Patriots signed first round pick DT Dominique Easley to a 4-year, $7.3M contract with a $3.63M signing bonus.
The defensive tackle tore both of his ACLs at the University of Florida and the last one happened last September to end his college career. He has a high ceiling with his violent, quick-twitch three technique, Easley's best season was 2012, when he racked up 8.5 tackles for loss and four sacks in 11 games. He'll be a plus NFL starter if his health cooperates.ANALYST: Drew Phelps
With a couple of mediocre starts this spring, major league scouts are showing concern regarding Masahiro Tanaka's velocity.
Well that's certainly turned over the last few weeks. When spring training began, there was all sorts of talk to how great Tanaka looked, but now that he's been hit around a little, most recently by the Twins, people are showing some concern. On scout did concede that it was the spring and he was willing to give Tanaka the benefit of the doubt based on last year's performance, but the growing concern is legitimate. Tanaka opted for rest and rehab for his partially-torn UCL this offseason rather than the Tommmy John surgery he likely needs. We've warned you off him these past few months, and now we're starting to hear more joining our crusade. Leave him be for your fellow owners. Maybe he starts the season strong, but how long is he going to hold up? The outlook doesn't seem good. Analysis: Howard Bender