ORLANDO — Even though he was among the owners Monday at the league meetings, Robert Kraft had not problem putting on his fan hat, especially when it came to talking about the acquisitions of new free agents Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner and Brandon LaFell.

ORLANDO — Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Monday he’s still holding out hope that defensive lineman Vince Wilfork is with the team in 2014.

The Steelers have a weekend visit planned with free agent running back LeGarrette Blount, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.

Blount, who played with the Patriots last season, finished 2013 with 153 carries for 772 yards and seven touchdowns in the regular season, and added 166 yards and four touchdowns in the division playoff victory over the Colts.

New England has reportedly maintained an interested in re-signing the 6-foot, 250-pound Blount, who has not taken any other visits throughout the free agent process.

Are the Patriots better now than they were at the start of free agency? As the first wave of this portion of the team-building comes to a close, they've certainly shown improvement -- particularly when it comes to their secondary -- but at the same time, it’s important to remember that the process of crafting the final 2014 roster is far from finished.



Julian Edelman said Thursday the prospect of signing with another team in free agency — and leaving Tom Brady — was too difficult to even think about.

“It would be very tough to leave [Brady], because he’s my dawg,”€ Edelman said Thursday on a conference call with reporters.

Aqib Talib said the contract offer from the Patriots “was a little shaky compared to Denver’s offer,” which was one of the reasons that caused him to sign a free agent deal with the Broncos earlier this month.

Speaking with Peter King of Monday Morning Quarterback, Talib touched on why he ultimately left New England.

There have been 13 new rules proposals made by the NFL’s competition committee, according to league spokesman Greg Aiello, with four of them specifically proposed by the Patriots.

The Patriots have inquired about Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson, according to a report from Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.

Brandon Spikes said Monday the Patriots decision to put him on injured reserve at the end of the 2013 season was a “false report,” and added “that’s just how things go” in Foxboro when it comes to injuries.

The linebacker, who signed a free agent deal with the Bills earlier this month after four seasons with New England, made the statement Monday on WGR Radio in Buffalo.

Wide receiver Julian Edelman, who agreed to a new four-year deal with the Patriots over the weekend, told WAAF’s Hill-Man Morning Show that he’s happy to be returning to New England after dipping his toes in the waters of free agency. To hear the interview, go to the WAAF audio page.