Patriots Offseason 2012: Patriots Place Logan Mankins, Five Others On Active/PUP List

New England Patriots guard Logan Mankins was among a list of six players placed on the active/physically unable to perform list on Monday.

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Tim Bulman Signing: Patriots Ink Former Boston College Defensive Lineman

The New England Patriots made a transaction Wednesday that many Boston College football fans will enjoy. Former Eagle defensive lineman and six-year NFL veteran Tim Bulman signed a free agent contract with the Patriots.

Bulman, 29, is a former second-team All Big East Conference selection (2004) for the Eagles, and comes to New England after spending the last five seasons with the Houston Texans. In '05, Bulman was signed by the Arizona Cardinals after going undrafted.

In his career, Bulman has compiled just 54 tackles and four sacks. The Patriots signed Bulman mainly to fill a roster spot and to compete for a job during training camp.

Bulman's grammar school years were spent playing for Boston College HS, where he helped is team win Catholic Conference titles in 1999 and '00.

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Dont'a Hightower Signs Four-Year Deal With Patriots

The New England Patriots' first-round draft pick Dont'a Hightower has signed a four-year deal with the organization Wednesday, according to reports. Other media outlets are confirming the news, but no one is reporting how much the deal is for. Its expected Hightower will make a bit less than New England's No. 21-overall, Chandler Jones, who signed a four-year, $8.17 million.

Hightower, the 6-foot-4, 270-pound linebacker from the University of Alabama, was the Patriots No. 25-overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Both Hightowner and Jones are expected to upgrade the Patriots defense, which struggled last season.

Third-rounder Jake Bequette is the only remaining draft pick who has yet to sign a contract. New England opens its 2012 Training Camp on July 25 at Gillette Stadium.

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Wes Welker Contract Situation: Sources Say Talks Not Active, Deal Likely To Not Get Done

The deadline for the New England Patriots and All-Pro wide receiver Wes Welker is almost 24 hours away, and as zero-hour approaches it seems a deal will not get done as both sides are not actively talking, sources have told ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss.

The source said that at this point, it would be a surprise if an extension was reached, but cautioned that things always could shift as the deadline approaches.

According to Reiss, Welker, a franchise tagged player, and the Patriots are trying to avoid a situation where the wide out plays under a one-year tender. Under the tender Welker will make $9.5 million and cannot work on an extension until after the 2012-13 season. If the Patriots decided to franchise Welker again, he will make $11.4 million -- a price New England may not be able to afford.

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Wes Welker Contract Situation: Deadline Reaches One Week To Go, A Lot Needs To Happen For Deal To Get Done

New England Patriots nation will be sitting on pins and needles this upcoming week, as the deadline for contract negotiations between wide receiver Wes Walker and the club need to be settled. If the two sides cannot reach an agreement, the Pats' will be forced to franchise tag the All-Pro wide out for about $9.5 million.

Will the two sides reach an agreement? The Boston Globes' Greg A. Bedard thinks it could take a lot:

Both sides have been respectful of each other during the process, but if you read between the lines, owner Robert Kraft has stated the club’s position. Kraft said both sides want to complete a deal, but "it requires intelligence" and "what’s going to happen in the next few years with the cap, you have to have a core group of players that you can plan around as the foundation of your team."

Bedard say the distance between the two sides is $6 million in guaranteed money, and decision is mainly on the Patriots who need to figure out if they think Welker can still be productive.

If the Patriots would be inclined to sign Welker to an estimated $11.418 million franchise tag to keep him out of a Jets uniform, then it makes no sense to have him play under the tag this season. A contract extension now could cut his cap number in half in 2012 and beyond. That savings could be used on extensions for Aaron Hernandez, Sebastian Vollmer, and/or Patrick Chung now, or rolled over onto next year’s cap.

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Patriots Roster Moves: Tavon Hill Officially Signs, Mike Hartline Released

The face-paced offseason continued for the New England Patriots Tuesday, as they officially inked second-round selection, Illinois defensive back Tavon Hill, to a deal and then released quarterback Mike Hartline. The move to release Hartline bring the Patriots roster size to 88 players. New England is allowed 90 during the offseason.

