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Report: Patriots are interested in WR DeSean Jackson 03.07.17 at 8:10 pm ET
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The Patriots reportedly are interested in DeSean Jackson. (Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots reportedly are interested in DeSean Jackson. (Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports)

It appears the Patriots are looking to add a receiver to their roster.

Last weekend it was reported the Patriots were kicking the tires on trading for Saints receiver Brandin Cooks, and now it appears they are showing some interest in Redskins wide out DeSean Jackson.

According to Master Tesfatsion of the Washington Post, the Patriots, Eagles, Buccaneers and Cowboys have all showed interest in Jackson, who is likely moving on from Washington.

Jackson, 30, finished last season with 56 catches for 1,006 yards and four touchdowns. In his nine NFL seasons he’s had five 1,000-yard seasons.

It’s clear why the Patriots would like to add a receiver given they have only three definitive players returning next year in Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell. Danny Amendola likely will return on a lesser salary, but of those four players only one is younger than 28. The team needs to get younger at the position.

Given Jackson’s age, it’s a bit questionable why the Patriots are interested, unless it’s just on a one-year deal.

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Patriots reportedly place 1st-round tender on Malcolm Butler 03.07.17 at 6:04 pm ET
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Malcolm Butler reportedly received a first-round tender. (Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports)

Malcolm Butler reportedly received a first-round tender. (Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports)

It wasn’t much of a surprise, but it was move that needed to happen.

According to multiple reports, the Patriots have placed a first-round tender on cornerback Malcolm Butler.

This means he will make $3.91 million next season, and while it is not what he deserves to make, it’s much more than his $600,000 last year.

Butler can still speak with other teams, but it means the Patriots have the right to match any offer. If they lose him, they get a first-round pick in return. Placing the first-round tender on him makes it more difficult for another team to try and sway him away from New England.

Also, just because he was tendered it doesn’t mean the Patriots cannot sign him long-term. Negotiations can still continue.

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Report: Patriots still trying to trade for Saints WR Brandin Cooks 03.07.17 at 5:47 pm ET
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The Patriots reportedly still are trying to land Brandin Cooks. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots reportedly still are trying to land Brandin Cooks. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

It was reported last weekend the Patriots were trying to acquire wide receiver Brandin Cooks from the Saints, but their offer was denied.

Apparently, the Patriots are still trying.

According to Kristian Garic, the sports director for WWLAM and the Saints’ sideline reporter, the Patriots are still trying to trade for Cooks, but No. 32 overall won’t cut it.

If this is the case, it would seem the Patriots will be out of the running because that is the highest pick they have to offer. The Saints reportedly want a pick in the middle of the first round in exchange for the receiver who wants out of New Orleans.

Cooks is 23 years old and has been very productive in his three seasons in the NFL. Over the last two years, the Oregon State product has has at least 1,100 yards receiving and eight touchdowns. He is also a versatile receiver. He can run deep routes, while also being able to line up in the slot and run routes over the middle.

For more on why he would make sense for the Patriots, click here.

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Dont’a Hightower reportedly ‘open to returning’ to Patriots 03.07.17 at 5:34 pm ET
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Dont'a Hightower reportedly is open to returning to the Patriots. (Dan Powers/USA Today Sports)

Dont’a Hightower reportedly is open to returning to the Patriots. (Dan Powers/USA Today Sports)

The ball appears to be in Dont’a Hightower’s court.

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Hightower had a positive conversation with Bill Belichick about his future last week and he will explore free agency, but is “open to returning” to the Patriots.

As has been speculated for a few weeks, this is shaping up exactly like Devin McCourty’s situation did in 2015.

The Patriots didn’t franchise him, allowed him to test free agency and then McCourty came to Belichick with his offers and ultimately the Patriots upped theirs and he re-signed with the team.

Hightower is one of the best defensive players on the market, so he’s likely to get a number of offers and big-money offers at that.

The legal tampering period began Tuesday, but deals cannot be announced until the start of free agency on Thursday.

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LeGarrette Blount reportedly not expected back with Patriots in 2017 03.07.17 at 4:01 pm ET
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LeGarrette Blount reportedly won't return ti the Patriots in 2017. (Dan Powers/USA Today Sports)

LeGarrette Blount reportedly won’t return ti the Patriots in 2017. (Dan Powers/USA Today Sports)

It appears the Patriots will need to find a new running back for 2017.

According to NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo on NFL Network Tuesday afternoon, there is an “expectation” LeGarrette Blount will not return to the team next year.

He will be a free agent after playing 2016 on a one-year deal.

It was a very productive year for him as he led the NFL with 18 rushing touchdowns, thus creating a big market for the himself. Blount is 30 years old and could get a multi-year deal, which the Patriots likely wouldn’t be willing to do.

With Dion Lewis, James White and D.J. Foster signed for 2017, the Patriots will likely need to add a between the tackles running back to replace Blount.

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Martellus Bennett’s reported asking price appears too much for Patriots 03.07.17 at 2:45 pm ET
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Martellus Bennett reportedly is seeking $9 million per season. (WEEI.com)

Martellus Bennett reportedly is seeking $9 million per season. (WEEI.com)

Martellus Bennett had a productive first season in New England, especially battling through injuries to play in every game.

There would be interest for Bennett to return to New England on a new contract, but it doesn’t look like that will happen.

Speaking on the NFL Network Tuesday, NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo said Bennett is seeking $9 million per year with his next contract.

With Rob Gronkowski already on the books to make $24 million over the next three seasons, it doesn’t seem like a match for the Patriots. If Bennett would be willing to make less than $8 million a year, it would seem the Patriots would love to have him back, but with him turning 30 this week it would appear he wants to cash in with one last decent-sized deal.

There is sure to be interest in Bennett across because he showed he can still play at a high level and is coming off winning the Super Bowl.

In his first season with the Patriots, Bennett caught 55 passes for 701 yards and seven touchdowns.

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Patriots’ reported asking price for Jimmy Garoppolo is pretty high 03.07.17 at 2:28 pm ET
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The Patriots reported asking price for Jimmy Garoppolo is quite high. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots reported asking price for Jimmy Garoppolo is quite high. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

The Jimmy Garoppolo debate continues: Will the Patriots actually trade their backup quarterback?

It seems the Patriots would, but only if they get the right offer, and that offer appears to be a pretty high one at that.

According to NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo speaking on the NFL Network Tuesday afternoon, the Patriots would need to get a first-round pick in 2017 and a first-round pick in 2018 in order to deal him.

The Browns, who were said to be the team most interested in Garoppolo, would not do that deal, according to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. The report adds the Browns will continue to try and get Garoppolo from the Patriots with their No. 12 overall pick as a starting point.

Garoppolo is entering the final year of his rookie deal and the team also has Tom Brady (who will be 40 years old) and Jacoby Brissett, who will be in his second year, on the roster for next season.

It seems the more likely scenario is the team keeps all three quarterbacks on the roster for a second year and then reevaluates the position again after the season — unless of course it gets blown away by an offer.

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