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New England Patriots v Denver Broncos
Dwayne Allen scheduled to earn $4.5M base plus $500K in per-game active roster bonuses for possible $5M total in ‘18.
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  • Andy Hart and Paul Perillo debate which pending free agent should be the Patriots top priority.
  • Angelique Fiske reports that while in Minnesota for Super Bowl LII, family and friends of the Patriots volunteered their time in the community.


  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: What could the Patriots learn in search for Jimmy Garoppolo 2.0 at the Senior Bowl?
  • Ryan Hannable Sunday 7: Josh McDaniels staying in New England saved Bill Belichick from most challenging offseason of his career.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots Sunday news, AFC East notes: “One has to truly feel for excellent Herald Patriots beat writers Jeff Howe, Karen Guregian and Adam Kurkjian who will have to deal with the aftermath” of the Ron Borges mess.
  • Jeff Howe focuses on what the Patriots have to do to gain more salary cap space, and why they need it.
  • Mike Reiss lists six players under contract for 2018 but whose salary makes it possible the Patriots will move in a different direction.
  • Stephen Sheehan (FanRagSports) Patriots must make tough decisions with free agent class.
  • Mike Reiss addresses some hot button topics: Calm before the storm, upcoming free agents.
  • Phil Perry and Mike Giardi Patriots Mailbag: What’s the Patriots’ most glaring need? How do they address it?
  • Doug Kyed ranks the top 15 quarterbacks in the 2018 NFL draft.
  • Isaiah Houde (PatriotsWire) 5 Patriots who stepped up most for New England in 2017.
  • Nick O’Malley looks at how many NFL quarterbacks will make more money than Tom Brady in 2018 - Jimmy Garoppolo and a dozen others.
  • Adam London posts the latest Instagram from Tom Brady that shows he’s rebounding from that Super Bowl loss.
  • Tyler Sullivan (247 Sports) Last episode of Tom vs. Time reworked after Super Bowl loss.
  • Rich Garven wonders if the Patriots will bounce back from a month of discontent. /Seriously?
  • Rob Bradford notes Josh McDaniels said there was ‘absolutely not’ any guarantees for him to become Bill Belichick’s successor.
  • Karen Guregian thinks Bill Belichick can’t afford to allow the Malcolm Butler issue to go unaddressed with his players.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) 2018 Patriots Mock Draft: New England lands Bill Belichick’s dream QB.
  • The Herald staff posts a breakdown of how the Super Bowl runners-up have fared the following season since the 1992 Bills last made it back to the title game a year after losing.
  • Joe Fitzgerald calls the pain of the Patriots’ loss a test of our resilience and the price of being hooked on sports in a town like this. “Don’t be sorry it’s over; just be glad it happened.”
  • NBC Sports Boston relays Eagles’ OT Lane Johnson suggestion that the Patriots lost the Super Bowl because they were afraid and weren’t having fun.
  • Joshua Schrock adds safety Malcolm Jenkins to the growing list of Eagles players taking shots at the Patriots. Jenkins told ESPN’s SportsCenter there are lots of coaches who are still wary of the Patriots cheating.
  • Adam Kurkjian and Evan Lazar (Soundcloud) The Naked Bootleg Podcast: Patriots offseason preview with guest Miguel Benzan. (1 hour 16 min.)


  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Tom Brady: No. 1 feeling I have is gratitude.
  • Kevin Patra ( Tom Brady: Super Bowl loss was a learning experience.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Fake news or not, Tom Brady needs a new contract.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Kyle Shanahan: First time I asked about trading Jimmy G, Belichick said no way.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Jimmy Garoppolo says he learned how to prepare from Tom Brady.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Wrestling pal on Gronk: WWE a matter of when, not if.
  • Peter King (SI) Monday Morning QB: Wristband 145: Behind the play that confused the Patriots and gave the Eagles the Super Bowl LII win. /That’s a headline that sticks in the throat.
  • NFL Nation Reporters (ESPN) Bold offseason predictions for all 32 NFL teams. Patriots: The Pats will draft a QB in the first two rounds. /That’s ‘bold’?
  • Jonathan Jones (SI) Fearless predictions for the 2018 season. The Patriots sign a free-agent QB better than Brian Hoyer and ultimately get back to the conference title game.
  • Andy Benoit (SI) Ranking the NFL’s neediest teams. #32. Patriots - Primary need: CB.
  • Sean Tomlinson (Bleacher Report) The best bargain on every NFL team’s roster. Patriots: Tom Brady (of course).
  • Frank Schwab (Yahoo! Sports) After Jimmy Garoppolo’s deal, is it smart for teams to still be overpaying QBs?
  • Mike Jones (USA Today) Jimmy Garoppolo’s monster contract reflects NFL’s reality for paying QBs.
  • Chris Simms (Bleacher Report) Most intriguing free agents on the market this offseason.
  • Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News) NFL free agency 2018: Top 25 free agents, best players by position.
  • Gregg Rosenthal ( Top 25 free agents of 2018: Quarterbacks top the board (for now).
  • Chris Trapasso (CBS Sports) 2018 NFL Draft: Here’s a list of the best players not invited to the combine.
  • Adam Schein ( New and renewed NFL rivalries for 2018: Colts-Patriots tops list. /Eh...
  • Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz (USA Today) Four NFL teams that could follow Eagles’ model to Super Bowl rise.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) 2018 NFL strength of schedule: Texans have it easiest, Packers face roughest ride.
  • Joe Rutter (TribLive) Steelers’ Art Rooney II: ‘Blame on both sides’ in James Harrison situation.
  • Dave Bryan (SteelersDepot) Rooney on Harrison possibly retiring with Steelers: ‘I think we’ll let the dust settle for a while.’
  • Clark Judge (TalkOfFameNetwork) Dear Hall voters: Wheres the outrage for offensive linemen?