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Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss spoke briefly with the media during a charity softball game for former teammate Heath Evans on Saturday. The Boston Herald writes that Moss does not expect a new deal to be reached.

"There is no bad blood. There is no animosity on my side or their side," Moss said. "I think it's just the nature of the business of the NFL. You know the Patriots don't really pay, so when I got my second contract from them, that was a blessing in disguise. I understand the business. I don't think they're going to re-sign me back. I'm not mad. I'm not bitter. It's just the way things are in the NFL, so like I said, after this year, I'll be looking for a new team."

Former safety Rodney Harrison also fielded Patriots questions at the charity softball game. According to the the Boston Globe, Harrison weighed in on Bill Belichick's decision not to name a defensive coordinator.

"To me it's a little surprising that he wouldn't go with a defensive coordinator because he has so many responsibilities," said Harrison. "But I mean that just shows you right there that he is not very satisfied in the direction that the defense had been going. He wanted to be more involved."

Will the Patriots change their draft philosophy? That is the question that ESPN Boston's Patriots blog poses as many recent mock drafts are predicting the Patriots taking Michigan defensive end Brandon Graham with the 22nd pick.

NFL.com notes that the Patriots remain the team most likely to sign Julius Peppers, but cites sources that raise some red flags over his passion for football.

With the Patriots needing depth at wide receiver SI.com takes a look at four Pro Bowlers who may be available via free agency.

The Boston Herald catches up with former Patriots wideout Deion Branch, who was fresh off completing the the NFL's business management and entrepreneurial program through the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. Branch discussed his experiences with a similar knee injury as Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker.

"Wes will be OK. To me, the biggest thing about the injury is not the injury, it's not the surgery, it's not the rehab, it's how mentally strong you are," Branch said last Wednesday. "If you're strong mentally, you will overcome everything about this injury."

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