The agent for kicker Adam Vinatieri has been talking extensively with the Patriots regarding a contract extension. If the two sides cannot reach a deal, Vinatieri is likely to receive the club's franchise tag.
Yes, you read that correctly: a kicker may be franchised. Obviously, no team in its right mind would give up two first-round picks for a kicker, even one as rock-steady as Vinatieri, so bank on him returning to the Pats next season. And what a luxury for the Patriots to be in such sound salary-cap shape that they have so few other contract worries they can afford to franchise their kicker. That's how a dynasty is constructed.
Damn You Patriots!