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With free agency set to begin, Bill Belichick is at Alabama's pro day

As noted earlier this week when Bill Belichick attended Auburn's pro day, this is the time of year when he transitions from New England Patriots head coach to head college scout. That transition continued Wednesday when Belichick attended Alabama's pro day.

Some have asked how Belichick's presence at Alabama's pro day, and director of player personnel Nick Caserio's presence at Rutgers' pro day, might affect the team's activity as free agency is set to open at 4 p.m. ET.

It shouldn't.

This is standard operating procedure for Belichick, Caserio and the staff as they mix college scouting with picking their spots in veteran free agency.