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News Blitz 3/9: Free agency countdown

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In case you missed Mike Reiss' Sunday notes, it's always a must-read with plenty of interesting nuggets. This week he has updates on Phillip Dorsett testing the free agency waters, David Andrews' recovery heading in a positive direction and the group of recovering Patriots that have been working out at Gillette for the past couple months.

Tom E. Curran weighs in again on Brady, saying that Robert Kraft will not step in on negotiations.

PatsPulpit has a nice breakdown of Jarrett Stidham's preseason performance if you're looking for a little something to distract you from the final 10 days of Brady Watch. If you want to dive further into Brady Watch, ESPN breaks down all the potential landing spots for the GOAT.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News covers the Jets but has this interesting little tidbit in his mailbag describing how the Patriots talk contracts:

The Patriots take a slightly different approach. They meet with agents to find out the asking price. They’ve already done most of their legwork. So, they’re not recruiting anyone. Instead, they come to these discussions with their valuation (or a narrow range) already set. Frankly, they’re one of the more forthright teams in the league during this process. If an agent says that he believes his client will fetch $15 million/year, the Patriots will respond with something like this: “That’s too rich for our blood, but if the player’s market value dips to $12 million, we want in.”

Greg Bedard offers a mock draft up as part of his Sunday notes, giving the Patriots Iown defender AJ Epenesa, calling him the a perfect replacement for Kyle Van Noy. PFF gives Wisconsin edge player Zack Baun the title of perfect prospect fit for the Patriots.

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