Quick hits on free-agent trail

March, 17, 2012
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Some quick hits from the free-agent trail as we enter Day 5 of the open market:

1. Eyes on Lloyd. Free-agent receiver Brandon Lloyd took one visit, to the 49ers, but remains unsigned. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter said Thursday that the league-wide expectation was that it would come down to the Patriots and 49ers for Lloyd, and Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe takes it one step further today, reporting that Lloyd is close to an agreement with New England. The addition of Lloyd would be a big boost to the offense.

2. Landry visit scheduled. Free-agent safety LaRon Landry is in town for a visit with the Patriots. The Jets and Lions are also in the mix. As reported by Mary Paoletti of Comcast SportsNet, Landry's first visit is here in New England, so the Patriots are in a lead position if they decide they want to sign Landry.

3. Anderson expected to visit another team. The market for Patriots defensive end Mark Anderson is taking shape. Anderson visited the Dolphins on Friday, and according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, one more visit is expected. Anderson's final decision looks like it will come down to three teams -- Patriots, Dolphins and the next team he visits.

4. Updating Koutouvides contract. When free agency began, the first roster move for the Patriots that came to the forefront was the re-signing of linebacker Niko Koutouvides. As for the details of that pact, it's a one-year deal worth $825,000, with a $65,000 signing bonus. The deal qualifies for the minimum salary benefit, meaning Koutouvides' salary cap charge is reduced.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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