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12-4, 1st in AFC East
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Pats don't have space, but don't need it

The bad news? New England has the third-highest payroll for 2016. The good news? The Patriots have very few impact free agents. Extending current contracts will be the main focus. Worst cap situations (Insider)

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Wilbon on Super Bowl LI favorite: 'It's the Patriots' (1:47)
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Predicting the next 25 Super Bowls

It's 2035, the Super Bowl is being played in London and the Giants edge the Patriots by 1 point as Benjamin Brady loses when sister Vivian Brady boots the winning 55-yard field goal -- then announces her engagement to Jets QB Marshall Manning. Predictions

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Predicting the Patriots' offseason

Core defenders Dont'a Hightower, Chandler Jones, Malcolm Butler and Jamie Collins all have contracts that expire after the 2016 season. Does Mike Reiss think New England will work out an extension with any of them this offseason? Offseason predictions

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After signing RB Montee Ball to a reserve future deal on Feb. 1, the New England Patriots have officially waived Ball today. On Feb. 5, Ball was arrested on a felony battery charge after an apparent dispute with his girlfriend.

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Looking at the Patriots' offseason

As a result of Deflategate, New England doesn't have a first-round pick in April's draft, but it doesn't have many holes to fill either. LeGarrette Blount and Jonathan Freeny are the Patriots' most prominent free agents.

Mike Reiss ESPN New England Patriots reporter 

Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski is visiting patients at the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center today. Here, he signs his autograph for Drew Celli, 15, of Stoneham, Mass.

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Michael Smith: Brady uses 199 as motivation (2:24)
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Tom Brady is near the top

Brady is poised to once again be one of the top fantasy quarterbacks in 2016. But should fantasy owners wait to draft a quarterback with so many great options at the position? Way-too-early fantasy rankings

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Stacking the NFL's offseason agenda

The NFL has a stacked offseason to-do list. With Super Bowl 50 now behind us, let's run through the top priorities.

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Cal: Best argument for Running Back U?

The Broncos' C.J. Anderson became the third running back with Cal roots to win a Super Bowl over the past three seasons.

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Early rankings: Pats right at the top

As long as Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are around, the Patriots are going to be tough to beat. Our panel has them as the top team in the AFC as we look toward the 2016 season. Way-too-early Power Rankings

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Crystal ball: Mario joins the Patriots

Mario Williams is as good as gone in Buffalo after a rough season, but Dan Graziano thinks Bill Belichick might be interested. Perhaps the Hoodie could get 14.5 sacks out of Super Mario. Crystal ball for 2016

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Never too early to look at next year

New England, Pittsburgh and Seattle all opened with the best odds to dethrone Denver next season, according to the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook. Denver is given 14-1 odds to defend its title.

Mike Reiss ESPN New England Patriots reporter 

The Patriots have an opening for an offensive line coach, and they have been in discussions with longtime assistant Dante Scarnecchia about coming out of retirement to fill the void. While Scarnecchia retired after the 2013 season, he has remained around the team, primarily helping with evaluations of college offensive linemen entering the NFL. Scarnecchia's willingness to discuss a return to the coaching staff in 2016 is an indication that his retirement from coaching might be short-lived, as it would be a surprise at this point if he isn't back on the Patriots sideline for next season.

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Where does Tom Brady rank himself?

Brady doesn't think he's one of all-time great QBs, but he does laud former Niners great Joe Montana. 'Michael Jordan of football'

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Panthers top Way-Too-Early Power Rankings (1:10)

Team Stats

Passing Yards286.75th
Rushing Yards87.830th
Points For28.93rd
Points Against19.710th

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