Not a whole lot has happened over the past week and we are still a little ways away to start talking about the draft. So I have got a little news about the CBA and of course some about the Patriots. Biggest news in the NFL is still the Collective Bargaining Agreement and whether or not the players and owners are going to come to a new agreement. As of today the only thing that has been agreed upon is that there has been a 7 day extension to come up with a new CBA. The deadline has been reset for 3/11 at 5PM Eastern Time.
As for the Patriots, offensive guard Stephen Neal announced his retirement. After spending the second half of the season on the IR, Neal decided to call it quits after a 10-year Patriot career. His presence will certainly be missed on the front line. Neal was a big contributor to the Pats 07’ record setting offense. One of the reasons the Patriots are so good is because of their tremendous O-line and Neal will certainly be tough to replace.
Also this week, the Patriots signed former 1st rounder DE Marcus Stroud who was recently released by the Bills. Stroud is 32 years old and will not be an everyday starter, but he will certainly add some veteran presence to this young defense and will be a nice plug-in on the D-line every once in awhile.
Patriots also extended a restricted free-agent tender to starting RB Benjarvus Green-Ellis. The Pats wanted to extend this offer before the CBA expired so they have the opportunity to hold on to their TD machine.
Those are the main headlines surrounding the NFL and the Patriots. As for the draft, the closer we get to it, the more I will discuss it.
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