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Despite being taught to hate Patriots, new TE Dwayne Allen always admired them

03.12.17 at 1:13 pm ET
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Dwayne Allen has always admired the Patriots. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA Today Sports)

Dwayne Allen has always admired the Patriots. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA Today Sports)

Dwayne Allen has played for just the Colts in his five-year NFL career, so all he knows is to dislike the Patriots considering all of their battles over the years and then Deflategate.

Although the 27-year-old was a Colt for the last five years, he had a difference perspective than many of his teammates.

“Coming from the Colts, you’re taught to hate the Patriots,” Allen told “Patriots Today” on “But I always admired them for their professionalism, how hard they work and of course the winning culture that they have here. There’s no wonder why the Patriots have been so successful. I’m just eager to get to work and to earn the right to be called a Patriot.”

Allen was traded to the Patriots this week and should have a big role with the team in 2017 serving as Martellus Bennett’s replacement.

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Stephen Gostkowski one-ups Tom Brady on ski slopes

03.12.17 at 1:00 pm ET
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A few weeks back, Tom Brady posted a video of him skiing in Montana.

This weekend, Stephen Gostkowski went skiing at Wachusett Mountain and appeared to one-up the Patriots quarterback.

“Tom, this is how you land a jump, my friend,” Gostkowski said in a video before starting a run.

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Sunday 7: Jimmy Garoppolo trade talk will certainly continue with current draft situation for Patriots

03.12.17 at 6:00 am ET
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The Jimmy Garoppolo trade talk is only going to continue. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

The Jimmy Garoppolo trade talk is only going to continue. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

1. Following the two trades the Patriots made Friday in acquiring Kony Ealy and Brandin Cooks, the Patriots are currently without a first or second-round pick in the NFL draft. The Patriots have never gone through a draft without making at least one selection in the first or second round. Given how much Bill Belichick loves working the draft board, it’s hard to imagine him entering a draft without a pick until the third round (No. 72 overall). So how will Belichick get some draft picks? The easy solution would be trading Jimmy Garoppolo. Look at how many draft picks the Browns have — two first-round picks (Nos. 1 and 12 overall) and then two second-round picks. They also have three second-round picks in 2018 in addition to their own first-rounder, so it’s clear the Browns have the draft picks the Patriots could potentially want. ESPN’s Adam Schefter has continued to defend his report that the Patriots are not trading Garoppolo, but if they are completely blown away by an offer, it’s hard to see the Patriots saying no. With the Patriots not selecting until the third round and the Browns reportedly still being interested in the Patriots’ backup quarterback, expect the trade rumors to continue right up until draft day.

2. A lot has been made of Malcolm Butler’s situation this week. It’s not too difficult to see why he’s at least a little upset with the organization. He’s been in negotiations with the Patriots since last offseason for a new contract, but hasn’t got one. New England went out and signed cornerback Stephon Gilmore to a five-year, $65 million deal with $40 million guaranteed — the largest in Patriots franchise history to a defensive player — this week. With Butler being in the organization for three years and doing everything he’s been asked to do on the field and not causing any issues off the field, he had reason to believe he would eventually get a new contract and be the Patriots’ No. 1 cornerback for a long time. Instead the organization gave the large deal to Gilmore, who wasn’t even in the organization. This doesn’t send the greatest message to the team by not being completely loyal to its players, but it’s worth wondering just how much Butler has been seeking per year. It’s likely been more than $13 million and a major reason why the Patriots signed Gilmore.

3. Butler is in a tough spot because he has no leverage. He’s under contract as a restricted free agent and since the Patriots placed a first-round tender on him, he’s on the books for $3.91 million — a large increase from his $600,000 a year ago. He could not sign the tender and hold out, but that wouldn’t do him any good because he wouldn’t get the year of service time and be in the same situation next offseason. The Patriots signing Gilmore is a sign they don’t view Butler as part of their long-term plans at cornerback because it’s hard to imagine the team spending at least $26 million per year on two cornerbacks. If they were willing to do that, it would have made more sense to extend Butler and re-sign Logan Ryan (who signed a three-year, $30 million deal with the Titans). New England could take the same approach with Butler as it did with Chandler Jones, and trade him this offseason to make sure they get something in return knowing they won’t be able to re-sign him when his contract is up after 2017. It’s already been rumored he could be traded to the Saints even after the Cooks trade. And with the Patriots not having a first or second-round pick, maybe a team would be willing to give up a low first or a second-round pick for the 27-year-old cornerback, and then sign him to a long-term deal.

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Patriots reportedly sign DL Lawrence Guy to 4-year deal

03.11.17 at 2:41 pm ET
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The Patriots reportedly have signed DL Lawrence Guy. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots reportedly have signed DL Lawrence Guy. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots must have liked what they saw.

After having him in for a visit on Friday, the Patriots have signed defensive tackle Lawrence Guy to a four-year deal worth up to $20 million, per NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.

