Peyton Manning has breaking news related to the Patriots, and no, he's not going to be backing up Tom Brady.
According to No. 18, his good friend and former Colt, Joseph Addai is signing with the New England Patriots.
The Patriots had worked out Addai a few weeks ago at Gillette but nothing came of it leading up to the draft. New England focused much of the draft on the defensive side of the ball, but with BenJarvus Green-Ellis signing in Cincy, the Pats needed a veteran running back presence to complement Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen.
The Patriots also brought in Tim Hightower and Ryan Grant, but now it looks like Addai is their man.
A former first round pick, the 29-year-old Addai was released by the Colts last month as part of their rebuilding approach.
Addai scored the winning touchdown against the Patriots in the 2007 AFC Championship.
In six seasons with the Colts, Addai rushed for 4,453 yards and 39 touchdowns. He also has nine receiving touchdowns. He's never had more than two fumbles in a season - a nice statistic as he will fill a roster spot left by a man (Green-Ellis) who has never fumbled in his entire career.
Addai will join Anthony Gonzalez as the second Colt to sign with the Patriots this offseason.
Even for some of the nation's top athletes, confident 20-somethings with the rest of their (perhaps very lucrative) lives ahead of them, there's a feeling you just can't shake when Bill Belichick walks into the room.
"When you first meet him, you're scared," said Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan, per WBZ. "He's quizzing you. It's like a little test. But after you get done with the test, the quiz or whatever, drawing up the defense, it's pretty cool. They're real down to earth people. Really cool."
Belichick was spotted at Ohio State's pro day getting a closer look at McMillan and his teammates on Thursday. He then headed off to Ann Arbor, Michigan for the Wolverines showcase Friday.
During various scouting trips across the country, the Patriots appear to be showing significant interest in the incoming class of linebackers. Belichick spent some extra time with Vanderbilt's Zach Cunningham -- who's projected to be a first-rounder -- at his pro day. The team reportedly scheduled a meeting with a speedy linebacker from Cincinnati. And Matt Patricia caught up with Notre Dame linebacker James Onwualu once his workouts finished up on Thursday.
As for McMillan, the 6-2, 240-pounder was a second-team All-American and a first-team All-Big Ten choice. He's instinctive, but there's some question as to whether or not he has the strength to hold up inside at the next level.
Tom E. Curran has Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports as a guest to discuss the Aaron Hernandez double homicide trial. Wetzel has been in the courtroom, and wrote this piece about the day Hernandez’s former friend Alexander Bradley testified in court.
After speaking with Wetzel, Curran has Tim Rohan of MMQB.com on to discuss his day with ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
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