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Although Dane Fletcher spent the entire 2012 season on injured reserve, the Patriots still see value in the 26 year-old linebacker.
Fletcher announced on Twitter on Thursday that he has inked a new deal with New England for next season, which multiple reports have indicated is a one-year contract.
In 2011, Fletcher had a total of 32 tackles and a fumble recovery for the Patriots during the regular season. In his career he has 55 tackles with New England along with a forced fumble and recovery.
Fletcher will be eight months removed from ACL surgery when he takes the field for OTAs in April. That seems like plenty of time to get the Patriots linebacker back on the field.
New England has 18 unrestricted free agents in total to sign, but the biggest name on this list has to be wide receiver Wes Welker. Sebastian Vollmer, Kyle Arrington, Aqib Talib and Danny Woodhead will also be on the Patriots’ radar as well.
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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft mentioned that he would like to have wide receiver Wes Welker back next season.
“I’d love him to be around,” Kraft said, per Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. “Like I’ve said all along, it takes two sides to make a transaction…I think Wes wants to be with us, and we want him here. It’s just a matter of whether both sides can be...
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“I’d love him to be around, he’s a great guy,” said Kraft. “Like I said all along, it takes two sides to make a transaction and then we have to manage the lawyers and the agents...
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It’s definitely possible, Joshua. Amendola is a poor man’s, younger, cheaper Welker. If New England can’t re-sign Welker, it would not be surprising in the least if the Patriots made a run at Amendola. You’re not the first person who has thought...
Wes Welker has been one of Tom Brady’s favorite targets for years now. However, he is scheduled to be a free agent this season. One season after the Patriots decided not to give him a long-term deal and to place the franchise tag on Welker. Could the Patriots franchise Welker again? It’s a possibility. [...]
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I will go on record right now and predict that Ed Reed will be wearing a Patriots jersey next season. It's just a matter of time. He needs to get done with this whole Super Bowl thing this year, so he can get back to it next year.
I'm not the first one to guarantee this either. Peter King of Sports Illustrated (it's a magazine!) said the same thing before the Pro Bowl...
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