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New England Patriots links 1/09/20 - Early look under the offseason hood: Free agents and biggest needs

Daily news and links for Thursday

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Ted Karras will be a free agent in 2020
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  • Michael Hurley explains how in retrospect, the Patriots’ 2019 problems were easy to have foreseen.
  • Isaiah Houde (PatriotsWire) Looking at the Patriots’ biggest needs for the offseason.
  • Phil Perry thumbnails the Patriots’ biggest free-agent priorities after Tom Brady.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots free agents will demand several important decisions.
  • Matt Dolloff tells us what we need to know about all 20 potential free agents on the roster.
  • Chad Finn lays out why Tom Brady should not — cannot — play for another team.
  • Jerry Thornton says he could’ve drawn up a punch list of all the things he needed to hear out of Tom Brady right now and this post checks the box on virtually all of them.
  • Andy Hart blames Brady for his ‘tone and word choice appearing to open the door for retirement’ and then changing his feeling with the Instagram post.
  • Christopher Mason points out how the Patriots draft class flopped in its first season.
  • 98.5 Sports Hub highlights a Jeff Howe story in The Athletic that Jason McCourty reportedly suffered a torn groin, and surgery remains a possibility for Julian Edelman.
  • CBS Boston passes along some details that are coming out on Julian Edelman’s injuries, and they show the level of toughness exhibited by the receiver all year long.
  • Tom E. Curran says Josh McDaniels lost his shot at the Giants and Panthers head coaching jobs because he delayed his interviews.
  • Mike Giardi Tweets: “Josh McDaniels was very much interested in the Carolina Panthers job and thru no fault of his own, was unable to get an audience with ownership before they handed the keys over to Matt Ruhle.”
  • CBS Boston passes along a report that Josh McDaniels will actually get to go on his job interview with the Cleveland Browns.
  • CBS Boston hears from sources that Joe Judge may want Patriots DL coach Bret Bielema to join the Giants coaching staff.
  • Lauren Campbell relays Carson Palmer weighing in on why Tom Brady ‘needs more guys around him’.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Brett Favre sees ‘little decline, if any’ in Tom Brady’s game.
  • Justin Leger highlights The Rock, Diddy, and more celebrities that responded to Tom Brady’s Instagram post.
  • NESN tells us what Patriots players said about Tom Brady’s Instagram post.
  • Matt Vautour notes PETA asks Tom Brady to trade his Canada Goose jacket for a fur-free, feather-free replacement; read the full letter sent to the Patriots QB.
  • Entitled Town podcast: Dave Brown and Mike Irons discuss the rumors raging that Bill Belichick is “not putting himself out there” but is “in play”, and more Boston media nonsense. (1 hour 23 min)