Patriots Free Agency Tampering Tracker: Marquis Flowers Drawing Interest

The NFL’s legal tampering period, in which teams can begin reaching out to unrestricted free agents, opened at noon.

Multiple Patriots free agents already have drawn interest on the open market. Teams can’t actually sign players until March 15 at 4 p.m.

Linebacker Marquis Flowers recently said on Twitter he’d like to be back with the Patriots, but multiple teams have expressed serious interest in him, a source told

It’s unlikely a deal between LaAdrian Waddle and the Patriots will get done before Wednesday, so expect the offensive tackle to test the market, according to a source.

Offensive tackle Nate Solder has drawn interest from the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans, NBC Sports Boston’s Mike Giardi reported. The Cleveland Browns also might enter the Solder sweepstakes, sources told

Giardi also reported the Oakland Raiders, Detroit Lions and Houston Texans are in on cornerback Malcolm Butler, who also is drawing interest from the New Orleans Saints, according to ESPN’s Dianna Russini.

The Indianapolis Colts reportedly are “in on” running back Dion Lewis, Giardi reported.