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Report: Vincent Jackson signs with Buccaneers

03.13.12 at 5:00 pm ET
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According to Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune (via Twitter), the Buccaneers opened free agency by landing receiver Vincent Jackson, who had played his entire career with the Chargers.

Selected out of Northern Colorado in the second round of the 2006 draft, Jackson was a two-time Pro Bowl selection for the Chargers, earning the distinction in 2009 and 2011.

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Latest edition of the ‘It Is What It Is’ podcast looks at some draftees who could be possible Patriots on draft weekend

03.13.12 at 4:40 pm ET
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The latest edition of the “It Is What It Is” podcast features WEEI.com’s Christopher Price and D.J. Bean going in-depth with their thoughts on the NFL scouting combine, who impressed them and who didn’t and some guys who could be perfect Patriots when draft weekend rolls around. Click HERE to listen.

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Dolphins trade Brandon Marshall to Bears, reuniting receiver with Jay Cutler

03.13.12 at 4:19 pm ET
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According to multiple reports, the Dolphins have traded receiver Brandon Marshall to the Bears in exchange for third-round picks in the 2012 and 2013 drafts.

The trade will reunite the former Broncos receiver with former Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler. A fourth-round pick of the Broncos out of Central Florida in the 2006 draft, Marshall was traded to the Dolphins during the 2010 offseason for second-round picks in 2010 and 2011.

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A final reset of our ‘Free Agent Snapshot’ series

03.13.12 at 1:45 pm ET
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Here are the players we profiled as part of our free agent snapshot series. (We initially included cornerback Brent Grimes but have since decided to remove him after he was hit with the franchise tag.)

Defense
Safety Jim Leonhard
Cornerback Cortland Finnegan
Cornerback Brandon Carr
Defensive back Richard Marshall

Offense
Wide receiver Reggie Wayne
Offensive guard Carl Nicks
Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd
Wide receiver Mike Wallace
Wide receiver Vincent Jackson

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The 10 biggest questions entering NFL free agency

03.13.12 at 12:57 am ET
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With free agency set to start at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, here’€™s a look at the 10 most important questions, with an eye toward what the Patriots might do:

1. Where’€™s Peyton going to end up? The quarterback is the biggest name in the free agent class, and will almost certainly command the biggest deal on the open market. Manning and agent Tom Condon are playing their cards close to the vest to this point, but it sounds like Arizona, Miami, Denver and Seattle are in the mix to this point. In addition, Tennessee is also reportedly poised to make a full-court press for Manning’€™s services.

2. What sort of impact is Peyton going to have on the rest of the free agent market?
A lot of his former Indianapolis teammates are also now available, including wide receivers Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon, running back Joseph Addai and tight end Dallas Clark. Chances are good that whoever will land Manning probably has a very good shot at landing at least one of his former mates, and subsequently, revamping a sizable portion of their offensive scheme.

3. How will Peyton affect the market for quarterbacks?
It’€™s not just the free agent signal callers like Matt Flynn who stand to be affected by Manning’€™s decision. Incumbents like Kevin Kolb (Arizona) and Tim Tebow (Denver) could find themselves on the street if Manning ends up in their respective area codes. That could ultimately create a secondary series of ripples for a handful of quarterbacks.

4. What’€™s going to be the course of action for the Patriots?
In New England last year, it was either a boom-or-bust with last year’€™s free agents: the big names (Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco) were busts, while the middle of the road guys (Andre Carter, Mark Anderson and Brian Waters) were some of the best free-agent signings of the Bill Belichick Era. This year? There are some intriguing fits for this team that wouldn’€™t break the bank, including Brandon Lloyd and Richard Marshall, while Mike Wallace remains a big-ticket possibility that would also cost them a draft pick.

5. Who will the Patriots lose?
New England isn’€™t necessarily on danger of losing any of its elite players, but there are some intriguing UFA’€™s on the roster, including wide receiver Deion Branch, running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, offensive linemen Dan Koppen and Dan Connolly and Anderson and Carter, all of whom have been important pieces of the puzzle over the last few seasons with the Patriots. Anderson figures to be a sought-after commodity: a 28-year-old who finished with 10 sacks, he could be in line for a decent-sized payday.
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Randy Moss is coming back to Foxboro … in a 49ers uniform

03.12.12 at 10:49 pm ET
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Randy Moss is coming back to the NFL.

According to multiple reports, the 49ers and the free agent wide receiver agreed to a one-year deal Monday evening. The pact ends Moss’ retirement after he spent the 2011 season out of football.

The 35-year-old Moss reportedly spent Monday working out with the 49ers and catching passes from coach Jim Harbaugh. Moss had recently worked out with the Saints.

Moss spent parts of four seasons with the Patriots, including a record-setting 2007 campaign in which he reeled in 23 touchdown receptions. He was traded to the Vikings after four games in the 2010 season, but only lasted four games before he was waived. He finished the season with the Titans after being claimed, but had only six receptions in eight games, the last ones he played before retiring.

The Patriots will host the 49ers this season, meaning Moss will make his first trip back to New England since Oct. 31, 2010, his last game with the Vikings.

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Peyton Manning meets with Broncos

03.09.12 at 10:37 pm ET
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Peyton Manning his first visit with a team as a free agent, meeting with John Elway and the Broncos Friday.

According to reports, Manning spent nearly six hours with Elway and coach John Fox at the team’s facility. The Denver Post reported that negotiations were not expected to occur during the visit.

The four-time MVP quarterback was released by the Colts Tuesday, and the Broncos are among a number of teams interested in Manning. ESPN reported Friday that Manning is also expected to meet with the Cardinals and that the Redskins, despite reportedly being told by Manning’s camp that he is not interested in them, would still like to pursue the 35-year-old.

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