Pats hosting safety Goldson; Meriweather in trouble?


Pats hosting safety Goldson; Meriweather in trouble?

By Tom E. Curran Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
Dashon Goldson, former free safety for the 49ers who's been bypassed so far on the free agent market, is reportedly in Foxboro for a visit with the Patriots on Sunday.The Globe's Shalise Manza Young and Greg Bedard both mentioned the visit. Bedard offered an insightful reason for Goldson being here and a remedy for the sometimes haphazard play the Patriots are getting from Brandon Meriweather. With Meriweather entering the final year of his contract, it may make sense for the Patriots to deal him now. He's made two Pro Bowl appearances but is not a Pro Bowl caliber player. He will no doubt attempt to max out in the coming offseason based on his resume and the Patriots - who have at times relegated him to non-starting roles - will not be paying max money to keep him. Now may be the time to get something in return for his imminent departure. On Saturday, Meriweather had a disturbing showing in 1-on-1 tackling drills, failing to even make contact with Julian Edelman and Stevan Ridley on consecutive reps. Compared to fellow safeties Patrick Chung, James Sanders and Brandon McGowan, Meriweather has appeared slow. Admittedly, there are hundreds of reps taken during these camp practices and I haven't keyed on Meriweather exclusively for a high percentage of them. But his shortcomings have stood out. Goldson is 6-1, 205. He was a fourth-round pick of the Niners in 2007 and became a starter in 2009 when he had 94 tackles and four picks. He's currently a free agent and has been seeking a 20 million deal, reportedly. Tom E. Curran can be reached at Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran.

Kraft on possible Patriots reunion with Revis: 'I would love it'

Kraft on possible Patriots reunion with Revis: 'I would love it'

It was reported last week that multiple NFL executives are convinced that Darrelle Revis will return to the New England Patriots next season.

Talking with the New York Daily News, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said he’d be open to a reunion with the 31-year-old cornerback.

“I would love it,” Kraft said. “Speaking for myself, if he wanted to come back, he’s a great competitor, I’d welcome him if he wanted to come.”

Asked if the team has had discussions with Revis, Kraft said “ask my boy,” in reference to coach Bill Belichick.

Revis spent the 2014 season with the Patriots, helping them win Super Bowl XLIX. He bolted back to the New York Jets the next season, signing a five-year, $70 million contract ($39 million guaranteed).

The Jets released Revis earlier this month after the incident in Pittsburgh. A judge dismissed the charges.

Kraft says intention is not to trade Butler: 'We hope he's with us'

Kraft says intention is not to trade Butler: 'We hope he's with us'

PHOENIX -- The idea that Malcolm Butler could be traded by the Patriots before the start of the 2017 season has been floated for weeks. But if Robert Kraft had his way, he'd like for the hero of Super Bowl XLIX to stick around. 

At the Biltmore hotel on Day 2 of the league's annual meetings, Kraft was asked if he anticipated having Butler back in New England for next season.

"I sure hope so," he said. "We have [a first-round tender] out to him, and I know he has the ability to go out in the market and get someone to sign him, and then we either match it or get the first-round draft pick.

"I'm rooting, I hope, he's with us and signs his offer sheet and plays for us. I have a great affection for him. He was part of probably the greatest play in the history of our team, but there are a lot of people involved in that."

The Patriots can't trade any player who isn't under contract, and they can't talk about a trade for a player not on their roster. Therefore, even if the Patriots hoped to deal Butler and get something in return for the Pro Bowl-caliber corner before he hits unrestricted free agency in 2018, it's not something that the owner of the team would be at liberty to discuss with dozens of microphones in front of his face. 

The tender offer of $3.91 million for one season is still out there for Butler. He could sign it and play in New England. He could sign it and be traded. For now, Kraft says he's hoping for the former -- and insists that the Patriots didn't have designs on the latter all along.

"I don't want to, in any way, take away from his rights [as a restricted free agent]," he said, adding, "I want to be clear. I hope he's with us."