Monday, March 26, 2012
Patriots around the Web
By Mike Reiss
A few links from around the Web on the Patriots:
1. Carter rates highly among remaining free agents. In an Insider piece now posted on ESPN.com, Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc., lists his top five remaining free agents on the market and veteran Patriots defensive end Andre Carter is second. "A torn quadriceps ended Carter's 2011 season in December, so that is likely the reason he has yet to attract a lot of attention as a free agent," Williamson writes. "... My hunch is that once Carter's injury has healed, he will quickly be snatched up."
2. Patriots and psychological exams. In his "Monday Morning Quarterback" piece on SI.com, Peter King hands over the laptop to offensive lineman Eric Winston to detail his free-agent experience. There was a Patriots hook to Winston's entry: "When I met with Chiefs GM Scott Pioli, I got a little surprise. I had mentioned at dinner the previous night that when I came out in the draft in 2006, I didn't think the Patriots (where he was working at the time) liked me when I was entering the draft. Scott started laughing out loud and said, 'No way, we liked you a lot.' So the next day he showed me my Patriots psychological evaluation from 2006. To my surprise, it was very complimentary of me and was actually pretty spot on. I thought it was kind of crazy that someone could talk to me for 30 minutes and in that short time sum up what kind of player, worker and overall teammate I would be. Scott said that this is just one of the reasons why he wanted me."
3. Kraft at NFL annual meeting -- fans shouldn't hold breath on big move. In a blog entry on Patriots.com, Erik Scalavino passes along remarks from owner Robert Kraft at the NFL's annual meeting in Palm Beach, Florida. Commenting on some of the recent cap space created by the team, Kraft said: "We want to create incremental cap room, so that we can be flexible to make the moves we have to make. There’s still a lot that can come to the marketplace at the end, but I don’t think there’s any specific reason that people should be holding their breath for."