Patriots Rumors & News

  • Pats reportedly targeted Jaylon Smith

    CBS Sports "On Friday night the Cowboys surprised everyone by going against the grain, eschewing "win now" and drafting Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith, one of the biggest winners on the draft's second day. Smith is a top-five talent, but he wasn't expected to be gone at the top of the second round. And..." April 30

  • Bob Kraft angered, frustrated by Tom Brady's 'extremely unfair' suspension

    CBS Sports "On the same day the Patriots used a third-round pick on a young quarterback, team owner Robert Kraft reiterated his support for one of the best quarterbacks in league history. If you missed the latest chapter in the NFL reality show that is Deflategate, Tom Brady, an 11-time Pro Bowler and a..." April 30

  • Patriots grab QB Jacoby Brissett

    CSN New England "You knew the Patriots were in the market for a quarterback. With Tom Brady staring at a four-game suspension to start the season, they had to add someone behind Jimmy Garoppolo for depth. What you didn't know was if that quarterback was going to arrive via the draft. And if he did, you..." April 30

  • Tom Brady appears to be getting ready for another Deflategate appeal

    Fox Sports "New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady appears to be gearing up for a continuing battle with the NFL after a U.S. Appeals court earlier this week reinstated the NFL's four-game suspension of him for his role in Deflategate. On Friday, Brady's legal team filed a notice indicating the..." April 29

  • Brady legal team adds former Solicitor General Olson

    CSN New England "Tom Brady’s legal team has added another heavy hitter with Supreme Court experience and has filed a motion for more time to mull another appeal. Former US Solicitor General Ted Olson, who has argued more than 60 cases before the Supreme Court, has been added as counsel in the wake of the..." April 29

  • Cris Collinsworth to call Thursday Night Football with Mike Tirico

    Awful Announcing "It’s been widely reported that Mike Tirico will be joining NBC and calling Thursday Night Football this season. According to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, his partner will be Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth: At the NFL owners meetings in Boca Raton last month, NBC Sports..." April 28

  • Mike Kensil, reported Deflategate instigator, is no longer with NFL football ops

    NESN "Mike Kensil, public enemy No. 1 among New England Patriots fans, has been transferred out of his position as NFL vice president of football operations. Kensil, the reported source of the erroneous report that helped turn Deflategate into the behemoth it became, now operates under the title..." April 28

  • NFL won't re-open settlement talks with Brady, NFLPA

    The Score "The NFL doesn't plan to re-open any talks of a potential settlement with Tom Brady and the NFLPA over the "Deflategate" ruling, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The league doesn't believe the players' association, or anyone from Brady's camp, has provided any rationale for settlement..." April 28

  • Bill Belichick: Jimmy Garoppolo 'has made great strides for us'

    CBS Sports "As it stands, the Patriots will be without Tom Brady for the first four games of the season, and barring a legal miracle, that won't change. Which means that New England heads into 2016 with someone other than Brady as its starting quarterback. The only other candidate (currently on the roster,..." April 27

  • Rob Gronkowski Has Some Tinder Advice, And It’s Brilliantly Simple

    NESN "Gather round, boys and girls. It’s time for dating advice from Rob Gronkowski. decided the world needed an inside look as to how sports stars use the Internet for dating purposes these days, and to no one’s surprise, the New England Patriots tight end found his way into the lengthy..." April 26

  • From DeflateGate to tampering, how 4 teams forfeited picks in the 2016 NFL Draft

    SB Nation "Forfeited draft picks are a rare occurrence in the NFL, but they do happen -- just not as frequently as they did this year. In fact, the 2016 NFL Draft will have four teams forced to give up a pick due to various infractions. This is the biggest amount of lost picks since 2012, when the New..." April 26

  • Owners Want Deal to Reduce Brady Suspension, Keep Goodell's Power

    Bleacher Report "Two NFL owners, in the wake of the Tom Brady ruling on Monday, stated they would prefer Brady and the NFL to reach a settlement as soon as possible and erase the Deflategate issue from the public eye once and for all. What's the general thinking among NFL owners regarding the length of Brady's..." April 26

