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No official word from the team as of 10 a.m., but all indications are that New England has signed yet another quality free agent.

Cornerback Tory James, late of the Cincinnati Bengals, has reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Patriots, according to several media outlets.

Though not expected to start for New England, James provides much needed insurance, depth, and experience at a position where the Pats have historically (particularly in recent years) needed all three at some point in their season.

James' agent told reporters Tuesday that his client was considering offers from other clubs, but that head coach Bill Belichick and player personnel boss Scott Pioli made a sales pitch that was just too good to pass up.

Will they soon make such a pitch for former first-round pick and perennial Pro Bowler Al Wilson?

The former Broncos linebacker, who was released late last week because of health concerns, wants to play again in 2007 after injuring his neck last season. The Providence Journal speculates today on whether or not Wilson would find a new home here in New England.

While we're on the topic of former Broncos, let's update the Todd Sauerbrun situtation.

The Denver Post says that NFL Players Association representatives went to Boston Tuesday to convince a third-party mediator that Sauerbrun, signed late in 2006 by New England, should be free to sign with any NFL club and not have his rights retained by the Patriots.

And finally, is Drew Bledsoe deserving of the Pro Football Hall of Fame? Another New Endland-area sports writer is offering an effusive tribute to the former Patriots QB today.

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