The New England Patriots have locked up a key cog in their offensive line this morning.
The Boston Herald’s Karen Guregian reports the Patriots are expected to sign RT Sebastian Vollmer to a four-year deal on Monday, according to her source.
The Patriots have now locked up their entire starting line, which is certainly a good thing considering they’re tasked with protecting the team’s biggest asset, one Tom Brady.
Though Vollmer’s back has been a concern, the Houston alum made 15 starts last season and was voted to Pro Football Focus’s All-NFL 2nd team.
I haven’t hidden my disdain for the Patriots’ decision to move on from Wes Welker, and begin the Danny Amendola era. My hate grew further late last week when Jason La Canfora reported that in truth only $6 million of Welker’s new contract with Denver is guaranteed, and zero dimes of his 2014 salary are included in his overall guaranteed cash.
The total figure Welker agreed to was a two-year contract worth $12 million. Meanwhile, Amendola and his brittle skeleton signed on for $10 million guaranteed in New England. So please explain yourself, Bob Kraft. Were you simply chasing youth and willing to forsake the final years of Welker’s productivity?
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The New England Patriots continue to add to their defence, signing CB Aqib Talib to a one-year deal worth $5 million according to a tweet from Adam Schefter.
Talib joins Adrian Wilson and Kyle Arrington in the Patriots secondary. A relatively weak market for Corner Backs prevented the former University of Kansas star from getting a multi-year deal. That, and a troublesome past that has included several arrests.
New England acquired Talib in a trade with Tampa Bay last season. In six games for the Pats the 27-year old recorded 13 tackles and one interception.
Phoenix area reporter Mike Jurecki is reporting former Cardinals Safety Adrian Wilson has signed with the New England Patriots.
The Patriots had Wilson come into their facilities on Friday morning. The Pats had also been hosting John Abraham and Dwight Freeney.
The New England Patriots have re-signed defensive back Kyle Arrington to a four-year deal worth $16 million, including $8.5 million in guaranteed money.
The 26-year-old Arrington, who has been with the Patriots since 2009, was fielding offers from several teams before deciding to stay in New England.
In 16 games last season (including 12 starts), Arrington recorded 74 tackles and 1 forced fumble.
Adam Schefter is reporting that Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is visiting the New England Patriots today, and should the Pats sign him to an offer sheet, the Steelers may not have enough cap space to match the offer.
This is truly an interesting situation, and we’ll keep you posted with information as it becomes available.
In 16 games (7 starts) in 2012, Sanders had 44 receptions for 626 yards and 1 touchdown.
Yesterday, it was reported that former Falcons defensive end John Abraham was visiting the New England Patriots on Friday as part of the Pat’s continuing quest to improve their pass rush.
Abraham isn’t the only veteran defensive end that will be visiting New England today, Tom Curran of Comcast Sportsnet is reporting that the Patriots will also host former Indianapolis Colt Dwight Freeney.
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