  • One of Tom Brady's old teammates thinks he will quit fighting the NFL

    CBS Sports "With the ruling on Monday morning to reinstate the Tom Brady suspension stemming from Deflategate, it's logical to assume a summer of legal and PR battling is about to begin. But what if Brady and the Patriots just decide to give up the fight? Most folks don't think that's the case, but former..." April 26

  • Patriots are going need more QBs, since they have just the one eligible

    Pro Football Talk "There are many things to consider regarding today’s court decision which upheld the NFL’s four-game suspension of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. But at a really basic level, the Patriots are going to need more quarterbacks, since Jimmy Garoppolo is the only one on the roster other than..." April 25

  • Legal experts: Tom Brady's odds in suspension battle now slim

    USA Today "Tom Brady isn’t completely out of legal options to fight the four-game suspension that was re-instated Monday by a panel of judges in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, but the New England Patriots quarterback’s odds of having his appeal heard again are slim, legal experts told USA..." April 25

  • Brady 'far from' ready to accept court ruling on suspension

    The Score "Strap in for another offseason of Deflategate. Following Monday's decision from a 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reinstate his initial four-game suspension, Tom Brady appears to be readying his next move. The New England Patriots' star quarterback is "far from" ready to accept the..." April 25

  • Report: Mike Tirico is leaving ESPN for NBC

    Sports Business Daily "Mike Tirico, one of ESPN’s best known on-air voices, is leaving the network for NBC, according to several sources. Tirico has been a mainstay with ESPN since '91, and given his many roles at ESPN, he will be an incredibly difficult talent to replace. Tirico has been ESPN's on-air face of the NFL,..." April 25

  • 'Leave Tom Brady alone!' Donald Trump defends Tom Brady

    Business Insider "Donald Trump wasted no time during a Monday rally in Rhode Island addressing the latest news in the Tom Brady "Deflategate" saga. "Leave Tom Brady alone!" Trump exclaimed near the start of the rally. Earlier Monday, the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York reinstated Brady's..." April 25

  • Brian Hoyer makes sense for Patriots now that Tom Brady is suspended

    CBS Sports "Brian Hoyer makes sense for Patriots now that Tom Brady is suspended By Ryan Wilson | April 25, 2016 3:54 pm ET In the hours since an appeals court reinstated Tom Brady's four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate, conventional wisdom was that backup Jimmy Garoppolo..." April 25

  • Tom Brady's new deal saves him millions during Deflategate ban

    CBS Sports "Deflategate will not die. Perhaps Tom Brady suspected as much when he signed a two-year extension last month. Because in addition to keeping Brady in New England through 2019, the new deal also protects the quarterback in the event he was eventually suspended for his role in deflating..." April 25

  • Tom Brady destroyed cell phone came back to haunt him

    Larry Brown Sports "A U.S. District Court of Appeals ruled on Monday to reinstate Tom Brady’s four-game suspension, and one of the issues that resurfaced in the ruling was Brady’s decision to destroy his personal cell phone. Most of the decision had nothing to do with Brady’s guilt or innocence. The issue at hand..." April 25

  • Brady would miss two national TV games, two division games

    Pro Football Talk "Four early-season Patriots opponents probably did more than a double take upon seeing the news Monday that quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension is back on. The Patriots open the season at Arizona on Sept. 11 in a marquee game selected for NBC’s Sunday Night Football. They follow that..." April 25

  • Tom Brady's 'Deflategate' suspension reinstated by appeals court

    The Score "The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension stemming from his role in the "Deflategate" scandal, CNBC reports. " April 25

  • Tom Brady once again leads NFL in player sales "All hail Tom Brady, the most quantifiably marketable player in the NFL. According to the NFLPA's year-end sales list, which combines "overall sales of all licensed products from online and traditional retail outlets," the Patriots quarterback has reclaimed the top spot in all its commercial..." April 25

  • Former Patriots, Boston College DL Ron Brace Dies At Age 29

    NESN "Former New England Patriots defensive tackle Ron Brace has died at the age of 29, a relative confirmed to’s Kevin Duffy on Sunday. The Springfield, Mass., native played at Burncoat High School in Worcester, Mass., and then starred at Boston College. The Patriots selected him in the..." April 24

