For the Patriots, the annual NFL Combine — set to open this week in Indianapolis — is an important part of their overall assessment of college prospects. But when it comes down to deciding whether or not a player is the kind of guy you want in a New England uniform, it’s only a singular part of a much larger evaluation process.



The Patriots confirmed the addition of George Godsey to the coaching staff as an offensive assistant on Thursday evening, and announced the promotions of Harold Nash from assistant to head strength and conditioning coach and Brian Ferentz from offensive assistant to tight ends coach.

George Godsey, who has spent the last seven years as an assistant at the University of Central Florida, is set to join the Patriots coaching staff, according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel. The move was confirmed by UCF head coach George O’Leary.

According to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter, former Patriots defensive lineman Richard Seymour has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Raiders worth as much as $30 million. The deal, which contains $22.5 million in guaranteed money, makes him the highest-paid defensive player in football.

 

Seymour was franchised for the 2010-11 season, earning $12.398 million in his second season in Oakland.

 

According to a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Patriots have placed the franchise tag on guard Logan Mankins. He will be paid a salary of $10.1 million should he sign the offer, according to the Schefter report. Mankins sat out the Patriots' first seven games of the 2010 season before signing his contract tender as a restricted free agent. He told the Boston Herald before the 2011 Pro Bowl that he would not be pleased if the Patriots put the franchise tag on him this offseason.

 

Mike Woicik has decided to leave the Patriots after 11 seasons as the strength and conditioning coach, and will take the same job with the Cowboys, according to a report from ESPNDallas. Woicik, who joined the Patriots shortly before the 2000 season, returns to Dallas, where he won three rings as the strength and conditioning coach with the Cowboys in the mid-1990s before doing the same with New England. He is the only player or coach with six Super Bowl rings. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

The Patriots announced several changes to the coaching staff on Friday afternoon. On offense, Bill O'Brien has been named the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach. Meanwhile, on defense there are three positional changes — Matt Patricia will now coach the Patriots' safeties, Patrick Graham will serve as linebackers coach and Brian Flores was named defensive assistant. In addition, it was announced that Corwin Brown, who shared responsibilities with Josh Boyer as a defensive backs coach in 2010, will not return to the team in 2011.

Adam Schefter of ESPN made his final regularly scheduled appearance of the season on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning. He talked about the collective bargaining agreement, Logan Mankins and the draft.

 

Schefter started by talking about the one thing that is sure to dominate any and all NFL discussions for the next few months — the CBA. “There will be no offseason because, essentially, there can be no free agent signings, there can be no comings and goings and there cannot be any trades until there’s a new CBA,” Schefter said.

Patriots safety Patrick Chung told reporters this morning he's moved past the botched fake punt in the playoff loss to the Jets, saying, "it's behind me."

Chung, who was reading to Mulcahey Elementary School students in Taunton Wednesday morning, said it was "my mistake, making the call" on the fake punt, but said he's looking forward to 2011.

"You gotta bounce back," he told reporters. "Something bad is going to happen to you in life, you gotta bounce back."

According to reports, the Patriots may be changing a couple of coaches this offseason. ESPN reports that Corwin Brown will not return after one season as secondary coach, and that strength and conditioning coach Mike Woicik is interviewing Wednesday with the Cowboys.

 

Woicik was the Cowboys strength coach from 1990-96. He has spent the past 11 seasons with the Patriots. His contract reportedly expired after the 2010 season.

 

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