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Patriots Hall of Fame Committee Announce 2014 Finalists (

Cornerbacks Raymond Clayborn and Tay Law along with head coach Bill Parcells were selected as 2014 Patriots Hall of Fame nominees. The finalists were chosen by a committee of 20 members ranging from media personnel to former players and staff.

Clayborn spent thirteen seasons with the Patriots, making the Pro Bowl three times in 1983, 1985 and 1986. Clayborn's 36 career interceptions are tied with Tay Law, bringing the two cornerbacks to the top of the Patriot's list of all-time career interceptions.
Four-time Pro Bowler, Tay Law assisted in three Superbowl wins and made All-Pro twice during his ten year tenure with the team. Law also holds the franchise record of six interceptions returned for touchdowns.

Veteran head coach Bill Parcells spent four seasons (1993-1996) with the Patriots, taking the team to two playoff appearances after a 2-14 season record the year before his arrival. In his last season with New England, Parcells led the team to their second franchise Superbowl appearance.

Fans will ultimately decide the 22nd inductee through an online voting system on the official Patriots website next month.

Safety Bucannon Visiting New England  (NESN)

AP All-American safety Deone Bucannon will be stopping by the Patriots today for a pre-draft visit as first reported by Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post.

The former Washington State player led the Pac-12 conference last year with 109 tackles and six interceptions. Bucannon caught the eye of a number of teams with an impressive showing at the NFL Combine in March, finishing his 40-yard dash in 4.49 seconds and three-cone drill in 6.96 seconds.

If drafted, the safety could be a great addition to experienced players Devin McCourtey and recently signed Patrick Chung.

Former Player Bashes Team on Twitter  (

Former linebacker Brandon Spikes took his aggression for his time under Belichick out on Twitter last week, referring to his four years playing in New England as "4 years a slave.'"

Patriots fans did not let his rant go unnoticed however, forcing Spikes to block a number of fans responding to his negativity.

Spikes signed a deal with AFC East rival Bills in offseason for $3.25 million.

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Newswire assembled by Patriots Insider contributor AnneMarie Blanco. Look for more updates from AnneMarie here at Patriots Insider throughout the offseason.

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