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New England Patriots Links 3/12/14 - Free Agency Day One: Patriots Stay on Sideline

Daily News and Links for 3/12/14

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie may be a more realistic option than Darrelle Revis.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie may be a more realistic option than Darrelle Revis.
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  • Karen Guregian sees the Patriots kicking off free agency on a bad note, with Julian Edelman seeking a better deal and Aqib Talib moving to Denver.
  • Mike Reiss sums up the biggest takeaways (including Talib) from Day one of free agency.
  • Tom E. Curran discusses the run on safeties and the Patriots decision to sit out the early action.
  • Obnoxious Boston Fan says the sequel to the Wes Welker saga is playing out with the Patriots and Julian Edelman.
  • Mike Reiss finds it hard to blame the Patriots for losing Aqib Talib. This was a case of Denver taking it to the outer-most limits.
  • Tom E. Curran calls this a Revis or bust situation.
  • Christopher Price explores the possible pursuit of Revis and the Patriots other options at corner.
  • Mike Reiss offers a few initial thoughts on the contingency plan to replace Talib: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie seems a more likely outcome than Darrell Revis.
  • Erik Frenz warns that with Talib gone, the Patriots are running out of options in their secondary.
  • Erik Frenz reports the Patriots are 'in a strong position' to trade for Darrelle Revis, who would 'love' to play in New England.
  • Chad Finn believes a Darrelle Revis to the Patriots scenario is merely a daydream.
  • Karen Guregian reports Logan Mankins declined the offer to restructure his contract, a move that would have freed up some cap space.
  • Mike Reiss explains why Broncos LB Wesley Woodyard is on the Patriots' radar.
  • Adam Kaufman thinks Broncos free agent LB Wesley Woodyard would be a solid addition for both leadership and skill.
  • Mike Reiss passes along the report that Julian Edelman plans to hit free agency, and what the Patriots' potential contingency plan is.
  • Christopher Price wonders what the Plan B is if Julian Edelman signs elsewhere.
  • Mike Giardi says Edelman's camp didn't agree with either the offer from the Patriots as 'fair value', or the deadline imposed. The door has been left open for further negotiations.
  • Mike Reiss notes the Patriots hosted former Cowboys center Phil Costa on a free-agent visit Monday, but it didn't lead to an immediate signing.
  • Doug Kyed believes Darrelle Revis is too costly for the Patriots, who have other pressing needs.
  • Mike Reiss answers his weekly Patriots Mailbag: Time for Bill Belichick to get busy with free agency.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Julian Edelman is seeking other offers in free agency but hasn't closed the door on a return; Opening free agency with $14.9M in cap space, Pats can spend around $10M (leaving room for offseason bonuses and draft picks); Pats have three starting LBs but are interested in Wesley Woodyard who will visit Foxboro today; Dane Fletcher is visiting the Bucs and could still re-sign with New England but would like more playing time.
  • Mike Reiss shares some player reactions to Aqib Talib's late-night contract agreement with the Denver Broncos.