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http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2017/03/09/patriots-sign-alan-branch-to-new-two-year-deal/Alan Branch being re-signed.
FYI....The Pats cannot trade Butler until he has a signed NE contract, right now he has been tendered, not signed. He is a restricted FA
Quote from: colincb on March 09, 2017, 01:40:36 PMhttp://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2017/03/09/patriots-sign-alan-branch-to-new-two-year-deal/Alan Branch being re-signed.Big resigning for the defense. Played very well last season.
Yeah, the Cooks rumor seems a little out of the norm. I think they should stand pat with Butler for the year, and hope he plays like Deion.
michael lombardiVerified account @mlombardiNFL 5m5 minutes agoQuote FYI....The Pats cannot trade Butler until he has a signed NE contract, right now he has been tendered, not signed. He is a restricted FAMight affect a possible Cooks deal.
The #Patriots are in good communication with LB Dont’a Hightower about a possible return, I’m told.
Ian RapoportVerified account @RapSheet 6m6 minutes agoMore QuoteThe #Patriots are in good communication with LB Dont’a Hightower about a possible return, I’m told.
NFL stunner: Texans trade QB Brock Osweiler AND a 2018 second-round pick to Cleveland for the Browns to take Osweiler’s $16M salary of Houston’s books, per league sources. The move clears out millions in salary-cap space for Houston to intensify efforts to sign former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, per sources. To be exact, Houston saves $16 million in cash and $10 million against their cap this season. The Texans also will get the Browns’ fourth-round pick this year in exchange for their own 6th-round pick. So Cleveland gets Osweiler’s contract, a 2018 second-round pick and a 2017 sixth-round pick, and Houston gets Cleveland’s 2017 fourth-round pick, saves $10 million in salary-cap space and $16 million in cash. Cleveland is not committed to keeping Osweiler and is likely to try to trade him, per sources. If so, it would turn into a basketball-like trade in which NBA teams routinely trade contracts to get them off their books; only it rarely, if ever, happens in the NFL. It’s hard to remember in the salary-cap era another team when a team traded a contract to get it off its books. But Houston was so anxious to rid itself of Osweiler and move on to its next quarterbacking chapter that it is giving Cleveland extra picks to take him and his contract. The Browns headed into this free-agent signing period with over $100 million worth of salary-cap space and would struggle to spend it all. Now they can devote some of it to Osweiler’s contract and acquiring extra draft picks from Houston. But this is one of the most, if not the most, creative trade in NFL history.
Good take on why Pats might be pursuing Cooks: http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/football/patriots/ryan-hannable/2017/03/08/making-sense-patriots-being-interested-addi(Note, I still don't think it happens, I think the goal is partnering Butler with Gilmore).