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News Blitz 2/18: Patriots release Leonard Johnson

The offseason marches on and there has been very little noise regarding the use of the franchise or transition tags, both in New England and around the league. The Patriots did make a minor move on Wednesday, however, releasing cornerback Leonard Johnson.

The Providence Journal has an update on Johnson.

In the aftermath of Jerod Mayo's retirement, MassLive.com writes that although the defense is solid now, the linebacker almost single-handedly held the units together back in the day. They also offer some running backs to keep an eye on in the draft.

CSNNE.com says the Patriots have lost quite a leader with Mayo's retirement. They also provide a breakdown of the tight end position as the site continues its analysis of the roster. Sticking with the draft, NESN.com says the Patriots have always valued size over athleticism at linebacker.

Tom E. Curran and Phil "The Senator" Perry take a look ahead and wonders what will happen with Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo in 2017.

Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall had some interesting things to say about Bill Belichick. On the flip side, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross hopes his recently-hired coach Adam Gase turns into the next Belichick.

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