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– The Patriots called the Eagles to inquire about the availability of Eagles receiver Desean Jackson. Jackson would serve as the best deep threat the Patriots have had since the days of Randy Moss, but would come at a steep price (he is due $10.25m base salary this year and would require at least a third round pick). All things being equal, Jackson could put this offense over the top (horrible pun shamefully intended), but the prospect of signing Jackson is low.
– Brandon Spikes becomes the second former Patriot to bring up the injury reporting practices of the Patriots after Broncos corner Aqib Talib did the same at his introductory press conference. Not much to speculate about this, as it was widely reported at the time that Spikes was placed on the season ending IR in the playoffs for many reasons, not all related to injury.
– The terms of receiver Julian Edelman’s new contract were revealed and it appears to be a fair deal all around. The Patriots get to keep their top receiver in the fold while Edelman gets a significant pay increase from last year and obtains some financial security right away.
– Greg Rosenthal lists receiver Danny Amendola amongst those established players as collateral damage after free agency. Hard to argue his standing with the team hasn’t fallen since last year, with Edelman outperforming and re-signing and other receivers either signing (Brandon LaFell) or being brought in (Kenny Britt).
– In possibly the best news of the day, defensive tackle Armond Armstead is reportedly cleared medically to participate in the offseason program. Armstead missed all of last year after being brought in to rotate, and potentially start along the defensive front. We still don’t know what exactly he will bring to the table, but this is a positive first step in finding out. As they say, ‘You can’t make the club in the tub.’