Patriots Rumors & News

  • Will Connolly return to the Patriots?

    CSN New England "Free agent guard Dan Connolly reportedly met with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday. If the 32-year-old guard signs with Tampa Bay, he will be reunited with former teammate Logan Mankins, who was traded to the Buccaneers last season. Former Patriots offensive lineman Dan Koppen believes..." April 01

  • Lawyers: Hernandez trial may end next week

    ESPN Boston "Lawyers involved in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez say they expect the case to wrap up next week. The defense intends to call only one witness and is expected to rest on Monday. At this point, the defense is expected to call a DNA expert from Cellmark..." April 01

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    Dan Wetzel @DanWetzel

    Kraft testified that Hernandez told him he was innocent because he was in a club at time of murder. [This has been proven untrue.]

  • Bob Kraft testifies in Hernandez trial

    ESPN Boston "New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft testified Tuesday in the murder trial of Aaron Hernandez, recounting a conversation that he had with the former star tight end following the death of Odin Lloyd. Hernandez, 25, is charged with killing Lloyd on June 17, 2013. Kraft said he spoke with..." March 31

  • Aaron Hernandez lied to Patriots owner Robert Kraft about night of murder

    Yahoo! Sports "New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft likes to consider all of his employees as extended family. When he arrived at Gillette Stadium on the morning of June 19, 2013, he found a throng of media in the parking lot and news helicopters flying above. It was a sign that Aaron Hernandez, then just..." March 31

  • Rob Gronkowski I Wanna Bang that Chick From 'Wolf of Wall St.' "It's nice to set goals ... and for Rob Gronkowski, his newest target is to nail the hot chick from "Wolf of Wall Street." Gronk's appearing on Wednesday's season premiere of "The Jim Rome Show" ... and explained that he's wanted to bone Margot Robbie ever since he first saw her in the Leonardo..." March 31

  • Technically, Brady’s cliff jump may violate his contract

    Pro Football Talk "Unless the video was technologically enhanced, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady recently jumped off a cliff in Costa Rica. Setting aside for now whether the national media would be reacting with a shrug if a quarterback perceived as being less committed to his craft were engaging in inherently..." March 31

  • Aaron Hernandez's fiancee testifies she removed box at his request "Shayanna Jenkins, the fiancee of ex-Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, testified Monday at his murder trial that she removed a box from their basement at his request the day after Odin Lloyd was killed, the Associated Press reports. Hernandez is charged with killing Odin Lloyd on June 17,..." March 31

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    Rolando McClain’s visit with the #Patriots ended without a contract, though it was a positive one. #Cowboys still very much in the mix

  • Patriots' Chandler Jones denies that he's on crutches after surgery

    CBS Sports Fantasy News "Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones denied a report by ESPN that he was on crutches after offseason surgery. Jones battled a hip problem last season and was reportedly rehabbing at Gillette Stadium after getting the injury surgically repaired." March 30

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    Field Yates @FieldYates

    From @toddarcher & me: free agent LB Rolando McClain is visiting the Patriots today.

  • Heart attack preceded Armond Armstead’s retirement from Patriots

    Sacramento Bee "Talent evaluators loved Armond Armstead’s size, strength and speed. At 6-foot-5 and 295 pounds, he could line up outside the guard and hold down the “three-technique” tackle slot on the defensive line. Move him to end and he still was fast enough to scare a quarterback. In an emergency, he even..." March 30

  • Aaron Hernandez's Fiancee He Cheated on Me ... And I Let It Go! "Aaron Hernandez essentially had a hall pass to cheat on his fiancée whenever he pleased ... because she says she knew all about it ... but decided to look the other way. Shayanna Jenkins testified for the second day at Hernandez's murder trial where he stands accused of killing Odin Lloyd..." March 30

