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Bedard: Where the Patriots fit with QB carousel news, mock drafts and other NFL news

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With the Super Bowl over, the NFL offseason will slowly start to crank up as the new league year approaches and contractual bonuses are about to be paid. Here are the key dates:

February 23-March 9: Window for teams to designate one franchise or transitional player.

March 15-17: For three days before free agency begins, clubs are permitted to contact and enter into contract negotiations with agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents.

March 17, 4:00 p.m.: Official start of the 2021 league year.

As always, quarterbacks will rule the roost, and there's news. Considering the Patriots don't have a quarterback, we'll start there:

Raiders receiving calls on Marcus Mariota