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Tom Brady, Terrell Owens work out together in California

04.03.13 at 5:40 pm ET
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Talk about a strange combination.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was on the practice field in Southern California Wednesday with Terrell Owens, according to a Tweet from the USC athletic department. The controversial receiver, who’s a free agent — he last caught a regular-season pass while with the Bengals in 2010 — has 1,078 receptions over the course of his career. We’re not sure if this is an indication the Patriots have interest in Owens or simply that the receiver and/or the quarterback were looking for an extra help in their workouts, but it’s an interesting duo.

(Of course, we’re not 100 percent sure the two actually connected. Owens Tweeted Wednesday that he was actually at UCLA throwing with Brady and former New England quarterback Matt Cassel.)

Brady’s appearance at USC with Owens on Wednesday comes one day after he was spotted on the Southern California campus working with new Patriots receiver Danny Amendola.

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Report: Julian Edelman visiting with Giants

04.03.13 at 5:26 pm ET
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Free agent Julian Edelman is visiting with the Giants this week, according to Mike Garofalo of USA Today. Edelman, a seventh-round pick of the Patriots in 2009, has spent the last four seasons with New England. The former collegiate quarterback, who caught 37 passes as a rookie, has 69 catches for 714 yards and four touchdowns over his career with the Patriots. In addition, the 5-foot-10, 200-pounder has shown special teams value, having returned three punts for touchdowns in four seasons.

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NFL mandates teams must install cameras in home locker rooms

04.03.13 at 3:10 pm ET
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The NFL will apparently allow cameras in home locker rooms next season.

According to SportsBusiness Journal, the league has mandated that teams install cameras in home locker rooms in 2013, with an eye toward using the content on team apps, as well as during halftime and other breaks in the game at the stadium. SBJ is reporting that while the cameras are mandated, the use of locker room footage is optional.

The decision is apparently part of a plan to improve the experience of attending NFL games by providing fans with footage and entertainment they can’t get at home.

“The content will be available only in stadium and the content will be available only of the home team. You can show it or not show it,” NFL Executive VP/Business Ventures Eric Grubman said Wednesday.

In addition, SBJ is reporting home teams will be made to show important replays in the stadium even if that replay doesn’t necessarily help the home team’s cause.

Wes Welker: Leaving New England was ‘just business’

04.03.13 at 12:28 pm ET
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Wes Welker said Wednesday morning that contract talks between his reps and the Patriots never got personal and indicated that in the end, “everything worked out really well for everybody.”

The former Patriots wide receiver who signed a free agent deal with the Broncos last month after six seasons in New England, told ESPN Radio that the whole thing was just about business.

‘€œI think a lot of it is just business,’€ Welker said. ‘€œIt’€™s kind of the unfortunate part of the business, but it is what it is. You try to find what works for you, as far as financially and as a player and everything else. I think at the end of the day — fortunately or unfortunately — it kind of just worked out the way it did.’€

In the days after Welker’s new deal, there was a lot of debate about which contract was better, as representatives for the wide receiver disputed the claims put forth by the Patriots and owner Robert Kraft. But Welker, who surpassed 100 catches in five of his six seasons in New England, said he doesn’t feel underappreciated for what he did with the Patriots,

‘€œAbsolutely,’€ Welker said. ‘€œI think everything worked out really well for everybody. It was a good run and I look forward to keeping that run going in Denver.’€

In his introductory press conference with the Broncos, Welker said the toughest thing was leaving quarterback Tom Brady — the two had built a tremendous relationship, both on and off the field, since Welker arrived in 2007.

‘€œTom is one of my good friends,’€ Welker said Wednesday. ‘€œWe stay in contact often.’€

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NFL free agency roundup: Nnamdi Asomugha agrees to deal with 49ers

04.03.13 at 10:43 am ET
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Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha agreed to a one-year deal with the 49ers on Tuesday that could pay as much as $3 million a year.

Asomugha spent his first eight NFL seasons, from 2003-10, with the Raiders, so the Bay Area is familiar to him. His deal has no guaranteed money: He’s due for a base package of $1.35 million with salary and bonuses, and could earn up to $1.65 million in additional incentives for playing time, awards and reaching the playoffs.

That’s a dip from where Asomugha would have been this year had the Eagles not released him on March 12. He had been scheduled to make $15 million this year, with $4 million guaranteed, on the five-year deal he signed with Philadelphia in 2011.

Asomugha’s representative, Ben Dogra, said that Asomugha is expected to sign the deal Wednesday.

‘€¢ The Raiders traded quarterback Carson Palmer to the Cardinals on Tuesday as part of a package that also included the Cardinals sending a sixth-round pick, Oakland sending a seventh-round pick, and Oakland receiving a conditional seventh-round pick if Palmer starts 13 games for Arizona in 2013, according to ESPN.

Palmer also agreed to a new contract with the Cardinals, who did not disclose the terms of the deal. According to ESPN, the contract is for two years and $16 million. Palmer had been scheduled to make $13 million with Oakland this season.

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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Colorado OT David Bakhtiari

04.03.13 at 7:13 am ET
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Position: Offensive tackle

School: Colorado

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 299 pounds

Achievements: 2012 All-Pac 12 second team (coaches), 2011 All-Pac 12 second team (coaches), 2011 sophomore All-America second team (, 2010 freshman All-America honorable mention (, 2010 All-Big 12 honorable mention (AP)

What he brings: Bakhtiari, expected by some to move to guard in the NFL, has been recognized for his good technique. notes his long arms and good overall weight distribution. Bakhtiari has very good initial quickness on the offensive line and takes good cuts and angles to help with defenders. Scouts have been impressed with his tenacity and aggressiveness with defenders, willing to knock them to the ground when he can.

Where the Patriots could get him: Round 2 or 3

Notes: Bakhtiari allowed only 2.5 quarterback sacks and one pressure in the 2012 season. In 2010, as a freshman, he played in all 12 games, starting 11. He registered 59 finishing/knockdown blocks, which was fourth best on the team. This included three touchdown blocks, which was tied for the third most. … The Bakhtiari family has a successful career in football. David’s oldest brother, Eric, is a linebacker who has played five NFL seasons, most recently for the 49ers in 2012. Another one of his older brothers, Andrew, played defensive end at the University of San Diego. His uncle, Dan Jackson, played quarterback at California.

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Video: Here’s a look at Bakhtiari in action vs. USC in 2012.

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Robert Kraft: Death of Chuck Fairbanks ‘a sad day for generations of Patriots fans’

04.02.13 at 6:05 pm ET
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Patriots owner Robert Kraft has issued a statement on he death of former coach Chuck Fairbanks.

‘€œAs a Patriots season ticket holder, I remember the excitement that was generated by the hiring of Chuck Fairbanks from the University of Oklahoma in 1973,’€ said Kraft in a statement issued by the team. ‘€œCoach Fairbanks gave the Patriots instant credibility. For Patriots fans of that era, Fairbanks was the Bill Parcells before Bill Parcells. Meaning, he did for the Patriots in the ‘€˜70s what Bill Parcells did for the team in the ‘€˜90s.

“He delivered the franchise’€™s first 11-win season in 1976 and earned a home playoff game after winning the division in 1978. It was the first time in franchise history that we hosted a playoff game. He introduced the 3-4 defense to the NFL during his Patriots tenure, which remains a part of his NFL legacy. It is a sad day for a generation of Patriots fans who enjoyed his era of coaching. My thoughts and prayers are with the Fairbanks family and all who mourn his loss.’€

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