-- The New England Patriots continued their off season signing of UDFA's. The latest to sign are inside linebacker Barry Gardener and Jeremy Lloyd as reported by Patriots Insider.
The 29-year-old Gardner is a high-energy guy who plays smart and with passion. Although Gardner hasn't distinguished himself in seven seasons with the Eagles, Browns or Jets as a front-line player, he may warm up to the Patriot's 3-4 scheme as he competes for a spot on the linebacker corp. At 6-foot-1 and 245 pounds, Gardner displays good quickness but lacks overall speed.
Jeremy Lloyd, the Iowa State product had four special team tackles as a member of the St. Louis Rams last season. Though listed as a linebacker, Lloyd has been a special teams player for most of his career.
-- Freddie Roach, an Alabama inside linebacker, signed with the Patriots over the Miami Dolphins according to Roach's agent, Mark Slough. ''I wanted to be in New England; they showed the most interest in me from the start." stated Roach.
At 6 feet 2 inches, 248 pounds, Roach has the bulk the Patriots generally look for in inside linebackers. The team didn't select an inside linebacker in this draft. Roach's downside, as reported by the Boston Globe, is a slow 40 yard dash (4.8 - 4.9 range) and a concern about injuries.
-- Doug Flutie has yet to make his decision regarding returning to the Patriots as their backup quarterback. Earlier this month, Flutie said, "I'm just going to take my time to make my decision." Pressed during a draft-day press conference about Flutie's plans, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said, "You'd have to talk to Doug about what Doug's future is."
According to the Providence Journal, Tom Brady votes for Flutie to return. "I love Doug, and Doug's just an awesome guy, so I would love for him to be here," he said last week. "He adds an awful lot, so I don't know how that's going to work out."
-- Javon Walker is set to sign a five-year extension worth more than $40 million with the Denver Broncos, who acquired the wide receiver in a draft-day deal. In an email sent to the Associated Press, Walker's agent Kennard McGuire wrote: "We do have a deal in place". It is reported that extension is worth between $40 million and $42 million dollars. Walker, who is still recovering from a major knee injury he sustained in last year's season opener, is expected to sign the pact Wednesday. The extension will take him through 2011.
The rest of today's newswire: Wednesday's Wire
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