Outside of Malden and Seattle, right tackle Breno Giacomini may best be known recently for being the player the New York Jets breathlessly announced they had signed, even as reports filtered on Twitter Wednesday evening that the Patriots had landed former jets cornerback Darrelle Revis. Timing isﾅwell, it's something.
But Giacomini, a graduate of Malden High School and former lineman for the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, already seems pretty comfortable in his new environment in the Meadowlands and ready to make a name for himself in the Jets-Patriots rivalry.
"It will definitely be fun after we win that game," Giacomini told Newsday on Friday. "I'll tell my friends and family who are all Patriots fans to go kick some rocks after we win."
Giacomini, who told reporters on a conference call that he grew up a Drew Bledsoe fan, said the Jets are pointed in the right direction despite the moves the Patriots have made in the AFC East this offseason.
"They went 8-8 last year, so they're a few games out," he said. "The main goal would be to win the division first and get a playoff game at home. The defense is pretty good. If you can play defense and run the ball, you can make the playoffs."
Is Brandon Browner a Patriot or not?
New England's acquisition of the cornerback was something of a Twitter spat Thursday evening between the NFL Network's Ian Rapaport and ESPN's Adam Schefter.March 14, 2014
Brandon Browner's agent, Peter Schaffer, said his client is in negotiations w/ "four teams and we do not have a deal. We arent even close."— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 14, 2014
Brandon Browner has spread the word to those close to him that he has agreed with the #Patriots. Thus, my report that he has agreed.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 14, 2014 FULL ENTRY
Buried in the news about Darrelle Revis coming and Vince Wilfork (possibly) going, New England Patriots tight end Michael Hoomanawanui agreed to stay, signing a new contract with the team. Now we're getting a peek at what the numbers look like for Hooman's pact.
According to the Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider), who doubles as a writer for the National Football Post, it's a two-year deal worth $2.4 million with $1.1 million guaranteed and a $360,000 signing bonus.
Is this the end of an era? Longtime Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork may be moving on, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
#Patriots Pro Bowl DT Vince Wilfork has asked that the team release him after 10 seasons in New England, according to sources.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2014 FULL ENTRY
More details emerged about Darrelle Revisí contract with the New England Patriots Thursday after the cornerback officially signed with the team. According to USA Todayís Tom Pelissero, Revisí $12 million deal for 2014 includes a $10 million signing bonus, $1.5 million salary, and $500,000 in bonuses.
The Patriots also hold a team option on Revis for 2015 worth a total of $20 million in salary and bonuses.
In essence, it seems like the Patriots get Revis at a two-year deal under their control for $32 million, the same amount he would have made under his deal in Tampa Bay before the Buccaneers released him on Wednesday. However, according to the NFL Networkís Albert Breer, his cap number would be around $25 million next season. Revis will only count $7 million toward the cap in 2014.
The 2015 option also eliminated the possibility of the Patriots using the franchise tag on Revis. There is also the possibility that the two sides will work out a more Patriots-friendly long-term deal after the season in lieu of Revis' $20 million price tag.
First Darrelle Revis, now Brandon Browner?
The former Seattle Seahawks cornerback is visiting with the Patriots today, but even if the team signs him, he won't be able to play the first four games of the season due to a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. He was reinstated earlier this month and allowed to begin to meet with teams.
Browner made the Pro Bowl in 2011 while playing with Seattle and last year, he started eight games before sustaining a groin injury. Could he be a buy-low option for the Pats?
Hey, we all know Bill Belichick loves a good reclamation project.
The Patriots made a large splash in the free agent market by signing Darrelle Revis to a one-year, $12 million contract Wednesday night, just hours after the five-time Pro Bowl cornerback was released by Tampa Bay after the Buccaneers were unable to trade him. The deal was first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Revis, who will turn 29 in July, replaces Aqib Talib, who signed with the Denver Broncos for six years and $57 million on Tuesday. Revis still needs to pass his physical and sign his contract according to Schefter. The one-year deal allows the prized, physical cornerback the opportunity to hit the free-agent market after the 2014 season.FULL ENTRY
Well, he's free, thanks to those Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Can the Patriots pick up prized cornerback Darrelle Revis?
The Buccaneers have released Revis, the five-time Pro Bowl cornerback they were unable to trade. The move Wednesday saved the Bucs a $1.5 million bonus that Revis would have been due if he remained on the roster; his salary is $16 million a year. It also freed salary cap space the team intends to use to continue an overhaul of the roster under new coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht.
