The Patriots are typically quiet at the start of NFL free agency. By the time the first hour in the new league year is through - with Patriots brass usually sitting back and watching things play out across the league - it's become tradition to hear Pats fans explode on local talk radio stations.
"They're too cheap!"
"Brady's window is closing ... go get this guy, now!"
"What the hell are they doing!!??"
... And then the Patriots go deep into the playoffs 10 months later.
If the Pats do, finally, go against the conservative grain though and add a big name in free agency this year, expect it to be one of two guys: Matt Forte or Eric Weddle.
"Forte to the Patriots" was a popular rumor a couple months back, but when news surfaced that the Patriots and LeGarrette Blount were discussing a new deal on Feb. 24 - that notion took a big hit. As of Tuesday night, however, with news of contract agreements being leaked left and right across the NFL, the Blount front was quiet.
It's entirely possible the Patriots were just trying to knock down Forte's asking price a few weeks back as the Blount talks came out.
The Seahawks and Packers have also been mentioned as possible suitors for Forte and Green Bay emerged as a front-runner for his services on Tuesday night.
As for Weddle, the 31-year-old safety openly drooled at the prospect of becoming a Patriot in a Peter King column this week at TheMMQB.com.
"It would be funny if I ended up [in New England]," Weddle said. "We've played them so many times. The thing I like about them is they don't have an ego. It's insane to think about how good they've been. I've just been to one AFC Championship game. They've been there every year. You respect it, you envy it, you admire it."
The Raiders and Jaguars are also possible landing spots for Weddle.