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New England Patriots links 3/16/21 - Belichick continues free-agent bender with Hunter Henry signing

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  • Matt Dolloff talks about Adam Schefter’s report the Patriots agreed to deal with free-agent TE Hunter Henry.
  • Mike Reiss explains why the Patriots are spending in free agency like never before: Is New England out to match Tom Brady’s Super Bowl win? Reacting to a 7-9 season? Maybe there’s a more Patriot-like reason for the splurge.
  • Matt Dolloff suggests some notable NFL free agents still available on day 2 of legal tampering.
  • Andrew Callahan says Bill Belichick and the Patriots hate losing so much they went all-in on Day 1 of free agency, committing themselves to roughly $200M worth of fresh contracts. “They addressed nearly every single roster hole in seven hours.”
  • Mike Reiss breaks down every Patriots’ free-agent signing and how each will impact the upcoming season.
  • CBS Boston reports details emerge on contracts of the Pats’ newly signed free agents.
  • Mike D’Abate (FullPressCoverage) The Magnificent Seven: New England Patriots bigly begin 2021 free agency.
  • Zack Cox recaps a Patriots’ tsunami of signings on a wild day 1 of free agency: Get to know their seven (!) free agent additions.
  • Alex Barth gives us 10 takeaways from a Patriots-heavy first day of free agency.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) What a day! Patriots make a splash and fill some big holes.
  • Michael Hurley watched Bill Belichick put his money where his mouth is with Monday’s spending spree, most likely because he “physically could not stand enduring that excruciating 7-9 season a year ago...”
  • Ryan Hannable lays out what Monday’s aggressive moves mean for the roster and the rest of free agency.
  • Karen Guregian looks at the reasons why the Pats came out swinging in free agency: You can thank Tom Brady.
  • Ian Logue (PatFans) Who did the Patriots sign in free-agency? Here’s the list.
  • Mac Cerullo starts us off with a roster update: Three needed additions, one big loss.
  • Evan Lazar believes new Patriots LB Matt Judon is a perfect scheme fit at Edge Defender.
  • Tom Westerholm tells us 5 things to know about the Patriots’ new LB Matthew Judon. 1. He led the Ravens in sacks last year.
  • Evan Lazar talks about the offense getting a much-needed boost by signing former Titans TE Jonnu Smith.
  • Khari Thompson lets us in on what to know about new Pats TE Jonnu Smith: Smith put up career numbers in 2020 and has drawn past praise from Patriots coach Bill Belichick.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots add WR Nelson Agholor, 2-yrs, $26 million. “Agholor is still young and turns 28 in May is hoping that last year had turned the corner for himself and will be looking to carve out a role for himself in Josh McDaniels offense with Jonnu Smith.”
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Patriots add another WR with Kendrick Bourne. “Bourne isn’t a big name, but he’s another former undrafted player with a terrific work ethic.”
  • Doug Kyed explores what the Jalen Mills free agency signing could mean for the secondary.
  • Tom Westerholm reports the Patriots reportedly agree to deal with former Jets DE Henry Anderson.
  • Mike Luciano (MusketFire) Trading away Marcus Cannon proves Patriots trust Isaiah Wynn.
  • Katie Feehan (LastWordOnSports) Patriots 2020 draftees who must step up in 2021.
  • Tom E. Curran talks with QB consultant Jordan Palmer on why Jarrett Stidham went from potential Tom Brady replacement to riding the pine behind Cam Newton.
  • Bill Spreos writes about the Pats still playing catchup after losing Brady one year ago. “More than 20 years of Patriot Way mythology dissipated in an orgy of cap space consumption that would impress even Jerry Jones.”
  • Zack Cox NFL Rumors: Patriots in mix to sign RB Leonard Fournette. Bucs and Seahawks are in on Fournette, too.
  • Sean T. McGuire NFL Rumors: Patriots continue to be linked to QB Jacoby Brissett.
  • Logan Mullen points to a cryptic Kyle Van Noy Tweet that has people thinking a reunion is imminent.
  • Sean T. McGuire reports safety Terrence Brooks reportedly is leaving to join the Texans.
  • Matt Dolloff mentions the reason to re-sign David Andrews that no one’s talking about: They’ve tried to find a replacement and failed.
  • Ricky Doyle notes that while the Patriots can’t yet officially announce their new signings, the team’s Twitter account acknowledged their spending spree by bringing back Bill Belichick’s dog, Nike.
  • Patriots Talk podcast: Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry react to the Patriots’ spending spree as the NFL’s tampering period opened up. Which new addition will benefit the Patriots the most in 2021. (31 min.)