Curran: Patriots prefer to keep Light on

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Curran: Patriots prefer to keep Light on

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
All's quiet on the Foxborofree agency front so far. Which is just the way the New England Patriots like it. They don't want anyone all up in their business -- they don't believe there's any upside in that. So you don't hear a peep from inside the building about possible signings and -- after they finish telling agents to keep conversations confidential -- you rarely hear a peep from outside the building either. Efforts to contact Drew Rosenhaus, the agent for DEOLB Matt Roth -- a logical target for New England -- have been met with "Too busy, sorry...click..." which is awesome. Scads ofcalls toother agents have resulted in unreturned messages or a reticence to divulge what's going on. The most intriguing re-signing story for the Pats right now is at left tackle. Matt Light is an unrestricted free agent. The Patriots want him to remain in town. So far, his agent Ben Dogra hasn't returned texts or calls about the progress being made to do so, but Light hasn't been mentioned yet as being headed elsewhere. Light trained in Foxboro throughout the lockout. He's entrenched here as a player and part of the community with his charitable work and his young kids. He has, in the past, signed team-friendly deals. The Patriots need him to help the transition of rookie first-rounder Nate Solder. Solder might be good enough and smart enough to start right away, but why risk that? Length of deal may be the important consideration for Light. Clearly, the team would like Solder to be a starter by next season. That means Light's offer would have to take that into consideration. Do they give him a two-year offer at starter money or backup money? Does he accept less than a two-year deal? There's a lot of money flying around out there and left tackle is always a widespread position of need. The Patriots would like to keep Matt Light around. How badly he wants to stay and how much they're willing to give up to convince him are what we're about to learn. Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Mayock: If I'm Cleveland, I'd be 'stoked' to land Garoppolo for No. 12 pick

Mayock: If I'm Cleveland, I'd be 'stoked' to land Garoppolo for No. 12 pick

NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock quarterbacked a marathon conference call with reporters from around the country on Monday in order to shed some light on the prospects who will compete at the combine later this week. One thing that stood out? He's not ready to crown anyone in this year's crop of draftable signal-callers.

As a result of the dearth of pro-ready talent at quarterback, Mayock recognized Patriots backup Jimmy Garoppolo as perhaps the top target for any quarterback-needy team. Garoppolo might interest the Cleveland Browns in particular, Mayock noted, because of the number of picks they have near the top of the draft.

"In my opinion," Mayock said, "if I'm the Cleveland Browns and I've got No. 1 and No. 12, if I came away with either [defensive end Myles] Garrett or [defensive tackle] Jonathan Allen at No. 1, and gave up the 12th pick in the draft to get Garoppolo? I would be stoked.

"I would feel like I had a difference-maker on defense and we had a quarterback on offense. Now let's get to work. We got five in the first 65 picks. Let's get to work. From my perspective, especially looking at the quarterbacks this year, if they gave up No. 12 and could get Garoppolo, I'd be all over that."

Patriots promote coaching assistant Nick Caley to tight ends coach

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Patriots promote coaching assistant Nick Caley to tight ends coach

As the Patriots so often like to do, they promoted from within to fill an open coaching position on Monday. 

The team announced that they've named Nick Caley as their tight ends coach, filling the vacancy left behind when Brian Daboll accepted the offensive coordinator position at the University of Alabama last week. 

Caley was a coaching assistant with the Patriots for the past two seasons after spending a decade in the college ranks at John Carroll (2005-06), Akron (2006-07), Auburn (2008), Iowa State (2009-11), Eastern Illinois (2012), Arkansas (2013) and Florida Atlantic (2014).

Caley is one of several John Carroll products -- including director of player personnel Nick Caserio, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and assistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Shuplinski -- working for the Patriots at the moment. He graduated from the Jesuit university situated just outside of Cleveland in 2006.