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New England Patriots links 3/14/17 - Patriots don't care what you think of their free agency strategy

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Daily news and links for 3/14/17

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  • Ryan Hannable writes that New England simply doesn't care what the public perception of a decision is. What matters is putting together the best possible team both for the upcoming season and beyond.
  • Jerod Mayo and Tom E. Curran discuss free agency and the effect it has on the locker room. Mayo: "Don't count that man's money" is the locker room motto. (1.34 min. video)
  • Jeff Howe follows Dont'a Hightower's free agency tour bus as it hits Pittsburgh. /Real question is, which city has the best cupcakes?.
  • Ryan Hannable wonders whether Dont'a Hightower would really sign with the Jets.
  • Mike Reiss reports from cupcakes to dinner to Happy Birthday on the screens, the Jets showed Dont'a Hightower plenty of love on his birthday.
  • Matt Dolloff looks at where everyone went wrong, overestimating Dont'a Hightower's market.
  • Chad Finn's Daily Sports Q: Are you surprised Dont’a Hightower hasn’t hit the jackpot in free agency?
  • Jeff Howe says Malcolm Butler's free agent decision may come this week. Patriots made him a fair offer last year, but not enough for Butler, and now Gilmore signing has him ticked off.
  • Ben Volin points out the obvious, unavoidable fact: Malcolm Butler has no leverage.
  • 98.5 Sports Hub guest Jeff Howe says that Malcolm Butler 'learned the hard way that the Patriots put business first, no matter how well you’ve played or how much you’ve done for them as a player.'
  • Tom E. Curran gives his easy solution for what Malcolm Butler should do. Jerod Mayo: 'Butler is a top-tier corner, but he's not in a top-tier position to negotiate'. (2.15 min. video)
  • Mike Reiss looks at what made the Patriots invest big in Stephon Gilmore compared to Malcolm Butler.
  • Karen Guregian finds that Stephon Gilmore would love nothing more than to have Malcolm Butler riding shotgun with him in the Patriots secondary next season.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Report: Malcolm Butler wants to be 'Patriot for life' despite contract drama.
  • Doug Kyed and Zack Cox The Football Word: Are the Patriots being fair to Malcolm Butler? (16.47 min. video)
  • Ryan Hannable notes Kony Ealy feels that having Tom Brady as one of his teammates will help him get more sacks.
  • Michael Hurley suggests that Bill Belichick's reason for keeping Jimmy G. is as simple as it seems.
  • Ryan Hannable hears from Brandin Cooks how he 'can't wait to get started' working with Tom Brady "a guy who is so competitive", and the "first-class" Patriots.
  • Mike Reiss notes the Patriots brought in former Bengals RB Rex Burkhead in for a visit, possibly to fill the role left behind by free agent Brandon Bolden.
  • Dan Shaughnessy has already booked his flight to Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis.

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