It's a pretty quiet late-March Friday in terms of Patriots news, unless you include some internet-based speculation surrounding a possible Rob Gronkowski trade.
The *Providence Journal *offers up some leftovers from Bill Belichick's Q-&-A with the media at the NFL meetings early in the week, noting that the coach hopes to “burnish” Josh McDaniels image after he backed out of the Colts job.
ESPNBoston.com has a breakdown of free agency from a New England perspective, under the headline “Patriots will miss Nate Solder protecting Tom Brady’s blind side.”
NBCSports.com offers up an NFL mock draft, but it's in an annoying slide show so I can't tell you who the Patriots picked with the 31st pick/stupid click. NBCSports.com continues to look at possible Patriots QB draft options with analysis of Western Kentucky’s Mike White.
NFL.com lists five draft trades that teams should be discussing, including one that involves the Patriots first-round selection.
NESN.com has a mailbag that looks at the idea of a Patriots trade for Odell Beckham Jr.
The Big Lead cites a Boston Sports Journal (a subscription site) report in a story about the increasing chances that the Patriots could trade the All-Pro tight end Gronkowski.