INDIANAPOLIS -- If the Patriots are going to trade Ryan Mallett, this is as good an offseason as any.

Rob Gronkowski, who has had an eventful offseason, won’t be working the Oscars after all. According to, the Patriots tight end has been replaced by Ravens safety Ed Reed as the special “red carpet correspondent” for the “Rich Eisen Podcast.”

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INDIANAPOLIS — According to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald, Patriots right tackle Sebastian Vollmer has undergone an arthroscopic procedure on his knee.

Vollmer, one of the premier right tackles in the league, is set to become an unrestricted free agent. He has been with the team since being drafted in the second round of the 2009 draft.

INDIANAPOLIS – For a lot of fans and a lot of media members, the NFL scouting combine is an introduction of sorts. Players’ names are learned, and first impressions are made through media interviews and workout numbers.

INDIANAPOLIS — A slightly chastened Rex Ryan addressed the media at the NFL scouting combine on Thursday, and the Jets coach — who has never been shy about making boasts in the past — was asked about the gap between the Patriots and the rest of the AFC East.

INDIANAPOLIS -- The distance between the Patriots and the rest of the AFC East is already pretty wide -- New England has won nine of the last 10 division titles, and done so pretty handily. The only exception to the rule came in 2008 when -- of course -- quarterback Tom Brady was on the shelf for practically the entire season.

INDIANAPOLIS — Vikings GM Rick Spielman said Thursday that despite recent rumors, Minnesota has “no intent” of trading wide receiver Percy Harvin.

Harvin, entering the final year of a five-year deal he signed as a rookie, has apparently made noise about a new deal, one in the neighborhood of roughly $10 million annually.


The trial of Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard ended Wednesday when the jury returned a verdict of guilty to a felony charge of assaulting a police officer and a misdemeanor for resisting arrest. He was found not guilty to a third charge, for misdemeanor assault. Dennard faces up to six years in jail and $11,000 in fines at his April 11 sentencing.

This week, the Patriots will join 31 other teams in Indianapolis for the annual NFL scouting combine, which will open Thursday morning at Lucas Oil Stadium.