Patriots Offseason Signings Update
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Andre Carter is still a free agent
Andre Carter is still a free agent

Posted Jun 6, 2012


Roster status check with signings, and list of free agents as of the beginning of June. Will Andre Carter return in 2012?

There's not too much going in terms of transactions, though the Patriots did release wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez, trimming the number of players at that position to 11 entering the summer.

   That number, along with others at various positions, will continue to shrink in the next couple of months as the Patriots trim the fat before they reassemble for training camp in July.

   Any additions will be few and far between at this point, though it's worth noting the team did host a workout for veteran tight end Bo Scaife. The team also added undrafted rookie Nick Melillo, creating some small competition at a position that really doesn't need any fine-tuning entering this season.
   As always, locking down the unsigned rookies will remain a priority entering camp, but the Patriots will continue to do their due diligence regarding any veterans who wind up on the waiver wire.

   MEDICAL WATCH: No updates.

FRANCHISE PLAYER: WR Wes Welker (tendered at $9.515 million; signed May 16).

TRANSITION PLAYER: None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
   --DE Andre Carter suffered a season-ending injury toward the end of the year, but had a breakthrough season prior to that, which was expected to earn him a sizeable pay day this offseason. He remains unsigned.
   --DE Shaun Ellis did not fit in defensively throughout most of the year, and his playing time suffered because of it. Highly unlikely he re-signs with New England.
   --RB Kevin Faulk had a hard time handling the workload this year after returning from the physically unable to perform list and was ultimately phased out of the offense to the point where he was inactive for the Super Bowl. He's expected to retire, but no announcement has been made yet.
   --S James Ihedigbo filled in nicely with all the injuries the Patriots suffered in the secondary, but he has limited ability and won't be back unless it's for cheap money.
   --CB Nathan Jones was a late-season fill-in for Phillip Adams and probably won't be back unless no one else signs him and he's invited to camp in the summertime.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers)
   --S Bret Lockett (not tendered as RFA) is a physical specimen, but he can't stay healthy. He'll probably be at camp this summer, but it's a long shot he makes the final cut unless he's 100-percent healthy.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS
   --DL Kyle Love should be back since he is an exclusive rights free agent, and it would only cost $540,000 to keep him at the minimum salary for third-year players.

DRAFT CHOICES SIGNED
   --DE Chandler Jones (1/21): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
   --S Tavon Wilson (2/48): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
   --CB Nate Ebner (6/197): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
   --CB Alfonzo Dennard (7/224): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
   --WR Jeremy Ebert (7/235): 4 yrs, terms unknown.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED
   --WR Deion Branch: UFA; $1.325M/1 yr, $250,000 SB.
   --OG Dan Connolly: UFA; $9.75M/3 yrs, $3.25M SB.
   --QB Brian Hoyer: RFA; tendered at $1.927M with second-round pick as compensation); $1.972M/1 yr.
   --C Dan Koppen: UFA; $6M/2 yrs, terms unknown.
   --LB Niko Koutouvides: Potential UFA; $825,000 1 yr.
   --WR Matthew Slater: UFA; $5.4M/3 yrs, $2M SB.
   --DL Gerard Warren: UFA; terms unknown.
   --WR Wes Welker: Franchise FA; $9.515M/1 yr.
   --LB Tracy White: UFA; $990,000/1 yr, $300,000 guaranteed.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED
   --RB Joseph Addai: FA Colts; terms unknown.
   --CB Will Allen: UFA Dolphins; $1.025M/1 yr, $25,000 SB.
   --LB Bobby Carpenter: UFA Lions; $775,000/1 yr, $50,000 SB.
   --CB Marquice Cole: Not tendered as RFA by Jets; $640,000/1 yr, $25,000 SB.
   --DE Jonathan Fanene: UFA Bengals; $12M/3 yrs, $3.85M guaranteed.
   --TE Daniel Fells: UFA Broncos; $5.25M/3 yrs, $2M guaranteed.
   --FB Tony Fiammetta: Not tendered as RFA by Cowboys; $615,000/1 yr.
   --WR Jabar Gaffney: FA Redskins; terms unknown.
   --OG Robert Gallery: FA Seahawks; $1.8M/1 yr, $400,000 SB.
   --WR Anthony Gonzalez: UFA Colts; $700,000/1 yr (subsequently released).
   --SS Steve Gregory: UFA Chargers; $8.5M/3 yrs, $3.35M guaranteed.
   --DT Marcus Harrison: FA; terms unknown.
   --FB Spencer Larsen: UFA Broncos; 2 yrs, terms unknown.
   --WR Brandon Lloyd: UFA Rams; $12M/3 yrs, $3M SB.
   --C/G Jamey Richard: UFA Colts; terms unknown.
   --DL Trevor Scott: UFA Raiders; $1.150M/1 yr, $250,000 SB.
   --WR Donte Stallworth: UFA Redskins; $925,000/1 yr, $25,000 SB.
PLAYERS LOST
   --DE Mark Anderson: UFA Bills; $19.5M/4 yrs, $8M guaranteed.
   --RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis: UFA Bengals; $9M/3 yrs.
   --LB Gary Guyton: UFA Dolphins; 1 yr, terms unknown.
   --OT Matt Light (retired).
   --CB Antwaun Molden: UFA Giants; $700,000/1 yr.
   --OG Rich Ohrnberger (released/failed physical).
   --FB Lousaka Polite (released).
   --DE Mike Wright (released/failed physical).



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