A New Punter
Top news coming from around the league includes word that free agent punter Mitch Berger (Cardinals) was in Foxborough for a visit this week. The visit was first reported by Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe.
The news that the team is looking at other punters is the first confirmation of rumors that last year's starter, Chris Hanson, may be all done. The issue for Hanson is range. The team hasn't had consistent punting since Josh Miller was uninjured in 2005.
Hanson was signed at the start of the 2007 season after the team decided to part ways with the three punters who participated in training camp. Miller was released in mid August, while the two other legs in camp (Tom Malone and Danny Baugher) were released just prior to the start of the season.
For more on the punting situation, read this breakdown.
New Diggs For Brady?
Patriots Insider has learned that Kyle Brady is drawing interest from other teams looking for a tight end. The former 2007 starter was released by the team after the season, apparently as a cap-saving move.
According to a report in today's Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Brady visited with the Steelers on Tuesday.
Losing Brady to another team was expected once the team opted to release the veteran tight end. Brady battled chronic back issues through the season which may have contributed in his departure.
Requests to Brady's agent for comment, were not immediately returned.
For more on the tight end situation check the Insider's Lounge where Patriots Insider experts are on hand to address fan questions.
Pacman Back On the Radar?
Following up earlier reports that the Patriots interest in suspended Tennessee Titans defensive back Adam Jones (Pacman), the Nashville City Paper reiterated that the Patriots were quietly following the situation behind the scenes. Though the team has signed three street free agents (Fernando Bryant, Jason Webster and Lewis Sanders), the interest in Jones reportedly continues.
What we've heard is that the Cowboys are much closer to working out a deal that would land Jones in Dallas. The Cowboys have been the frontrunner to land the controversial defender since the beginning, and that situation doesn't appear to be changing. Although reports over the weekend indicated that the Cowboys were becoming less interested in acquiring Jones due to the demands that the Titans were reportedly making, those talks have continued.
Dallas and Tennessee appear to be much closer to reaching an agreement now since news broke that more progress has been made. The Cowboys reportedly have offered one late round pick, while the Titans insisted on multiple mid-round picks.
Jones remains suspended by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Jones' agent/attorney indicated that they might seek reinstatement this week, but Tuesday's reported target date for application came and went without any moves by Jones' representatives.
While it's still possible the Patriots could conceivably be in the Jones hunt, we're more convinced that the team will look to the Draft to address the situation, especially if the Titans insist on multiple Draft picks as compensation.
The RanchReport.com has more on the Pacman to Dallas situation.