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Report: Patriots Hosted Free Agent Stefen Wisniewski

Stefen Wisniewski started 61 games over four years in Oakland. (NFL Game Rewind)

Stefen Wisniewski started 61 games over four years in Oakland. (NFL Game Rewind)

The New England Patriots could draft an interior offensive lineman later this month. But on Wednesday, it was learned that the organization hosted a free-agent one.

According to NFL Media’s Albert Breer, former Oakland Raiders center and guard Stefen Wisniewski was recently in for a visit with the Patriots.

Wisniewski, 26, was the Raiders’ starting center for the last three seasons, after starting 13 games at left guard during his rookie campaign.

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Report: Free Agent Dan Connolly to Visit Buccaneers

Free-agent offensive lineman Dan Connolly is scheduled to visit Tampa Bay on Tuesday. (

Patriots free-agent lineman Dan Connolly will visit Tampa Bay on Tuesday. (

All appeared quiet on the Dan Connolly front, but the free agent is scheduled to break that silence with a visit to Tampa Bay this week, Ross Jones of FOX Sports reports.

The 32-year-old interior lineman is heading there to meet with the Buccaneers, an organization which features a pair of notable New England Patriots ties in general manager Jason Licht and left guard Logan Mankins.

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Eight Years Into His Patriots Tenure, Dan Connolly’s Future Stands in Waiting on the Free-Agent Market

Dan Connolly has started 71 regular-season games for the Patriots. (NFL Game Rewind)

Dan Connolly has started 71 regular-season games for the Patriots. (NFL Game Rewind)

The market for a 32-year-old interior offensive lineman is often a quiet one. But for Dan Connolly, it quietly appears to be a strong one.

The longtime New England Patriot is one of the organization’s final three unrestricted free agents remaining, one week after the new league year began. It isn’t due to a lack of interest around the NFL, however.

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Connolly has garnered the attention of the Seattle Seahawks, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Chicago Bears and the Miami Dolphins as of Tuesday. And he’s also garnered the attention of the team he’s been on for eight seasons.

“Patriots want him back,” said Rapoport.

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Three in Focus: Resetting Patriots’ Latest Roster Needs

Kyle Arrington headlines a a now-cloudy Patriots cornerback position. (NFL Game Rewind)

Kyle Arrington sits atop a now-cloudy Patriots cornerback position. (NFL Game Rewind)

It was Herman Edwards who once said “a goal without a plan is a wish.”

There is reason to believe a goal is in mind for the New England Patriots after one week of moves. With Darrelle Revis a New York Jet, Brandon Browner a New Orleans Saint, Shane Vereen a New York Giant, and Vince Wilfork a Houston Texan, there’s also reason to believe there is a plan.

But exactly what that plan entails hasn’t been shared by head coach Bill Belichick. And when it is, it won’t be with words.

Time will tell how the organization will address the key positional needs on the roster. It could be told in the coming weeks, in a trade, in the draft, or in the season opener next September. But right now, however it may ultimately be addressed, New England is heading into the second week of the free-agent process with newfound vacancies.

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Tallying Patriots’ Moves After First Wave of Free Agency

Former Bills wideout Stevie Johnson has caught 32 passes versus New England. (NFL Game Rewind)

Stevie Johnson visited the Patriots to start free agency’s second week. (NFL Game Rewind)

The first wave of NFL free agency crashed down on the New England Patriots, seeing the likes of Shane Vereen, Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner head into shore with the New York Giants, New York Jets and New Orleans Saints, respectively.

But now, a week out, it’s time to revisit where head coach Bill Belichick, director of player personnel Nick Caserio and the Patriots stand.

It’s time to see what’s been retained, added and subtracted from the roster. And also, what’s remaining heading into the second week.

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Patriots Free Agents Set for Weekend of Discussions

Shane Vereen is scheduled to become a free agent Tuesday evening. (NFL Game Rewind)

Shane Vereen will become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday. (NFL Game Rewind)

The gates opened at noon on Saturday.

It was then that the legal tampering period began for NFL teams, three days before unrestricted free agents can begin visiting organizations and signing contracts at 4 p.m. on March 10.

For the New England Patriots, it means contact with unrestricted free agents other than their own can begin. But it also means the likes of free safety Devin McCourty, running back Shane Vereen and their representatives can begin fielding phone calls from other interested teams.

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By Position: Where the Patriots Stand Entering 2015

The focus of New England's backfield has shifted. (NFL Game Rewind)

The focus of New England’s backfield has shifted. (NFL Game Rewind)

The New England Patriots have 60 players under contract for the 2015 season.

Among them are the likes of Vince Wilfork and Darrelle Revis, who will have options the organization will have to pick up or renegotiate. Not among them are the likes of Devin McCourty and Stephen Gostkowski, who are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents.

But the dust has yet to settle on those decisions.

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Setting the Table for Upcoming Patriots Free Agents

Patriots safety Devin McCourty is slated to become an unrestricted free agent. (NFL Game Rewind)

Safety Devin McCourty is set to become an unrestricted free agent. (NFL Game Rewind)

On the heels of Wednesday’s Super Bowl victory rally, the New England Patriots are rolling onward. And there are several dates on the horizon for both the organization and its players to roll into.

By Feb. 16, NFL teams will be able to apply franchise and transitions tags on players set to hit free agency. By March 10, after a three-day negotiation period, teams will be facing a final deadline for exercising 2015 options and offers for exclusive-rights free agents. And by 4 p.m. that same day, the 2015 league year will turn over a new leaf into unrestricted free agency.

What head coach Bill Belichick and director of player personnel Nick Caserio will elect to do between now and then remains to be seen. But what has been seen is New England’s list of upcoming free agents.

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Dan Connolly, Patriots Offensive Line Aiming to Be on Same Page against Ravens

Dan Connolly and the rest of New England's offensive line will look to settle against the Ravens. (NFL Game Rewind)

Dan Connolly and the rest of New England’s offensive line will look to settle against the Ravens. (NFL Game Rewind)

The New England Patriots’ offensive line has conceded eight sacks in its last two games, and the group is now preparing to face a Baltimore Ravens defensive front that has amassed nine sacks in its last two games.

“Yeah, they’re great. I mean, [Elvis] Dumervil’s got 19 sacks,” said Patriots left guard Dan Connolly in his Tuesday news conference. “They do a great job of getting to the quarterback. We’ve faced a lot of good D-lines this season. That’s nothing new in the NFL, but it’s a lot of pressure on us to do a good job. That’s what we try to do every week. It’s our job to make sure Tom stays upright, so that’s we’re trying to do this week, too.”

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Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski, Cornerback Darrelle Revis Selected as First-Team All-Pros

After a season in which Rob Gronkowski amassed 82 receptions for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns in 15 games, the New England Patriots tight end has been named a unanimous first-team NFL All-Pro by The Associated Press.

Gronkowski received all 50 votes at the position, standing with Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt as the lone two players do so. The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Gronkowski is one of two Patriots to make first-team All-Pro in 2014, with cornerback Darrelle Revis also garnering 42 votes. Continue reading

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