In what also isn't really news, Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins has signed his franchise tag tender, an indication that Mankins and the team, whose relationship has soured off and on at points over the past two years, may finally be working together towards a long-term deal to keep the 29-year old guard in the fold for years to come.
Additionally, the Patriots announced that they've signed veteran and fan favorite Kevin Faulk to a new deal. Faulk, who tore his ACL in a week two loss to the New York Jets in 2010, was reportedly considering retirement if rehab from the injury didn't go well.
The fact that he's signed a new deal is indication that he's feeling well enough to be Tom Brady's go-to guy out of the backfield on third down, though he'll likely compete for time in that role with Danny Woodhead.
At the very least, Faulk's presence will be a wonderful utility for the Patriots to have as they hope to grow Woodhead's role with the team and as a fairly young receiving corps - save for Wes Welker, Deion Branch and Chad Ochocinco - looks to mature.