According to a report from Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe, quarterback Brian Hoyer has signed his restricted free agent tender. 

Hoyer was a second-round restricted free agent, which meant the Patriots would have received a second-round pick if another team had elected to sign the quarterback.

Tight end Jeremy Shockey has denied that he was the whistle-blower that led to an investigation resulting in the uncovering of the Saints' bounty program.

The Patriots have reportedly reached an agreement on a two-year deal with fullback/linebacker Spencer Larsen. The 28-year-old Larsen, an Arizona product who has spent three seasons in the NFL, joins New England after four seasons in Denver with the Broncos. The Boston Herald was first to report the news of the agreement. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

The Patriots have re-signed free agent wide receiver Deion Branch to a one-year contract, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Branch, 32, has spent 10 years in the league with both New England and Seattle, and is in his second tour with the Patriots. Last season with New England, the 5-foot-9, 195-pound Branch finished with 51 catches for 702 yards and five touchdowns. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

Peter King of NBC and Sports Illustrated was a guest of the Mut & Merloni show on Thursday afternoon. King was first asked about Wednesday's deal that sent Tim Tebow from Denver to the Jets and what that means for both Tebow and Mark Sanchez.

The New York Jets are a mess. 

Peyton Manning stayed away from them like a prospective house buyer stays away from land on a radioactive waste site.



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Well, we have our definitive answer.

Bountygate is worse than Spygate. And in Roger Goodell's eyes, it wasn't even close.



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According to a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Bengals and free agent running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis have agreed to a three-year deal.

Terms of the deal were not in the Schefter report. Green-Ellis played four seasons with the Patriots, rushing for 2,064 yards and 29 touchdowns, including a 1,008-yard, 13-TD season in 2010. Green-Ellis never fumbled in his four seasons with the Patriots, carrying the ball 510 times from 2008-11.

According to a tweet from his agent Wednesday afternoon, defensive end Mark Anderson agreed to a four-year deal with the Bills, ending his brief tenure in New England.

In 16 games with the Patriots last season, the 28-year-old had 29 tackles (18 solo) and 10 sacks. Anderson started the season as a pass rushing specialist but was pressed into regular duty following a season-ending injury to Andre Carter.

One week into free agency, the Patriots have addressed many of their weaknesses, including depth at wideout, offensive line and safety. But that’s only one part of the team-building process -- how has what New England’s done over the last week altered what it might do when it comes to the draft?