In a surprise to no one in New England, the Patriots have hardly made a noise in the first two hours of free agency. As offensive linemen and cornerbacks fly off the market with big money deals, there is hardly a sound out of Foxborough, MA. Not a single signing and little news to report on key free agents wide receiver Julian Edelman, cornerback Aqib Talib, and running back LeGarrette Blount.
On one hand, it is good news for the Patriots: Every minute that their own free agents are on the market, the better the odds for New England re-signing them. As no one has swooped in in the first two hours to steal them away, the Patriots can continue to hope to bring back Talib, Edelman, and Blount at reasonable rates.
The Patriots news regarding their free agents is limited to special teams/backup linebacker Dane Fletcher. This news was first tweeted by Jason LaCanfora:
With the news earlier in the day of the Patriots bringing in Denver’s free agent linebacker Wesley Woodyard for a visit, it lessens the blow of a second-tier free agent potentially leaving. Woodyard visiting New England was first tweeted by Brandon Krisztal:
On Twitter there are many Patriots fans wringing their (figurative) hands and bemoaning the lack of activity. For the Patriots front office, the fact that Talib, Edelman, and Blount are still available and not swooped up is a win. There is a long way to go, but for now no news is good news for the Patriots–at least concerning their own free agents.