There are some interesting movements afoot among free agents with possible or actual ties to New England. The Raiders are expected to release outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley on Friday. A solid pass rusher, Wimbley signed a too-big contract with the Raiders and - less than a year later - will be untethered. The Patriots have a need, but folks close to the situation don't believe New England will be in on him. Mark Anderson is visiting Miami. The Patriots pass rusher certainly owes it to himself to see what's out there after reviving his career in 2011. Kendall Langford left Cincinnati without a contract. The Bengals defensive lineman will head to St. Louis next. The Patriots have murmured interest. LaRon Landry is going to visit the Jets this weekend. The Patriots have expressed curiosity about Landry as well.
BOSTON -- The coaching migration could begin soon.
Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis is to be in San Diego on Wednesday, a baseball source told NBC Sports Boston. They have an open hitting coach position that Davis will interview for. Davis' reputation in the game remains excellent, despite some offensive drop-offs for key Sox players in 2017.
Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said all the Sox coaches under John Farrell have permission to seek jobs elsewhere.
"I’ve talked to all the coaching staff members," Dombrowski said last week. "They’re all signed for 2018. What I told them is, first of all, I think very highly of them. They’re good people. They’re good baseball people. I would recommend to our new manager any of them, it’s not a problem for me, but I do believe a new manager needs to have his own coaching staff in place within approval of us and making sure that there’s proper areas coached within the club.
"Would grant permission for any club to talk to our personnel. I know they’re signed, but I wouldn’t want to stand in their way of getting a job somewhere else if that opportunity came up. Some of them could come back, but again, I’m going to wait until we get a manager and I won’t stand in their way of interviewing elsewhere."
Davis could eventually land on the interview circuit for manager, as well.
The Patriots improve their record to 4-2 with a win over the Jets, but there are still a lot of concerning factors for New England. Mike Giardi and Dan Koppen talk about something the team isn't used to - close games.
Giardi also dives into whether there is a major problem with the locker room dynamic, and whether all the moves they made in the offseason were blown way out of proportion by the media and fans of the talent added, but didn't factor in the personalities they lost.
Koppen and Giardi also look at how the offensive line play has fallen off, despite the same personnel as last year. Finally, discussing the late scratch of Stephon Gilmore due to a concussion. Anything to read into the timing?