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Mike Petraglia, Chris Price dish on Dante Scarnecchia, Brandon Spikes, protecting ‘Patriot Way’ 04.17.14 at 5:52 pm ET
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FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia is joined by Chris Price to discuss the leadership that offensive captain Logan Mankins brings to the Patriots. Mankins defended the team against the harsh criticism of former linebacker Brandon Spikes and laughed off a prediction from Spikes that his new team, the Bills, would beat the Patriots twice in 2014. Petraglia and Price also discuss how Mankins will stabilize a veteran offensive line that lost its longtime coach, Dante Scarnecchia, to retirement.

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Adrian Wilson tweets his thanks to Patriots after his release from club: ‘Can’t make the club in the tub’ 04.04.14 at 3:59 pm ET
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Adrian Wilson worked out with the Patriots in training camp before being placed on season-ending IR. (AP)

Adrian Wilson worked out with the Patriots in training camp before being placed on season-ending IR. (AP)

FOXBORO — The Adrian Wilson era is over in Foxboro before it really ever began.

The Patriots released the 34-year-old safety on Friday, just over a year after being signed as depth in the secondary.

Wilson was signed on March 15, 2013 to a three-year deal. In 11 seasons with the Cardinals, Wilson established himself as one of the hardest-hitting safeties in football, earning five trips to the Pro Bowl, three All-Pro honors and a trip to Super Bowl XLIII. In 11 seasons, he recorded 25 sacks and 25 interceptions.

He was released by the Cardinals on March 8, 2013, then signed by the Patriots a week later for three years and $5 million.

Wilson originally entered the NFL as a third-round draft choice (64th overall) by the Cardinals out of North Carolina State in 2001. He was released by Arizona on March 8, 2013. Wilson has played in 181 career games with 162 starts and compiled 716 tackles, 25½ sacks and 27 interceptions in his 12 years with the Cardinals. He holds the NFL record for most sacks in a single season by a defensive back (8), is the Cardinals’€™ all-time leader in passes defensed (99) and forced fumbles (15), and his 99-yard interception return for a touchdown in 2006 is tied with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for the longest in team history.

Right after he joined the team, he offered Kyle Arrington a year’s supply of diapers for Arrington’s newborn baby to have Arrington’s jersey number 24, the number Wilson had in Arizona. Wilson eventually got his No. 24 jersey Arrington. Darrelle Revis can have No. 24, the number he’s played with on the Jets and Buccaneers.

Wilson never played a regular season snap for the Patriots as he was placed on season-ending injured reserved on Aug. 31, 2013 with an achilles injury.

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Mike Petraglia, Chris Price talk Vince Wilfork, Robert Kraft and Patriots spending habits 04.02.14 at 10:27 pm ET
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FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price analyze the return of Vince Wilfork, following his three-year, $22 million extension and what it means for the Patriots going forward. Petraglia and Price also discuss Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his growing fatigue with ‘petty’ financial issues every season.

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Mike Petraglia, Chris Price dish on Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater and Patriots in NFL Draft at 2:40 am ET
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FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price address the visit of Johnny Manziel, a.k.a. ‘Johnny Football’, to Foxboro on Wednesday, where he was expected to sit down with Patriots coach Bill Belichick and others in the organization. Petraglia and Price look forward to the NFL Draft in early May and other players like quarterback Teddy Bridgewater who might be on the Patriots’ radar in May.

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Patriots’ proposed rule change regarding goalpost height passes 03.26.14 at 11:13 am ET
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Only one of the Patriots’ proposed rule changes was approved on Wednesday at the NFL annual meeting. The goalpost height will increase by five feet, moving from 30 to 35 feet.

The proposal to move the point-after attempt to the 25-yard line was tabled, although the NFL will experiment with longer PATs in the preseason, moving the line of scrimmage for the extra point to the 20-yard line for the first two weeks of exhibition games.

The proposal to add more cameras for instant replay has been tabled until May.

Other rules approved on Wednesday include allowing the game clock to continue after a quarterback sack prior to the two-minute mark, and making the recovery of a loose ball in the field of play a call that is reviewable.

Owners on Wednesday rejected proposals to move kickoffs to the 40-yard line and to allow more than one player to return to the roster during the season after being placed on injured reserve.

