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News Blitz 3/31: Tom Brady gets paid!

With the NFL meetings in the rearview mirror, things have quieted down a bit in the football news cycle.

But business is ongoing.

ESPN brings word that Tom Brady collected a pretty nice paycheck on Friday, part of a deferred signing bonus in his contract.

The Herald offers up an outsider's view of the Patriots offseason, the team almost taunting the competition this spring.

NFL.com reports that Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Watt – the younger brother of Texans star J.J. Watt – has worked out for the Patriots, among other teams, as the draft draws nearer.

NFL.com offers up a five-round mock draft, with the Patriots taking Michigan TE Jake Butt – torn ACL and all – with their top pick, No. 72 overall.

NESN.com's mailbag looks at cornerback Eric Rowe's upside heading into his second season in New England. 

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