The 2023 NFL offseason is about to get exciting with the legal tampering period of free agency beginning at noon ET Monday.
That's when teams can officially discuss new contracts with other teams' player, but those deals cannot become official until the free agent market opens at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
The New England Patriots are among the teams to keep a close eye on as free agency nears.
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The Patriots missed the playoffs in 2022 with a 8-9 record and struggled quite a bit offensively. After hiring a real offensive coordinator in Bill O'Brien, the Patriots need to surround quarterback Mac Jones with better talent at the skill positions and improve the offensive line. New England also must replace recently retired safety Devin McCourty, and maybe even cornerback Jonathan Jones, who's set to become an unrestricted free agent Wednesday.
Keep it right here with our legal tampering period live blog for all of the latest Patriots rumors, news and completed deals with their own free agents and other players.
Tuesday, March 14
7:45 p.m.: The Patriots are re-signing veteran safety Jabrill Peppers on a two-year contract, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
2:25 p.m.: Here are the latest updates on Jakobi Myers leaving to join the Raiders and Myles Bryant being tendered as an RFA.
Monday, March 13
2:15 p.m.: The Patriots and Raiders reportedly have shown interest in wide receiver Phillip Dorsett.
1:14 p.m.: Veteran defensive tackle Carl Davis is staying in Foxboro.
1:10 p.m.: Here are some details on Jones' contract with the Patriots.
12:31 p.m.: The Patriots are expected to re-sign cornerback Jonathan Jones to a two-year contract, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
12:08 p.m.: The Patriots' deal with linebacker Raekwon McMillian has a total value of $ 2.2 million, per Doug Kyed of AtoZ Sports.
Noon: The legal tampering period of free agency is officially underway!
11:40 a.m.: Here are the salary cap details of this trade for the Patriots.
11:20 a.m.: The Patriots are starting off with a trade to create a good amount of salary cap space. Tight end Jonnu Smith is headed to the Falcons.
11:01 a.m.: Will the Patriots bring back wide receiver Jakobi Meyers? What will it take to re-sign him?
Here is what ESPN's Mike Reiss reported Sunday:
"According to an NFL executive source, one team that explored the potential market for Meyers believes it will need to be in the range of $15 million-plus per year to sign him.
"If that’s the way it unfolds (and projections don’t always come to reality), some around the NFL don’t see the Patriots retaining Meyers based on their history."
If the price is $15 million or more, it might be wise of the Patriots to find another option. Meyers is a talented and reliable wideout, but you don't want to overpay for middle-tier players.
10:50 a.m. ET: The Patriots were among the teams at veteran wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.'s private workout Friday.