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Buying or Selling Latest Free Agent Buzz Surrounding New England Patriots

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Buying or Selling Latest Free Agent Buzz Surrounding New England Patriots
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When I sat down to discuss the “buzz” surrounding the New England Patriots and who their free-agent targets might be, I asked myself two questions.

The first was, “Has there ever been a better rumor-related term than ‘buzz’?”

“Buzz”, in all its onomatopoetic beauty, sets all my fibres atingle with visions of what may be in store.  No matter how far-fetched or nonsensical a scenario appears to every ounce of logic in my being, all it takes is a bit of buzz and suddenly Peyton Manning seems very willing to back up Tom Brady for pennies on the dollar.

Don’t worry Broncos’ fans, that was fictional hyperbole. Manning isn’t going anywhere.

The second was, “What buzz?”

These are the Patriots we’re talking about.  The organization volunteers information about as freely as President Obama does his birth certificate.

That leaves the buzzing up to industry insiders, sources, and—to a far lesser extent—writers such as myself.

That doesn’t mean the media can’t find solid information; it just means they need to work harder for it.  With diligent research and an educated insight into team needs, interested parties can plug in to the team’s thought process and start generating the buzz on their own.

After all, it’s not like Bill Belichick would ever come out and tell anyone he likes a player.  Unless of course that player happens to be Ed Reed, which, shockingly enough, brings us to the first buzz-worthy player of the Patriots’ offseason.

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