HEATH EVANS IN NEW ORLEANS: Mike Triplett of the Times-Picayune catches up with Heath Evans after the fullback agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the Saints. Said Evans: "I always try to tell people I'm not the best at anything, but I think I'm pretty good at a lot of things ... At the end of the day, it just felt like, one, it was nice to be desired by a team that had their kind of success."
WAIT AND SEE ON TEAM'S MOVES: Sam Farmer, the respected NFL writer from the Los Angeles Times, puts together a list of winners and losers from free agency. Farmer slots the Patriots into the wait-and-see category. Of trading Mike Vrabel, Farmer writes: "Losing Vrabel is tough, as he probably has a few good years left, but at least he's not adding punch to the 3-4 systems in Denver or Cleveland, teams that could be closer to turning things around."
REVISITING MATT CASSEL TRADE: The respected Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News revisits the Patriots' trade of Matt Cassel in his "Inside the NFL" column (see fourth section). Did the Patriots get shortchanged in the deal? "A high second-rounder was what the Patriots could have optimistically expected," Gosselin writes.
AND THE PATRIOTS SELECT...: Pat Kirwan of NFL.com provides his mock draft 2.0, and with the 23rd pick in the first round, the Patriots select ...