The Patriots are expected to have two free agent running backs by the time 4 p.m. rolls around Tuesday afternoon, and it appears at least one of them is already getting “very serious” interest.

The Patriots “expressed interest” in running back Roy Helu during the legal tampering period over the weekend, according to a league source.

The big story with the Patriots and cornerbacks is Darrelle Revis, but not to be forgotten is Brandon Browner.

In a move that was to be expected, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter the Patriots will not pick up Darrelle Revis‘ $20 million team option for 2015 and the cornerback will become a free agent Tuesday at 4 p.m.

After reportedly agreeing to a five-year, $47.5 million deal Sunday night, Devin McCourty made a number of appearances on ESPN shows Monday.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk joined the Dennis & Callahan show on Monday morning to discuss Darrelle Revis, NFL free agency and other football news.

As long as the Patriots have Tom Brady and the rest of the AFC East does not have anyone comparable, New England will be the favorite to win the division.</p>
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With Devin McCourty now under contract, the attention turns to Darrelle Revis.</p>
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Some may say the Patriots are reluctant to pay their players, but that doesn’t appear to be the case with Devin McCourty.

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, safety Devin McCourty is staying in New England as he was set to become a free agent on Tuesday. Fox Sports 1’s Mike Garafolo was first to report McCourty was expected to stay with the Patriots, with Rapoport then saying it was a done deal.