With the Patriots now having variable pricing for their home games, they have unveiled which games get which distinction for the upcoming season.

Only one game is considered “elite” — the Nov. 13 Sunday night game against the Seahawks, which means it will be the most expensive game of the season.

Below elite is “marquee” and those games include the Bengals on Oct. 16 and the Dolphins on Sept. 18. The Bengals game could be Tom Brady’s first home game if his four-game suspension stands and the Dolphins game is the home opener.

The “premiere” category has the Texans (Sept. 22), Bills (Oct. 2), Rams (Dec. 4), Ravens (Dec. 12) and Jets (Dec. 24). Finally, the cheapest games are obviously the two preseason games.

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Ryan Hannable

The Patriots special teams situation might get a little more interesting.

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus appeared on The Dan Patrick Show Thursday, and when he was discussing the pending commitment of Baltimore draftee Keenan Reynolds, he dropped this nugget regarding the future of Patriots long snapper Joe Cardona.

Joe Cardona

Joe Cardona

The Patriots special teams situation might get a little more interesting.

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus appeared on The Dan Patrick Show Thursday, and when he was discussing the pending commitment of Baltimore draftee Keenan Reynolds, he dropped this nugget regarding the future of Patriots long snapper Joe Cardona.

“We have Joe Cardona, long snapper for the Patriots,” Mabus said. “He played last year for the Patriots while he was on active duty because he was able to work them both out. He’s been assigned to a ship, and he’s going to report to that ship so he may need to leave the Patriots for a year or so in order to go fulfill that role.”

Cardona’s status has always been thought of as somewhat tenuous because of his commitments — in addition to his work with the Patriots, he’s spent the last year-plus working at the Naval Preparatory Academy in Newport, R.I., as part of his duties as an active member of the Navy.

This could also explain why the Patriots added veteran long snapper Christian Yount to the roster as a free agent earlier this spring.

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Christopher Price

The Broncos and Von Miller are enjoying their victory lap.

Miller spoke on a number of topics Wednesday, including his contract situation. Miller, who was franchised this past offseason by the Broncos, was also asked about what it was like sacking Tom Brady.

The Broncos and Von Miller are enjoying their victory lap.

Miller spoke on a number of topics Wednesday, including his contract situation. Miller, who was franchised this past offseason by the Broncos, was also asked about what it was like sacking Tom Brady.

“It was like sleeping on a bed,” said Miller, who sacked Brady 2.5 times in Denver’s win over the Patriots.

When it came to his contract, Miller said he wanted to be a “Bronco for life.”

He added: ”I’m going to be here in Denver no matter what. The contract is going to take care of itself.”

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Christopher Price

WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price break down the return of offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia and what it means to the future of the offensive line, as well as new safeties coach Steve Belichick and his football relationship to his dad. They also recap the Patriots 2016 draft and what to expect from some of the higher profile selections in their upcoming rookie season.

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WEEI

The rookies are putting pen to paper and getting to work.

The rookies are putting pen to paper and getting to work.

Two members of the Patriots’ 2016 draft class have reportedly signed their rookie deals. Third-round pick Joe Thuney, a 6-foot-5, 287-pound offensive lineman out of North Carolina State, has reportedly agreed to a contract — according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, the deal is up to $3.538 million, and included $773,428 signing bonus. In addition, sixth-round pick Kamu Grugier-Hill of Eastern Illinois has also signed his rookie contract — per Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, it’s a four-year deal for $2.61 million with a $100,356 signing bonus.

Expect the draft picks to continue to agree to deals relatively quickly, as all the selections have their deals slotted. As a result, it’s just a matter of time before the contracts are completed.

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Christopher Price

According to sports law attorney Daniel Wallach, a lawsuit has asked the federal court to dismiss the Patriots fans’ lawsuit against the NFL over the lost draft pick because of Deflategate.

Robert Kraft is on the NFL’s side with at least one part of Deflategate.

According to sports law attorney Daniel Wallach, Kraft has asked the federal court to dismiss the Patriots fans’ lawsuit against the NFL over the lost draft pick because of Deflategate. He joins the NFL in seeking dismissal of the case.

“We took unprecedented action — never pursued by any other team — to challenge conclusions on which NFL’s penalties were based,” Kraft said via Wallach.

Last month, the fans filed a lawsuit demanding the NFL return the first-round draft pick taken from the team as punishment for Deflategate. The suit seeked no monetary compensation. Late last month a federal judge called the suit “plainly without merit.”

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Ryan Hannable