On Tuesday, three rules were approved, the biggest allowing referees to communicate with the officiating office in New York during a review to help determine the outcome of a call. The other two were making dunking over the crossbar in celebration a penalty and making roll-up blocks on the side of a player illegal.

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Peter King on M&M: Aqib Talib a better option than Darrelle Revis for Patriots 03.03.14 at 2:40 pm ET
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Peter King

Peter King

Sports Illustrated writer Peter King joined Mut & Merloni on Monday to talk about the possibility of Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis being on the move, Aqib Talib and his future, and more. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.

With rumors that the Patriots and Broncos are interested in trading for Revis, King said the biggest hurdle is money.

“I think that you have to restructure his contract if you’re the Patriots,” King said. “€œAnd that’s, to me, I think one of the issues that you start with when you start asking about whether you want a guy, is you have to find out, OK what exactly is that guy going to cost?”

Added King: “In essence Tom Brady, last year, his cap number was about [$]13.8 [million]. It’€™s going to go up a million bucks this year. It’€™ll be about 14.8. It’€™ll never be, under his current deal, his money will never be what Revis’ money is. So you have to ask yourself, ‘Are we going to bring somebody in that’€™s going to make more money than Tom Brady?’ ”

King favors keeping Talib over Revis due to his familiarity with the system plus the cost of a draft pick.

“€œIf you’re able to sign Talib, who’s a proven player in your system, for less,” King said, “€œI would, and you get to keep, say, your number one either this year or next year, I know that’s something I would prefer to do.”

Cornerback Brent Grimes signed a four-year, $32 million extension on Monday with the Dolphins. King points out that Talib is younger and healthier than Grimes, but has more off-field issues.

“€œIf I’m Aqib Talib, I’m saying, as a player, I’m worth a little bit more than Brent Grimes,” King said. “The only issue then becomes, well, what about the problems you’ve had off the field that Brent Grimes hasn’t had. So, I think it could counterbalance itself, but that’s why I think if I’m talking about Aqib Talib, I’m talking not very long term and about 8 or 9 million [dollars] a year, I think that would be fair.”

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Court papers reveal prosecutors abandon Carlos Ortiz as witness against Aaron Hernandez 02.01.14 at 10:29 am ET
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Carlos Ortiz appears in court. (AP)

Carlos Ortiz appears in court. (AP)

At least one murder case against 24-year-old Aaron Hernandez appears to be turning in the favor of the former Patriots tight end.

Carlos Ortiz, the star witness against Hernandez in the murder of Odin Lloyd, will not be called as a witness in the trial against Hernandez. Hernandez stands charged with first-degree murder of the former 27-year-old semi-pro linebacker this past June. He was charged in late June and immediately cut by the Patriots.

Various reports early on in the case indicated that Ortiz became the star witness based on information apparently obtained from him in the course of search and arrest warrants.

On Friday, it became apparent from paperwork filed in court, and obtained by the Taunton Daily Gazette, that prosecutors view Ortiz as “€œcompletely unreliable”€ based on the fact that his allegations against Hernandez had changed significantly.

According to the Associated Press, prosecutors want to review Hernandez’€™s phone conversations in search of ‘€œcoded messages’€ that could show Hernandez was talking about the murder of Lloyd with his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, and/or his cousin, Tanya Singleton.

Prosecutors plan to argue that Hernandez discussed Lloyd’€™s murder in coded fashion, which allegedly included Hernandez’€™s “belief about his criminal liability”€ and the “extent of his control over persons charged as accessories.”

Now, without witness Ortiz, allegedly in the car with Hernandez when Lloyd was shot, it figures to be much, much harder to prove Hernandez guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Authorities still have the chance to call the other alleged passenger in the car, Ernest Wallace, but they also have serious doubts about his credibility in testifying against Hernandez in the case.

This case seems much more murky than the double-homicide case being prepared against Hernandez. In January, Bristol (Conn.) police filed an affidavit in which they suggest an SUV found at Hernandez’s uncle’s home in Connecticut may have been involved in a double-murder in Boston in July 2012.

Bristol police believe there is “€œprobable cause to believe Hernandez was operating the suspect vehicle used in the shooting deaths, and may have been the shooter,” in the July 2012 murders of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado, according to the affidavit.

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