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New England Patriots Links 3/25/14 - Patriots Awarded 4th-Round Compensatory Pick

Daily News and Links for 3/25/14

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  • Mike Reiss reports the Patriots were awarded a fourth-round compensatory draft pick by the NFL (140th overall).
  • Tom E. Curran reports that prior to requesting his release, the Pats asked Vince to restructure his 2014 contract so that his salary would be based on playing time. The thresholds Wilfork would have to attain to realize all of the $7.5M salary due are not known but he could do it without playing every game. The restructure also included an extension.
  • Mike Reiss recaps the timeline of what we know about the Wilfork-Patriots negotiations.
  • Karen Guregian compares the Wilfork contract situation with that of Logan Mankins 4 years ago.
  • Christopher Price says that when it comes to standoffs, Vince Wilfork and Robert Kraft have been here before.
  • Chris Villani believes the Wilfork-Patriots situation isn't either side's fault, but simply the cold reality of business in 
the NFL.
  • Nick Underhill evaluates the impact of big plays on the New England Patriots defense in 2013.
  • Tom E. Curran reveals that contrary to reports circulating yesterday, the Patriots have not expressed interest in Maurice Jones-Drew.
  • Mike Reiss notes Robert Kraft said the Patriots won't sign Kenny Britt.
  • Ron Borges writes that Robert Kraft has laid down the law, to a degree, on the lawless but when it comes to fiscal matters, money talks and aging players walk.
  • Mike Reiss notes Robert Kraft discussed what might be the main hurdles to the four rule proposals from New England.
  • Christopher Price highlights Robert Kraft's Monday afternoon session with reporters.
  • Mike Reiss notes the turf at Gillette Stadium will be getting an upgrade.
  • Paul Kenyon runs down the projects, additions and renovations proposed for Gillette Stadium and Patriot Place.
  • Mike Reiss breaks down how much each Patriot will earn from the league-distributed $3.46M performance-based payout.
  • Karen Guregian Patriots Notebook: Maurice Jones-Drew has drawn interest from the Patriots, but not if he's expecting a big pay-day; Robert Kraft disputed the notion that the Pats' acquisition of Darrelle Revis meant the team was 'loading up' for Tom Brady's last years; Rob Gronkowski has been shooting scenes for the "Entourage" movie; A source says Gronk is "doing well" and "on pace" in his recovery; Pats were awarded a 4th-round compensatory pick (140th overall).
  • WEEI profiles potential Patriots in this year's draft: G Xavier Su'a-Filo (UCLA) and RB Tre Mason (Auburn).