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Patriots tender Cameron Fleming, Matt Lengel and Justin Coleman

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The Patriots re-signed fullback James Develin to open the week and they continued making moves to bring back members of the 2016 team on Tuesday.

According to multiple reports, the team has extended tender offers to tackle Cameron Fleming, tight end Matt Lengel and cornerback Justin Coleman. Fleming is set to be a restricted free agent while the others qualify for exclusive rights free agency.

Fleming got the original round tender, which means any team that signs him to an offer sheet would have to fork over a fourth-round pick in the event the Patriots don’t match. Fleming has started 14 games for the Patriots over the last three seasons and has frequently seen time as a sixth offensive lineman.

Lengel joined the Patriots after Rob Gronkowski was hurt last season and caught two passes for 22 yards and a touchdown in six regular season appearances. Coleman has played in 20 games over the last two years for New England.

Cornerback Malcolm Butler is also scheduled to be a restricted free agent, but there’s been no word on how the team plans to approach his tender.

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19 Responses to “Patriots tender Cameron Fleming, Matt Lengel and Justin Coleman”
  1. superpatriotsfan says: Mar 7, 2017 1:56 PM

    ‘OMG THIS IS THE BEST MOVE EVAH BY BILL BELICHICK CAUSE HE’S WICKED SMAHT”

    – Patriots Homer

  2. kenberthiaume says: Mar 7, 2017 1:59 PM

    Fleming is ungainly. They should probably move on from him. The others…marginal players.

  3. weepingjebus says: Mar 7, 2017 2:05 PM

    Omg, this is the best move ever by Bill Belichick, because he’s wicked smart.

  4. MattyD says: Mar 7, 2017 2:12 PM

    All three of these guys could have bigger roles than expected next year. Fleming is one injury away from being a starting tackle, Coleman could be one of the top-2 corners on a rebuilding secondary, and Lengel could be the No. 1 backup to Gronk. Sneaky-important signings for the Patriots.

  5. tedmurph says: Mar 7, 2017 2:13 PM

    Little surprised about Fleming. He hasn’t shown a thing. Maybe Scarnecchia can continue to work his magic.

  6. whywerule says: Mar 7, 2017 2:13 PM

    kenberthiaume says:
    Mar 7, 2017 1:59 PM
    Fleming is ungainly. They should probably move on from him….
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    The Pats clearly like Fleming’s role as a serviceable backup tackle and occasional blocking TE. I would not be shocked if another team or teams have some interest in him. A 4th round pick for a tackle who can definitely compete in the NFL is not much to give up. Those three earned their Super Bowl rings this past season, so good luck to them no matter what their future holds.

  7. ricko1112 says: Mar 7, 2017 2:24 PM

    People who are fans of other teams love to make fun of the way NE does business. Assigning a value to a player, then refusing to overpay for that player. Not spending crazy money in free agency. Not being afraid to let players walk. Yet NE is usually one of the last 4 teams standing at the end of the year. 5 SB wins and 7 appearances in just 16 years. This level of success is unprecedented in the modern era.

    In addition, NE has to put up with salary caps, free agency, and a commissioner who has lied, deceived, and cheated NE at every turn. You people can laugh yourself all the way to your next bandwagon when your team falls apart, just like the Falcons fans just did in February and the Seahawks fans did 2 years ago.

  8. davew128 says: Mar 7, 2017 2:28 PM

    Its about 53 man depth on the Patriots, not just the guys who make big plays.

  9. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 7, 2017 2:30 PM

    Butler will be a first round tender, no question about it. He’s worth far more than the 4 million or so that will pay.

    The 3 guys mentioned in this article are all serviceable, depth players. They can be replaced if they move on but knowing the Pats system makes it better for the Pats if they stay, depending on who the replacement would be. None of them are going to get big money in FA anyway.

  10. touchdownelvis says: Mar 7, 2017 2:35 PM

    Really? I’d be shocked if anyone else wanted to pay for Fleming, since the Patriots have cut him at the start of 2015, left him on the PS for over a month after he cleared waivers, and been able to put him back on the active roster without any other team showing interest. Only differences now are that he’s two years older, his contract is roughly three times more expensive, and he’d actually cost a draft pick to sign. Like I said, I’d be shocked.

  11. nhpats says: Mar 7, 2017 2:37 PM

    …and the Dynasty just keeps chugging along…

  12. mongo3401 says: Mar 7, 2017 2:43 PM

    If AP signs in NE it will be another ring.

  13. tylawspick6 says: Mar 7, 2017 2:47 PM

    The Pats clearly like Fleming’s role as a serviceable backup tackle and occasional blocking TE. I would not be shocked if another team or teams have some interest in him. A 4th round pick for a tackle who can definitely compete in the NFL is not much to give up. Those three earned their Super Bowl rings this past season, so good luck to them no matter what their future holds.

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    Yeah, between Waddle and Fleming, I think BB feels pretty good about his swing Tackle spots.

    Some of our fellow Pats fans don’t get that most teams starting Tackles aren’t as good as NE’s backups.

  14. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Mar 7, 2017 3:24 PM

    In Belichick we trust

  15. pattyarbuccholz says: Mar 7, 2017 3:51 PM

    mongo3401 says: Mar 7, 2017 2:43 PM

    If AP signs in NE it will be another ring.

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    No chance NE wants him. Demands the ball, fumbles a ton, over the hill, and has his obvious off field issues. All set. They’ll bring back Blount for cheap, or make a run at someone like Jamaal Charles.

  16. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 7, 2017 4:13 PM

    “If AP signs in NE it will be another ring.”

    I doubt he would do anything but put Brady on IR since he can’t pick up the blitz and is useless as QB protection in that case.

    And be real, the Pats do not need that guy to win another ring.

  17. lscottman3 says: Mar 7, 2017 4:15 PM

    my favorite time of the day Sunday morning, when the inactive list comes out and coleman is on it.

  18. pattyarbuccholz says: Mar 7, 2017 4:22 PM

    lscottman3 says: Mar 7, 2017 4:15 PM

    my favorite time of the day Sunday morning, when the inactive list comes out and coleman is on it.

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    Yeah, he’s pretty brutal.

  19. kissbillsrings says: Mar 7, 2017 4:41 PM

    I really don’t see the Pats going after Peterson unless it’s for veteran minimum…..
    Pats require good pass blocking & no fumbles so I seriously doubt he’s of much interest to Bill

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