|03.10.14 at 9:13 pm ET|
Cornerback Alterraun Verner said Monday he’s heard from Devin McCourty, who has apparently been making a pitch for Verner to come to New England.
Verner, who has played alongside McCourty’s brother Jason the last four years in Tennessee, told Sirius XM’s Mad Dog Radio on Monday that Devin has been trying to get him to sign with the Patriots.
“(New England) is definitely a possibility,” Verner said. “Jason’s brother has been lobbying for me (to join the Patriots).”
It’s presumed Verner will make it to free agency, where he will be regarded as one of the best cornerbacks available. According to multiple reports, he’s drawn interested from the Rams, Redskins, Steelers and Vikings, Lions. It remains to be seen what sort of financial commitment the Patriots would — or could — make if they wanted to land Verner, but he seemed to indicate Monday that money wasn’t the most important thing on his mind.
“I would feel more obliged to go to a team that paid me $6 or $7 million and made me one of the highest-paid players on the team, than go to a team that paid me $8 or $9 million and I wasn’t one of the highest-paid players on the team,” he said.
The 5-foot-10, 187-pound Verner has played in 64 regular-season games the last four years, and has 50 passes defensed and 11 picks over the course of his career. His best season came in 2013, when he had 57 tackles (49 solo), 22 passes defensed and five interceptions.
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|03.10.14 at 5:36 pm ET|
In addition to the moves that were announced earlier on Monday, the league transaction wire revealed Monday afternoon the Patriots have waived offensive lineman Elvis Fisher and running back Quentin Hines with a “failed physical” designation. In addition, they also waived offensive lineman Brice Schwab.
Fisher is a 6-foot-5, 300-pound lineman who was signed as a rookie free agent on May 3, 2013. A team captain at Mizzou in 2011 and 2012 as a collegian, he was predominantly a left tackle. He was placed on season-ending injured reserve in August because of a knee issue.
As for Hines, he’s a 5-foot-11, 190-pound running back out of Akron who was signed as a free agent last spring, but also never saw the field this season because of an injured reserve designation.
Schwab is a 6-foot-7,. 302-pound lineman who was on and off the roster at various points last season. The Arizona State product also saw some time last spring with Tampa Bay before being picked up by the Patriots.
|03.10.14 at 4:58 pm ET|
The Patriots released four players Monday afternoon: defensive lineman Cory Grissom, running back Sam McGuffie, wide receiver T.J. Moe and linebacker Taylor Reed.
The following is a portion of the press release issued by the team:
Grissom, 23, was originally signed by New England as a rookie free agent on May 3, 2013 out of South Florida. The 6-foot-2, 316-pounder spent the 2013 season on injured reserve after suffering an ankle injury during the preseason. Grissom started the final 37 games of his college career and was named second-team All-Big East as a senior.
McGuffie, 24, finished the 2013 season on the New England practice squad after being signed on Dec. 27. The 5-foot-10, 200-pounder was originally signed by the Oakland Raiders on April 29, 2013, as a rookie free agent out of Rice. He was released by Oakland on Aug. 26 and signed by the Arizona Cardinals to the practice squad on Sept. 3, before being released on Sept. 17. McGuffie began his college career at Michigan as a running back, seeing action as a true freshman, before transferring to Rice. After two seasons as a running back at Rice, he made a successful transition from running back to slot receiver as a senior in 2012 and finished with 54 receptions for 603 yards and five touchdowns.
Moe, 22, was originally signed the New England as a rookie free agent on May 3, 2013, out of Missouri. The 6-foot, 200-pounder spent the 2013 season on injured reserve after suffering an Achilles injury during spring workouts. Moe played in 48 games over his four collegiate seasons at Missouri, totaling 188 receptions for 2,101 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Reed, 22, joined the New England practice squad on Dec. 30. The 5-foot-11, 236-pounder was originally signed by the Dallas Cowboys as a rookie free agent out of Southern Methodist on May 5, 2013. He was released by Dallas on Aug. 31 before being signed to the Cowboys practice squad on Nov. 18. Reed started in 12-of-13 games he played as a senior and led the team with 97 total tackles.