  • Chandler Jones recovering from surgery

    ESPN Boston "Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones has spent the majority of the offseason rehabilitating at Gillette Stadium, as I’m told he’s among a group of players recovering from post-Super Bowl surgery. Jones, who missed six games in 2014 with a hip injury, has recently been walking with the aid of..." March 30

  • Sealver Siliga still in walking boot after foot surgery

    Pro Football Talk "The Patriots played most of last season without defensive tackle Sealver Siliga in the lineup, but they made good use of him once he returned from injured reserve late in the year. Siliga started the final three games of the regular season and all three New England postseason victories,..." March 29

  • Aaron Hernandez still hasn't been suspended by the NFL

    SB Nation "Roger Goodell gets it right by not suspending Hernandez. It's not like he has been convicted beyond a reasonable doubt of killing someone. Aaron Hernandez is technically allowed to play in the NFL until his sentencing If theres one thing the commissioner has been consistent on, it is his..." March 28

  • Aaron Hernandez's Fiancee -- He Told Me He Didn't Kill Odin Lloyd "Aaron Hernandez's fiancee just told the court that she asked the ex-Patriots star point blank if he murdered Odin Lloyd -- and he denied the whole thing. Shayanna Jenkins took the stand in Aaron's murder case moments ago and was asked if she ever discussed Lloyd's death with him. " March 27

  • Julian Edelman: ‘I’ll Lose My Job’ If Patriots Find Better Or Cheaper Receiver

    NESN "Julian Edelman has been with the New England Patriots long enough to know how Bill Belichick runs the ship. The Patriots locked up Edelman to a four-year, $17 million contract last offseason, but despite his job security, he knows that loyalty only goes so far in New England. “If there’s..." March 27

  • NFL exploring Mexico, Germany and other markets to host games

    SB Nation "The NFL views Mexico, Canada and China as the next markets to focus on as it looks to add more international games to the schedule, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network. The league could be considering NFL games in those markets, similar to the International Series that already takes place..." March 27

  • Bomb threat at Aaron Hernandez murder trial prompts evacuation

    Sporting News "A bomb threat has prompted an evacuation of the Massachusetts courthouse where the murder trial of former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez is ongoing. The threat was called in during testimony Thursday afternoon, according to reporters on the scene. The Bristol County Courthouse in Fall River,..." March 26

  • Fiancee of Aaron Hernandez to be called to testify Friday "The fiancee of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez will be called to testify in the former player's murder trial Friday, the Associated Press reports. Shayanna Jenkins, who has been in a relationship with Hernandez since high school and is the mother of his 2-year-old daughter, was..." March 26

  • Report: Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower out 6-7 months "Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower's status is in question for the start of the 2015 season. Hightower is expected to be sidelined six to seven months following offseason surgery on his right shoulder, the Boston Globe reported on Thursday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport originally..." March 26

  • With so much tampering, NFL will struggle to police it all

    Pro Football Talk "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged the obvious on Wednesday when he said at the league meeting that multiple teams had dealings before the start of free agency that may have violated the letter of the law. “We want to make sure no teams are gaining an advantage as it relates to free..." March 26

  • Revis says Patriots simply had to pick up his option

    Pro Football Talk "Amid allegations and counterallegations of tampering between his former team and his current/former team, cornerback Darrelle Revis has broken his silence with a mini media tour in his new/old home market of New York City. Appearing on SNY’s Loudmouths, Revis made the matter-of-fact observation..." March 26

  • Belichick goes on profane tirade over end zone replay cameras "Patriots coach Bill Belichick has long been a proponent of putting cameras on the sidelines and goal lines to give officials better replay angles. In fact, New England has proposed the rule change the last two years. Earlier this week at the NFL owner's meetings, Giants co-owner John Mara,..." March 25

  • NFL momentum builds to alter extra point for 2015 season

    USA Today "A rules alteration that would inject more excitement into the near-automatic extra point could be adopted for the 2015 NFL season as early as the league's next meeting this May. There was lively discussion among the 32 teams Wednesday about adding significant drama to the mundane point after..." March 25

