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New England Patriots links 2/18/20 - Curran: Brady-Pats negotiations will begin “in a couple of weeks.”

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  • Tom E. Curran has heard that negotiations between Tom Brady and the Patriots will begin “in a couple of weeks.”
  • Dave D’Onofrio looks at all that has taken place in the NFL in the past five years (Chip kelly was a big thing) and how the Patriots’ power structure gives them a leg up on the rest of the league.
  • Mac Cerullo discusses the future of the Patriots offensive line, reminding us not to sleep on Yodny Cajuste.
  • Isaiah Houde (PatriotsWire) Patriots 2020 free agency preview: Elandon Roberts’ value is substantial.
  • Hayden Bird highlights PFF’s Sam Monson on why he thinks the Patriots had the ‘worst receiving corps in the NFL’ in 2019. “The whole thing was just an exercise in when you have one receiving weapon and teams figure out how to take that guy away.”
  • Dave D’Onofrio addresses how $30 million a season fits into Tom Brady’s market value.
  • Zack Cox wonders if Steven Gostkowski will be back kicking for the Patriots in 2020.
  • Jordy McElroy (PatriotsWire) A reunion for the ages? Time for the Patriots to bring back Danny Amendola.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Patriots NFL draft targets: TE Thaddeus Moss.
  • Doug Kyed’s next up in his ‘Hidden Patriots’ series: Offensive tackle Korey Cunningham.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots news, AFC East notes: Cutting ties with Phillip Dorsett? Not surprising if true; More.
  • Sean T. McGuire NFL Rumors: Patriots not worried about financial pitches Tom Brady may receive.
  • Conor Roche notes Dont’a Hightower announces he’s expecting his first child. Baby Hightower is expected in July.
  • John Morgan (PatsFans) Today in Patriots history: Demolition of Foxboro Stadium.


  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Afternoon QB: No surprise Darius Slay on the bock, Credit to Mike Tomlin, XFL interest; Also, the teams with the most (and least) money tied up in 2020 salary cap commitments, and a leftover note from Nick Saban on Tua Tagovailoa.
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) NFL insider notes: Eight moves to fix messy Redskins, why Vikings will be in combine spotlight and more.
  • Tadd Haislop (Sporting News) Tom Brady rumors tracker: Latest free agency news, updates, projections to sign Patriots QB.
  • Jeff Diamond (Sporting News) The Boston flee party? What Tom Brady, Patriots are thinking as QB’s free agency approaches.
  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) Report: Tom Brady may bypass tour, have teams come to him.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Intriguing Tom Brady matches with coaches, cities, teammates.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Report: Raiders ready to offer Tom Brady two-year, $60 million deal.
  • Patrick Walker (CBS Sports) What the Las Vegas Raiders decide to do with Derek Carr is the biggest domino of the 2020 QB market.
  • Rich Cimini (ESPN) Tom Brady’s hypothetical NFL retirement gifts. /Sooo. Much. Salt.
  • Staff (The Ringer) NFL Rumormonger: Your 2020 NFL offseason tracker.
  • Danny Heifetz (The Ringer) The QB commitment index, Pre–free agency edition.
  • Brent Sobleski (Bleacher Report) Ideal target for every NFL team in free agency. Patriots: TE Eric Ebron.
  • Ben Linsey (Pro Football Focus) Viable low-cost options at each position in free agency.
  • James Jones ( Ten wide receivers worth pursuing in free agency/2020 NFL Draft
  • Peter King (NBC Sports) What you need to know about NFL’s changes to Scouting Combine.
  • Eric Edholm (Yahoo! Sports) 2020 NFL scouting combine preview: Tight ends.
  • Chris Trapasso (CBS Sports) 2020 NFL Draft defensive line rankings: A look at the prospects you should know as we head into draft season.
  • Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz (USA Today) 11 NFL draft prospects who could create biggest buzz at combine.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) It’s time for top prospects to get paid for attending the Scouting Combine
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Richard Seymour working with Leonard Williams on “what it takes to be great”.
  • Avery Yang (SI) Report: Proposed NFL CBA could substantially decrease punishment for marijuana.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) MLB Commissioner under siege over handling of Astros scandal. “f something like this happened for the NFL’s Commissioner, the NFL already would have hired a new Commissioner.”
  • Kevin Hanson (SI) 2020 NFL Mock Draft 4.0. Pats pick Iowa EDGE A.J. Epenesa at 23.
  • Ryan Wilson (CBS Sports) 2020 NFL Mock Draft. Pats pick Alabama S Xavier McKinney at 23.
  • Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz (USA Today) NFL Mock Draft. Pats pick Iowa DE A.J. Epenesa.