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News Blitz 3/20: LaFell received advice from Ridley before signing
"Now transitioning from a run-first system to the Pats' aerial attack, the LSU product can expect his production to continue booming, so long as he meshes well with Brady and the offense," says Howe.
NESN's Doug Kyed says that Brandon LaFell chose to come to New England partly due to advice he received from Stevan Ridley. Ridley told LaFell that he would have to sacrifice his off-the-field life in order to put more work in to make the team better.
But then again, getting a chance to play with a future hall of fame quarterback isn't a bad selling point either. Comcast Sports Net's Tom Curran explains that LaFell's choice to play with Brady over Cam Newton shows that his focus is on winning now.
"Browner became the first chip to fall after the Revis signing, which clearly opened eyes and made the Pats a more appealing choice," writes Howe. "They're now salivating over the opportunity to form one of the most feared cornerback tandems in the NFL next season."
Even though there are more than five months until the start of the 2014 season, the Patriots and Broncos are once again heavy favorites in the AFC. 98.5 The Sport Hub's Tony Massarotti, Marc Bertrand, and Jermaine Wiggins debate which of the two teams has had the better offseason.
While most people in New England believe the Patriots have improved since the start of free agency, Adam Kaufman of the Boston Globe says that the Broncos are still the better team.
"Denver’s bolstered its previously putrid defense with Talib, DeMarcus Ware, and T.J. Ward, and added Sanders to a record-setting offense," says Kaufman. "There’s no reason, on paper, to think the Broncos won’t have their horses putting up those crazy numbers again."
But the offseason isn't over yet and the Bill Belichick can still shorten the gap between his team and the Broncos. But in order to do that, they will need money to spend. ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss takes a look at the Patriots salary cap. He says that the Patriots have roughly $4-7 million in cap space at this time, but list six moves the team could make to free up more money.