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New England Patriots Links 3/16/16 - 2016 NFL Free Agency: Patriots Shake Things Up

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Will Dante Scarnecchia be able to work his magic with Jonathan Cooper?
Will Dante Scarnecchia be able to work his magic with Jonathan Cooper?
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  • Mike Reiss talks about the Patriots' busy Tuesday, trading pass-rusher Chandler Jones to Arizona for Jonathan Cooper and a second-round pick, then signing Chris Long.
  • Mike Reiss breaks down the first week of free agency for the Patriots: The Chandler Jones trade certainly livened things up.
  • Karen Guregian tells us why the Chandler Jones deal makes sense for the Patriots.
  • Ben Volin writes the Patriots will miss Chandler Jones, but Jabaal Sheard was more productive on a snap-by-snap basis last season.
  • Mark Daniels reports the Patriots' quiet offseason ended yesterday with a blockbuster trade.
  • Chad Finn sees the Patriots’ savvy trade of Chandler Jones as the ultimate In-Belichick-We-Trust move.
  • Erik Frenz believes the team is well-equipped to handle the loss of Chandler Jones.
  • Miguel Benzan (PatsFans) Patscap breaks down the Chandler Jones trade.
  • Christopher Price resets the depth chart at DE/OLB following yesterday's moves.
  • Tom E. Curran explains why Chandler Jones is now a member of the Arizona Cardinals. (2.43 min. video)
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Why this trade of Chandler Jones works for both teams.
  • CSNNE gives five takeaways on the Chandler Jones trade.
  • Derek Havens (PatsFans) Reaction: Patriots trade Chandler Jones, sign veteran Chris Long.
  • Christopher Price looks at Chandler Jones' mixed legacy with the Pats.
  • Mike Reiss sees shades of the Richard Seymour swap in'09, with the Jones trade.
  • PJ Wright notes Chandler Jones thanks the fans and the Kraft family for his 'special' time in New England.
  • CSNNE guest Mike Giardi says it would have been 'foolish' to give Chandler Jones an extension. (2 min. video)
  • Felger & Mazz guest Greg Bedard analyzes the Chandler Jones trade: "Cooper has talent. He's immensely talented. Now he gets to work with Dante Scarnecchia."
  • Mike Reiss mentions that newly acquired guard Jonathan Cooper faced an early crossroads with a broken leg.
  • Phil Perry reports the Patriots have have reportedly come to a one-year agreement with defensive end Chris Long.
  • Phil Perry notes Chris Long took to Twitter to address his decision to join the New England Patriots.
  • Karen Guregian reports Nate Ebner took a leave of absence from the team to try and make the U.S. Olympic summer rugby team in Rio this August.



  • Michael McCann (SI) How Deflategate could vanish if Goodell loses disciplinary powers.
  • Tom E. Curran sees the removal of discipline duties as the owners' efforts to protect Goodell, not punish him. /Good read.
  • Jerry Thornton isn't too impressed with Roger Goodell considering relinquishing his power to discipline, because he was terrible at it.
  • CSNNE guest DeMaurice Smith says the current lawsuits must be resolved before any settlement with the NFL regarding Roger Goodell's punishment power. (2.04 min. video)
  • Mark Maske (Washington Post) NFL stands by safety official’s acknowledgement of CTE link to football.
  • Braden Campbell (Law360) NFL says full quote shows exec didn't admit CTE link.
  • A.J. Perez (USA Today) NFL distances itself from statement that links CTE to football.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Monday’s CTE admission quickly becomes an issue in concussion settlement.
  • Daniel Werly (The White Bronco) Roger Goodell’s next blunder? The NFL docks the Chiefs two draft Picks for tampering.
  • Ian Casselberry (Awful Announcing) Barstool Sports responds to ESPN with latest intro to "Pardon My Take" podcast.
  • Michael McCann (SI) Legal issues raised by Falcons asking prospect if he likes men.