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Patriots busy in identifying 53

September, 5, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham


The New England Patriots made a slew of roster moves Saturday. They pulled off two trades involving tight ends, put three players on injured reserve and waived 10 others.

New England acquired tight end Michael Matthews from the New York Giants for an undisclosed draft choice and dealt tight end David Thomas to the New Orleans Saints for an undisclosed pick.

The following players were put on IR:
These players were released:

Patriots free-agency dossier

January, 16, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

As organized as Bill Belichick is, the New England Patriots probably didn't wait for the Scott Pioli situation to shake out in Kansas City before getting started on free agency.

The Patriots are expected to franchise unrestricted quarterback Matt Cassel as an insurance policy for Tom Brady's blown-out left knee. Cassel would receive a one-year qualifying offer worth almost $15 million -- the average of the top five salaries at his position.

Even if the Patriots and Cassel hammer out a deal on their own terms, his salary will gobble up a huge portion of the roughly $18 million to $20 million cap space they currently have. The actual salary cap number for 2009 hasn't been released.

Unrestricted (free to negotiate with any team beginning Feb. 27)

Restricted (Patriots have right to match offer from other team)

Exclusive rights (cannot negotiate with other teams if tendered qualifying offer)

Jets set tone immediately

November, 13, 2008
11/13/08
8:36
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New York Jets wasted no time Thursday night in setting the tone against the New England Patriots.

Ten plays, 62 yards and 5:34 after accepting the opening kickoff, the Jets are ahead 7-0 in Gillette Stadium.

Leon Washington returned the kick 30 yards. James Ihedigbo obliterated Patriots cover man Ray Ventrone, who needed help off the field and might not return.

Then Jets running back Thomas Jones ripped off a 13-yard run on their first offensive play.

Brett Favre hit Washington on a bubble screen that went for 7 yards and a touchdown.

A key play on the drive was a successful replay challenge. On third-and-6 from the New England 45-yard line, Favre found Laveranues Coles on the right sideline. The official ruling was Coles didn't have both feet inbounds, but replays showed otherwise for an 8-yard gain and a critical first down.

Around the AFC East: Favre iffy for finale

August, 26, 2008
8/26/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

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Around the AFC East: Patriots talk smacks

August, 5, 2008
8/05/08
10:57
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

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  • Newsday reporter Erik Boland shares the comedy stylings of Mangini and Richardson, the funniest duo since Shields and Yarnell.
  • QB Chad Pennington's motto is to keep on keeping on when it comes to Favre rumors, writes Mark Hale of the New York Post.

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