The lightning bolt that came of the clear blue sky this past weekend — Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel to Kansas City for a second-round draft pick — got us thinking about the biggest deals in Patriots history.



The Patriots could have gotten more for Matt Cassel than they wound up with, perhaps even first- and third-round picks instead of the single second-rounder they received from Kansas City.



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In the end, it didn’t come down to a favor, two old pals pulling one over on the rest of the league or one guy feeling all sentimental about the other.



1. I would love to see the Patriots surprise me over the next couple of weeks and go big.



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First, let’s make things abundantly clear: Ray Lewis, Albert Haynesworth or T.J. Houshmandzadeh aren’t walking through that door.



While the Patriots didn’t sign a marquee name on the first day of free agency yesterday, they were still involved in one of the most active offseason days in the recent history of the franchise.





INDIANAPOLIS -- The game has changed.





When the NFL combine gets underway this week in Indianapolis, the Patriots be able to pare down most of this list to the guys they’ll really be keeping an eye on — linebackers and defensive backs.