|Posted by Radatz on April 18, 2017 at 10:55 PM|
The Patriots don't like to waste time it seems. With 'voluntary' workouts beginning, it appears the team wants to eliminate as much uncertainty as possible as quickly as possible. To wit, this day with little fanfare,
Malcolm Butler signed his 1st-round tender. Translation: NE can deal him for a #1 pick or can pair him for a year with Gilmore.
Reserve TE Matt Lengel signed his ER tender, meaning he'll be back.
OG Tre' Jackson was released. He spent the year on IR and apparently lost his job to impressive rookie Ted Karras.
Perhaps tiring of waiting for Blount, NE put in an offer sheet to Bills' RFA big-back Mike Gillislee and his career 5.6 ypc average. Buffalo has 5 days to match. The deal, if completed, will cost NE a 5th-round pick, making it clearer and clearer that their strategy for having a deflategate-stripped draft may have been not to have one at all but to stock up on young but proven NFL talent.
Finally, besides introducing new RB Rex Burkhead to the media, NE extended SB hero James White for 3 seasons.
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