Friday, March 14, 2014
A few more free-agent pieces
By Mike Reiss
A few more picked-up pieces from the free-agent trail:
Woodyard lands with Titans. One of the Patriots' first free-agent visitors, linebacker Wesley Woodyard, will sign with the Tennessee Titans, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson. The Patriots' interest in Woodyard was tied, in part, to how he would fit in their sub defense as a coverage linebacker. We'll see how this potentially affects the return of linebacker Dane Fletcher, who took a free-agent visit with the Buccaneers but remains unsigned.
Salary-cap update. The NFL Players Association salary-cap tabulations have the Patriots with $16.889 million of space at this time. As has been noted in the past, salary-cap space is fluid, but this provides a general feel for the team's current flexibility.
Costa and interior line market. Free-agent center Phil Costa, who visited the Patriots on Monday, signed a reported two-year, $2.7 million pact with the Colts. I've been curious about the center market as it relates to Patriots free agent Ryan Wendell and wonder if this is the neighborhood in which he'll land. I think Wendell is a superior player to Costa, but this could provide a general framework for where the numbers may fall on any contract.