Entering free agency for the first time in his career, Shane Vereen will hope to get the proverbial Super Bowl bump. Arguably the biggest question surrounding Vereen is if the New England Patriots will look to re-sign the star running back. Teams such as the New York Giants reportedly are interested in landing Vereen.
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Giants, Vereen Agree to Deal
Tuesday, March 10
Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo reported Vereen to the Giants is a "done deal."
Earlier on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported that Vereen was expected to sign with the Giants when the free-agent market opens. However, Rand Getlin of Yahoo Sports reported that Vereen would give the Patriots a chance to match the offer.
Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News also reported on the Giants' interest, saying: "They are 'very serious' about trying to sign free agent running back Shane Vereen, according to a source, who added it was possible a deal could get done soon after the market opens at 4 p.m."
On Monday, Albert Breer of the NFL Network reported the Giants had "significant interest," while Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News cited a source who said there is a "very good chance" Vereen signs with the Giants.
Patriots "Not Biting" on Vereen Despite Lowered Price Tag
Monday, March 9
Mike Giardi of CSNNE.com reports the latest:
The Pats made Vereen a priority last offseason and his asking price was so high, the Patriots never bothered to counter. The hope was that price tag would come down to a more reasonable number and in recent weeks, it has done just that. From $5 million a season to somewhere around $3.5 million per. That would seem in line with what other comparable backs have gotten on the open market (Donald Brown got $10.5 million over 3 from San Diego last year) but to this point, the Pats still aren’t biting.
Vereen took to Twitter to deny reports that he was asking for $5 million in his new contract:
On Feb. 19, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reported the price Vereen was denying:
Vereen is hopeful to land a contract worth at least $5 million per season, according to a source. Now, that's obviously a sign of a player who wants to start high with his negotiations with the realization that the price will drop throughout the back-and-forth with his suitors, but the desire to get paid means he'll almost certainly hit the open market March 10 for the beginning of free agency.
On Feb. 15, Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com provided his thoughts on the Patriots re-signing Vereen and where he plays next season:
I could see Vereen exceeding [Donald Brown's deal], and I have doubts the Patriots – given their recent free-agent history with running backs BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead – would match it. From the pure-speculation department: I could see the Jacksonville Jaguars as a strong suitor for Vereen, in part because of the championship pedigree he could bring and their significant salary-cap space.
Jets Reportedly Interested in Vereen
Sunday, March 8
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported that the New York Jets were in the market for Vereen, saying that if the Jets can't come to an agreement with Bilal Powell, that the Patriots running back would be a target for New York.
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