Friday, March 15, 2013
Patriots busy in Day 4 of free agency
By James Walker
The New England Patriots got off to a slow start to free agency. They didn’t sign anyone on the first day, but made the reactionary signing of receiver Danny Amendola after Wes Welker's departure.
But New England has been busy during Day 4 of free agency. Here are the latest developments:
- The Patriots are meeting with a variety of free agents Friday. Earlier we mentioned safety Adrian Wilson and defensive end John Abraham. But New England also is reportedly meeting with former Pro Bowl defensive end Dwight Freeney. All three fall in the same category of aging veterans the Patriots want to examine if they can get on the cheap. The free-agent market has settled with most of the major signings. If New England signs any of these veterans, it will be for short-term, team-friendly contracts.
- The Patriots made a minor signing Friday by adding former Buffalo Bills starting receiver Donald Jones. He has good speed but injuries consistently derailed Jones in Buffalo. The Patriots are not deep at receiver and Jones will compete for a roster spot in New England this summer.
- Another interesting development is the Patriots are looking at Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. He is a restricted free agent that caught New England's attention. Sanders is a good player who caught 44 receptions last season. If New England makes an offer, Pittsburgh has the right to match. If the Steelers do not match a possible offer, they would get New England’s third-round draft choice.