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News Blitz 3/6: Tag talk and Josh Rosen trade rumors

Today’s News Blitz includes word that New England will not use its franchise tag this offseason, as well as talk that the Cardinals might be looking to trade QB Josh Rosen.


The deadline for NFL teams to use their franchise or transition tags came and went Tuesday afternoon.

The Patriots did not use either, so Trey Flowers, Trent Brown, Stephen Gostkowski and the rest of the New England's veteran players with expired contracts are set to hit unrestricted free agency next week.

The Boston Globe looks at New England choosing not to use its franchise tag. The Globe Patriots notebook has rookie running back Sony Michel talking about his first season in Foxborough – a successful one from both a team and personal perspective. Globe columnist Chris Gasper writes that turnover on the coaching staff won’t be a culture shock in New England.

The Boston Herald has its take on the Patriots deciding not to use the franchise tag and Flowers getting set to hit the open market. The Herald has Michel discussing his goals for 2019. The Herald notes Rob Gronkowski and swimsuit model girlfriend Camille Kostek, among other stars, enjoying some time in Mexico. has free-agent-WR-to-be Phillip Dorsett looking for a chance to be a starter.

NBC Sports Boston also writes that the Patriots trading for Rosen feels like a long shot. NBC Sports Boston has its no-tag story. recaps the franchise tag deadline from a league wide perspective. updated its list of top 101 free agents, with Flowers coming in at No. 3 overall. has analyst Daniel Jeremiah's second mock draft, with Clemson edge player Clelin Ferrell going to the Patriots at No. 32. includes the Patriots among five teams that make sense as trade destinations for Rosen.

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