FOXBORO -- Anthony Gonzalez is an interesting guy.



FOXBORO -- When it came to free-agent possibilities, Matthew Slater said Tuesday that there was no need to even consider anyone else when it came to the open market.

FOXBORO -- Meeting the media for the first time as a Patriot on Tuesday, wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez said that when it came to his options in free agency, choosing New England was a no-brainer.

According to a report from Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Bill Parcells will not serve as interim coach for the New Orleans Saints in 2012.

Parcells had spoken to Sean Payton about the possibility of taking over as head coach for 2012 when the punishment for Payton for his role in the bounty system was announced. Payton's appeal of the one-year suspension was denied by Roger Goodell on Monday.

The NFL on Monday notified Saints head coach Sean Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis and assistant coach Joe Vitt that commissioner Roger Goodell has upheld the existing suspensions levied for their role in a bounty system ran by the team over a three-year period.

Payton will miss the entire 2012 season and will begin serving his suspension on April 16. Vitt's suspension (six games) will begin at the start of the 2012 regular season, as will the suspension for Loomis (eight games).

In no particular order, here are 10 things we learned this week about the Patriots and the NFL:



The Patriots announced Thursday they have signed free agent linebacker Bobby Carpenter. The 28-year-old is a veteran of six NFL seasons, having spent time with Dallas (2006-09), Miami (2010) and Detroit (2010-11). The 6-foot-2, 249-pounder was originally drafted in the first round (18th overall) of the 2006 NFL draft by Dallas out of Ohio State. He has played in 89 NFL games with 10 starts and has accumulated 165 total tackles, one interception that he returned for a touchdown, 3.5 sacks, five passes defensed and one fumble recovery.

The Patriots announced their 2012 preseason schedule on Wednesday. The Patriots will have home games the first two weeks, hosting the Saints Week 1 and the Eagles Week 2. The Eagles game will be played on Aug. 20 at Gillette Stadium.

The Patriots travel to Florida for Week 3 to take on the Buccaneers and the final preseason game in Week 4 is a Super Bowl rematch with the Giants at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. It is the eighth straight season the Patriots and Giants will play each other in the preseason finale.

In New York to model the Patriots' new Nike uniforms on Tuesday, Wes Welker spoke to ESPN about his contract situation. The wideout was franchise tagged by the Patriots on March 5 and will be paid $9.5 million in 2012 if he signs the tender. Welker was asked if was comfortable with the franchise tag.

According to The Tennessean, free agent center Dan Koppen is scheduled to visit with the Titans as early as Wednesday.

Koppen, who was drafted by the Patriots out of Boston College in 2003, spent most of last year on injured reserve after suffering a broken ankle in the season opener.