The Patriots have re-signed defensive end Derrick Burgess to a one-year deal, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The 31-year-old Burgess, who was acquired by New England last summer in a trade for a pair of draft picks, had five sacks last season for the Patriots. The 6-foot-2, 260-pounder is a two-time Pro Bowler who had a career-high 16 sacks in 2005. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.

Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker, who tore both the anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his left knee in the regular-season finale against the Texans in Houston, said Thursday his rehab was “going really well,” but wouldn’t commit to a date for his return

In an interview with CBS Radio, he said there’s plenty of time between now and the start of the 2010 season, but he won’t push it before it’s ready.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning and gave his thoughts on the upcoming season. The two-time Super Bowl MVP is optimistic as the season nears. "I'm feeling really good and excited," Brady said. "Every day that goes by I feel one day closer to football season, so I'm pretty happy about that."

 

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is scheduled to appear as a guest with Dennis & Callahan Wednesday at 7 a.m. Brady hasn’t talked a whole lot this offseason, doing just one in-depth interview since the end of the 2009 campaign. If you miss the interview on Wednesday, visit the It Is What It Is blog for a transcript or the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand section to listen to it.

Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker, who is recovering from ACL and MCL injuries to his left knee suffered in the regular-season finale in December, told The Oklahoman newspaper that he is battling to get back on the field but can't predict when he'll be able to return to action.

 

According to Patriots.com, the Patriots preseason scheduled is now locked in. Here are the dates and times for all four games:

 

Thu. Aug. 12 vs. New Orleans (7:30 p.m.)
Thu. Aug. 19 at Atlanta (8 p.m., FOX)
Thu. Aug. 26 vs. St. Louis (7:30 p.m.)
Thu. Sept. 2 at New York Giants (7 p.m.)

 

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In his first interview of the offseason, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says he’s healthy and is looking forward to the 2010 season.

“This is the best I’ve felt in a long, long time,’’ Brady told Peter King of SI.com in this week’s edition of Monday Morning Quarterback.

Just over a month ago, tight end was a spot where the Patriots were as shallow as a wading pool. Now, they suddenly have the depth of a Greek philosopher.



FOXBORO — Defensive lineman Gerard Warren, who was acquired last month by the Patriots, said he got some advice on playing in New England from former Patriots defensive lineman Richard Seymour. Seymour, who was traded by New England to Oakland shortly before the start of the 2009 season, was a teammate of Warren’s with the Raiders last year, and he told Warren that the Patriots were “all business,” and said the tone around the team was a “family environment.”