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Patriots.com News Blitz - 3/10/2008

Spygate is front-page news again.

It appears that Matt Walsh, the former Patriots employee at the center of the latest chapter, is soon expected to tell the NFL's Commissioner what he knows regarding the matter. Several media sources, including the Boston Herald, are detailing the story today.

"I have consistently asked the NFL to provide appropriate legal protections for Mr. Walsh," Michael Levy, Walsh's attorney, wrote in a statement to the media.

"In recent discussions I have had with the League's lawyer, we have made substantial progress toward this end, and I am hopeful that we will be able to craft an agreement with the necessary legal protections so Mr. Walsh can come forward with the truth."

A lengthy feature on Walsh can be found in today's Boston Globe.

In it, several people who know Walsh are interviewed, who offer contrasting views of him.

"He sounded like a loose cannon," said one former coworker.

"He was a hard-working kid," said another. "He was very pleasant and seemed to love football."

In a related story, Commissioner Roger Goodell has drafted and sent a letter to the NFL's Competition Committee outlining his ideas for harsher punishments for teams that violate league rules.

"We have already taken some positive and significant actions this past season, but we must go further to ensure fair competition amongst our 32 teams and maintain public confidence in our game," Goodell wrote to the committee, as explained in today's New York Times.

On the field, meanwhile, are the Pats interested in acquiring suspended cornerback/kick returner Pacman Jones? A story in this past weekend's Tennessean newspaper indicates they might be.

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