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Linebacker Brandon Spikes signs with Bills

03.14.14 at 11:48 pm ET
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The Patriots suffered their second personnel loss of free agency on Friday when linebacker Brandon Spikes agreed to a one-year deal worth a reported $3.25 million.

The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Spikes, who was drafted by the Patriots out of Florida in 2010, just finished the final year of a four-year deal he signed as a rookie. He struggled with knee injuries over the course of his career with the Patriots, but his best season came in 2012, when he finished with 92 tackles (57 solo) and a sack in 15 games played.

The news was hardly a surprise — the relationship between the player and franchise had deteriorated over the course of the 2013 season for a myriad of reasons, so much so that in an interview with the NFL Network last week, he acknowledged free agency could bring a “fresh start” for both him and the team.

“I just feel like both sides could benefit from a fresh start,” he said. “Any team that is willing to take a chance on me, they’€™re going to get a playmaker, a guy that’€™s very aggressive on the field, looking to be a difference-maker.”

Spikes tweeted the news late Friday.

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CB Brandon Browner announces he’s reached agreement with Patriots

03.14.14 at 7:21 pm ET
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Brandon Browner told ESPN’s Josina Anderson Friday that he’s “taking a three-year deal” to play in New England.

The 29-year-old Brown spent the last three seasons of his career with the Seahawks, where he became an integral part of the Seattle defense. The 6-foot-4, 221-pounder has 10 career picks, including a career-high six in 2011. As part of a violation of league’s policy on PEDs, he will have to sit out the first four games of the 2014 season.

Browner tweeted out the following from his personal account shortly after the news broke.

“Today, I am proud to announce that I am a New England Patriot. I am honored that the Patriots are making me part of their legendary organization, and am grateful for the opportunity Mr. Kraft, Coach Belichick, Nick Caserio and the entire team have given me. I intend to diligently work with the same’€¨passion and dedication that I have displayed since coming into the NFL to uphold the great traditions and qualities that are embodied by the Patriots. I would be remiss if I didn’€™t thank the Seattle Seahawks for giving a CFL player the once in-a-lifetime opportunity to return to the NFL, making a’€¨young boy’s dream come true. To Coach Pete Carroll, GM John Schneider, John Idzik, Coach Richard, Rocky Seto, the LOB, my teammates, the training staff, the equipment guys the Seahawks organization as a whole and most importantly the 12th Man, I say thank you for everything you have done for myself and my family. I am a truly blessed person.”

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Patriots tight end Michael Hoomanawanui takes to the sky

03.14.14 at 3:31 pm ET
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Michael Hoomanawanui flying with the Blue Angels? Why not. (The other guy is Rams punter Johnny Hekker.)

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Report: Patriots meet with free agent DT Letroy Guion

03.14.14 at 3:23 pm ET
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The Patriots have met with free agent defensive tackle Letroy Guion, according to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Guion has been in the league for seven seasons — all with Minnesota — and has played defensive tackle and nose tackle. A 6-foot-4, 303-pounder, the 26-year-old had 13 starts last season for the Vikings, and had 21 tackles and a sack.

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Ian Rapoport on M&M: Brandon Browner told people he accepted Patriots’ offer

03.14.14 at 1:15 pm ET
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NFL Network/ reporter Ian Rapoport joined Mut & Merloni on Friday to discuss the Patriots’ pursuit of cornerback Brandon Browner and other NFL free agent news. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.

Rapoport reported Thursday night that Browner appeared to have a deal in place with the Patriots, but that’s since been called into question.

“Here’s what I know: Last night Brandon Browner told people very close to him that he had agreed to take the Patriots’ offer,” Rapoport explained. “At that point he was in New England, and my understanding is he is still in New England right now [shortly after noon]. He did have some visits scheduled, according to what his agent Peter Schaffer told Albert Breer in between periods of his men’s hockey league game in Denver. … I was told early this morning that the Redskins visit was then canceled, because they knew he was going to do a deal with New England. And then his agent has been saying the plan is still to go to the Redskins, and now the visit may be back on, after they initially canceled this morning.”

Added Rapoport on the likelihood of the deal getting finalized: “He agreed to a deal, according to people close to him last night. So, I would say the chances are pretty good, regardless of where he visits.”

As for how Browner would fit in, Rapoport said the veteran had some issues last season but the Patriots could be a good fit. Browner would have to sit out the first four games as part of his NFL suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

“He’s an interesting player,” Rapoport said. “He’s big, he’s physical. Really struggled last year with the Seahawks. They were weighing all options, including releasing him last year. Then he got hurt and then he got suspended and they didn’t have to worry about it — they played Walter Thurmond and they won the Super Bowl.

“So I think his play is certainly a question. But you come to New England, he’ll only be allowed to do what he does. So I think it’s probably a good place for him. I think he knows it’s a good place for him, which is why he wants to come to New England. We’ll see what happens from there.”

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Resetting latest on Patriots and their own free agents

03.14.14 at 12:33 pm ET
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Almost 72 hours into free agency, here’s the latest on what’s up with the Patriots’ own free agent class.

Long snapper Danny Aiken: Signed a one-year deal to return to New England.
Running back LeGarrette Blount: No updates.
Defensive end Andre Carter: Carter has left the door open for a possible return ‘€” he expanded on his feelings in a recent interview with ESPN.
Wide receiver Austin Collie: No updates.
Wide receiver Julian Edelman: The slot receiver, who reportedly left a three-year deal on the table in New England, is facing a fluid market for his services, as it’s clear his future could be tied to Steve Smith. (We explored that here.) He’s visiting with the Niners on Friday — it could be an enticing spot for the California native.
Linebacker Dane Fletcher: Reportedly took a free agent visit to Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui: Signed a two-year deal to return to New England.
Tight end Matthew Mulligan: No updates at this time, but a league source has expressed to some optimism the Maine product could return to the Patriots in 2014.
Linebacker Brandon Spikes: Spikes is visiting with the Bills, a natural landing spot — he’s tight with former positional coach Pepper Johnson, and Johnson left New England for Buffalo earlier this offseason.
Offensive lineman Will Svitek: No updates, but like Mulligan, league sources expressed a belief that the Patriots would welcome him back at a fair market rate.
Cornerback Aqib Talib: Talib signed a six-year, $57 million deal with $26 million guaranteed with the Broncos.
Center Ryan Wendell: No updates, but the Patriots have kicked the tires on veteran Phil Costa, who ended up signing with the Colts. As is the case at other positions, both sides could be looking to read the market before making a move.

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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Baylor OG Cyril Richardson

03.14.14 at 10:58 am ET
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Position: Offensive guard

School: Baylor University

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 340 pounds

Achievements: 2013 consensus All-American, 2013 first-team All-Big 12

What he brings: Richardson is a massive, powerful offensive lineman who has the size to match up with the NFL’€™s biggest. He has played at both tackle and guard but is projected to be more of a guard in the NFL. Richardson doesn’t have great athleticism and could struggle with faster defensive lineman.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 3-4

Notes: The 23-year-old went to high school in New Orleans and was forced to move after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. writer Daniel Jeremiah considers Richardson one of the “most physical players” in college football. Richardson started as a guard in his junior and senior seasons at Baylor, starting 25 of 26 games there. During his sophomore year, Richardson started all 13 games at left tackle, protecting Robert Griffin III‘€™s blindside.

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Video: Here’s Richardson in action against UCF during the 2014 Fiesta Bowl.

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