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Patriots free agency update: Focus shifting to the draft


Offseason free agency signings may be slowing down, but the Patriots still have some work to do. Though they’ll probably look to bolster their defensive line and tight end positions in the draft, there are free agents that remain connected to the team.

DeSean Jackson:

At this point, Eagles superstar wide receiver DeSean Jackson is the elephant in the room. The Eagles are reportedly finished with Jackson and could release him. The Patriots “inquired” about Jackson, but there is no knowing when that actually happened or how interested they were. He’s likely too expensive for the Patriots’ taste. And as NESN’s Doug Kyed pointed out, Bill Belichick could have even been doing a favor for his friend Chip Kelly by allowing the team to be connected to Jackson in order to get more interest from other teams. The Jets are confirmed to be one of those interested teams, which would make Jackson a division rival and would reunite him with his former quarterback Mike Vick. The Jets have some serious cap room, but again, there’s no word on how much interest they have in Jackson.

LeGarrette Blount:

Running back LeGarrette Blount had a great year with the Pats in 2013, accumulating 772 yards and seven touchdowns, but he chose to hit the open market. Blount reportedly visited the Steelers on Sunday. The Steelers also hosted former Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew. Blount has also reportedly piqued the interest of the Ravens.

Kenny Britt:

The Patriots showed interest in wide receiver Kenny Britt, but apparently so have the Bills, Rams, Redskins, Seahawks, and Panthers. The Seahawks and the Panthers are the latest teams added to that list and are also the most desperate for receivers, so the Patriots are going to have some serious competition if they still want to add more depth to their receiving corps.

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