Breaking down 2012 Patriots free agency

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Breaking down 2012 Patriots free agency

Longing for an orderly list of NFL free agent dealings? Pro Football Weekly, in its all-knowingness, did the dang thing.

The list is long -- organized by position -- so let's boil it down to Patriots players.

QUARTERBACK
Brian Hoyer - Restricted Free Agent, New England - Re-signed to a one-year, 1.927 million contract on March 23.

RUNNING BACK
Joseph Addai -- Cut by Indianapolis March 9 - Signed with New England May 5 to a one-year, 1.069 million deal.
Kevin Faulk -- Unrestricted Free Agent, NE -- ?
BenJarvus Green-Ellis - Unrestricted Free Agent, NE -- Signed by Cincinnati on March 21 for three years, 9 million.

FULLBACK
Tony Fiammetta - UFA, Dallas -- Signed by NE March 26 for one year, 615,000.
Spencer Larsen - UFA, Denver -- Signed by NE to a two-year, 1.7 million deal on March 22.

WIDE RECEIVER
Deion Branch - UFA, NE - Re-signed March 22 for one year, 1.325 million.
Jabar Gaffney - Cut by Washington May 1 - Signed by NE May 2 for two years, 2.3 million.
Brandon Lloyd - UFA, St. Louis - Signed by NE March 17 for three years, 12 million.
Matthew Slater - UFA, NE - Re-signed March 14 for three years, 5.4 million.
Donte' Stallworth - UFA, Washington - Signed by NE March 19 for one year, 875,000.
Tiquan Underwood - Cut by NE May 3 - Signed by Tampa Bay May 7, two years.
Wes Welker - Franchise Free Agent, NE - Tagged May 15 for one year, 9.515 million. (Deadline for multi-year extension: July 16.)

TIGHT END
Daniel Fells - UFA, Denver - Signed by NE for three years, 5.25 million on March 19.
OFFENSIVE GUARD
Robert Gallery - Cut by Seattle - Signed by NE

CENTER
Dan Connolly - UFA, NE - Re-signed for three years, 9.7 million on March 15.
Dan Koppen - UFA, NE - Re-signed April 13 for two years, 3.05 million.
Jamey Richard - UFA, Indianapolis - Signed by NE May 25 to an undisclosed deal.

DEFENSIVE END
Mark Anderson - UFA, NE - Signed by Buffalo March 21 to a four-year, 19.5 million deal.
Andre Carter - UFA, NE - ?
Shaun Ellis - UFA, NE - ?
Jonathan Fanene - UFA, Cincinnati - Signed by NE March 14 to a three-year, 12 million
Trevor Scott - UFA, Oakland - Signed by NE March 17 for one year, 1.15 million.
Gerard Warren - UFA, NE - Re-signed April 31 for one year, 925,000.

LINEBACKER
Bobby Carpenter - UFA, Detroit - Signed by NE April 5 to a one-year, 775,000 deal.
Gary Guyton - UFA, NE - Signed by Miami to a one-year, 765,000 deal on April 13.
Niko Koutouvides - UFA, NE - Re-signed March 13 for one year, 825,000.
Tracy White - UFA, NE - Re-signed for one year, 990,000 on March 14.

DEFENSIVE BACK
Will Allen - UFA, Miami - Signed by NE March 21 for one year, 1 million.
Marquice Cole - RFA, not tendered by Jets - Signed by NE March 19 to a one-year, 650,000 deal.
Nate Jones - UFA, NE - ?
Steve Gregory - UFA, San Diego - Signed by NE March 15 to a three-year, 7.05 million contract.
James Ihedigbo - UFA, NE - ?
Antwaun Molden - UFA, NE - Signed by Giants to undisclosed deal.

The current 90-man roster could change dramatically between now and August 31's final cuts, but one thing is for sure: there's been an influx of possible impact UFAs brought in this offseason.

New England has largely backed off top-tier free agents since the 2007 Adalius Thomas signing -- five years, 35 million with 20M guaranteed -- fizzled out.

Things have changed over just one season.

Consider this: 2011's regular season roster had 30 Patriots draft picks and just 13 players acquired as UFA. There are now 34 picks and 24 veteran free agents (including only signed players, so no Carter, Ellis, etc.).

Who sticks and who goes? It will all shake out over the coming weeks. New England certainly has more talent to choose from.

Alarm-puller: ‘I’m drunk. I’m stupid. I’m a Pats fan’

Alarm-puller: ‘I’m drunk. I’m stupid. I’m a Pats fan’

Intentionally or otherwise, the guy who allegedly pulled the fire alarm at the Steelers’ hotel Sunday morning may have also provided the average Bud Light-loving Bostonian a new motto. 

“I’m drunk. I’m stupid. I’m a Pats fan,” Dennis Harrison told police after he was arrested, according to the Boston Globe.  

Citing the State Police report, the Globe wrote Monday that Harrison was talked into pulling the alarm while at a party in Revere, with a friend driving the 25-year-old to the Boston Hilton Logan Airport hotel Sunday morning. 

Harrison reportedly walked up to the second floor and pulled the fire alarm before returning to the car, but his friend and the keys were gone. He was then picked up by police while walking away from the hotel. 

According to the Globe, Harrison pleaded not guilty to charges of disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and setting off a false fire alarm Monday and was released on personal recognizance.
 

Gary Tanguay hits the road to Houston for "Tanguay Takes America"

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Gary Tanguay hits the road to Houston for "Tanguay Takes America"

CSN and Tanguay to Provide Daily Patriots related stories from various cities on the way to Houston on TV, Online and through Social Media All Week Long

The New England Patriots are Super Bowl bound and will take on the Atlanta Falcons in Houston on Sunday, February 5th.  CSN New England’s Gary Tanguay is also Houston-bound, boarding a CSN trailer today and starting his road trip to Super Bowl 51 – and fans can get an inside look as TANGUAY TAKES AMERICA!
 
Tanguay departed from the CSN studios in Burlington, MA this morning at 6AM and has already logged more than 300 miles on his journey to Texas.  He will be making several Patriots-related stops along the way including places like New Jersey, Washington, DC, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, New Orleans and more. 
 
"I'm looking forward to telling many off the field stories from the road," said Tanguay. “I’ll be checking in throughout each day on TV, online and on social media and look forward to bringing Patriots fans different types of stories that they normally don’t see.”  
 
“Tanguay Takes America” will be a fun, interactive way for Patriots fans to get ready for the big game as the New England Patriots continue their “drive for five”. This is just the beginning of the robust Patriots Super Bowl coverage that CSN will offer over the next two weeks and through game-day.
 
Among the stops and visits that Gary will make:

  • A visit to the city of the team they just beat (Pittsburgh), plus the city of the team they’ll play (Atlanta)
  • The Capitol Impact of the Patriots going to another Super Bowl
  • A meet-up with Troy Brown at his home in West Virginia
  • Stops in towns that hold roots of success for some of the current Patriots
  • A visit to where the Patriots Dynasty began 

Patriots fans can follow Gary’s journey via @Gary_Tanguay and CSNNE on Twitter and Facebook, as well as on CSNNE.com and on CSN’s television programming.