Friday, March 22, 2013

Inactivity around Vollmer imply return to Patriots?


All has been quiet on the Sebastian Vollmer front despite the offensive tackle's position as arguably the top offensive lineman available on the open market.

That could mean a return to Foxborough is in the works. (photo: Beth Hart, Flickr)

Friday morning, ESPN Boston's Field Yates wrote that the longer Vollmer remains a free agent, the more likely he returns to the New England Patriots.

Yates said the sides have "likely" already negotiated a contract and that Vollmer is probably working off of the Patriots' offer in talking to other teams. (Click the italicized text in the last paragraph to read more from Yates.)

The Patriots clearly are not in a hurry to get their offensive line solidified, which is really nothing new for them. Over the years, offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia has been an ace at getting the absolute most out of his blocking unit no matter who comes and goes, regardless of a timetable.

New England recently signed former Atlanta Falcons tackle Will Svitek as insurance.

Former Kansas City Chief Eric Winston, former Cincinnati Bengal Andre Smith and former Baltimore Raven Bryant McKinnie are also among the top free agent tackles available.

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