  • NFL players investing in cannabis pain-management

    Denver Post "The former Broncos’ quarterback and other retired and active NFL players believe Cannabidiol, or CBD, a nonpsychoactive compound in cannabis, could be an alternative to potent painkillers used by players in the league. Nestled at the base of the Flatirons and tucked behind a dog park is Jake..." April 23

  • Brady's mom tells him he's just as fast as Cam Newton, Russell Wilson

    CSN New England "Next time Tom Brady takes off running from an pass-rusher, Patriots fans can thank his mom for giving him the confidence to get on his horse. At the Tribeca ESPN Sports Film Festival on Tuesday, Brady discussed his start in football and how his mother, Galynn, still supports in him in a way..." April 23

  • Patriots sign Tony Steward, Christian Yount

    Pro Football Talk "The Bills waived linebacker Tony Steward this week, but the 2015 sixth-round pick wasn’t out of work for long. The Patriots announced Friday that they have signed Steward. The team also announced that long snapper Christian Yount has been added to the 90-man roster." April 22

  • Retired NOPD captain Ceravolo hires defense attorney for Will Smith case

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Billy Ceravolo, the retired New Orleans police officer who dined with Will Smith on the night the former Saints defensive end was killed, has hired a criminal defense attorney for guidance in the case. Tanya Picou Faia enrolled Friday (April 22) as Ceravolo's defense attorney, court records..." April 22

  • Rob Gronkowski says contract is not on his mind "Rob Gronkowski generated a mini-stir last month when he tweeted about his contract. The New England Patriots picked up the option on the tight end's deal, which means he's under contract through 2019. At his current rate over the next four year, however, he'll be vastly underpaid compared to..." April 22

  • Deflategate hit won’t change Pats’ mindset

    Boston Herald "Bill Belichick has never shied away from rolling the dice. Whether it’s choosing to kick in overtime, keeping his offense on the field in unorthodox fourth down situations, or bringing Tim Tebow to training camp, the Patriots coach isn’t afraid to gamble. He’ll have a chance again at next..." April 20

  • Rob Gronkowski Back with Ex Girlfriend Camille Kostek

    Terez Owens "New England Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski appears to be back off the market? The Patriots tight end, who had been dating ex-cheerleader Camille Kostek for the better part of year, but broke things off earlier this year" April 20

  • NFL $765 Million Concussion Accord Upheld by Appeals Court

    Bloomberg "The National Football League’s $765 million concussion settlement was given the all-clear by a federal appeals court. The ruling sets in motion the resolution of thousands of lawsuits covering more than 20,000 retired players. About 1 percent of players opted out of the settlement, which is to..." April 18

  • State Police decline attorney's request to investigate Will Smith shooting

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "As New Orleanians and football fans continue to reflect on the slaying of former Saints player Will Smith, the Louisiana State Police said in a statement Saturday afternoon (April 16) there is "no legal basis" for that agency to strip away the New Orleans Police Department's authority over the..." April 17

  • How Will Smith's domestic abuse charge could help alleged killer

    USA Today "A domestic abuse charge in 2011 against Will Smith, the former NFL standout, could bolster the legal argument that Cardell Hayes acted in self defense when he shot and killed Smith Saturday night, said Shenequa Grey, a former Louisiana prosecutor and current law professor at Southern University..." April 17

  • Patriots leader vouches for Dominique Easley’s characther, work ethic

    Boston Herald "One of the Patriots’ most well-respected veteran leaders has come to the defense of former teammate Dominique Easley. Easley, the 2014 first-round pick who was released Wednesday, has been the victim of reports that have painted him in a negative light over the past two days. It has come as..." April 16

  • On day Will Smith is remembered, shooter’s lawyer goes on the offensive

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The attorney for Cardell Hayes, the man accused of killing former Saints player Will Smith, has sent a letter to New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu accusing the police department of misconduct and asking it be withdrawn from the Smith murder investigation. An NOPD spokesman said the investigation..." April 16

  • Saints players, coaches pay their respects at Will Smith memorial

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Longtime New Orleans Saints guard Jahri Evans donned a football jersey instead of a black suit for Will Smith's visitation Friday. Evans wore No. 91 as a tribute to his teammate who was shot and killed a week ago in the Lower Garden District. Evans was one of dozens of current and former..." April 16

