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News Blitz 3/27: Logan Ryan may move to safety

Posted Mar 27, 2014

This edition of the Patriots.com news blitz recaps the league meetings this week in Orlando and highlights a few reports from free agency.

In the wake of the 9-alarm fire in Boston's Back Bay on Wednesday, Tom Brady offered his condolences to the two firefighters who lost their lives in the tragic event.

In a Facebook post Brady said, "On behalf of my entire family, I want to extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to the Boston Fire Department and the families of our brave and selfless firefighters who gave their lives for our protection and safety today, and to the entire firefighting community who protect us each and every day. All of you will be in our thoughts and prayers."

Brady was at the scene on Wednesday and was photographed by the Boston Globe as he watched firefighters attempt to extinguish the fire.

Down in Florida at the NFL league meetings, ESPN's John Clayton says that Bill Belichick has had an impact in the meetings. He calls Belichick a "moderate winner" Wednesday after his proposal for a 5-foot extension of the goalposts was approved.

Belichick's proposal stems from a controversial, game-winning kick by Justin Tucker in 2012. The ball sailed just over the top of the right goal post and Belichick believes the kick was no good. But as ESPN Boston's Field Yates points out, Tucker's confident that he made it. In a tweet yesterday, he admitted that it wasn't his best kick but that it was still good by about a foot.

Belichick also made a pitch to move the line of scrimmage on extra point attempts to the 25-yard line, however, that proposal was "tabled." The league agreed to test the rule in preseason, but refused to make a definite decision for 2014. You can watch Belichick's presentation to the Competition Committee on NFL.com.

For a full recap of the Patriots four rule proposals and their results, Mike Reiss posted this article on ESPN Boston.

The Patriots have received high praise for their moves in free agency thus far, and as Karen Guregian points out, Pete Carroll understands exactly what Bill Belichick is planning. In the Boston Herald this morning, Guregian says that Belichick is trying to bolster his defense and she believes that he's using the Seahawks as a model.

"If all goes according to plan, Carroll has a pretty good idea how it will go. He's already seen the end game," writes Guregian.

Even though Robert Kraft said that the Patriot's won't be signing Kenny Britt, it doesn't appear that the team is done pursuing offensive talent. According to a report by Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the Patriots are one of four teams in the hunt to sign running back Maurice Jones-Drew. The Jets, Dolphins, and Steelers are the other three teams reportedly in the hunt for the former Jacksonville Jaguar. All four are expected to meet with Jones-Drew this week.

Comcast Sports Net's Tom Curran also suggests that the Patriots may pursue former Broncos defensive end, Shaun Phillips.

According to a report by the Boston Herald's Karen Guregian, the Patriots are considering moving Logan Ryan to free safety. Though some assumed the Patriots signed Brandon Browner to use as a safety, it appears the team is looking in house to make the switch. This would mean that Devin McCourty would move to strong safety to accommodate Ryan.