  • Pats' formation now ruled illegal substitution "A much-deconstructed formation led to a New England Patriots touchdown drive in the playoffs. Next season, it will lead to a 5-yard penalty. The NFL passed a rule Wednesday that makes it illegal for an offensive player wearing an eligible number -- between 1 and 49, or 80 to 89 -- to report as..." March 25

  • Jets file tampering charges against Patriots over Revis remarks

    Pro Football Talk "In December, Jets owner Woody Johnson publicly expressed interest in bringing back cornerback Darrelle Revis, who at the time was under contract with the Patriots. The Patriots later filed tampering charges against the Jets. On Monday, Patriots owner Robert Kraft spoke about the departure of..." March 25

  • Patriots owner Robert Kraft: 'No smoking gun' in Deflategate probe "New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft says there is “no smoking gun” that proves his team used underinflated footballs during the first half of the 2015 AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts. The NFL is expected to conclude its Ted Wells-led investigation of New England in the..." March 25

  • The Time Aaron Hernandez Peed On A Cab And Told Off A Reporter "The MMQB's Greg Bedard, who was a Boston Globe reporter on the Patriots beat during the seasons that Aaron Hernandez was on the team, has written an essay about his time spent covering Hernandez, and it includes one scene that begins with Hernandez pissing all over a running taxi cab and ends with..." March 25

  • 'Julian Edelman Rule' a sign NFL waking up on concussions

    Sporting News "It may or may not be known forever more as the Julian Edelman Rule, but the medical-spotter proposal that was approved by owners at the NFL meetings Tuesday owes its existence largely to the Patriots receiver’s disturbingly woozy presence after a brutal Kam Chancellor hit late in this year’s Super..." March 25

  • Patriots OT Sebastian Vollmer recovering from shoulder surgery

    ESPN Boston "New England Patriots starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer underwent shoulder surgery after the Super Bowl, according to a source, which has altered his offseason to more of a focus on rehabilitation than a traditional workout regimen. The surgery was to Vollmer’s labrum, the source said, and..." March 25

  • Aaron Hernandez's Cousin Once Watched Him Smoke PCP

    Complex "The trial of Aaron Hernandez is nearing a dramatic close. Started in January with the expectation that it'd last a maximum of ten weeks, the trial will enter its ninth week on Thursday. Prosecutors are still presenting their case to the jury, and as they work, more and more bits from Hernandez's..." March 24

  • NFL may let injury spotters stop play during games

    SB Nation "Besides instant replay reform and finding a better definition of a "catch," the NFL's competition committee is busy this week deciding whether to increase the duties of injury spotters in NFL games. The proposal would allow independent medical trainers to watch for possible concussions and stop..." March 23

  • Chip Kelly on Tim Tebow's Eagles tryout: 'I've always been a big fan' "Tim Tebow, who last played in an NFL regular-season game in 2012, tried out with the Eagles last week. If, like us, you figured that was just coach Chip Kelly's passive-aggressive way of sticking it to critics of his offseason moves ... you'd be wrong. At least to hear Kelly tell it. "I've..." March 23

  • The NFL Charged Its Players $400 to Participate in Veteran Combine

    Complex "The NFL's first Veteran Combine took place this weekend. A new addition to the offseason calendar, the Combine seemed like a great idea for older players to get in front of scouts and front office types—a way to balance the scales between the incoming rookie class and the veteran class that'll..." March 23

  • NFL considering Brazil to host 2017 Pro Bowl

    Fox Sports "One of the world's biggest soccer hotbeds could soon host a different type of football event. A source told that Brazil is a viable candidate to host the 2017 Pro Bowl. The all-star exhibition game's future destination is one of the subjects that will be broached during the..." March 23

  • The threshold for ‘completing a catch to the ground’ in NFL is changing, and Packers prez tells how