Guy, 26, is more of a defensive tackle, so he will team up with Alan Branch, Malcom Brown and Vincent Valentine up front. At 305 pounds he’s a solid run stopper, but can also get after the passer.

He’s played for three teams over his five year career, most recently spending the last two years with the Ravens.

He played in all 16 games this past year finishing with 14 tackles and a sack. His best year came in 2015 when he totaled 4.5 sacks and 29 tackles.

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Even with big moves completed, Patriots still have more to do in free agency

03.11.17 at 1:52 pm ET
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Re-signing Dont'a Hightower remains a top priority. (Dan Powers/USA Today Sports)

Re-signing Dont’a Hightower remains a top priority. (Dan Powers/USA Today Sports)

By Patriots standards, the team has been extremely busy in the first week of free agency.

New England has added Dwayne Allen, Stephon Gilmore, Kony Ealy and Brandin Cooks, as well as retaining Alan Branch and Duron Harmon.

Some might already declare the Patriots winners of the offseason, but the reality is the team still has more to do.

1. Re-sign Dont’a Hightower

This is the big one. While the defense is in good shape for 2017, it still needs Hightower in the middle. The 26-year-old was one of the biggest leaders on the unit last year and has become one of the best middle linebackers in all of football. Him not signing with another team as of Saturday appears to be a good sign for him returning to the Patriots. He’s reportedly seeking $10-13 million per year, which is reasonable even by Patriots standards. The two teams rumored to be interested besides the Patriots — the Dolphins and Titans — may have fallen out of the running. Miami signed Lawrence Timmons on Friday and the Titans may be out because of his price. Usually with these things there is a mystery team or two involved, but it does seem like the Patriots are in a good position to re-sign him, especially considering they have close to $40 million in cap space as of Saturday.

2. Add a big running back

The Patriots need another running back, one who can run in between the tackles on first and second down. New England can’t go into next season with just James White, Dion Lewis and D.J. Foster on the roster. It is also worth noting the team rarely spends big money on running backs, so don’t expect someone like Adrian Peterson to be joining the team. Options include bringing back LeGarrette Blount, or maybe someone like Eddie Lacy, who will look to get his career back on track after a tough 2016 with the Packers.

3. Get more depth on defensive line

The Patriots did bring back Branch and added Ealy, but there still needs to be more depth, particularly at defensive end. By losing Chris Long and Jabaal Sheard, there needs to be another player to join the rotation at defensive end. Options include Jared Odrick, Mario Williams and Lawrence Guy. Odrick and Guy reportedly have already been in for visits. Also, depth could be added on the interior defensive line with players such as Dontari Poe, Tyrunn Walker, or Tony McDaniel.

[UPDATE 3:00 p.m.]: The Patriots have reportedly signed Guy to a four-year deal.

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Resetting Patriots’ 2017 draft picks after wild day Friday

03.10.17 at 8:48 pm ET
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Bill Belichick and the Patriots don't have a first or second-round pick. (Kelley L Cox/USA Today Sports)

Bill Belichick and the Patriots don’t have a first or second-round pick. (Kelley L Cox/USA Today Sports)

It was a busy day for the Patriots with two reported trades on Friday, which drastically impacted their 2017 draft pick order.

The biggest thing is they no longer have a first or second-round pick.

Here are the draft picks the Patriots have as of Friday night for the 2017 draft.

Round 3 — Nos. 72 and 96 overall
Round 4 — No. 132 overall
Round 5 — Nos. 163 and 183 overall
Round 6 — No. 200 overall
Round 7 — No. 239 overall

New England lost its first-round pick in the deal for Brandin Cooks, and then lost its second-round pick in the deal for Kony Ealy. The Patriots got a fourth-round pick from the Saints, but have to forfeit it because of Deflategate.

With no first or second-round pick, the Jimmy Garoppolo rumors will heat up again, or maybe Bill Belichick is just going for it all.

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Despite not being traded for Brandin Cooks, Malcolm Butler reportedly could still be traded to Saints

03.10.17 at 8:26 pm ET
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Malcolm Butler reportedly could still be traded.(Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports)

Malcolm Butler reportedly could still be traded.(Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports)

Even though Malcolm Butler was not included in the reported trade for Brandin Cooks, he could still in fact be traded to the Saints.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Saints and Patriots still could consider a trade later on for Butler.

The 27-year-old cornerback is a restricted free agent and after the Patriots placed a first-round tender on him, is on the books for $3.91 million in 2017. The Patriots signed Stephon Gilmore to a five-year deal, $13 million per year deal, which likely has Butler upset.

The Saints are in desperate need for help on defense, so if the two sides make a trade work it could make sense, especially considering the Patriots likely won’t be able to sign Butler long-term.

The Patriots don’t have a first, or second-round pick, so keep that in mind as the Patriots look to potentially trade Butler.

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