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This is what rebuilding mode looks like for the Patriots

The Patriots do a major overhaul every year after they lose to Peyton Manning in the playoffs.

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Patriots always do a major reboot after losing to Peyton Manning in the playoffs. When a team makes it to the NFL's final four, the roster is usually pretty well regarded and no extraordinary changes are necessary. The New England Patriots aren't a normal team. Yes, this qualifies as rebuilding for the Patriots, except unlike any other so-called rebuilding team, they'll still be one of a few Super Bowl favorites.

PATS CUTSThe Patriots cut WR Brandon LaFell and TE Scott Chandler. It wouldn't really be an offseason in New England if the Patriots weren't looking for help at those two positions.

THE DOWN SIDE OF FREE AGENCYSaying farewell to Roddy White. The Falcons let their franchise-leading receiver go on Wednesday, a bittersweet moment for fans.

MACK OPTS OUTAlex Mack opts out of contract with the Browns. Expected for a while, the move is official now. The Browns center will be one of the most coveted free agents on the market, and don't rule out a return to the Browns.

TOP FREE AGENTS: Our list of the top 100 NFL free agents has been updated after that last round of cuts.

GOT YOUR BACKBrowns fans stick together. They have to.

SOMEONE CALLED THE COPS ON KAMThe police were called because Kam Chancellor looked in the window of a gym he wanted to buy.

WAY TO KEEP A SECRET, JERRYThe Cowboys will not draft a QB with the fourth pick. That's what Jerry Jones told Gil Brandt.

PEYTON REVELATIONSNew revelations emerge in Peyton Manning sexual harassment incident. A previously unheard-from former Vols player says he saw what went on that day in 1996; plus more on the controversy that has clouded Manning’s image as he contemplates retirement.

COLTS WORRIED ABOUT LUCK? Colts concerned about Andrew Luck's shoulder injury. This isn't good news for the Colts, especially with a contract extension looming. However, the Colts also have a track record of using leaks to further negotiations.

THE NO. 1 PICK: Laremy Tunsil or trade down? Tennessee Titans have tough call. If Tennessee takes tackle Laremy Tunsil with the top pick, it will have used three top-11 picks on offensive linemen in four years. With a roster so thin, grabbing more picks makes sense.

FLACCO MONEY: Joe Flacco is the NFL's highest-paid player. Pretty elite contract.


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