    Toronto Sun "The threshold for what constitutes a catch when a receiver falls to the ground is changing, a member of the league’s competition committee told Sun Media on Sunday. In a conference call last week, the committee announced that the controversial “complete-the-catch-to-the-ground” rule will stay,..." March 23

  • Roger Goodell, Unplugged "The MMQB: What’s the lesson you take from easily your most trying year as commissioner? Goodell: I don’t know if you could put one or two … One of the things we always focus on is, What do we learn and how do we get better? I think in this case there were several factors. One is, Do we have the..." March 23

  • Patriots being petty as NFL investigates Darrelle Revis' return to Jets

    New York Daily News "The NFL’s fight for truth, justice and the American way ventured into the ridiculous two days before Darrelle Revis agreed to a blockbuster deal to return to the Jets. The league sent an investigator to the Jets facility in Florham Park, N.J., on Sunday, March 8, during the three-day “legal..." March 21

  • Patriots OT Cameron Fleming checks in from Stanford pro day "Second-year New England Patriots offensive tackle Cameron Fleming was present at Stanford University's pro day Thursday, helping highly touted offensive tackle Andrus Peat in drills, and he was interviewed as part of coverage on ESPN3 (around 1:54 mark). His favorite part of the Super Bowl..." March 20

  • Out of work, Spikes changes tune on Patriots

    CSN New England "When Brandon Spikes lit out for Buffalo last offseason, he made it real clear he was happy to have New England in his rearview mirror. The Patriots and all their rules on how players should act and what they should say? Too stifling for Spikes, who embraced his “I GOTTA BE MEEEEEEEE….!!!”..." March 19

  • Pats' eligible receiver scheme could become illegal

    CSN Baltimore "After the Ravens were fooled, duped, deceived -- use whatever word you want -- by the Patriots and their ineligible receiver shell game in the playoffs, coach John Harbaugh predicted that "the league will look at that type of thing and I’m sure that they’ll make some adjustments." Indeed, the..." March 19

  • Aaron Hernandez Allegedly Committed Murder in a Pair of Air Jordan XIs

    Complex "The Aaron Hernandez murder trial just took an unexpected turn and it's all because a pair of Air Jordan XIs. Earlier today, during testimony at Bristol Superior Court in Boston, it was revealed that Hernandez was spotted wearing Air Jordan XI lows in surveillance footage taken before and after..." March 19

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    Adam Caplan @caplannfl

    The #Patriots and DE Rob Ninkovich have agreed to a contract adjustment increase, per league source.

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    Mike Reiss @MikeReiss

    CB Bradley Fletcher, who visited the Patriots on Tuesday, is signing with the team. His agent @andysimms confirmed when asked.

  • Biggest position holes to fill for all 32 teams in the NFL Draft "The big wave of free agency has come and gone, and the focus has turned to the draft, but that doesn't mean there still aren't holes to fill, some huge ones, for each of the NFL's 32 teams. You can't solve all the problems in free agency. In fact, it's usually only a few if a team is lucky. For..." March 18

  • Bradley Fletcher to sign with New England Patriots "The New England Patriots have replaced Darrelle Revis with Bradley Fletcher. The cornerback will sign with the Pats on a one-year deal after visiting the team on Tuesday his agent, Andy Simms, confirmed to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. ESPN first reported the news. The contract is worth up..." March 18

  • Rob Ninkovich's Patriots contract adjusted "The contract for New England Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich has been adjusted to give him a pay boost for 2015, a league source tells ESPN's Adam Caplan. The Patriots increased Ninkovich’s compensation for the 2015 season to a total of $5 million, with $4.5 million fully guaranteed (base..." March 18

  • Patriots 'not looking at major upgrades' at WR

    CSN New England "Throughout the offseason the Patriots have repeatedly shown interest in wide receivers like Stevie Johnson, Brian Hartline and Percy Harvin. On Sports Tonight, John Tomase didn't seem to disappointed that the team missed out on guys who would just end up being expensive depth on the roster." March 18

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