On Wednesday, the Denver Broncos signed running back LaMont Jordan to a two-year contract. Jordan is the third former Patriot to join the Broncos since free agency began, along with long snapper Lonie Paxton and receiver Jabar Gaffney.
How have those signings gone over in Foxborough?
While some have speculated that perhaps Bill Belichick and Co., are upset that former Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has loaded up on former Patriots, that is not the case.
File this one under "business as usual."
Belichick's retains strong feelings for McDaniels, thoughts which he publicly articulated in a written statement after McDaniels was hired as Broncos head coach. Belichick, like all other coaches, realizes that once players hit the open market they're fair game.
The issue of the Belichick/McDaniels dynamic seemed to percolate nationally following the Matt Cassel trade and a Sunday entry on ESPN.com's AFC East blog, which, at one point, was prominently featured on ESPN's website.
The entry includes thoughts from ESPN's Chris Mortensen, who speculated that the Patriots leaked information to The Boston Globe about the Broncos' interest in Matt Cassel (which was far off the mark) to mess with McDaniels.
Mortensen has since publicly reprimanded himself, editing an ESPN.com piece originally published Feb. 26. "I speculated about the Cassel deal, including the source of the leaks. I framed it as speculation without real foundation, but it seemingly has mushroomed into fact when it is not," he wrote. ". . . Bottom line, it isn't fair to Belichick or McDaniels to speculate how something confidential became public. I could have speculated more logically, if you really think about it."