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NFL Rumors: OL Caleb Benenoch chooses Patriots in free agency

NFL Rumors: OL Caleb Benenoch chooses Patriots in free agency

The New England Patriots have become the hot new destination for free-agent offensive linemen.

Veteran offensive tackle Caleb Benenoch will sign with the Patriots on Tuesday, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reports. Per Rapoport, Benenoch actively sought out New England because he wanted to play for longtime offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia.

The Buccaneers drafted Benonoch in the fifth round out of UCLA in 2016, and he spent his previous three seasons in Tampa Bay before his release last Tuesday.

The versatile offensive lineman started all 16 games at right guard for the Bucs last season but has played every offensive line position but center over his 32-game career to date, which includes 22 starts.

The Patriots could use that versatility; center David Andrews already is out for the season, while right tackle Marcus Cannon missed Week 2 with a shoulder injury and Isaiah Wynn suffered a toe injury Sunday.

Benonoch becomes the fourth offensive lineman New England has signed since the season began, joining Korey Cunningham, Jermaine Eluemunor and Marshall Newhouse. The Patriots also traded for Buffalo Bills center Russell Bodine but released him days later.

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Could we have predicted Michael Bennett's suspension?

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Could we have predicted Michael Bennett's suspension?

Should the Patriots have seen the Michael Bennett suspension coming? Josh McDaniels on N'Keal Harry, Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry break down WR trade targets and more...

2:18 - Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the one-game suspension the Patriots placed on Michael Bennett after an apparent "philosophical disagreement" the defensive end had with coaches last week. Did the Patriots know what they were getting into when they signed him?

16:27 - N'Keal Harry returned the practice field after sitting out the first six games of the regular season. Josh McDaniels answers Tom's questions about how much the Patriots are able to rely on the rookie receiver.

27:53 - Tom and Phil cycle through which receivers are out there that the Patriots are likely targeting before the trade deadline.

35:53 - Rob Gronkowski may have finally put an end to the possibility of his return with the comments he made on WEEI. Tom talks about why it's finally time for Patriots fans to let him go.

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Report: Jaguars trade CB Jalen Ramsey to Rams

Report: Jaguars trade CB Jalen Ramsey to Rams

One month after requesting a trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jalen Ramsey got his wish.

The star cornerback was traded to the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday for two first-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021 and a fourth-rounder in 2021, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The news comes on the heels of the Rams trading veteran CB Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens and placing Aqib Talib on injured reserve on Tuesday.

Ramsey's move to the NFC is great news for the Patriots, as New England won't have to worry about the two-time Pro Bowler helping out the Kansas City Chiefs' scuffling defense after they were rumored to be one of his suitors.

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