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News Blitz 7/24: Brown signs; Brady's popularity soars

With less than a week to go before the opening of Patriots 2015 training camp in Foxborough, Bill Belichick is still working on putting together the team's roster for summer competition.

That took an impressive step forward on Thursday as the coach added a solid veteran to the somewhat lackluster mix of bodies at the cornerback position.

ESPNBoston.com reports the team has signed veteran former 49ers and Raiders defender Tarell Brown. Brown is a 30-year-old veteran of 114 career games who twice made free agent visits this spring as he worked back to full health. Mike Reiss offers up five things to know about the Brown signing.

The Boston Globe and Boston Herald also have stories on the Brown signing.

Elsewhere, ESPN's sports business expert notes that despite his Deflategate suspension, Tom Brady's merchandise sales are hotter than any other player's according to NFLPA records. The Globe also notes Brady's merchandise popularity.

Speaking of Brady, the Globe has yet another look at the delay and possible outcomes for Brady's appeal of his Deflategate suspension. The Boston Herald also wonders who will blink first in the ongoing Deflategate battle, Brady or NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. WEEI.com says Brady should keep on fighting the good fight.

ESPNBoston.com continues its training camp positional previews with a dissection of the defensive tackle spot. The site also passes along Brandon Browner sharing a note the former New England cornerback got from Patriots owner Robert Kraft that came with the cornerback's Super Bowl ring.

The Providence Journal says that some of the Patriots rookies will have a chance to make an immediate impact in New England.

WEEI.com's training camp preview series looks at the offensive line.

Patriots fans aren't the only ones confused by Brady's suspension, add Broncos former All-Pro cornerback Champ Bailey to those who simply don't understand how the NFL handled the Deflategate situation.

CSNNE.com's series of the top 50 players of the Bill Belichick era tabs left tackle Matt Light for the No. 5 spot.

The Brockton Enterprise considers how the Patriots have turned over the cornerback position this offseason.

New England re-signed a rookie free agent wide receiver on Thursday while the team also announced the practice schedule for the first four days of next week's training camp.

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