Take your Pick: Who gets franchise tag?


Take your Pick: Who gets franchise tag?

Andy Hart joins Sports Tonight to play a game of 'Take Your Pick' where he gives his input on what the Patriots should do with their franchise tag.

Let's kick off the three-pack of questions with possibly the most concerning area for the Patriots - the secondary.

Who would you rather see in the secondary next season?
The choices: Aqib Talib, Ed Reed, Patrick Chung?

Hart says this one is easy, and the answer is Talib, although he says "I don't think it's gonna happen." Hart predicts Talib will get 20 million guaranteed and it won't be the Patriots signing the checks.

Chung can't get much love, and Merloni doesn't believe Reed is going to ruin his "Ravens legacy" by spending one year with the Patriots.

Hart and Tanguay aren't so sure, and believe Reed wants the money. Plus, there's that 'bromance' between Reed and Bill Belichick.

Who would you use the franchise tag on?
The choices: Sebastian Vollmer or Wes Welker?

Last year there was a lot of drama with the tag and Welker. This time around, the panel thinks the Pats show Welker some love and give him a multi-year contract and use the tag on Vollmer.

Hart believes Vollmer is an "elite right tackle" when he's healthy, and thinks the tag should go to him to 1) preserve the offensive line and 2) let Vollmer prove he can stay healthy. A long term deal with Vollmer would cost the Patriots more than they'd like to pay for a health-challenge lineman.

Which gritty underdog is more likely to be re-signed?
The choices: Julian Edelman or Danny Woodhead?

Edelman brings more value to the team as an above average punt returner and extra receiver. The panel believes both players will be back with the Pats next season.

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Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Football is coming.

The Patriots announced on Thursday that veterans will report to training camp on Wednesday, July 26 and that the first public practice will take place the following day.

Each of the team's first four practices -- from July 27-30 -- are scheduled to take place on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium "in the nine o'clock hour," according to the Patriots. Updates to the training camp schedule, including more specific start times for practices, can be found at patriots.com/trainingcamp.

The Patriots Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremony for former corner Raymond Clayborn on Saturday, July 29 around midday following that morning's training camp practice. Held on the plaza outside the Hall at Patriot Place, the ceremony will be free and open to the public.

The Patriots will host the Jaguars for two days of joint practices open to the public on Monday, Aug. 7 and Tuesday, Aug. 8. The preseason opener for both clubs will take place at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 10.

Tom Brady adds sumo wrestling to offseason training regimen


Tom Brady adds sumo wrestling to offseason training regimen

Tom Brady's off-the-field workout habits are the subject of serious curiosity for those in New England and beyond. Thanks to Under Armour's Instagram account, followers got a brief glimpse of what Brady does to stay in shape. 

OK. It was more like a glimpse at what he did one day in Tokyo.

@tombrady always fighting for that extra yard. 😂😂 #TBAsiaTour #IWILL

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The video of Brady in the dohyo ring was shot at the Sakaigawa sumo stable in Tokyo on Thursday. According to Kyodo News, leading the training session was ozeki Goeido, who won last year's Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.

"For them to welcome me means very much to me. It's hard to describe in words how special that was," Brady said.

Brady bounced around China before heading to Japan to continue to help promote Under Armour and in particular its "recovery sleepwear" line. He threw a pass on the Great Wall, and he explained that it was his "dream" to play a game on the continent. 

Arigatōgozaimashita 🇯🇵🙏

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Brady vs Brady #therecanonlybeone 🏆

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