  • Patriots release Chris Jones, Ishmaa'ily Kitchen "The New England Patriots announced that they have released DL Chris Jones and DL Ishmaa’ily Kitchen. Jones, 25, is a veteran of three NFL seasons with the Patriots. The 6-foot-1, 295-pounder, originally entered the NFL as a sixth-round draft pick (198th overall) of the Houston Texans out of..." April 15

  • Rosenhaus is confident Dominique Easley will find a new team

    Pro Football Talk "On Monday, agent Drew Rosenhaus officially commenced the representation of defensive lineman Dominique Easley. On Wednesday, the Patriots waived the 2014 first-round pick. On Thursday, Easley cleared waivers, the final two years of his rookie deal, with a guaranteed base salary of $1.083 million..." April 15

  • Dominique Easley goes unclaimed, becomes a free agent

    Pro Football Talk "The Patriots didn’t want defensive tackle Dominique Easley. Neither did anyone else. Easley, the 2014-first-round pick whom the Patriots waived yesterday, cleared waivers today, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. That makes him an unrestricted free agent. Although Easley is undeniably..." April 14

  • Patriots Re-Sign Tyler Gaffney Three Days After Releasing Running Back

    NESN "The New England Patriots proved once again they’re predictably unpredictable. The Patriots re-signed running back Tyler Gaffney just three days after releasing him, the team announced Thursday. Gaffney has spent his first two NFL seasons on injured reserve with leg injuries. Gaffney was..." April 14

  • Will Smith's father says he forgives son's killer but won't forget

    ABC 11 "Through tears, Will Smith Sr. talks about when he imagines the reality of the loss of his son will hit him. "It's going to hit me when I'm in that funeral home, my child in a box," Smith said at his Durham home Tuesday afternoon. Smith's son, and namesake is Will Smith Jr., the former NFL..." April 14

  • Ex-Pat: Easley a 'Locker Room Cancer,' Led to Release

    Boston Globe "Defensive tackle Dominique Easley will likely be remembered as one of the Patriots’ biggest draft busts of the Bill Belichick era. On Wednesday, the Patriots released Easley, their first-round draft pick in 2014 (29th overall), and he leaves New England with just three career sacks and 25 tackles..." April 14

  • Report: Dominique Easley, 2014 First-Round Draft Pick, Cut By Patriots

    NESN "The New England Patriots reportedly made a shocking move Wednesday, releasing a former first-round draft pick. The Patriots released Dominique Easley, the 29th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, according to’s Tom E. Curran. Easley was placed on season-ending injured reserve with..." April 13

  • 9 franchise tag talks: 1 can alter NFL draft, 2 others could get ugly

    Yahoo! Sports "In an NFL draft class robust with defensive linemen, a player who has already proven to be among the NFL elite might be the name to watch on the opening night of the draft: the New York Jets' Muhammad Wilkerson. If Wilkerson, a defensive end, is traded, the Jets' asking price will be a first-round..." April 13

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    Jeff Howe @jeffphowe

    LeGarrette Blount re-signed with the Patriots this morning. He's back.

  • Study: Over '40 percent' of ex-NFLers tested had traumatic brain injury

    CBS Sports "The medical community continues to make strides in the study of concussions and one study, according to the American Academy of Neurology, claims "more than 40 percent" of retired NFL players studied had some sign of traumatic brain injury (TBI). The study conducted tests on 40 different former..." April 12

  • Players with low Wonderlic scores are more likely to be arrested

    Pro Football Talk "The Wonderlic intelligence test that has long been part of the NFL’s pre-draft screening process is mocked by many as irrelevant to a player’s football playing ability. But one group of researchers says the Wonderlic can be valuable in predicting how a player will fare off the field. A paper..." April 12

  • LeGarrette Blount signs one-year deal with Patriots "LeGarrette Blount won't be an ex-New England Patriot after all. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the veteran running back has signed a one-year deal with the Patriots, according to a source informed of his situation. The move comes one day after the Patriots released..." April 12