Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Monday at the owners meetings the organization wanted Wes Welker over Danny Amendola, but that the negotiations led to Welker ending up in Denver and Amendola signing with New England.

Defensive end Elvis Dumervil, a free agent after administrative issues led to his release from the Broncos, reportedly is drawing interest from the Patriots. The Ravens, Steelers and Titans also are said to be interested, although Dumervil is believed to want to stay in Denver.

The first six days of free agency have seen a dizzying pace of activity throughout the NFL. As for the Patriots, they’ve said goodbye to a pair of high-profile receivers and added two others, and also made some interesting moves on the defensive side of the ball.



The Patriots have signed veteran offensive tackle Will Svitek, according to ESPN. The 31-year-old Svitek, a 6-foot-6, 308-pounder out of Stanford, has played for the Chiefs and Falcons over the course of his career, starting 16 of a possible 61 games. Svitek entered the 2012 season as the Falcons backup left tackle, but missed the entire season after suffering what the team termed an upper arm injury. His best season came in 2011 when he started 10 games at left tackle in place of Sam Baker.

The Patriots announced Saturday that they have released wide receiver Brandon Lloyd. The news was first reported by the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe. Lloyd was due a $3 million roster bonus this weekend and had been reportedly negotiating a restructured deal with the team. The veteran receiver was due a base salary of $1.9 million in 2013, with a salary cap charge of $4.9 million.

Free agent wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth was involved in a hot-air balloon accident in Florida on Saturday. ESPN’s Mike Reiss is reporting that Stallworth, who has played for the Patriots on two separate occasions, is currently in stable condition after sustaining burns when the balloon he was in hit power lines.

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The Patriots and linebacker Niko Koutouvides have agreed on a one-year deal, according to a league source. Koutouvides, 31, is primarily a special teamer who played in 14 games for New England last season, making four tackles. The Purdue product has spent nine years in the NFL, spending time with the Patriots, Bucs, Broncos and Seahawks.

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The Patriots have re-signed cornerback Aqib Talib to a one-year deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. (According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, the deal is worth $5 million.) The 27-year-old Talib, who was acquired by the Patriots in a midseason trade with Tampa Bay, finished the season with 19 tackles (13 solo), two passes defensed and one interception.

There are conflicting reports about whether the Patriots have made an offer to Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.

According to multiple reports, the Patriots have signed free agent safety Adrian Wilson.

Mike Jurecki of XTRA Sports 910 AM in Phoenix, who was first to report the agreement, tweets that the deal is for three years.