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New England Patriots links 3/12/19 - NFL Free agency frenzy begins: Belichick sips tea

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  • Kevin Duffy says the beginning of free agency is off to a familiar start, with a ton of cash being thrown around, while the Patriots haven’t even touched their wallet.
  • Tom E. Curran writes how “players who’ve been through New England get pixie dust sprinkled on their helmets. Flowers isn’t just a productive, young, versatile player who does everything very well, he’s also been coached hard and performed in the biggest games. Amendola isn’t just a smart, tough receiver with ridiculous hands and body control. He’s Danny ‘PLAYOFF’ Amendola.”
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots not unexpectedly bid adieu to Flowers, Brown.
  • Karen Guregian believes the solution for losing Trey Flowers will come in a draft loaded with elite pass rushers.
  • Phil Perry breaks down what the Pats will be missing with Trey Flowers’ departure: Michael Bennett won’t be able to do everything Flowers did — on or off the field.
  • Matt Dolloff doesn’t see a clear replacement for Trey Flowers and says the Patriots will be leaning on Deatrich Wise, Derek Rivers and other edge rushers on the roster to improve.
  • Michael Hurley notes Trey Flowers joins a long list of players whose value has been absolutely maximized by Bill Belichick and the Patriots coaching staff before that player is set free to make truck loads of money elsewhere.
  • Nick O’Malley takes a look at how well the Patriots free agents who left for a big payday, have done after they leave.
  • Andrew Callahan talks about the Patriots’ next moves after losing Trey Flowers and Trent Brown.
  • Karen Guregian isn’t worried that the Patriots didn’t break the bank to keep Trent Brown.
  • Phil Perry reminds us the Patriots have last year’s first-round pick, Isaiah Wynn, already on the roster to fill Trent Brown’s position.
  • Mike Reiss calls attention to the ‘Scarnecchia Effect’ that helps Patriots offensive linemen cash in; Even if the humble man himself might disagree, the results are indeed impressive.
  • Zack Cox explains what Josh Gordon’s reported RFA tender means for both him and the Patriots.
  • Nick Goss notes that in the regular season, opposing quarterbacks had a 61.2 completion percentage against the Patriots, which was the second-lowest mark in the league. New England also surrendered the fifth-fewest yards per pass attempt (6.9) in the league.
  • Zack Cox notes that even Rob Gronkowski’s agent doesn’t know Gronk’s plans for 2019.
  • Phil Perry points out how the compensatory pick equation is a big part of the Patriots offseason wheeling and dealing.
  • Nick O’Malley gives us a full list of trades, cuts, and Patriots rumors on Day 2 of legal tampering.
  • Nick Goss NFL Rumors: Patriots outbid by Titans for free agent WR Adam Humphries.
  • Tony Massarotti implores the Patriots to reward Julian Edelman with a new contract.