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Thursday, March 3, 2011
Patriots tend to Green-Ellis, Page


The NFL's decision to extend the collective bargaining agreement 24 hours doesn't allow clubs to keep making player moves. Rosters will be frozen at midnight.

The New England Patriots on Thursday extended qualifying offers to running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, cornerback Kyle Arrington and safety Jarrad Page.

These three players symbolize the Patriots ability to recognize good value.

Green-Ellis and Page were tendered second-round offers. That means another team would have to compensate the Patriots with a second-round draft choice if it wanted to sign one of them -- under the current CBA.

Green-Ellis, the only AFC East back to rush for more than 1,000 yards, wasn't drafted. Page was obtained for a seventh-round draft choice.

Page probably won't be considered a restricted free agent under the new CBA because he has played five NFL seasons. That would render his tender moot. But the Patriots want to keep him and decided to take a shot.

Arrington, another undrafted player, was extended an exclusive rights offer. That's an option teams have to retain the rights of players with little experience. Exclusive-rights players cannot negotiate with other teams. Arrington started 14 games at cornerback last season.

In other Patriots news, right tackle Damien Woody expressed a willingness to return to the Patriots if they'll have him. The New York Jets released him this week. He played center and guard for the Patriots from 1999 through 2003, winning two Super Bowls.

"I would consider all options, so yeah, definitely,” Woody told the Boston Herald. "I had a great time up there. I didn't leave on any bad terms or anything like that. That would definitely be intriguing, coming back."