Revis was obtained in a pre-draft trade from the Jets last spring, a deal that cost the Bucs a first-round pick in 2013, as well as a fourth-rounder this year.
If Revis had remained on Tampa Bayís roster at 4 p.m. Wednesday, he would have been due a $1.5 million bonus and the 2014 pick for the Jets would have become a third-rounder.
Revis was recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee when he joined the Bucs and was given a six-year, $96 million contract. Despite not being 100 percent physically, he appeared in all 16 games and was selected to play in the Pro Bowl last season, when he had two interceptions, a sack and two forced fumbles.
This morning, our Eric Wilbur said Revis is the only option left for the Pats, the lone remedy to appease the bellyaching of fans hurt that Aqib Talib signed with the rival Denver Broncos and that Julian Edelman still isn't back in the fold. Just before Revis was officially cut, a glimpse of hope from an unlikely source, a New York Daily News columnist:
Member of Darrelle Revis camp chimes in on if he thinks cornerback will end up on Patriots (assuming he's cut). "It's going to happen" #nyj— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) March 12, 2014
So can the Patriots snag Revis? Well, they've been clearing cap room, most recently with today's release of defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga.
Patriots came into the day, officially, with $15,790,286 in cap room. They get another $3.5 million with the release of Sopoaga.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 12, 2014
So now Pats fans wait and hope Bill and Bob do something to give Tom Brady a competitive twilight.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.FULL ENTRY
It's not exactly the kind of news that will get fans excited but the New England Patriots are scheduled to meet with guard Shelley Smith, a target of the New York Giants who spent last season with the St. Louis Rams, according to NJ.com reporter Jordan Raanan.March 12, 2014
Smith served in a reserve role last year, starting only two games at right guard, but could provide some insurance if starting center Ryan Wendell leaves in free agency. The Patriots have met or are meeting with outside linebacker Matt Shaughnessy, wide receiver Brandon LaFell, and linebacker Wesley Woodyard, who then took a meeting with Tennessee.
The Patriots dance card is getting full -- just maybe not with the partners fans were hoping to see. With wide receiver Brandon LaFell sitting down with the team today and after another chat with linebacker Wesley Woodyard, now outside linebacker Matt Shaughnessy is also paying the Pats a visit, according to Field Yates of ESPNBoston.com.
The Patriots are hosting OLB Matt Shaughnessy on a visit today, per a league source.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 12, 2014
The Arizona Cardinals made a play to keep the 27-year-old last week after he played all 16 games last season, starting 12.
Free agent wide receiver Brandon LaFell will pay a visit to New England Wednesday, according to a report by ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Carolina free-agent WR Brandon LaFell is visiting today with the New England Patriots, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2014
LaFell, a four-year veteran for the Carolina Panthers, caught 49 passes for 627 yards and five touchdowns last season. It appears, with wide receiver Julian Edelman still on the market, that the Patriots have moved on to their Plan B.
UPDATE: And this... of course.
Jets interested in Panthers free agent WR Brandon LaFell. He's visiting the Patriots today. Broncos also interested. #nyj— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) March 12, 2014
While the Patriots continued to negotiate with Aqib Talib all the way up until Tuesday, it never really felt like the two sides were going to come together.
That feeling was confirmed late Tuesday evening after the 28-year old cornerback agreed to a 6-year, $57 million deal with the Denver Broncos with $26 million guaranteed, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That averages out to $9.5 million per year.
Filed to ESPN: Denver has reached agreement on a 6-year, $57M deal that includes $26M gtd with former Patriots CB Aqib Talib, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2014
Talib is coming off the best season of his career, proving to be a top-tier cornerback who can shut down some the league's best receivers. He tallied 41 tackles and four interceptions in 2013. But he was hobbled by a number of injuries, including his hip which had limited his availability. He missed only three regular season games in 2013 but was not entirely healthy in countless others.
With Talib off the market, the Patriots can still make a play in the cornerback market. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Antonio Cromartie, and Walter Thurmond are still available. The Patriots could also make a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for Darrelle Revis, who has been openly touted on the market for days.FULL ENTRY
Linebacker Dane Fletcher, who has spent the past four seasons in New England, will visit with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tuesday night, according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.
Bucs remain very active, LB Dane Fletcher will start his visit with them tonight— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 11, 2014
As the Patriots' backup middle linebacker, Fletcher played sparsely through the past two seasons after recovering from an ACL tear. He missed the entire 2012 season and was a core special teams member in 2013 while contributing on dime and nickel packages on defense. He totaled 26 tackles, 2 sacks, and a forced fumble in 2013.
amicably. (Bob Leverone / AP photo)
Brandon Spikes knew he wasn't long for New England.
