Patriots have 10 unrestricted free agents

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Patriots have 10 unrestricted free agents

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
FOXBORO - There are more than 450 unrestricted free agents hitting the market at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. You can peruse the list here. Some are guys who've retired but their paperwork hasn't cleared (Favre, Brett). More players are being released (or informed they'll be released) as we type. That's a lot of players hitting the market all at once and both the players and their suitors are in a tough spot. Time is limited. Decisions need to be made without the same due diligence usually taken. The situation is rife for missteps by teams too anxious to work all the details through. For the players, they better be in shape with no lingering injuries. When they show up, they need to be good to go for a season that starts in about 45 days. The Patriots have just 10 UFAs and, the more I consider it, the more likely it is that the Patriots stand pat at pretty much all positions. Redo Logan Mankins' deal and get the franchise tag off him. Sign rookie Nate Solder to his 1.5 million deal and re-up Matt Light. Find a wideout. Done and done.
List of Patriots free agents are below, there are six categories of free agents -- info taken from the NFL:
1. Restricted Free Agents who received Qualifying Offers from their Old Clubs and are subject to the First RefusalCompensation system of the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement:
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Compensation: 2nd round pick.
The Patriots have Right of First Refusal to Green-Ellis. Compensation is a 2nd round pick. In order to submit an Offer Sheet, the Patriots must have available the required choice, defined as its own or better choice in the applicable rounds, in the 2012 NFL Draft.2. Players with three or more accrued seasons who have been designated as Franchise players:Logan Mankins, GuardThe Patriots have a Right of First Refusal to Mankins and compensation of two No. 1 Draft Choices. In order to submit an Offer Sheet, a New Club must have available the required choices, defined as its own or better choices in the First Round in the 2012 and 2013 NFL Drafts.3. Players with three or more accrued seasons who have been designated as Transition Players:
None.
4. Players with four or more accrued seasons who negotiated Rights of First Refusal with their Old Clubs:None.5. Unrestricted Free Agents with four or more accrued seasons:
Kevin Faulk, RB
Shayne Graham, KMatt Light, TBrandon McGowan, DBSammy Morris, RBQuinn Ojinnaka, GJarrad Page, DBFred Taylor, RBGerard Warren, DETracy White, LBIn accordance with the signing periods stated above, the players in category No. 5 may be signed by any club in the League until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on Saturday, September 3, with no rights of any character held by the Patriots.6. Players with fewer than four accrued seasons who received no Qualifying Offer or no minimum tender from their Old Club:None.
Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran.

Patriots-Steelers game notes: Pats shooting for record ninth Super Bowl berth

Patriots-Steelers game notes: Pats shooting for record ninth Super Bowl berth

A quick look at the information you need to know about tonight's Patriots-Steelers game:

PATRIOTS-STEELERS PREGAME

TEAM RECORDS: Patriots 15-2, Steelers 13- 5

GAME TIME: 6:40 p.m. EST

TV: CBS

TV ANNOUNCERS: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson

NATIONAL RADIO NETWORKS: Westwood One

NATIONAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Kevin Harlan, Dan Fouts and Ross Tucker

LOCAL RADIO NETWORK: Anchored by WBZ-FM (98.5 The Sports Hub)

LOCAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Bob Socci and Scott Zolak

ALL-TIME SERIES BETWEEN THE TEAMS: Steelers lead, 15-14

LAST MEETING: Patriots 27, Steelers 16 on Oct. 23, 2016 at Heinz Field

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QUICK FACTS
-- Bill Belichick is coaching in his NFL-record 11th conference championship game. Tom Brady is playing in his NFL-record 11th conference championship game.

-- The Patriots are 8-4 in AFC Championship Games, including 5-1 in games played in Foxboro and 4-1 at Gillette Stadium.

-- The Patriots are 30-19 in postseason games, including 19-4 at home (3-1 at Schaefer/Sullivan/Foxboro Stadium, 16-3 at Gillette).

-- The Patriots' 30 postseason victories are tied with the 49ers for fourth-most in NFL history, behind the Cowboys (34), Steelers (34) and Packers (32).

-- The Patriots' .612 winning percentage in postseason games is third-best in NFL history, behind the Ravens (15-8, .652) and Packers (34-21, .618).

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MILESTONES
-- If the Patriots win today they will qualify for their ninth Super Bowl, most in NFL history. They are currently tied with the Cowboys, Broncos and Steelers at eight.

-- If the Patriots win today, Robert Kraft will set an NFL record for most conference championships by an owner (8) in the Super Bowl era. He is currently tied with the Denver Broncos' Pat Bowler at seven.

-- If the Patriots win today, Bill Belichick will move into a tie with Bill Walsh for third place on the NFL list of best postseason coaching winning percentage. Belichick (who would be 25-10 with a victory) and Walsh (10-4) would have .714 winning percentage. Belichick is currently in fifth place, two percentage points behind Joe Gibbs (17-7, .708). Vince Lombardi (9-1, .900) is in first place and Tom Flores (8-3. .727) is second.

-- If the Patriots win today, Belichick will advance to his seventh Super Bowl as a head coach, which would be most in NFL history. He is currently tied with Don Shula at six.

-- Tom Brady (8) needs one more playoff game with three or more touchdown passes to tie Joe Montana (9) for most three-plus TD playoff games since the 1970 NFL merger.

-- Stephen Gostkowski (142) needs 11 points to tie Gary Anderson for third place on the NFL's all-time list of kicking points in the postseason. Adam Vinatieri (234) is first and David Akers (175) is second.

-- Julian Edelman (76) needs nine receptions to tie Andre Reed (85) for sixth place on the NFL's all-time list of postseason receptions. Michael Irvin is fifth at 88, and Hines Ward and Wes Welker are tied for third at 88.

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TONIGHT'S OFFICIALS
-- REFEREE: Terry McAulay. UMPIRE: Rich Hall. HEAD LINESMAN: Wayne Mackie. LINE JUDGE: Mark Perlman. FIELD JUDGE: Scott Edwards. SIDE JUDGE: Boris Cheek. BACK JUDGE: Tony Steratore. ALTERNATES: John Parry, Mark Steinkerchner, Rich Martinez. REPLAY OFFICIAL: Mike Wimmer. SUPERVISOR: Gary Slaughter.

Brady goes back to high school for pregame social media post

Brady goes back to high school for pregame social media post

Tom Brady's pregame Facebook and Instagram post Sunday shows him wearing a different No. 12 uniform, that of Serra High School in San Mateo, Calif.

PATRIOTS-STEELERS PREGAME

The Patriots quarterback, looking for his seventh Super Bowl trip Sunday night when he faces the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium in his and his team's sixth consecutive AFC Championship Game, posted the old photo and message on both his Facebook and newly opened Instagram accounts.

My family, my friends, my teammates, my coaches, Pats nation, my schools, our fans... I'm playing for you today. LET'S GO

Posted by Tom Brady on Sunday, January 22, 2017