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Patriots.com News Blitz - 3/22/2012

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**Mike Reiss** of ESPNBoston.com writes that according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Patriots have agreed to a one-year deal with wide receiver Deion Branch.  The Patriots have now added four wideouts in free-agency, with Branch, Brandon Lloyd, Anthony Gonzalez and Donte Stallworth all in the fold.  Reiss envisions Branch as a "2b/3a type of receiver option" next season due to the additon of Brandon Lloyd.  He continues, "Overall, the competition at receiver should be one of the most interesting things to watch unfold in training camp."

Mike Reiss also writes that Tom Brady has restructured his contract, according to a report from Brian McIntyre.  In restructuring Brady's contract, the Patriots pick up an additional $7.2 million in cap space.  Here is Reiss' thought as to why the Patriots restructured Brady's contract: "By creating more space this year, the Patriots open up an option where they can potentially address contracts of players who will be a priority in the near future, and do so by offering a larger base salary in 2012 instead of an up-front signing bonus."

**Greg A. Bedard** of The Boston Globe writes that retirement seems likely for Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light after hearing from Robert Kraft on Thursday.  The Patriots' owner addressed the media following a Patriots Charitable Foundation event celebrating Camp Sunshine and said "(if) Matt Light decides to retire…he's somebody who's been with us the whole time.  He's been such an outstanding person both on and off the field."

**Ian R. Rapoport** of The Boston Herald takes a look at the recent signing of center/guard Dan Connolly and wonders if there is still room to sign Dan Koppen.  Connolly's new three-year contract pays him a little more than $2 million per year over the first two years, which may leave room for signing C Dan Koppen.  Rapoport writes, "Koppen's market has been on the slower side, which might mean teams believe the Pats will step in at the last moment and sign him. That's my belief, too.  And this Connolly signing does nothing to stop me from thinking Koppen will be back. As last year proved, you can't have too many good, reliable linemen. And if Connolly made his salary and had to fill in at two positions, it's even more worth it."

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