Patriots Rumors & News

  • Logan Mankins enters his tenth season still trying to prove his worth

    Providence Journal "Logan Mankins is only 32-years-old, but entering his tenth season in the NFL, even he knows he’s not considered young anymore. The longtime staple of the Patriots’ offensive line is currently in the fourth year of his six-year, $51-million deal. His cap hit for 2014 is $10.5-million and next..." July 24

  • NFL in LA? It could happen sooner than you think

    Sporting News "At long last, after a 19-year absence, the NFL is ready to return to Los Angeles. It's no longer a matter of if, but when. Expect the NFL to announce a return to America's entertainment capital and the second-biggest market in the next 12 months, with one or two teams debuting in Los Angeles no..." July 24

  • Peyton Manning top QB in new 'Madden' "There are Pro Bowl selections and plenty of all-everything teams revealed in every NFL season. Some players are named, some are snubbed and the discussion on all fronts can be lively. And then there's what Donny Moore does. Moore, who laughingly calls himself a "former sandwich artist who has..." July 23

  • Hernandez’s first murder trial moved to January

    Pro Football Talk "Whenever a headline about a guy’s upcoming murder trial contains the term “first,” that’s not good. For former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, the first of two murder trial has been moved from October 2014 to January 2015. Specifically, jury selection begins on January 3, and the trial..." July 23

  • Tebow’s NFL comeback workouts are exhausting

    USA Today "Last month, Tim Tebow said he hadn’t given up on his NFL dream. When he described that his comeback plans involved throwing to semipro wide receivers, it sort of felt like Tebow was sadly clinging to a dream. Did the other part of his NFL plans involve sitting in a darkened room at night, watching..." July 23

  • Belichick says Rob Gronkowski has 'been cleared to play'

    Boston Herald "Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been cleared to play, according to coach Bill Belichick. Gronkowski underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL in his knee six and a half months ago, and the Patriots began reporting for training camp this week. Gronkowski was among the group of injured players..." July 23

  • Dispute over Patriots’ Hernandez records resolved

    Pro Football Talk "The lawyers representing former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez wanted to get a wide variety of documents from the team. The team didn’t want to surrender certain things. A middle ground has been identified. According to the Associated Press, attorney Michael Fee said in court on Tuesday..." July 22

  • Rex on Patriots: “They need to worry about us”

    Pro Football Talk "Rex Ryan really is back. And while he has yet to talk about not kissing Bill Belichick’s rings or guaranteeing that Rex will be wearing one of his own, Ryan has found a way to get back to being the guy he was early in his career as a head coach. During a June interview with Brian Costello of..." July 20

  • Source: Patriots agree with TE Nate Byham

    ESPN Boston "The New England Patriots and free-agent tight end Nate Byham have agreed to terms on a contract, according to a league source. Byham will fill the 90th and final spot on the roster, pending a physical. More of a blocking tight end, the 6-foot-4, 264-pound Byham played the last two seasons for..." July 20

  • Why is Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence really tough, tenacious? Credit his childhood

    Dallas Morning News "DeMarcus Lawrence isn’t simply tough. “He’s really tough,” Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli cooed almost lovingly, upping the ante when asked to describe the finest qualities of the second-round draft choice the team desperately needs to be its dominant pass rusher this..." July 19

  • Patriots suing Bacardi after rum maker walks away from deal

    Boston Globe "The New England Patriots had a bad experience with Bacardi, and now the team is complaining of a hangover. The Patriots are suing Bacardi for breach of contract after the rum maker backed out of a deal that included plans for a 20,000-square-foot pavilion, to be called Casa Bacardi, on the..." July 19

  • Patriots sign rookie WRs Derrick Johnson, Tyler McDonald

    Pro Football Talk "The Patriots have filled two of their open roster spots. The club said Friday it had signed undrafted rookie wideouts Derrick Johnson and Tyler McDonald. Johnson is a Maine product, while McDonald played at South Carolina State." July 19

  • Belichick, Hernandez shared 34 total texts, not 33 pages "With Aaron Hernandez in jail and awaiting trials on three murder charges, Massachusetts detectives have interviewed Patriots owner Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and other team employees in the course of their investigation. In fact, it was reported that the team recently turned over 33 pages..." July 19

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    Mike Reiss @MikeReiss

    Rob Gronkowski said he doesn't know at this point if he will open training camp on the active/physically-unable-to-perform list.

