Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Patriots links around the web
By Field Yates
Passing along some Patriots-related content from around the web:
1. Lloyd, Edelman among top remaining free agents. Free agency is just more than three weeks old, but talent still remains on the open market. Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com has continually updated his list of top free agents, and former Patriot Brandon Lloyd checks in at number 20. Rosenthal posits that Lloyd could end up back with the Patriots (at a reduced price tag than what he was scheduled to make before being cut) due to the small market for his services. Julian Edelman was among Rosenthal's players that just missed the cut. The status of his foot could be delaying Edelman's search for a new contract.
2. Freeney looking for $6 million per season. The Patriots recently hosted Dwight Freeney for a visit, although the team's interest at this point remains unclear. What we do know, however, is that Freeney is looking for a contract that pays him $6 million per season, according to a report by Michelle Beisner of NFL Network's "Total Access." That seems like a steep figure from this view, and the Patriots may look for a veteran rusher at a lower price tag. We'd also argue that John Abraham is a better fit for the Patriots, but the team's interest in him also is unknown at this time.
3. Prisco power rankings: Patriots 4th. In his most recent edition of NFL power rankings, Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com has the Patriots as his fourth best team, trailing only the Denver Broncos in the AFC. It's still extremely early in the offseason, but the national sentiment seems to be that the Patriots are viewed as one of the five best teams in the NFL, and perhaps just below the Broncos. Things can change in a hurry in the NFL, but barring radical shifts to the roster, the Patriots likely will be considered one of the AFC favorites entering the 2013 season.
4. Wilfork, Senator Shaheen work together against diabetes. Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork has worked extensively in an effort to battle diabetes, which his father dealt with for years before passing at the age of 48. Wilfork was in Derry, N.H., on Tuesday to speak to students at the Gilbert H. Hood Middle School on Diabetes Alert Day, and was joined by Senator Jeanne Shaheene. Adam Swift of the Union Leader has the full story on their noble efforts.
5. Browns sign Campbell. The Cleveland Browns signed veteran quarterback Jason Campbell on Tuesday night, as ESPN's NFL Insider Adam Schefter first reported. There had been some speculation that the Browns could make a play to acquire Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett in a trade, but the signing of Campbell would seem to make such a scenario unlikely at this time.