New England Patriots Make Big Moves in Their Own Backyard

March 7, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

To all the Chicken Littles who said the sky was falling on New England, it looks as if the Patriots won't stand idly by and await their dynasty's doomsday.
No, they have different plans that involve the same players.
Free agency has been a whirlwind for the many teams that are taking part in the spending spree heading into an uncapped season. New England has partaken in the festivities with a different modus operandi: rather than snatch up another team's MVP, they're staying in-house to keep their brethren in the camp.
The Pats got a jump start on things by franchise-tagging Pro Bowl nose tackle Vince Wilfork. Shortly after the start of free agency on Mar. 5, they signed him to a five-year extension worth $40 million, including $18 million in guaranteed money.
They went two steps further by giving out restricted free agent tenders to two Pro Bowl players: left guard Logan Mankins and kicker Stephen Gostkowski.
They then locked up the lone potent pass-rusher on ...

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