New England Patriots: LS Lonie Paxton, who tore his ACL against the Miami Dolphins, is expected to be placed on injured reserve, according to the Boston Globe. The Pats are expected to pick up third-year veteran snapper Sean McDermott to replace Paxton. McDermott long-snapped for Tampa Bay in 2001 before being picked by Houston in the 2002 expansion draft. He was released by the Texans in the offseason but was picked up by the Miami Dolphins. But the Patriots' division rivals weren't pleased with his ability to snap the ball accurately while maintaining his blocking assignments.
Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens have at least $22 million in cap space for next season, so they'll likely be very active in the free-agent market. But they'll also use their cash to retain some of their own players. In fact, they've already gotten a jump on that. Club officials have started preliminary talks about restructuring the contract of center C Mike Flynn, and NT Kelly Gregg might be next on the list. "We have some cap room, so we have approached a couple of guys to restructure," coach Brian Billick told the Baltimore Sun. "We're trying to hold onto the mentality that this group can stay together for a while. But that still has to be orchestrated. And there will be surprises. It's going to be a very important offseason to keep the continuity of what now appears to be a positive situation." There are 15 players currently on the roster who will become unrestricted free agents at season's end, and five of them (Flynn, CB Chris McAlister, WR Marcus Robinson, OT Orlando Brown and LB Adalius Thomas) are starters.
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