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New England Patriots Links 3/07/16 - NFL Legal Tampering Period Begins

Daily news and links for 3/07/16

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Patriots tender OL Cameron Fleming
Patriots tender OL Cameron Fleming
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  • Jeff Howe breaks down the Patriots' free agent needs as the legal tampering window opens today through Wednesday at 4 p.m., when free agency begins.
  • Karen Guregian points out how the Patriots have proven to be pretty shrewd when it comes to handling March's free agency period.
  • Tom E. Curran helps us get to know more about the NFL's legal tampering period.
  • Michael Felger finds himself in the unusual position of not caring if the Patriots do anything in free agency or not, because this year there are no glaring needs.
  • Tom E. Curran takes a look at potential free agents the Patriots might have interest in: Tight ends.
  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts from the Patriots and around the NFL: Nate Solder optimistic about recovery, return of Dante Scarnecchia.
  • Ben Volin Sunday Football Notes: Why a higher salary cap isn’t necessarily good for all NFL players.
  • Christopher Price Sunday NFL Notes: Taking stock of Patriots heading into free agency.
  • Chad Finn thinks Brandon LaFell deserves a hand for helping win Super Bowl XLIX, and shares a few more Patriots thoughts.
  • Eric Wilbur explains why the Patriots shouldn't be in a rush to trade Jimmy Garopolo.
  • Ryan Hannable reports the Patriots have tendered OL Cameron Fleming.
  • Mark Daniels analyzes the special teams position as it stands right now on the roster and feels the Patriots are on solid footing.
  • Mike Reiss relays Tom Brady reaching out to longtime rival Peyton Manning with a congratulatory Facebook post.
  • Mike Reiss touches on a few of the memories that standout between the Patriots and Peyton Manning.
  • Ben Volin says Peyton Manning is walking away from the game with a strange cloud overhead.
  • Tom E. Curran reports Roger Goodell -- a man of many titles -- had a 'touching' tribute to retiring quarterback legend Peyton Manning.
  • Steve Buckley reminds us that there are some unwelcome questions that follow Peyton Manning into the sunset.
  • Glen Farley states that with Peyton Manning's retirement, a rivalry for the ages has ended.
  • Tom Curran talks about Peyton Manning's decision to retire and what it means for his legacy and HGH allegations. (2.49 min. video)
  • Christopher Price spotlights 10 Pro Days Patriots fans should care about.
  • NESN posts a picture of Tom Brady playing laser tag with his kids Saturday night.



  • Daniel Werly (The White Bronco) Polling the experts: Who will win the deflategate appeal?
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Spinning the Tom Brady case forward.
  • Michael Hurley analyzes exactly how the judges went after the NFL's case in New York.
  • Barry Petchesky (Deadspin) Huh, the NFL might actually win its appeal on Tom Brady's suspension.
  • Zolak & Bertrand guest Sports attorney Daniel Wallach discusses what's next for deflategate.
  • Kevin Duffy explains how the NFL's Deflategate case against Tom Brady in the court of appeals could hinge on one word: reasonably.