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Report: ‘Good chance’ Patriots sign Percy Harvin

The Jets officially released wide receiver Percy Harvin on Tuesday. His next stop could be a few hours north on I-95.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, there is a “good chance” the Patriots sign Harvin. Harvin was traded to the Jets from the Seahawks during last season.

Harvin is a versatile player who can line up virtually anywhere on the field. He played his first four seasons in the league with the Vikings, before playing 2013 and part of 2014 in Seattle, with injuries keeping off the field most of his time there. His best season came in 2011 when he caught 87 passes for 967 yards and six touchdowns.

The 26-year-old played his college ball at Florida for Urban Meyer, a close friend of Bill Belichick.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Patriots declined tender offers to WR Brian Tyms, now free agent; James Develin, Sealver Siliga tendered

Brian Tyms

Brian Tyms

The Patriots made a few small moves on Tuesday at the start of the new league year.

A source told WEEI.com’s Christopher Price the Patriots have offered tender contracts to full back James Develin, defensive tackle Sealver Siliga and linebacker James Morris qualifying offers, meaning the three will be back in 2015. The Patriots declined to tender wide outs Brian Tyms and Greg Orton, making them free agents.

The Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe adds he wouldn’t be surprised if Tyms does indeed return.

Tyms comes as a bit of a surprise as he played in 11 games, catching five passes for 94 yards and a touchdown. He was the only deep threat the Patriots had at the position once Aaron Dobson was placed on season-ending injured reserve.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

LB Jonathan Casillas reportedly signs three-year deal with Giants

Jonathan Casillas is gone to New York. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Jonathan Casillas is gone to New York. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

The Giants apparently plucked away the second Patriot of the day when New York reportedly agreed to terms with linebacker Jonathan Casillas, according to ESPN.

The 27-year-old Casillas, who was a mid-year acquisition for New England last season, landed a three-year deal worth $10.5 million according to Adam Caplan of ESPN.

In his one season with the Patriots, the 6-foot, 225-pound linebacker provided nice depth as well as special teams value. He ended the year with 21 tackles, one quarterback hit and one forced fumble. In all, he played in eight regular season games and all three playoff games.

Earlier in the day, the Giants agreed to terms with running back Shane Vereen.

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Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

NFL free agency roundup: Sam Bradford reportedly traded to Eagles for Nick Foles

Nick Foles reportedly was traded to the Rams. (Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)

Nick Foles reportedly was traded to the Rams. (Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)

The NFL’s new league year begun at 4 p.m. on Tuesday and with that came a number of trades and signings across the league.

Here is a roundup of the biggest ones:

— According to multiple reports, the Rams are close to trading quarterback Sam Bradford to Philadelphia for quarterback Nick Foles and draft-pick compensation. There is always the possibility the Eagles could then deal Bradford to move up in the draft.

— Saints tight end Jimmy Graham has reportedly been traded to the NFC champion Seahawks. The move only saves the Saints $2 million in cap space.

— Baltimore tight end Owen Daniels has signed with Denver for a three-year deal.

— According to multiple reports, Haloti Ngata has been traded to the Lions from the Ravens.

Check back for more as they happen…

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Patriots reportedly do not pick up option on CB Brandon Browner

Brandon Browner

Brandon Browner

Prior to Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline, the Patriots did not exercise the option on cornerback Brandon Browner, according to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports, which makes him a free agent. As a result, Browner is now slated to hit the market.

The 30-year-old Browner, who was acquired by the Patriots last March as a free agent, played in nine regular-season games and three postseason contests for New England this past year. The 6-foot-4, 221-pounder had one regular-season pick and 32 tackles while winning his second Super Bowl ring.

Browner is expected to draw interest in the open market, as it’s considered a relatively down year at the cornerback position.

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Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

Report: Saints, Seahawks engage in megadeal involving Jimmy Graham minutes before free agency

Minutes before the start of free agency, the Saints and Seahawks agreed to a deal that sends tight end Jimmy Graham (along with a fourth-round pick) to Seattle for center Max Unger and a first-round pick.

