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News Blitz 3/7: Britt back, Branch let go

With the NFL's new league year and free agency just a week away, teams are taking care of some business.

That includes the closing of the window to utilize franchise and transition tags, neither of which were used by the Patriots, as well as dealing with various other contract issues.

The *Boston Globe *reports that in that regard the Patriots exercised an option for receiver Kenny Britt on Tuesday but chose to not do so with defensive tackle Alan Branch. The *Globe *notes that Steelers running back LeVeon Bell did get the franchise tag, the second-straight season he may play on the one-year tender.

The Globe also passes on word that linebackers coach Brian Flores is expected to get the playcalling duties on defense in 2018, though he will not get the title of defensive coordinator following Matt Patricia's departure to Detroit.

The Herald also writes about the Britt option being picked up by the Patriots.

In position-by-position look at the New England roster, the Providence Journal says the Patriots secondary is "cause for concern." The* ProJo* also has its take on the Branch and Britt stories.

NFL.com's latest mock draft has New England landing Boston College outside linebacker Harold Landry in the first round.

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