Wide receiver Brandon LaFell, who has spent his first four NFL seasons with the Panthers, is visiting with the Patriots Wednesday after hitting free agency, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Carolina free-agent WR Brandon LaFell is visiting today with the New England Patriots, per source.

‘€” Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2014

Cornerback Aqib Talib has reached an agreement with the Broncos on a six-year contract for $57 million that includes $26 million in guaranteed money, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Julian Edelman and the Patriots were unable to reach an agreement on a new contract Tuesday afternoon, and the wide receiver will test free agency, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The former college quarterback. who was a seventh-round pick of the Patriots in 2009, was reportedly offered a three-year deal by New England on the heels of his career-best 2013 season, where he finished with 105 catches for 1,056 yards and six touchdowns.

According to a report out of Denver, linebacker Wesley Woodyard is on his way to New England for a free-agent meeting with the Patriots.

The Patriots offered wide receiver Julian Edelman a three-year contract and asked for an answer by the start of free agency Tuesday at 4 p.m., according to a report from Ian Rapoport.

Rapoport indicated that the Patriots want to keep Edelman, who had a career year in 2013, but they appear to be preparing for a fallback option should Edelman be unwilling to commit.

According to a report out of Washington, the Patriots are close to a deal to re-sign cornerback Aqib Talib.

Following a report that Washington was interested in Talib, Dianna Marie Russini of Washington’s NBC affiliate News 4 tweeted Monday night that a source indicated to her that Talib is “very close to a deal with Patriots.” She added that the “Redskins want Aqib Talib but Patriots are offering better deal.”

Wide receiver Aaron Dobson underwent surgery on his left foot on Monday, and will face a two- to three-month recovery time, according to the Boston Herald.

A second-round pick out of Marshall who had 37 catches for 519 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie, the 22-year-old was slowed at the end of his rookie year with a persistent foot issue. According to reports, one of the reasons surgery was delayed was because both sides were hoping the foot would heal with rest. When that didn’t happen, surgery became necessary.

When 4 p.m. hits on Tuesday and NFL free agency begins, it’s important to remember the words of John Wooden: Don’t mistake activity for achievement.



Cornerback Alterraun Verner said Monday he’s heard from Devin McCourty, who has apparently been making a pitch for Verner to come to New England.

Verner, who has played alongside McCourty’s brother Jason the last four years in Tennessee, told Sirius XM’s Mad Dog Radio on Monday that Devin has been trying to get him to sign with the Patriots.

The Patriots released four players Monday afternoon: defensive lineman Cory Grissom, running back Sam McGuffie, wide receiver T.J. Moe and linebacker Taylor Reed.

The release of Moe was reported earlier Monday.

The following is a portion of the press release issued by the team: