|03.05.10 at 7:53 pm ET|
After a day filled with speculation wondering where he might land — with much of that conjecture involving a possible deal to the Patriots — wide receiver Anquan Boldin was traded from Arizona to Baltimore for third- and fourth-round draft picks late Friday. The 29-year-old Boldin caught 84 passes for 1,024 yards and two touchdowns for the Cardinals last season.
|03.05.10 at 7:22 pm ET|
Pro Bowler Vince Wilfork and the Patriots have reached an agreement on a long-term deal that could keep the nose tackle in New England for the rest of his career.
The news was confirmed via Wilfork’s Twitter account, where he reported roughly 7 p.m. on Friday in a series of Tweets, “Thanks to everyone who has supported us during our time here in [New England]. It has meant a great deal to us. With that being said we are pleased to say we will be here for MANY more years to come. MY wife and I thank you and are getting back to our vacation… [see you] in Foxboro soon.”
|03.05.10 at 6:20 pm ET|
WEEI.com has confirmed a report via a league source that the Patriots have expressed an interest in bringing back Le Kevin Smith.
Smith, a defensive lineman who was taken by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2006 draft, played three years in New England before being dealt to Denver before the start of the 2009 season for a fifth-round pick in the 2010 draft. Primarily a backup over the course of his four-year career, the 27-year-old free agent has started a pair of games in the NFL. His best season came in 2008 when he played in 15 games and finished with 14 tackles.
The news was initially reported by scout.com.
|03.05.10 at 4:37 pm ET|
So the Patriots are a front-runner to acquire Arizona stud receiver Anquan Boldin. Or, maybe they’re not. From what I understand, a Boldin-to-New England deal isn’t imminent. That doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen. It just looks like it’s probably not going to happen today.
On another free agent note, the Patriots have scheduled a 5 p.m. conference call with OLB/DE Tully Banta-Cain. The team and Banta-Cain agreed to a three-year deal that was announced earlier today.
|03.05.10 at 3:06 pm ET|
The Patriots have announced they have agreed to a contract extension for outside linebacker/defensive end Tully Banta-Cain.
Banta-Cain led the team with 10 sacks in 2009. In his second tour of duty with the Patriots — he was taken by New England in the seventh round of the 2003 draft, but left the Patriots in free agency and spent two seasons in San Francisco before re-signing with New England before the 2009 season — Banta-Cain had a career-best season. The most consistent pass-rusher on the team last season, his 10 sacks made him only the second Patriots linebacker to hit double figures in sacks since 1995. (Mike Vrabel had 12.5 in 2007.) Six of Banta-Cain’s sacks last season came in the fourth quarter. The only New England linebacker with more since they began tracking the stat in 1991 was Chris Slade, who had seven fourth-quarter sacks in 1994.
|03.05.10 at 2:06 pm ET|
According to multiple reports this hour, despite the fact that the Patriots have made an offer to free agent defensive end Julius Peppers, it appears Peppers is set to sign with the Bears. Peppers, considered the premier pass rusher of this year’s free agent crop, has also received an offer from the Eagles. But several Chicago outlets, including the Chicago Sun-Times, are reporting that Peppers is taking a physical at this hour, and a signing is “imminent.”
(UPDATE, 2:17 p.m. ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the deal Peppers is set to sign with the Bears is worth roughly $40 million in the first three years. The NFL Network, citing a source, reported the deal was for $79.8 million, with $40 million guaranteed in the first three seasons.)
|03.05.10 at 12:05 pm ET|
The agent for cornerback Leigh Bodden said this morning that his client will make a decision on where he plans to visit this afternoon. Alvin Keels, who represents Bodden, made the statement via Twitter, saying Bodden “will decide this afternoon on his order of visits. Lots of early interest.” Bodden, who signed a one-year contract with the Patriots before the start of the 2009 season, is believed to have already drawn interest from several teams, including Pittsburgh, Houston, Seattle and the Patriots.
This past season, he was New England’s most consistent corner. He started 14 of the 15 games he played for the Patriots, and finished with a team-high five interceptions (including three in one game against the Jets), along with 55 tackles, 18 pass deflections and one forced fumble.
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