The NFC champions land the 6-foot-7, 260-pound Graham, a former All-Pro with the Saints. He has 595 career regular-season receptions in his five years with New Orleans, to go along with 4,752 receiving yards and 51 touchdowns. Meanwhile, the Saints clear cap space and land a 6-foot-5. 305-pound center in Unger who has played a sizable role in helping anchor the Seattle offensive line the last few seasons. A former first-team All-Pro, he figures to slide into the starters role in New Orleans.

The news was reported by Jay Glazer of Fox Sports and the NFL Network.

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

Olivier Hanlan lifts BC over Georgia Tech in ACC tourney opener

Olivier Hanlan scored 25 points, including a baseline jumper with 10 seconds left to give Boston College a 66-65 victory over Georgia Tech on Tuesday afternoon in the opening round of the ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C.

BC, seeded 12th, next plays fifth-seeded North Carolina in Wednesday’s quarterfinals.

“I’m proud of our team,” first-year BC coach Jim Christian told ESPN in an on-court interview immediately after the game. “They deserve to play in the next round.”

BC (14-18) trailed by six points, 63-57, with 1:30 remaining before going on a 7-0 run. The last points came on a breakaway layup by Hanlan with 41 seconds left after a steal and lead pass from Dmitri Batten.

Georgia Tech (12-20), the 13th seed, answered with a short shot in the lane from Tadric Jackson to reclaim the lead.

Hanlan responded by driving right and pulling up for an 8-foot baseline jumper that put BC ahead for good.

On Georgia Tech’s final possession, Corey Heyward drove the left side of the lane but missed a contested layup, and Batten knocked the ball out of bounds as time expired.

 

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

Report: Brandon Browner won’t take pay cut, could become free agent

Brandon Browner

Brandon Browner

The Patriots are looking to restructure some contracts, but Brandon Browner reportedly won’t be one of them.

According to NFL Media’s Albert Breer, Browner won’t take a pay cut to stay in New England. The Patriots will now either release him by 4 p.m. Tuesday, or pay him his $2 million roster bonus for a 2015 salary of $4.8 million against the cap.

Browner signed a three-year deal with the Patriots last offseason with a $2 million roster bonus set to kick in at the start of the 2015 league year. Breer added once the Patriots gave Browner permission to see his value in the league there was interest.

The former Seahawks corner finished the season with 25 tackles and an interception and was a major part in the secondary, which was much improved from years past.

Stay tuned for more later this afternoon once 4 p.m. hits.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

FB James Develin signs exclusive rights tender, set to return to Patriots

James Develin

James Develin

Fullback James Develin has signed his exclusive rights tender and is set to return to the Patriots.

The 26-year-old Brown product has spent four years in the league, three of which with the Patriots, and has posted 10 catches for 105 yards and 7 carries for 15 yards in his professional career.

The 6-foot-3, 251-pounder has carved out a nice niche for himself as a fullback with New England, having also seen time in an H-back role with the Patriots.

The Boston Herald was the first to report the news.

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

Pablo Sandoval doesn’t back down from negative comments about Giants

Pablo Sandoval

Pablo Sandoval

Pablo Sandoval isn’t backing down from comments suggesting he doesn’t miss San Francisco.

Sandoval met reporters in Fort Myers on Tuesday morning and made no apologies for an interview with Bleacher Report’s Scott Miller, in which he blasted the Giants for treating him poorly in contract negotiations and added that he only misses manager Bruce Bochy and Hunter Pence.

“I’m happy to be in Boston. I feel at home right now,” Sandoval told reporteres. “Whatever I said, whatever has come out, it’s the truth, so I’m just happy to be here with my new team.”

Sandoval has fit right in with the Red Sox as a leader, taking young third basemen like Garin Cecchini and Sean Coyle under his wing, and even making some pointers on footwork to shortstop Xander Bogaerts.

“It’s fantastic,” Sandoval said. “It’s not three guys, it’s 25 guys. All the guys, the young guys, the veteran guys, we all work together — pitchers, position players, outfielders, infielders, catchers. We are together to do a lot of things out there and play like a team, and that’s one of the things that in spring training you work on.”

Sandoval has no regrets over signing with the Red Sox.

“I just want to be here,” he said. “I just want to be here, so I’m here now. Everything came out with the right team, the right choice that I made, so I’m happy to be here.”

Blog Author: 
John Tomase