The week ahead for Patriots and the NFL

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The week ahead for Patriots and the NFL

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
FOXBORO - Tuesday. Big day for the cellular telephone industry. But it starts tonight. "Post-lockout Player Procurement Panic 2011" has begun. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tweeted that all rookies, signed or unsigned, could begin negotiations with teams tonight, but could not be signed until 10 a.m. Tuesday morning. What does that mean for the Patriots? Well, chances are they're on the phone with first-rounder Nate Solder and all the other draftees right now, as well as undrafted players like Mark Herzlich. They can also start talking totheir ownfree agents who may be headed out of town, their own franchise players, restricted free agents and exclusive rights free agents. That means Matt Light (free agent), Logan Mankins (franchise) and BenJarvus Green-Ellis (RFA) can be contacted. And the Patriotscan do the same with any and all free agents from other teams. Can't sign 'em yet. Have to wait until Friday at 6 p.m. to sign 'em. Thursday at 4 p.m., teams can start to waive players or terminate their contracts. Nick Kaczur, Bret Lockett and Tully Banta-Cain could be in danger. Banta-Cain's situation is interesting because, while he had his sports hernia during 2010, he eschewed the chance to have it fixed after the season then re-aggravated it during the lockout. Still trying to determine whether that's an injury that would preclude Banta-Cain from being cut without an injury settlement. By August 4, all teams have to be under the 2011 salary cap of 120.375 million. Top 51 salaries will count against cap beginning that day so August 3 could be a big day for bloodletting. A few points we're still trying to lock down are 1. when padded practices can begin; 2. when unsigned rookies must vacate team (allowed to report Tuesday it seems); 3. when media and fan access begins. Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Tom Brady, Vanilla Ice look like BFFs at Under Armour event

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Tom Brady, Vanilla Ice look like BFFs at Under Armour event

Watch out Julian Edelman, Wes Welker and Alex Guerrero. Tom Brady just might have a new best friend. 

At an Under Armour event that took place on Wednesday, rapper Vanilla Ice snapped a selfie with the Patriots quarterback, who was grinning from ear to ear. 

In South Baltimore, "Armour Day" was held in order to celebrate Under Armour's 20th year in business. Brady was one of many athletes in attendance, including Jordan Spieth, Lindsey Vonn, Deion Sanders, Ray Lewis, Cal Ripken, Boomer Esiason and Roger Clemens. 

Brady is one of the faces of Under Armour, along with Spieth and Warriors guard Steph Curry. When he signed in 2010, he received equity in the company as part of the deal. 

Palazzolo: Mitchell ‘flashes really good downfield ball skills’

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Palazzolo: Mitchell ‘flashes really good downfield ball skills’

Fourth-round pick Malcolm Mitchell is the next in a line of receivers the Patriots have drafted in hopes they’d click with quarterback Tom Brady.

As part of the Quick Slants the podcast draft recap episode, Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus told Phil Perry that Mitchell looks to be a fit in the role previously filled by Brandon LaFell and Brandon Lloyd. Palazzolo said Mitchell could serve as a complement to Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, and Martellus Bennett.

“I think that’s where Mitchell fits in. And I think he does a pretty good job there creating separation on the routes the Patriots need him to run,” Palazzolo said. “He flashes some really good downfield ball skills.”

To hear Palazzolo’s analysis on the rest of the Patriots draft picks, use the Sound Cloud player below or search CSNNE on iTunes.

https://soundcloud.com/csnne/quick-slants-the-podcast-ep-51-2016-patriots-draft-recap