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.
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.
Tyler Ott spent camp with the Patriots as an undrafted rookie in 2014. (Oliver Thomas)
With incumbent long snapper Danny Aiken scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, the New England Patriots added insurance to the position by re-signing Harvard’s Tyler Ott on Wednesday, according to the league wire.
Ott was recruited by the Crimson as a tight end, and served as a backup blocker and special-teamer as a freshman in 2010. His duties expanded to include long snapper as a sophomore in 2011, and the 6-foot-3, 255-pound specialist retained that role for three seasons while also catching 16 passes for 194 yards and four touchdowns on offense.
After being invited to the Senior Bowl last January, Ott went undrafted and signed with New England in May.
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.
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.