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Patriots bring former Vikings blocker Brandon Fusco in for a visit

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Since the Patriots don’t really have anything to do draft-wise until Friday, they’re working on some free agency today.

According to Adam Caplan of ESPN, the Patriots are hosting former Vikings offensive lineman Brandon Fusco today.

Fusco, who can play center or guard, was a salary cap cut in February. They signed him to a big extension in 2014, but he had a down year last season which made him expendable there.

The Patriots traded their first-round pick to the Saints for wide receiver Brandin Cooks and swapped out their second to the Panthers for defensive end Kony Ealy and a third, so they won’t be on the clock until the 72nd overall pick, which should be late Friday night.

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31 Responses to “Patriots bring former Vikings blocker Brandon Fusco in for a visit”
  1. maust1013 says: Apr 26, 2017 12:23 PM

    Oh look a Pats article. Or as they are known here at PFT chip bait.

  2. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 26, 2017 12:35 PM

    A change of strategy for Belichick to trade picks for proven players but hopefully will work out.

    A little surprising this isn’t much more commonly done. Picks are always a crap shoot and certain positions such as receivers typically take 2-3 years to develop the player to full potential.

  3. tedmurph says: Apr 26, 2017 12:53 PM

    It is a change in Belichick’s strategy, but it’s not just a relatively sure thing(FAs have risk too) vs a crapshoot. With a draft pick you get a player for 4 yrs on the cheap. The Pats only have Cooks and Ealy for 2017 before they have to decide whether to pay them. Cooks 5th yr option will be 8/9 mil.

  4. coachkilla6 says: Apr 26, 2017 12:53 PM

    Wait till Fusco realizes that there’s no such thing as an off-season championship. I hope medics are nearby when he sees a real trophy case for the first time.

  5. wib22 says: Apr 26, 2017 12:56 PM

    Of course. He’s probably a cheater under belicheat.

  6. metalup666 says: Apr 26, 2017 1:09 PM

    If he has anything left, Belichick will find it and use it. Unfortunately, making the Vikings regret their decision to get rid of him. Cowboys fan!

  7. jcbalance says: Apr 26, 2017 1:10 PM

    Might just need different coaching. Didn’t the entire Vikings line have a down year?

  8. BigBagOfMoney says: Apr 26, 2017 1:13 PM

    wib22 says:
    Apr 26, 2017 12:56 PM
    Of course. He’s probably a cheater under belicheat.

    —————-

    He’s a viking. (Or was)

  9. burtmustin says: Apr 26, 2017 1:22 PM

    It may be worthwhile to sign him. Dante Scarnecchia often makes chicken salad out of chicken bleep. Perhaps he can with Fusco also.

  10. blueballzny says: Apr 26, 2017 1:22 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Apr 26, 2017 12:35 PM

    A little surprising this isn’t much more commonly done. Picks are always a crap shoot and certain positions such as receivers typically take 2-3 years to develop the player to full potential.
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    Bot really anymore. Lately WR’s have come in and made huge impacts their first year. Look at Beckham, Julio, Green, Allen, Bryant, Cobb, Sheppard, Cooper, Diggs, Watkins (when healthy) etc. Pryor had a huge season in his 1st year ever playing WR. You’ll still have some busts like Agholor on Philly, but now-a-days coaches are throwing them into the fire very early and finding ways to get these guys the ball.

  11. tedmurph says: Apr 26, 2017 1:23 PM

    The Pats wouldn’t need Fusco to start, they’re set in the interior OLine. They could just use a little veteran depth.

  12. purpleguy says: Apr 26, 2017 1:26 PM

    Was never the same after his 2015 injury — spent more time on his rear end last season than engaged in blocks.

  13. dawoger says: Apr 26, 2017 1:29 PM

    Fusco is another victim of a team so desperately in a hurry to win a Lombardi that if you’re a lower rd draft pick, like him, and need development, you’re not gonna get it with a team that’s suffering a constant panic attack.

  14. norrismen17 says: Apr 26, 2017 1:30 PM

    Did not recover from torn pectoral muscle so salary was a problem. Maybe he has some strength back.

  15. tylawspick6 says: Apr 26, 2017 1:35 PM

    Vikes = One of the worst run organizations

  16. bobthebillsfan says: Apr 26, 2017 1:49 PM

    The fact that BB is trading draft picks for proven players who will cost more sooner makes me wonder if BB is planning to retire in a year or 2.

  17. 6ball says: Apr 26, 2017 1:51 PM

    .
    By bringing in all the veteran talent and essentially eschewing the draft, Belichick is acting as if he’s been told to win the Super Bowl or be fired. For a team that usually stockpiles picks like squirrels stockpile acorns, this year is a dramatic deviation. It would be easy to speculate that Belichick and the Patriots are not especially enamored with the top of the draft.
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  18. stipez says: Apr 26, 2017 1:51 PM

    Belichick ‘s strategy is “whatever is best for the team” so FAs or draft picks, whichever, depends on the market.

  19. threalwash says: Apr 26, 2017 2:12 PM

    Concussions and a bum shoulder. I like the guy, but he hasn’t been the same since the injury.

  20. phinatic29 says: Apr 26, 2017 2:24 PM

    Fusco is Boston Wrong

  21. midnightcusk says: Apr 26, 2017 2:35 PM

    phinatic29 says:
    Apr 26, 2017 2:24 PM
    Fusco is Boston Wrong
    —–

    How’s the $100 million Ndamukong Doh! working out for yah?

