AFC East: Rosevelt Colvin

Podcast: Patriots LB Rosevelt Colvin on the Herd

January, 20, 2009

Posted by's Tim Graham

On Monday, New England Patriots linebacker Rosevelt Colvin sat in on "The Herd with Colin Cowherd."

Colvin, who'll be an unrestricted free agent, broke down Sunday's championship games and looked at the Super Bowl matchup. The Patriots destroyed the Arizona Cardinals and lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers this year.

Colvin also gives a peek inside a Bill Belichick locker room and gives insider perspective on Matt Cassel's season.

Patriots free-agency dossier

January, 16, 2009

Posted by'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)