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|03.10.14 at 1:23 pm ET|
With free agency set to open at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, here’s a quick look at where the Patriots stand with their own free agents:
Long snapper Danny Aiken: A restricted free agent, he’s signed a one-year deal to stick with the Patriots.
Running back LeGarrette Blount: No updates.
Defensive end Andre Carter: The veteran said last year that it was the Patriots or retirement, and when New England came calling midway through the season, he returned without a second thought. While he sounds content with the possibility of calling it a career, he told ESPN the door is always open to return for 2014.
Wide receiver Austin Collie: No updates.
Wide receiver Julian Edelman: Comcast’s Mike Giardi has reported that there’s a “strong push” at Gillette Stadium to keep Edelman.
Linebacker Dane Fletcher: No updates.
Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui: The versatile backup agreed to a two-year deal Monday to remain in New England.
Tight end Matthew Mulligan: No updates at this time, but a league source has expressed to WEEI.com some optimism the Maine product could return to the Patriots in 2014.
Linebacker Brandon Spikes: It sounds like Spikes is gone — he told the NFL Network on Friday that free agency could bring a “fresh start” for both him and the Patriots. It’s believed Spikes will draw plenty of interest around the league, but he could reunite with his former position coach (Pepper Johnson) in Buffalo.
Offensive lineman Will Svitek: No updates.
Cornerback Aqib Talib: The Redskins are apparently reaching out to Talib, and while the extent of their interest isn’t known, but it certainly makes sense from a familiarity standpoint, as new Redskins GM Bruce Allen drafted Talib in 2008 when he was with the Bucs and Talib played for new Washington secondary coach Raheem Morris when Morris was the head coach in Tampa Bay.
Center Ryan Wendell: No updates.
|03.10.14 at 12:56 pm ET|
The Patriots are set to release wide receiver T.J. Moe on Monday, according to his agent Matt Brei.
The 6-foot, 200-pound Moe, an undrafted free agent out of Mizzou, spent the entire 2013 season on injured reserve after suffering a torn Achilles last May. The news is a bit of a surprise, considering the fact that the Patriots paid him handsomely as an undrafted free agent last spring (according to reports, he received a signing bonus of $8,000 and $22,000 in guaranteed base salary, excellent money for a UDFA), and thought enough of him to keep him around despite last spring’s injury.
Moe said Monday afternoon he was informed of the news on Monday. “I was surprised by the call,” he said. “But nothing is too surprising in the NFL.” He added that rehab is “coming along well.”
The 22-year-old played in 48 games over his four seasons at Missouri, totaling 188 receptions for 2,101 yards and 11 touchdowns.
|03.10.14 at 12:43 pm ET|
Talib, who spent the last season-plus with the Patriots, is set to hit the open market when free agency starts tomorrow, and the idea of him drawing attention from Washington — at least during the “legal tampering window” — certainly makes sense. New Redskins GM Bruce Allen drafted Talib in 2008 when he was with the Bucs, and Talib played for new Washington secondary coach Raheem Morris when Morris was the head coach in Tampa Bay.
One thing that could preclude the Redskins from going after Talib is the fact that they just made a sizable financial commitment in re-signing cornerback D’Angelo Hall, inking him to a four-year deal worth a reported $20 million. With its cap situation, it’s debatable how much Washington would earmark for a pair of cornerbacks.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Talib had 41 tackles and four picks in 13 games last season for the Patriots.
|03.10.14 at 11:44 am ET|
WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. Here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.
Position: Free safety
Weight: 207 pounds
Achievements: FWAA second-team All-American, CBSSports.com first-team All-American, SI.com All-American honorable mention, Phil Steele second-team All-American, first team All-Pac-12 (media and coaches), Pac-12 second-team All-Academic, Lott IMPACT Award semifinalist
What he brings: Scouts point out that Reynolds has a strong ability to read plays and he knows what to do with the ball after he has successfully intercepted a pass. They also point out, though, that he can at times become overly aggressive.
Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 2-4
Notes: Reynolds missed his 2011 season because of an injury to his ACL. … He was ejected from a game against Arizona State on Sept. 21 for targeting. … Reynolds’ father, also named Ed, was a linebacker for the Patriots from 1983-91 and played for the Giants in 1992.
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Video: Here is a video highlighting Reynolds‘ time at Stanford.
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