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-- Leslie (Oklahoma)
A: New England is in a good spot, Leslie. For starters, it has salary-cap flexibility. If it wants to make a move for a veteran defensive back such as Woodson or Ed Reed, it is in position to do it. New England will upgrade its defense in some way, and my sense is the Patriots believe in Mallett more than other teams do right now. New England has watched him in practice and really been impressed. Even Brian Daboll, who left Kansas City and joined the Patriots in the postseason, recognized that Mallett could have won the starting job with the Chiefs -- and with other NFL franchises.
Q: Adam, I am a little worried that the Minnesota Vikings will trade Percy Harvin and get nothing back (like what happened with Randy Moss). What are your sources telling you? Is he more likely to stay or go right now?
-- Kelsey (Minnesota)
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