New England Patriots

A New England Patriots helmet during the first half of the game between the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Alex Barth,

Thursday morning nearly broke Patriots Twitter. Highlighted by an explosive report from ESPN’s Jeff Darlington, it was a mess of “who’s staying, who’s going” speculation that can all change drastically depending on what happens with the CBA.

In case you missed anything in the chaos, here’s what we learned about some of the Pats’ key free agents:

Of course, that all joins the news of the different prospects Patriots staffers have spent the week speaking to at the NFL Combine.

Things will only get wilder if and when the CBA is passed, but for now there appears to be some footing as to the Patriots initial plans for 2020.

Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Hate mail? Let him hear it on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at