After making a big move at the end of last month where they traded away Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel, the Patriots could be on the verge of another blockbuster deal.

A report yesterday from Vic Carucci of NFL.com indicated New England and Carolina



While in New England, Troy Brown and Mike Vrabel resisted labels: Under Bill Belichick, they were wide receivers or linebackers in names only.



The spin is in. The Pats couldn’t have done any better in the Cassel trade than they did. Vrabel was all washed up.



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The lightning bolt that came of the clear blue sky this past weekend — Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel to Kansas City for a second-round draft pick — got us thinking about the biggest deals in Patriots history.



The Patriots could have gotten more for Matt Cassel than they wound up with, perhaps even first- and third-round picks instead of the single second-rounder they received from Kansas City.



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In the end, it didn’t come down to a favor, two old pals pulling one over on the rest of the league or one guy feeling all sentimental about the other.



1. I would love to see the Patriots surprise me over the next couple of weeks and go big.



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First, let’s make things abundantly clear: Ray Lewis, Albert Haynesworth or T.J. Houshmandzadeh aren’t walking through that door.



While the Patriots didn’t sign a marquee name on the first day of free agency yesterday, they were still involved in one of the most active offseason days in the recent history of the franchise.