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New England Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers
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Ryan Hannable
February 18, 2019 - 10:32 pm
The first important date on the NFL offseason calendar is upon us. Tuesday marks the start of a 15-day period where teams can elect to use the franchise tag on one of its players. As a reminder, the franchise tag is essentially a one-year contract based on the average of the top five salaries from...
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Alex Reimer
February 18, 2019 - 10:51 am
As an avowed Colin Kaepernick apologist, few things would delight me more than seeing the vindicated quarterback suit up for the Patriots next season. But there’s a better chance Donald Trump asks for egg whites in his omelette. Over the weekend, Kaepernick’s attorney, Mark Geragos, made some...
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New England Patriots guard Shaq Mason
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Ryan Hannable
February 17, 2019 - 10:26 pm
It was Aug. 27 of last year and with the season fast approaching, many were focused on the initial 53-man roster and Week 1 against the Texans, so it was taken a bit for granted and didn’t get the attention it deserved. Right guard Shaq Mason, who was going to be a free agent this offseason, signed...
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David Price
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John Tomase
February 14, 2019 - 2:12 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Last October, David Price very famously told us he holds all the cards. On Thursday, he laid them on the table. His decision to stay in Boston rather than opt out of his contract? Pure pragmatism. "You've seen the free agent market?" he said. "It wasn't very hard." His arms-...
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Alex Reimer
February 14, 2019 - 8:33 am
This Red Sox season, folks stuck in the worst traffic in the nation will hear Sean McDonough, Chris Berman and Dave O’Brien describing the 2-2 pitch on lengthy summer drives to their cubicles or the Cape. Those are just three of the notable names who will sit alongside Red Sox Hall of Famer Joe...
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Jim Hackett
February 14, 2019 - 6:54 am
Once upon a time a Super Bowl winning team would look very similar in the year to follow, but not in these times. It’s just over one week since the Super Bowl LIII victory parade was celebrated by over 1.5 million people throughout the streets of Boston. However, the 2019 free agency period begins...
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Alex Cora
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John Tomase
February 13, 2019 - 5:46 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Alex Cora wanted to pick Bill Belichick's brain about winning back-to-back titles this offseason, but the two never managed to connect. They'd certainly be tackling the problem from very different points of view, as Cora made clear with his thoughts on "turning the page," which...
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Ryan Hannable
February 13, 2019 - 9:02 am
When it comes to the Patriots this offseason, the biggest story may be the number of coaches lost rather than the number of players lost. Yes, it is a little exaggerated, but the point is the Patriots will need to replace at least five coaches and the number of impact players that will need to be...
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John Tomase
February 12, 2019 - 11:17 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Steven Wright answered questions about Steven Wright on Tuesday, but the fatalists among us swore he was discussing Dustin Pedroia. The two underwent the same cutting-edge cartilage restoration procedure prior to last season and both eventually broke down. Wright at least...
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New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman
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Ryan Hannable
February 11, 2019 - 10:29 pm
Julian Edelman is vastly underrated when it comes to being one of the league’s best wide receivers. Even though he’s never been named to a Pro Bowl, Edelman is still consistently one of the NFL’s best and dependable wide outs. Just look at this past season. Edelman missed the first four games due...
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