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New England Patriots Links 7/06/10 - New Contracts Haven't Changed Wilfork, Bodden and Banta-Cain

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<a href="http://www.nfl.com/photos/09000d5d817e1fdc#id:09000d5d81874204">Tom Brady leading the drills</a> at Mini-Camp
Tom Brady leading the drills at Mini-Camp

Jeff Howe notes Vince Wilfork, Leigh Bodden and Tully Banta-Cain look to back up their big contracts.

The Patriots, you may have heard, have developed a reputation for failing to pay their players once their contracts expire, but Wilfork, Bodden and Banta-Cain were locked up in one fell swoop. It's up to the trio to return the favor.

All three are hard workers who have remained dedicated to winning, and they've been training at Gillette Stadium with the rest of the Patriots throughout the majority of the offseason. They don't have the personality of people who would be satisfied with sitting on a contract, so that’s a good sign right off the bat.

Adam Caplan (Fox Sports) Training camp preview for every first-round pick.

27. Devin McCourty, CB, New England Inside Info: Most teams had a first-round grade on McCourty, but New England seemingly didn’t need another cornerback considering what they’ve done in recent drafts. But as a source familiar with head coach Bill Belichick’s thinking, McCourty might have been the most versatile defensive back available other than Eric Berry. McCourty’s also a very good special teams player, an area where Belichick puts a high premium.

Albert Breer examines when Wes Welker will hit the practice field again.

The first step comes before training camp, when the club has to decide whether to put him on the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list or not. If the team doesn’t, Welker becomes ineligible to go on the regular-season PUP (which would take him out through Week 6), and the only way the team could save his roster spot is by putting him on IR.

So it would make sense for the club to play it safe, and put him on the PUP at the start of camp to leave that possibility open, until there some certainty on his health. Remember, the minute he starts practicing, he’s off the PUP.

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