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New England Patriots links 3/15/21 - Pats have the money to make moves, get their groove back in 2021

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Joe Thuney and Cam Newton celebrate
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  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: Cam Newton’s contract shows Patriots are not promising him starting job; Henry vs. Jonnu; Brown Cabrera connection; More.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Sunday Patriots News, AFC East Notes: The new league year begins on the 17th at 4:00 pm but the legal tampering period begins Monday; Justin Bethel: The Patriots signed their Special Team’s standout to a new three-year deal worth about $6 million dollars; More.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Five Patriots/NFL things to know for Friday: Friday’s surprising news of Cam Newton rejoining the team, but it likely also means that the Pats may not be sure what their long-term plans are just yet; More.
  • Zack Cox puts together a Patriots Free Agency Primer with everything we need to know as the league year begins.
  • Karen Guregian looks at how the Patriots and the rest of the AFC East shapes up on eve of free agency: Belichick has plenty of holes to fill to get back to the top.
  • Zack Cox revisits the Patriots’ past free agent activity to see what we can expect; The last time the Patriots had this much cap space, they spent big.
  • Andrew Callahan tells us four Patriots things to know ahead of free agency: Teams can reach verbal agreements with players this afternoon.
  • Ryan Hannable has five Patriots questions that could be answered this week. 1. Who will be the No. 1 wide receiver on the depth chart in 2021?
  • Evan Lazar’s Patriots Mailbag: Pats need a first-round quarterback after re-signing Cam Newton.
  • CBS Boston highlights the key areas of need in New England as free agency gets underway. 1. Wide Receiver.
  • Doug Kyed thumbnails some under the radar options who could interest the Pats in free agency.
  • Mike Reiss says Cam Newton’s return gives the Patriots options and could help lure free agents.
  • Conor Roche says the ESPN free agency simulation has the Patriots landing three top free agents.
  • Kevin Tame Jr. (FullPressCoverage) Is James White headed for a reunion with Tom Brady?
  • Doug Kyed lays out why Cam Newton’s second season could go better than the first; The Patriots now need to build up around their QB.
  • Doug Kyed tells us what New England can expect out of Cam Newton after he signed a contract usually saved for a backup QB.
  • Dan Roche breaks down New England’s decision to bring Cam Newton back for another season.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Why Cam Newton is the right choice for New England.
  • Jacob Camenker relays Albert Breer saying the Patriots are likely to bring in ‘some level of competition’ for Newton. /That’s quite the limb he’s walking out on.
  • Khari Thompson looks at what the advanced stats tell us about Cam Newton’s 2020 season.
  • Danny Jaillet (PatriotsWire) Matt Patricia surprisingly signed Cam Newton’s contract.
  • Justin Leger notes Cam Newton confirms his return to the Pats with epic pump-up video.
  • Lauren Campbell notes Julian Edelman is ready to ‘Run It Back’ with Cam Newton.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Patriots agree to three-year, $6M contract with Justin Bethel.
  • Mike Reiss writes about Marcus Cannon being traded to the Texans: The deal would be the first swap between Patriots coach Bill Belichick and his longtime director of player personnel Nick Caserio.
  • Matt Dolloff shares six takeaways from the Marcus Cannon trade. 1. Where does Isaiah Wynn play?
  • Phil Perry analyzes what the Cannon trade means for the Patriots.
  • Evan Lazar talks about the Marcus Cannon to the Texans trade and updates the Patriots draft capital for 2021.
  • Chad Finn pens a memo to outraged local sports fans: We still have it pretty good here. “It’s understandable why some fans might have a sense of championship entitlement, but please relax and try to enjoy the journey.”
  • CBS Boston relays Albert Breer that the Patriots reportedly want to bring back Joe Thuney.
  • Dakota Randall highlights an ESPN Insider piece noting that while teams are ‘aware Stephon Gilmore is available, whoever trades for him will have to sign him to a new deal, reducing the amount of teams willing to pay in a trade.’
  • Kevin Tame Jr. (FullPressCoverage) Is N’Keal Harry on a path to be the next Aaron Dobson?
  • Dakota Randall mentions a report that the Patriots are not interested in free agent WR DeSean Jackson.
  • Alex Barth passes along a report that the Patriots have been ‘in contact’ with one of the top kickers in the Draft.
  • Michael Hurley sees Drew Brees’ retirement as an open door for Tom Brady to capture all NFL passing records.
  • CBS Boston reports bidding on another Tom Brady rookie card surpasses $2 Million.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate provides his thoughts on Cam’s return, and also welcomes back Miguel ‘PatsCap’ Benzan for Part II of their discussion, in which Miguel ‘sets the record straight’ on the various salary cap myths circulating both the fanbase and the media. (43 min.)
  • Patriots Fourth and Two podcast: Russ Goldman, Derek Havens and Steve Balestrieri discuss Cam Newton’s return, the trade for Trent Brown, Marcus Cannon traded away; Plus who they want the Pats to go after in Free Agency. (1 hour)
  • The 617 Podcast: Emergency episode. Zach Muller of Boston Diehards reacts to Cam Newton resigning. (24 min.)