New England Patriots Links 3/05/12 - Wes Welker Expected to be Tagged Today; Troy Brown Weighs in on Bounties

Wes Welker is expected to be designated as the team's franchise player before today's 4 p.m. deadline.

Karen Guregian reports Troy Brown thinks it's "just insane" that Saints players would pay bounties to injure players.

"That’s just insane, because we’re all in the same boat," said Brown, when reached last night. "We all know how difficult it is to get this job, and to maintain this job, and to stay healthy, and to make a good living. The hurtin’ part, I’m just having a hard time digesting that one."

"That sounds more like 50s and 70s type football," Brown said. "And I’m a big fan of the New Orleans Saints . . . But as (Mike) Tyson says, it’s ludicrous. I just don’t get that one. Why would you intentionally want to go out and hurt people that are doing the same thing you’re doing. You’re trying to make a living. That’s the bottom line. I don’t really get it. I don’t know if those guys thought about that part. We’re all making a living in this business. That’s not the image you want to live with as players. Deliberately hurting people at their livelihood? I’m having a hard time understanding where their heads are on that one."

Mark Potash (Chicago Sun-Times) NFL Combine interview with Patriots bodes well for OLB Darius Fleming (Notre Dame).

‘‘It was a very cool experience,’’ Fleming said of his visit with the Patriots. ‘‘He’s a great guy. I really look up to him. I appreciate his coaching style. That’s somebody who I would love to play for.’’

‘‘It was pretty much the same stuff — a lot of background questions,’’ Fleming said. ‘‘There were a couple of football questions at the end [of his interview with the Patriots]. But the biggest thing was character.’’

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