Foxborough, MA - And so it begins.... Coach KO who repeatedly dismissed rumors that he was stepping away from the Redskins head coaching job apparently did have offers to run the organization near and dear to him. The New England Patriots. After Coach Gaddy lead the team to AFC Championship appearance, the ownership decided it was time bring in a personality that reflects the city of Boston and hence, Coach KO signed on the dotted line. Of course, with any managerial switches, comes personnel changes and the Patriots are no exception. Some mandatory Cuts saw some reliable veterans take the knife in dramatic fashion. Gone are WR's Sam Aiken, Tory Holt and suprisingly Julian Edelman. "Obvioulsy, there will be a hole to fill with those guys gone but we expect to be a more balanced team and let Tommy Boy play to his strengths instead of thowing into traps." Also released were Matt Light, who protected Tom's blindside for over 9 years and OLB Tully Banta Cain, who really didnt live up to expectations. This offseason looked like it could have been sponsored by Foxwoods Casinos as Coach KO was wheeling and dealing draft picks this season. Some established names will be coming to Boston this season. The Patriots traded little used MLB Tyrone McKenzie to the Texans for OLB Xavier Adibi. Xman is expected to provide some more speed on the outside wiht the waiving of TBC. The Patriots also sent promising rookie Brandon Spikes and RB BenJarvus Green Ellis to the Browns for Montario Hardesty and a 4th round pick. Hardesty looks like he will be pushing for the starting spot with Maroney and James Davis picking up the 3rd Down back duties. The Patriots immediately turned that 4th round pick to the Raiders for speedy WR Johnny Lee Higgins. Since the releasing of Edelman, picking up a speedy WR that could return kicks was needed and Higgins fit the bill. New Faces New Places: HB Montario Hardesty OLB Xavier Adibi WR Johnny Lee Higgins Perhaps the biggest move of the off season was the trading away of the first and third round picks to the Packers for DE Cullen Jenkins. Jenkins skill and expertise playing in a 3-4 defense will bring some much needed talent to the Defensive front that was starting show some tread. The offense still has the power to stay in games, its now up to guys like Jenkins and Mayo to bring the lumber. The draft still has some players the Pats could add to fill in the holes as the secondary is young and the Offensive Line isn't getting any younger. Expect one medium sized free agent signing this offseason as the Pats look to reload instead of rebuild.