QB Lemon still not a Patriot

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Here is what we know about Cleo Lemon:


  • The journeyman quarterback tried out for the New England Patriots on Friday afternoon.

  • The Patriots liked what they saw.

  • The Patriots initiated contract talks.

After that, Lemon's journey to New England has encountered turbulence. The Patriots have four players in red jerseys Monday, and none of them is Lemon.

An NFL source informed me -- and ESPN.com's John Clayton separately reported -- that Lemon was expected to sign quickly, perhaps as soon as Saturday.

But contract negotiations have hit a snag.

You wouldn't think it would be too hard to hammer out a deal for an unemployed quarterback with middling credentials to join a Super Bowl contender and be Tom Brady's backup.

Somebody's squeezing somebody.