Patriots gridiron news: Fate may bring Richard Sherman to New England

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 16: Cornerback Richard Sherman
SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 16: Cornerback Richard Sherman /

The New England Patriots lost out on a possible reunion with Aqib Talib, but it may result in a first-time union with Richard Sherman. 

Could fate bring Richard Sherman to the New England Patriots?

The ebbs and flow of the NFL offseason is in full effect.  Just as quickly as Patriots fans got excited about Aqib Talib making his way back to Foxborough, those hopes were dashed by a Los Angeles Rams fifth-round pick.

That’s right, just as the rumors begin to intensify, the Denver Broncos have agreed to send Talib to the Rams for a mid-round pick.  Sounds like a low price for a top cornerback right?

The Patriots were reportedly engaged in trade talks with the Broncos for the 32-year-old defensive back, but there was no way the team was going to take on Aqib Talib’s contract while also paying Stephon Gilmore the kind of dough he is getting.

So now, all eyes turn to Richard Sherman

As rumored, the 30-year-old cornerback is set to be released by the Seattle Seahawks on Friday.  Now that the Talib situation is hours in the past, the Patriots can focus on Sherman if they really want him.

If the money works, there is no reason why they wouldn’t want him.  But, does Sherman want to play for the Patriots badly enough to take a lesser deal?

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The five-time Pro Bowl cornerback will have his pickings, which is why he’d rather be released than traded by the Seahawks.  Teams like the Los Angeles Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans and Atlanta Falcons can all throw more money at Sherman, but fate seems to be drawing him to the Patriots.

That’s the way the NFL works.  How fitting would it be if Sherman and Tom Brady became teammates?

Then, they both could turn to the rest of the NFL and say, “U mad bruh?”

Patriots, Brandon King agree on two-year deal

The New England Patriots did re-sign one of their own free agents.

The team announced Thursday that they have locked up core special teams player Brandon King with a two-year, $2.6 million contract extension.  The move shows how committed the team is to the special teams unit as they have also re-signed Brandon Bolden.

That leaves Matthew Slater, Nate Ebner, and Johnson Bademosi as the remaining players on the unit left to take care of.  It is a safe bet that they will find a way to re-sign both Ebner and Slater, who are favorites of Bill Belichick.

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Bademosi could be the odd man out, but it would not be surprising if they brought him back as well.