is set to hit free agency later this month — was asked if the Patriots would have won a Super Bowl with Reed on their roster.

‘€œThey’d win two [Super Bowls]. At the Super Bowl, I was asked if I would play for Coach Belichick and my answer was: ‘€˜What player wouldn’€™t play for Coach Belichick?’€™ He is a good football coach, has a great mind for football. I met Coach Belichick at a Pro Bowl. He is a great guy, great competitor and seems to understand his players.  I was just asked the question at the time [but] I am a Raven, plan on being a Raven. I couldn’€™t see myself anywhere else, but if it happens, I am a football player, I can adapt to any situation.’€

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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: LSU CB Tharold Simon

03.04.13 at 11:44 am ET
By   |   Comments will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that might be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2013 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots make a selection.


Position: Cornerback

School: LSU

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 202 pounds

Achievements: 2012 Preseason All-SEC third team (media), 2012 Most Improved during LSU spring drills

What he brings: At 6-foot-2, Simon is tall for a cornerback. He has long arms and a good frame. He’s known as a big playmaker, with fluid hips and active hands throughout the route. He also has good reads and reactions as well as an aggressive mentality and is very confident in his play. The biggest question about him is his quickness.

Where the Patriots could get him: Round 3 or later

Notes: In 2011, as a sophomore, Simon ranked third in the SEC with 10 pass breakups. In his junior year, he registered 45 tackles, nine pass breakups, and four interceptions. … Simon was suspended for one game in 2011 reportedly for a positive drug test. … Simon was raised by a single mother and his grandmother, and he is the father of a young child.

Related articles: The Times-Picayune: Tharold Simon isn’t worried about low draft status Tharold Simon to enter NFL Draft

Video: Here’s a look at Simon during the 2012 Chick-Fil-A Bowl vs. Clemson.

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Patriots announce release of Kyle Hix, Spencer Larsen

03.04.13 at 10:12 am ET
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The Patriots on Monday announced that they have released offensive lineman Kyle Hix and fullback Spencer Larsen.

Hix, 24, spent the last two seasons on injured reserve. The 6-foot-7, 315-pounder originally joined the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Texas in 2011.

Larsen, 28, joined the Patriots as an unrestricted free agent from Denver on March 30, 2012. He spent last season on injured reserve with a knee injury.

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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Florida DE Sharrif Floyd

03.04.13 at 9:27 am ET
By   |   Comments will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that might be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2013 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’€™s time for the Patriots to make a selection.


Position: Defensive end

School: Florida

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 303 pounds

Achievements: 2012 All-America third team, 2012 All-SEC Defense first team (AP, coaches)

What he brings: Floyd has a strong, powerful build and has impressed scouts with explosive quickness off the snap. Many have noted that he uses his hands well to defend against blockers. CBS Sports notes that sometimes he gets too invested in battles with offensive linemen and becomes distracted from the play, but overall, Floyd is seen as an impressive talent who improved continually in each of his three years at Florida.

Where the Patriots could get him: Round 1 (likely via a trade to move up)

Notes: Floyd is one of the most highly regarded defensive players in the draft, and he’d need a late slide to fall to the Patriots in the first round, especially after his solid performance at the NFL combine. In 37 games and 26 starts at Florida, he made 115 tackles, 26 for a loss, and 4.5 sacks and was part of one of the nation’s best defenses last season.

Related articles: CSN Philadelphia: Philly native Sharrif Floyd a potential Top-5 pick

Michigan Live: Detroit Lions Ndamukong Suh friends with Florida’s Sharrif Floyd

USA Today: Florida’s Sharrif Floyd adopted by family that gave him benefits

Video: Here’s a look at Floyd in action against Florida State last season.

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Robert Kraft on Tom Brady deal: ‘I just really want to end his career as a Patriot’

03.04.13 at 7:05 am ET
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Patriots owner Robert Kraft said the impetus for Tom Brady‘s new three-year, $27 million contract was the fact that Kraft did not want Brady to finish his career elsewhere, he told Sports Illustrated’s Peter King.

“I presented an idea to him that I thought could work for both sides,” Kraft said. “We’re taking a chance making this commitment, and he’s taking one, in terms of his ability to maximize pay. I just thought if winning is the most important thing to him, and I think it is, and it certainly is to our family, this gives us the best chance to win. Hopefully we have an elite quarterback that, even if his skills decline even a little bit, he’ll still be better than 90 percent of the quarterbacks in the league. And his legacy — I already believe he’s the greatest of all time — if we win one or two more, he can solidify that.”

Kraft said he broached the idea of extending Brady’s deal when the two flew from Boston to Los Angeles together the week after the AFC championship loss to the Ravens, after thinking about it for “three or four years.”

“I was probably wearing my fan hat as much as anything else,” Kraft said. “I just didn’t want to ever see this become like Joe Montana leaving San Francisco, Emmitt Smith leaving Dallas, Brett Favre leaving Green Bay, Peyton Manning leaving Indianapolis. If Tom Brady played out this current contract and left us, there was no doubt in my mind that someone out there would pay him top dollar, and they should, for his ability, his leadership and his unselfishness.

“I was just trying to stay ahead of the curve. If we were going to have to pay him elite-quarterback money and have elite-quarterback cap numbers, I just didn’t think we would be able to build a team. We don’t want to have a team where we’re paying 18 to 20 percent to a player on the cap. I wanted to do something elegant that would work for everybody. I had been talking to him off and on for maybe 18 months, about how I wanted him to finish his career here, and about how we both have to be smart about it. I just really want him to end his career a Patriot.”

There has been speculation that because Brady accepted less than what he could have received on the open market, the two have a handshake agreement for the QB to be compensated down the road, perhaps even before this contract plays out. Kraft denied that, as well as a suggestion that Brady only agreed after receiving an assurance that teammate Wes Welker would get some of the money the team saved on Brady.

“No, no, no. This is a real deal,” Kraft insisted. “Look at our track record. We don’t do fake deals. The contract we have with Tom Brady is a real contract we will both live by.”

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