On Friday, the details of the deal with Hill were reported by Scout.com's Aaron Wilson. The Patriots are expected to use Wilson, who was one of six defensive selection for New England, to help improve one of the worst defenses in the league last season.

So far, Hill is the first of the seven 2012 NFL Draft picks to ink a deal with the Patriots, who still have not reached agreements with first-rounders Chandler Jones and Dont'a Hightower.

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Patriots Offseason 2012: Wes Welker Considering Sitting Out Mandatory Minicamp

The New England Patriots offseason hasn't been as dramatic as their AFC East rival opponents the New York Jets, but it soon might make a run at it. That's because wide receiver Wes Welker apparently isn't happy about his new franchise tag and is considering sitting out mandatory minicamps to get a long-term deal done.

"I’m thinking I’m probably not going to (attend mandatory workouts), but things could change," Welker said. "We’ll just see how it all plays out."

Welker, who's set to make $9.5 million from the franchise tag, said this during a radio interview with ESPN Boston Radio. The Pro Bowl wide out said he understands how the Patriots franchise works, especially under head coach Belichick, but admitted he hasn't been a part of voluntary workouts because of the contract situation and could make the same stance come June 12, when mandatory workouts begin.

The Patriots and Welker have until mid-July to workout a new deal.

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Patriots Schedule 2012: NFL Network, ESPN To Release, Analyze Revealing

One of the most anticipated off season days of the NFL is here, as 2012-13 schedule will be release on Tuesday during a NFL Network special starting at 7 p.m. ET. NFL Network and NFL.com will be the first source to have the New England Patriots week-by-week schedule, which will also be broken down during a three-hour ESPN SportsCenter special also starting at 7 p.m.

So far, the only known regular-season contest is the season-opening game between the defending Super Bowl Champions the New York Giants and NFC East rival the Dallas Cowboys which be played Wednesday, Sept. 5, starting at 8:30 p.m.

The remaining 17-week slate will be revealed and broken down by NFL Network and ESPN. If you'd like a complete look at the known Patriots' opponents for this upcoming season, click here.

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2012 NFL Draft Order: Patriots Officially Have 6 Picks In First 4 Rounds

The 2012 NFL Draft order was officially released Tuesday, and the New England Patriots may not have the as many overall picks as usual, however, they will have a good amount of quality selections. Currently, the Patriots are one of three teams that will selection twice in the first round, and then will also selection twice in the second.

Of course, history has taught us that head coach Bill Belichick and the Patriots front office likes to trade those top picks for more later-round selections.

Below is the complete list of the Patriots' 2012 Draft Picks, while a rundown of New England's mock drafts can be found here:

Round 1, Pick 27 (overall 27, from Saints)
Round 1, Pick 31 (31)
Round 2, Pick 16 (48, from Raiders)
Round 2, Pick 31 (62)
Round 3, Pick 31 (93)
Round 4, Pick 31 (126)

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NFL Free Agency 2012: Wes Welker To Get Patriots' Franchise Tag, According To Sources

The New England Patriots have a lot of offseason questions to answer, and one of them has to deal with the future of unrestricted-free-agent wide receiver Wes Welker. Well, according to the Boston Globe's Greg Bedard, who joined a Miami sports-talk radio show, Armando and Perkins, Monday, the Patriots are planning to use the franchise tag on the Pro-Bowl receiver.

"He's going to be tagged, that I know for pretty much certain," said Bedard, who clarified that it's the franchise tag the Pats would use. "If they don't, he's going to sign with the Jets and they're going to have to try and cover him twice a year, or the Dolphins ... They want him back. I don't see why things would change now, but the way it stood before the Super Bowl, they're going to tag him."

Bedard also mentioned what Welker could do if the franchise tag is slapped on him.

Bedard said once the franchise tag goes on Welker he can see, "another Logan Mankins situation where Welker doesn't report until Week 8 of next season."


Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/dolphins_in_depth/2012/02/patriots-to-use-franchise-tag-on-wes-welker.html#storylink=cpy

Last season, Welker caught a league-best 122 receptions, but was one of the goats in the Patriots 21-17 Super Bowl loss to the Giants, as he failed to haul in a catchable pass from quarterback Tom Brady in the fourth quarter.

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Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/dolphins_in_depth/2012/02/patriots-to-use-franchise-tag-on-wes-welker.html#storylink=cpy
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