Despite the labor situation, the NFL announced Monday that the 2011 regular-season schedule will be unveiled on Tuesday at 7 p.m. on NFL Network and NFL.com.

The Patriots' list of opponents is already known: They will play home games against Buffalo, the New York Jets, Miami, Dallas, Indianapolis, Kansas City, the New York Giants and San Diego. In addition, New England will travel to face Buffalo, the New York Jets, Miami, Denver, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Washington.

In a conference call with reporters Monday morning, Bill Parcells said his time in the NFL was done, but joked that you could write down the statement "in pencil."

"No, I'm done. I know I've said that before — you better put it down in pencil," Parcells said. "I'm going to be 70 years old in August and I'm enjoying my time now. This is the first ... I really left Miami about October 1st last year, and this is the first time I've really had any extended period of time to myself. I'm doing some things that I enjoy doing.

You’ve read the draft annuals and memorized what Mel Kiper, Jr. and the rest of the analysts have to say when it comes to who might be on the Patriots’ radar for the first few rounds. But how is the rest of New England’s draft board going to look?



Bill Parcells and Drew Bledsoe have been announced as first-year nominees for the Patriots Hall of Fame, joining three-time finalist Houston Antwine in rounding this year's class of those up for consideration. Starting Friday, fans will have one month to vote for the nominee they feel is most deserving of Patriots Hall of Fame induction. Voting will take place at Patriots.com through May 15, with the winner being announced May 16.

Despite the labor uncertainty, the NFL announced its 2011 preseason schedule on Tuesday. The Patriots will host Jacksonville the weekend of Aug. 11-15 and the New York Giants the weekend of Sept. 1-2. They will travel to face Tampa Bay on Aug. 20 and Detroit on Aug. 27, with the game against the Lions set to start at 8 p.m. and be broadcast nationally on CBS.

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According to a report from Vic Carucci of NFL.com, the Jets have interest in Randy Moss. 

The wide receiver, a free agent, could be targeted by the Jets when the lockout ends, multiple league insiders told Carucci. Moss played for the Patriots, Vikings and Titans in 2010, setting career lows with 28 catches and 393 yards receiving.

According to an ESPN report, the Patriots are hosting University of Washington quarterback Jake Locker for a two-day visit starting Tuesday. Locker, who passed for 2,265 yards and 17 touchdowns last season, is projected to go in the mid- to late first round of the draft later this month. The Patriots have the 17th and 28th overall picks.

Tom Brady's backup in 2010 was Brian Hoyer, who was signed as an undrafted free agent from Michigan State in 2009.

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Running back Fred Taylor, who was with the Patriots the last two seasons, told the Gainesville Sun on Monday that he's "basically retired" from football.

The 35-year-old Taylor struggled to stay healthy in his two seasons with New England, as he was hobbled by a series of injuries that forced him to miss 19 of 32 regular-season games while with the Patriots. In two years in New England, Taylor has 106 carries for 424 yards and two touchdowns.

Former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel was arrested for theft at the Belterra Casino in Florence, Indiana on Monday morning, according to Pro Football Talk.

Vrabel, who was dealt from New England to Kansas City before the start of the 2009 season, was reportedly booked at 5:28 a.m. on Monday for what, under Indiana law, is a Class D felony. PFT reports that Vrabel was released at 10:39 a.m. Monday after posting a $600 bond.

Former Patriots running back Laurence Maroney was charged Wednesday with misdemeanor marijuana possession, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.