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New England Patriots Links 5/25/10 - Patriots Sign 3rd-Round WR Taylor Price

<em>WR Taylor Price became the first 3rd rounder in the league to sign with his team</em>.
WR Taylor Price became the first 3rd rounder in the league to sign with his team.

Ian Rapoport reports the Patriots have agreed to terms with rookie WR Taylor Price, as he becomes the first 3rd rounder to sign.

Price will earn $3.35 million over four years. A signing bonus is not yet clear for the 6-foot, 204-pounder who had 56 catches for 784 yards with 5 touchdowns in 2009.

The deal, one struck by Patriots contract guru Floyd Reese and agent Ron Slavin of BTI Sports Advisors, is also still being fleshed out. But either way, it’s far earlier than most third-round picks are inked. Price is the second Patriots player to sign a deal, joining center Ted Larsen.

We told you recently that the Patriots are reaching out to many of their draft picks, hoping to sign some far earlier than in recent years. This is another example.

Mike Reiss reports the Patriots will also hold joint practices with the New Orleans Saints.

Bill Belichick is shaking things up for the Patriots in the 2010 preseason.

In addition to traveling to Atlanta for joint practices with the Atlanta Falcons on Aug. 17 before the teams' preseason game, the Patriots will host joint practices with the New Orleans Saints the week before.

The Patriots host the Saints in both teams' preseason opener Aug. 12, and the teams will work together before that game.

Tom E. Curran offers a few of the things he'll be keying on Wednesday, media day at the OTAs.

The coaching deployment. One thing that impressed me in rookie minicamp was the self-assured presence of de facto offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien. I don't know if he wasn't as vocal and in command in past seasons because I just didn't notice. So either I'm dense or he's more visible. Probably both. Also, we'll see how much of a hands-on role Bill Belichick takes with his defense. My guess is, very.

Where Sebastian Vollmer lines up, at right tackle or left. Either side will put him in competition with a veteran who's paid a lot more than he is (Nick Kaczur and Matt Light). And in both cases, he may be the better player already.