Keep an eye on that clock, Pats fans - with NFL free agency approaching at 4:00pm, the Revis Watch is underway. (NY Daily News)

The clock is ticking.

At 4:00pm today, NFL free agency officially begins, and the flurry of free agent “signings” that have leaked over the last three days during the “legal tampering period” will become official.

Of course, as it’s known in New England, this afternoon is also known as Revis Watch, as 4:00pm marks the time that Darrelle Revis will either have reached an extension with the Patriots or be a free agent able to sign with any team.

Tick tock, tick tock… Continue reading Countdown to NFL Free Agency: Will the Patriots Re-Sign Revis? »

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As the AFC East tries to catch up to Tom Brady and Bill Belichick (c.) the Dolphins add Ndamukong Suh (bottom l.), the Jets trade for Brandon Marshall (top l.) while the Bills bring in Rex Ryan (top r.) and LeSean McCoy. (nydailynews.com)

The Patriots captured that elusive fourth championship, which did all it could to elude New England again, but New England still reaffirmed their spot as a dominant team in the NFL, and certainly over the AFC East. Long considered pretenders to New England fighting for second place in the division, the Bills, Dolphins and Jets are getting really sick of playing second fiddle, and all three are hoping major moves just recently made major moves hoping to gain a leg up on the might Patriots.

We all know by know how coach Rex Ryan was fired by the Jets and wound up in Buffalo, but in the past week, all three of the aforementioned teams have made significant moves, either by trade or by free agency, in an effort to bolster their roster to better compete. The question now becomes, “How will these moves affect the Patriots and division as a whole?” It’s a question that can’t be fully answered until free agency and the draft finish up, and a freak injury is always a possibility in the NFL, but for now, let’s take a quick look at the moves, which I have ranked, as I see them, from least worrying to most worrying relative to New England’s divisional dominance: Continue reading All Three Patriots’ Divisional Rivals Make Huge Impact With Free Agency and Trades »

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The Patriots re-signed starting free safety Devin McCourty to a five year, $47.5 million contract on Sunday night. The move will keep the star safety with New England through the 2019 season. The $28.5 million of guaranteed money puts McCourty at the high end of the market.

The Patriots have to be happy about their ability to retain McCourty, who is viewed as a top three free safety in the league and it is a year with a weak (outside of him) free agent and draft class. His ability to play the deep middle of the field and make correct decisions consistently allowed the Patriots to feel comfortable playing tight man coverage underneath on defense. Continue reading Patriots Re-Sign Devin McCourty to 5 year, $47.5 million Deal »

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Vince Wilfork tweeted Thursday that he will be a free agent after the Patriots declined his option for next season. (Getty Images)

Vince Wilfork announced on Thursday that he had been informed by the Patriots that they would not be picking up the two year option in his contract. The move will make Wilfork, an 11-year veteran, a free agent to sign with any team. The move will save New England $8 million in salary cap space.

Continue reading Vince Wilfork, Patriots Part Ways After 11 Seasons »

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Current Personnel: LeGarrette Blount, Jonas Gray, James White, Tyler Gaffney, Brandon Bolden

Key Free Agents: Stevan Ridley (UFA), Shane Vereen (UFA)

Need Level: Moderate

Possible Fits: Re-sign free agents, Jay Ajayi (Boise St.), David Cobb (Minn.), Terrence Magee (LSU)

The Patriots are at an interesting spot when it comes to the running back position. There is a chance that they could lose their two best backs in free agency while still not being sunk at the position. Continue reading Patriots 2014-2015 Position Review: Running Back »

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Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower will be sidelined for the next six to seven months due to surgery that repaired a torn labrum in February. Hightower sustained the injury during the 2014 season and played with it throughout the playoffs and Super Bowl.

Hightower was coming off arguably his best season with the team in which both he and fellow linebacker Jamie Collins elevated their games when Jerod Mayo was lost for the season in October. Continue reading Patriots Linebacker Dont’a Hightower Out 6-7 Months »

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Current Personnel: Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo

Need level: Low

Possible fits: None

Had the Patriots not drafted Garoppolo in the second round of the 2014 draft, this position would have a higher need. Continue reading Patriots 2014-2015 Position Review: Quarterbacks »

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