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New England Patriots links 3/10/21 - One week ‘til Free Agency: Patriots wish lists abound

Daily news and links for Wednesday

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David Andrews: Will he stay or will he go?
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  • Mike Dussault examines the Patriots free agency landscape with a look at: Offensive Line and Running Backs.
  • Mike Dussault tries to make some sense of how the mock drafts are playing out for the Patriots.
  • Paul Perillo’s NFL Notes: Where will Trent Brown fit? “My early take: Wynn stays at left tackle with Onwenu next to him at left guard. Andrews re-signs and mans the middle while Shaq Mason and Brown handle the right side. That would leave Justin Herron as a top backup, and the offensive line would be in fairly good shape heading into free agency.” Thuney and Cannon are not part of the mix.
  • From the NFL: Pre-free agency capsules for all 32 NFL teams. Patriots team needs: QB, WR, DL; Projected cap space: $66.5 million; Notable draft picks: 1st round (#15), 2nd round (#46).
  • Patriots Unfiltered 3/9: Trent Brown trade analysis, free agency preview; More. (2 hours)


  • Andrew Callahan talks about the Patriots swimming in cap space ahead of NFL free agency.
  • Hayden Bird highlights NFL insider Dan Graziano on why he expects the Patriots to ‘attack in free agency’: “Whoever the quarterback turns out to be, he’s going to need some help.”
  • Mike Reiss writes New England begins its retooling by bringing back massive tackle Trent Brown, who adds flexibility to a unit that could look much different this fall.
  • Evan Lazar looks at the film to tell us what the Trent Brown trade means for the offensive line.
  • Mike D’Abate (FullPressCoverage) Big time: Patriots add Brown to offensive line, Thuney set to hit open market.
  • Phil Perry believes Ironman Joe Thuney seems to now have played his last game as a Patriot.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots trade for Trent Brown is a very good first move in FA: The trade and reworked contract terms gives the Patriots some versatility and depth heading into 2021.
  • Jerry Trotta (MusketFire) What does the Trent Brown trade mean for Isaiah Wynn?
  • Ricky Doyle attempts to read beyond the Trent Brown trade to see if that move offers any clues about the Patriots’ QB search.
  • Zack Cox explains why re-signing top NFL special teamer Justin Bethel is important.
  • Karen Guregian has some suggestions on how to best attack the holes on the defensive line.
  • Andrew Callahan thinks that despite the Pats’ run defense being ranked dead last in the NFL last season by a wide margin, they can still go bargain hunting for D-linemen.
  • Doug Kyed wonders if John Simon could return as a rotational defender, since the defense struggled with him as a starter last season.
  • Chris Mason examines Bill Belichick’s ties to top tight ends on the market.
  • Doug Kyed thumbnails 12 wide receivers the Patriots could target in free agency.
  • Matt Dolloff notes Bill Belichick reportedly is ready to be ‘big spender’ at receiver.
  • Doug Kyed suggests eight edge defenders the Patriots could target in free agency.
  • Sean T. McGuire offers some key takeaways after the franchise tag deadline. Receivers Allen Robinson, Chris Godwin were among those tagged.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Five Patriots/NFL things to know for Wednesday. 1. Out in San Francisco...they’re apparently not impressed with some of the scenarios being thrown around about a potential trade for Jimmy Garoppolo.
  • Jerry Trotta (MusketFire) Stephon Gilmore’s injury changing trade market.
  • Jerry Trotta (MusketFire) Why the Patriots shouldn’t trade anything for Jimmy Garoppolo.
  • Phil Perry asks the question: How desperate would the Patriots have to be to sign Jameis Winston?
  • JPerella (UofFootball) Top QB trade candidates: Best and worst fits if traded.
  • Thomas Carannante highlights Mike Reiss on why the team attended Trevor Lawrence’s pro day.
  • Alexandra Francisco NFL Rumors: Titans release former Patriots CB Malcolm Butler (31).
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and Steve Balestrieri discuss the Trent Brown trade and its impact on the O-Line, thoughts on the franchise tag, and a draft profile on Clemson WR Amari Rodgers. (39 min.)
  • One Patriots Place podcast: Mark Schofield joins Steve, Murph, and Clare to talk QBs, the draft and free agency, and the return of big Trent Brown. (68 min.)
  • Patriots Talk podcast: Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry shared their Patriots free-agency wish lists. (32 min.)