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Patriots, Darrelle Revis reportedly have not discussed contract 03.24.17 at 9:38 am ET
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Darrelle Revis and the Patriots reportedly haven't talked about a contract.  (Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

Darrelle Revis and the Patriots reportedly haven’t talked about a contract. (Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

If the Patriots are indeed interested in Darrelle Revis, they haven’t acted on it yet.

According to CSNNE’s Tom E. Curran, the Patriots and Revis have not discussed a deal that would bring the cornerback back to New England.

On Thursday, CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora quoted a NFL personnel man who said he is convinced Revis will return to the Patriots.

“We did our work on him. He can still play,” the personnel man told La Canfora. “He can cover. He doesn’t have that long speed anymore; he’s not going to cover a No. 1 receiver deep. But he can cover in tight spaces and he has great instincts. The film is not as bad as some would have you believe. He’s a perfect fit in that quarters scheme Belichick runs, and they have the kind of safeties who can help him out, too. We’re convinced he’s going back to New England. It just makes too much sense.”

 

Revis, 31, was released by the Jets before the start of free agency, but is still owed $6 million from the team, so whatever team signs him likely doesn’t need to give him a big contract.

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Malcolm Butler on Instagram: ‘Nothing changed but the change’ 03.22.17 at 4:14 pm ET
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2017 appears to be the year of cryptic social media posts and Malcolm Butler is the latest.

The Patriots cornerback posted a picture of himself Wednesday with the caption: “Nothing changed but the change” #BLESSED.

Butler currently is a restricted free agent with a first-round tender, so he’s on the books for $3.91 million. He wants more money and a long-term deal.

He even visited the Saints last week to discuss a long-term deal, so there’s a thought maybe the post could be indicating the two sides came to an agreement and now it will be up to the Patriots to decide what to do next. They could match the Saints’ offer and keep Butler, work out a trade, or not match at all and let him go to New Orleans where they would get the Saints’ No. 11 overall pick.

Or, this could just be nothing.

Here is the post.

“Nothing changed but the change” #BLESSED

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Adrian Peterson reportedly would take team-friendly deal to sign with Patriots 03.06.17 at 7:53 pm ET
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Could Adrian Peterson join New England? (Bruce Kluckhohn/USA Today Sports)

Could Adrian Peterson join New England? (Bruce Kluckhohn/USA Today Sports)

There’s a chance running back LeGarrette Blount will not re-sign with the Patriots and if that happens, the team will likely need to add a back via free agency.

One big name who will be available is Adrian Peterson, although many crossed him off the list given his potential price, but maybe that isn’t the case after all.

According to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald, Peterson would take a Patriot-friendly deal to sign with the team so he could have a chance to win a Super Bowl. The 31-year-old has made close to $100 million for his career, so money is no longer a concern for him.

If he were to sign with the Patriots, he would be taking a significant pay cut as the team rarely pays their backs more than $2 million per year and Peterson made over $12 million last season.

In his 10-year career he has rushed for over 1,000 yards seven times. There are still some lingering effects with his past off the field issues, so it is worth wondering if the Patriots would even be willing to sign him.

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What does Jimmy Garoppolo’s Instagram post mean? 03.03.17 at 10:21 pm ET
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Jimmy Garoppolo is not one for cryptic messages, but he was Friday night.

The Patriots backup quarterback posted to Instagram a picture of him holding up two fingers with the peace sign emoji and the caption #LaFamiglia, which means family in Italian.

While it likely means nothing more than that, it certainly got the attention of Patriots fans and some wondering if he was hinting at a potential trade out of New England.

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✌🏼 #LaFamiglia

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Patriots free agent updates: Team makes reported ‘solid’ offer to Alan Branch, Dont’a Hightower contract talks continue 03.02.17 at 12:08 pm ET
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Dont'a Hightower and the Patriots are reportedly still talking about a new contract. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

Dont’a Hightower and the Patriots are reportedly still talking about a new contract. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

NFL free agency officially gets underway next Thursday and the Patriots appear to want to keep some of their own free agents around.

Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald had a few updates late Thursday morning.

— Despite not placing the franchise tag on Dont’a Hightower, the team and the linebacker continue “to keep an open, productive dialogue.” This is a good sign as the two sides will have an idea of where each other is at once free agency kicks off, and it would seem Hightower would go to the Patriots with his offers before he signs a deal to give the team a chance to match and keep him in New England.

— Alan Branch, 32, was the Patriots’ best defensive tackle in 2016 and it seems like the team wants him back for 2017. New England and Branch are “deep in negotiations” for a new contract.

— Besides Hightower, Logan Ryan and Duron Harmon are the two biggest free agents the Patriots have on defense. Like Hightower, it seems like the Patriots would like to have the two players on the team next season. According to Howe, after they are presented offers by other teams, they will go to the Patriots to see if they are interested in matching.

— The team is expected to release right tackle Sebastian Vollmer before the start of free agency and retirement remains a possibility.

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It’s officially the offseason: Julian Edelman shaved his beard 02.28.17 at 9:41 am ET
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Julian Edelman has developed a tradition during the football season of not cutting his beard, which got pretty out of control with the Patriots playing into February and winning Super Bowl LI.

In an unofficial sign of the offseason, Edelman cut his beard on Monday and then attending the Celtics-Hawks game at TD Garden.

officially the offseason boyssss ✂️✂️✂️thanks @piniandco

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Julian Edelman attended the Celtics game Monday. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Julian Edelman attended the Celtics game Monday. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

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Potential contract extension for Dont’a Hightower with Patriots reportedly ‘not imminent’ 02.27.17 at 2:56 pm ET
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The Patriots and Dont'a Hightower reportedly aren't close to a contract extension. (Dan Powers/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots and Dont’a Hightower reportedly aren’t close to a contract extension. (Dan Powers/USA Today Sports)

There’s less than two days before the franchise tag window expires, so the Patriots are nearing the time to make a decision with linebacker Dont’a Hightower.

Hightower seems the most likely member of the team to get the tag if it uses it at all, and according to the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe, there isn’t a strong indication either way of what the team plans to do.

The report adds a contract extension for Hightower is not imminent. But, it is worth noting if the Patriots were to place the franchise tag on Hightower, that would be a sign the two sides are close to a contract extension.

It wouldn’t make sense for the team to franchise Hightower if they didn’t intend on keeping the long-term contract negotiations going with the ultimate goal of getting a long-term contract done, like the Patriots have done in the past with players they have franchised.

Under Bill Belichick, the Patriots have used the tag nine times. It is worth noting even if Hightower hits free agency, he could still return to the Patriots like Devin McCourty did a few years ago.

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