The veteran linebacker had seen his snaps decrease on passing downs and had bumped heads with management, especially after he was placed on injured reserve this past season with a knee injury. That move, Spikes and his agent have said, was debatable.
But his issues went further with the Patriots. He was often seen as one of the Patriots players that were muzzled, unable to speak freely, so he avoided reporters as much as possible for fear of retribution. He had a gift of gab, which often led to trouble on Twitter with the organization.
On Tuesday, as the NFL free agency period opened, Spikes gave his thanks to the team on the social network. But he also hinted at the underlying issues he had that kept him from enjoying himself.March 11, 2014
In 16 games for the Patriots in 2013, Spikes tallied 86 tackles, good for third on the team.
The Patriots let their top wide receiver leave in free agency last offseason, and may do the same this year, too.
Julian Edelman has not been able to reach a deal on a new contract and will shop his services to other teams when free agency begins at 4 p.m. today, a league source told the Globe.FULL ENTRY
The Patriots were unable to reach an agreement with wide receiver Julian Edelman, according to a report by ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Edelman, in his sixth NFL season, will test the market.
Patriots and WR Julian Edelman were unable to reach a deal today and he will test the market.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2014
The Patriots had reportedly offered Edelman a 3-year deal that they wanted him to accept by 4 p.m., when free agency opened. But apparently the terms of that deal weren't enticing enough for Edelman to bite.
The Patriots may seek to replace middle linebacker Brandon Spikes with one of the more prominent linebackers in free agency, soon-to-be former Denver Bronco Wesley Woodyard.
Woodyard told the Denver Post's Brandon Krisztal that he would visit New England among other places.
Despite interest from DAL, source close to Wesley Woodyard told me his 1st trip is to NE, with another team visit planned after— Brandon Krisztal (@BKDenverSports) March 11, 2014
Woodyard, a seven-year pro, recorded 84 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and an interception for the Broncos last season.
Hat tip to Doug Kyed at NESN for spotting this first.
UPDATE: Woodyard visited Tennessee after New England.
Former Broncos LB Wesley Woodyard to visit Tennessee. Titans Asst DB coach Steve Brown coached Woodyard at Kentucky,.— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) March 12, 2014
It probably brings up the question why Aaron Dobson didnít address his foot injury in the month-plus since the New England Patriots last took action, but the rookie wide receiver will miss the next 2-3 months after undergoing surgery for a stress fracture.
Multiple reports confirmed the injury this week. The setback will put Dobson behind during the spring workout schedule, but should be ready for training camp come July.
Dobson, a second-round pick out of Marshall University, had 37 catches for 519 yards and four touchdowns in his 2013 rookie season. The injury to his foot came in Week 12.
Julian Edelman is most certainly still in the Patriots' plans going forward. The team offered the sixth-year wide receiver a 3-year deal, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
#Patriots offered WR Julian Edelman a three-year deal, per source. Would like an answer by the start of free agency. They want to keep him— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 11, 2014
The kicker, of course, is that they want him to accept before the free agency period opens today at 4 p.m. The team has reportedly been negotiating with Edelman for a couple of weeks now. For news of a proposed deal to come five hours before free agency opens leads us to believe that the Patriots are trying to put pressure on Edelman.
It's up to him whether or not he'll be back, at least on these terms, at this point.
The NFL free agency period officially opens at 4 p.m. today, but the rumor mill is already running on all cylinders.
NFL teams have been able to begin negotiations with players from other teams since Sunday, while other teams have assessed their own salary cap space and have made cost-cutting decisions in order to make a play in the market. The New York Jets, for instance, have already cut wide receiver Santonio Holmes ($8.25 million cap savings) and cornerback Antonio Cromartie ($9.5 million cap savings), while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking to trade or possibly cut Darrelle Revis ($16 million cap savings).
For the Patriots, talks of negotiations with free agents Julian Edelman and Aqib Talib continue to permeate the blogosphere.
But at the end of the day, it's all really about the money. There's a ton of talent in the free agency pool that wants to get paid. And with only four players tagged as franchise players, you can be certain that the argument being made by each player's agent is that they deserve a top deal for their position.
The NFL actually tweeted a very compelling reason for the mad, money scramble that's going to occur today.March 11, 2014
With all that money out there in Oakland, Jacksonville, and Cleveland, you gotta figure some of these teams will get better in 2014 with the talented players on the market now.
See a list of the Patriots possible free agent targets here.