  22. ragnarthegreat says: Apr 26, 2017 2:38 PM

    I am a Vikings fan but this is one of those things that make you go Ugh. Sign him to a huge extension one year and then have him play on a revolving door offensive line and then cut him. One of these decisions was a bone headed play. Was it cutting him or extending him?

    Ugh.

  23. fndraiser says: Apr 26, 2017 2:55 PM

    bobthebillsfan says:
    Apr 26, 2017 1:49 PM
    The fact that BB is trading draft picks for proven players who will cost more sooner makes me wonder if BB is planning to retire in a year or 2.

    I am sure as a Bills fan you pray every night that this is true. Unfortunately he has been doing this type of move for years . He is not locked into where he gets his players like every other coach in the league , the Draft . He will take them anywhere and everywhere, trades , free agents ,restricted free agents , draft any position , walk ons, the High school down the street. He then puts the best of the lot on the field.

  24. phinatic29 says: Apr 26, 2017 3:28 PM

    midnightcusk says:
    Apr 26, 2017 2:35 PM

    How’s the $100 million Ndamukong Doh! working out for yah?
    —————————————————————–
    Considering he was Pro Bowl and Second Team All pro last year – i think he’s working out okay now that he has real coaches.

    why don’t the Pats pay a guy like Chandler Jones? too cheap?

  25. fjw2 says: Apr 26, 2017 4:43 PM

    Suh is the Fins version of the Red Sox paying Daisuke Matsuzaka for the inscrutable gyro ball that wasn’t. Suh is not a dominant force either, except between plays.

  26. tedmurph says: Apr 26, 2017 5:33 PM

    Suh is an outstanding player, and the Dolphins probably had to give him that contract to get him. But, that’s the difference in philosophy and the beauty of the way the Pats do things. Suh counted 12.6 against the cap last yr. ABranch 2.5. Was the diff worth 10 mil? Don’t think so.

    The Pats didn’t want to pay CJones because he disappeared for gms at a time and were probably worried about off field stuff. He’s a good player. Arizona seems happy with him. Pats used the money they saved to pay guys like Bennett and CLong, and used the picks to get two very nice players that contributed to their 5th SBowl win. I’m sure they’re happy with the trade too.

  27. exinsidetrader says: Apr 26, 2017 5:39 PM

    midnightcusk says:
    Apr 26, 2017 2:35 PM

    …why don’t the Pats pay a guy like Chandler Jones? too cheap?
    ________
    You do realize the just won the SuperBowl, don’t you?

    Whatever they did worked for reasons you know about and reasons you don’t. Stop showing your stupidity.

  28. kissbillsrings says: Apr 26, 2017 10:23 PM

    phinatic29 says:
    Apr 26, 2017 3:28 PM
    midnightcusk says:
    Apr 26, 2017 2:35 PM

    How’s the $100 million Ndamukong Doh! working out for yah?
    —————————————————————–
    Considering he was Pro Bowl and Second Team All pro last year – i think he’s working out okay now that he has real coaches.

    why don’t the Pats pay a guy like Chandler Jones? too cheap?
    —————————-
    Chandler Jones got us Malcom Mitchell & Joe Thuney…one an every down player & the other an up & coming starter as well as our 5th Lombard… BOTH for pennies in comparison to what AZ just paid Jones(saving our cap!!)… & AZ didn’t even make Playoffs….hmmm I believe you’re confusing cheap with brilliance… You Being a fin fan I guess it’s understandable

  29. BigBagOfMoney says: Apr 27, 2017 9:45 AM

    phinatic29 says:
    Apr 26, 2017 3:28 PM

    How’s the $100 million Ndamukong Doh! working out for yah?
    —————————————————————–
    Considering he was Pro Bowl and Second Team All pro last year – i think he’s working out okay now that he has real coaches.

    why don’t the Pats pay a guy like Chandler Jones? too cheap?

    ——————

    The Pats arent cheap, they pay roughly the same salary across the roster as other teams. But they spread it accross the board more so that they have invested in having more talent at every position and also in their depth at every position. I agree Suh was a terrific player at his position. But all he accomplished was being really great at one position. Meanwhile the Patriot’s deeper talent pool carried them to a Superbowl win.

  30. BigBagOfMoney says: Apr 27, 2017 9:54 AM

    bobthebillsfan says:
    Apr 26, 2017 1:49 PM
    The fact that BB is trading draft picks for proven players who will cost more sooner makes me wonder if BB is planning to retire in a year or 2.

    ————–

    Hes has certainly stacked it for this coming year, but he is not giving away the future to do it. No albatross contracts etc.. the cases where he gave up draft picks he got better deals than he was going to get in the draft. Also he appears to have dug in to not part with Garrapolo, this team looks like they have a post Brady plan. The moves they made are ones that keep the team positioned to maintain their level long term. The sheer number of things he did this year was because they did have a bit of a free agent pickle going with so many players coming due at once. You will recall that for the past couple years this big turnover they were facing this year was being heralded as the time it would all catch up to the Pats and it would be over. Now that Belichick not only got through it but improved the team this is the new argument fir oredicting the end that it was a short term load up. Short term thinking would have been to spend big on a few contracts, but thats not what Belichick did.

  31. tjacks7 says: Apr 27, 2017 10:56 AM

    Very generous calling him a “blocker”.

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