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New England Patriots Links 3/15/16 - Patriots May Look to Draft Offensive Line Help, Not in Free Agency

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Daily news and links for 3/15/16

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Patriots selected Shaq Mason in the 4th round in 2015
Patriots selected Shaq Mason in the 4th round in 2015
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TEAM TALK

LOCAL LINKS

  • Matt Dolloff wonders if the Patriots are looking to the draft for offensive line help, rather than free agency.
  • Chad Finn is being driven insane by Pats fans who choose to ignore the Patriots successes in free agency to gripe endlessly about the flops.
  • Christopher Price notes Malcolm Butler nets over $319K in performance-based pay for his work in 2015.
  • Doug Kyed tells us the Patriots top performance-based bonus earners for 2015, led by Malcolm Butler with $319K.
  • Sam Galanis notes Nick Caserio said Malcolm Butler far exceeded the Patriots' earliest expectations.
  • Christopher Price explains how much pre-draft contract really means when it comes to gauging Patriots' interest in prospects.
  • Mike Reiss points out the Patriots don't necessarily need Chris Long, but he would provide flexibility.
  • Christopher Price observes the Patriots reaching out to potential special teams difference-makers this offseason.
  • Mike Reiss notes Chris Hogan had long admiring the Patriots for their winning ways.
  • Mark Daniels writes about Chris Hogan's unusual path to New England .
  • Phil Perry notes Chris Hogan is already aware that communication is important 'especially' with Tom Brady.
  • Tom E. Curran looks at where the Patriots D-Line stands after Akiem Hicks' departure.
  • Mike Reiss reports Akiem Hicks says he will 'forever have a great deal of respect' for the Patriots.
  • Karen Guregian Patriots Notebook: Chris Hogan anxious to fit into Patriot way; Chris Long was in Foxboro yesterday; Belichick made a 'last ditch effort' to keep Akiem Hicks; Several players earned extra cash based on NFL's performance-based system.

NATIONAL NEWS

DEFLATEGATE, DUMPSTER DIVE

  • Matthew Futterman (Wall St. Journal ) NFL, union closer to deal stripping Roger Goodell of discipline power.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL, NFLPA making progress toward deal on reducing Commissioner power, maybe.
  • Michael Hurley brings up the possibility, however slight, that after spending more than a year on the offensive against Tom Brady, Roger Goodell and the NFL might be willing to drop the charges. /Not holding my breath.
  • CSNNE Quick Slants guest Michael McCann breaks down some possible outcomes of the Tom Brady appeal.
  • Nicole Fisher (Forbes) NFL forced to admit in Congressional roundtable connection between football and brain degeneration.
  • Eric Edholm (Yahoo! Sports) NFL official finally admits link between football, trauma and CTE.