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Cleaning out the Pats notebook

Cleaning out the Patriots' notebook from the weekend:

1. Forbes Magazine put together a list of the highest-paid coaches in sports, and lists Bill Belichick as No. 2 behind only Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson, with an estimated annual salary of $7.5 million. Forbes credits Insidehoops.com, coacheshotseat.com and published reports as sources for the list. Belichick's contract status, both in terms of dollars and length, has been kept confidential by the team and Belichick for years.

2. Outside linebacker Tully Banta-Cain is returning home to California this week before coming back to town for organized team activities next week. He was planning to leave Saturday, but postponed his departure to help Wes Welker at his Old Spice Wes Welker Football Camp. "Just getting a little time to give my body and mind a little breather before we get into the real football stuff," Banta-Cain said. Another important aspect for Banta-Cain in the coming weeks is conditioning. After undergoing shoulder surgery that he described as minor, he had been limited in his workouts.

3. Banta-Cain made the point that the team's outside linebacker personnel is the youngest he remembers from his time in New England. Of all the positions on the roster, the biggest questions are probably at outside linebacker, where Banta-Cain is preparing himself to battle for playing time with the likes of Shawn Crable (25), Derrick Burgess (31), Rob Ninkovich (26), Jermaine Cunningham (21), Bruce Davis (24) and Marques Murrell (25). "It's going to be some great competition in training camp," he said.

4. Banta-Cain on Crable: "He's got all the tools. He's got the size. He looks the part. Even when he's healthy, he plays the part. As long as he can stay healthy, he's going to be a great impact for us."

5. While Julian Edelman has made it a point to distance himself from comparisons to Wes Welker, it's clear how much he admires him. Edelman was a guest coach at Welker's weekend camp. "It's an honor," he said of Welker asking him to participate. "He's a guy I looked up to last year and still do. He's helped me out a bunch, with little things on the field. Anything he asks, I'm going to be there to support him."