- Aug 27, 2007
The Patriots retain the rights to Thuney, keeping him from the open market.
With a 12pm deadline to designate players with the franchise tag looming, the Boston Globe's Jim McBride broke a surprising report that the Patriots would use their tag on guard Joe Thuney. Thuney was widely expected to hit the open free agency market, where he would have been one of the top offensive linemen available. Instead, the Patriots will retain Thuney's rights.