  • Armstead retires without ever playing for Patriots

    CSN New England "The most mysterious Patriots player in recent history will remain just that. Armond Armstead, who the Patriots signed on Feb. 1, 2013 from the Toronto Argonauts, announced his retirement on Wednesday. The defensive lineman, 23, never played a game for the Patriots, as he dealt with injuries..." July 18

  • Robert Kraft: Belichick likes Thursday games, wouldn’t mind more than one

    NESN "“Thursday Night Football” doesn’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon. After the NFL announced in February that it will be airing eight “TNF” games on CBS during the 2014 season, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and CBS CEO Leslie Moonves met Thursday..." July 18

  • Goodell, Kraft talk possibility of teams in L.A., London "The city of Los Angeles has been without an NFL team for almost two decades, but Commissioner Roger Goodell believes the door remains open for pro football to return to a town that once housed both the Raiders and Rams. "It still comes back to, 'Do we have the right solution in Los Angeles?'..." July 18

  • DA: Evidence shows Hernandez's fiancee lied

    ESPN Boston "Prosecutors say they have "direct evidence" that the fiancee of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez lied to the grand jury that indicted him on a murder charge in the slaying of Odin Lloyd, including about a box she discarded at Hernandez's direction. The prosecution said in a filing..." July 16

  • Bill Belichick, Aaron Hernandez texts turned over

    Boston Herald "A treasure trove of text messages between former disgraced New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez and Patriots coach Bill Belichick could be used as evidence in the murder trial against the jailed former Pro Bowler, according to new court documents. Prosecutors handed over 33 pages of..." July 16

  • Bid to nix Hernandez video evidence rejected

    ESPN Boston "A bid by former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez's lawyers to suppress evidence from a cellphone and video surveillance taken from his Massachusetts home during authorities' investigation of the killing of Odin Lloyd was rejected Monday by the judge hearing the case. She hasn't..." July 15

  • Larry Fitzgerald heard 'nothing at all' about Patriots trade rumors "Last year during the playoffs, a rumor about the Patriots chasing Larry Fitzgerald prior to the trade deadline emerged. It made sense given the Pats need at wideout. But it did not make Cardinals GM Steve Keim happy. Fitzgerald said, as part of an extended interview with USA Today's Tom..." July 12

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    Rob Rang @RobRang

    Draft started and is over with no players being selected.

  • Source: Aaron Dobson optimistic about training camp

    Mass Live "Aaron Dobson might be ready for training camp. The New England Patriots wide receiver missed spring practices after undergoing offseason surgery on his foot, but there is now optimism that Dobson will be ready in time for training camp, according to a source. The source added that it is..." July 08

  • All signs point' to Rob Gronkowski back Week 1 "Much of the Patriots success in 2014 could hinge on Rob Gronkowski. When the all-world tight end plays, the offense is dynamic. When he doesn't, Tom Brady and Co. often look rather average. The Patriots averaged 32 points per game when Gronkowski played last year from Week 7 through Week 13. In..." July 08

  • Federal Judge Approves NFL Concussion Settlement

    Slate "A federal judge on Monday gave preliminary approval to the concussion compensation deal between the NFL and former players. The ruling comes two weeks after U.S. District Judge Anita Brody raised questions over whether the $675 million cap on damages paid by the league was sufficient to cover the..." July 08

  • Aaron Hernandez can be moved to a jail closer to Boston, prosecutors say

    Boston Globe "Bristol County prosecutors agreed Thursday that Aaron Hernandez can be moved to a jail closer to Boston, but strongly rejected complaints from defense attorneys for the former New England Patriots star that he has been mistreated by the Bristol County sheriff’s office, according to court..." July 04

  • Patriots: Team Owes Aaron Hernandez Nothing

    CBS Boston "The New England Patriots don’t owe “another penny” to former tight end Aaron Hernandez, who is charged in three killings, a team lawyer told a judge Wednesday. Attorney Andrew Phelan said the team terminated its contract with Hernandez right after he was charged last year in the death of..." July 03

  • Lawyer will seek to block Patriots payments to Hernandez on Wednesday

    Pro Football Talk "As the multiple prosecutions of Aaron Hernandez continue to percolate, an effort to block him from receiving any additional money from his former NFL team hits full boil on Wednesday. Via the Associated Press, a lawyer representing the estates of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado will ask a..." July 02

  • Patriots tee off to support Joe Andruzzi’s fight against cancer

    Providence Journal "Patriots players past and present teed off at the Pinehills Golf Club on Monday with the hopes of tackling cancer in support of the Joe Andruzzi Foundation. This was Andruzzi’s Sixth Annual Golf Tournament. The former Patriots offensive lineman is a cancer survivor and the event raises funds..." July 01

  • Revis is a happy camper in New England

    Pro Football Talk "Greg Schiano and Bill Belichick are friends who have some similarities to their coaching styles, but star cornerback Darrelle Revis says after playing for Schiano’s Bucs last year and signing with Belichick’s Patriots this year that he sees a major difference: Belichick’s style works. Revis..." June 29

  • How will Brandon Browner’s four-game ban to start 2014 season impact Patriots’ defense?

    WEEI Boston "1. On paper, the Patriots head into the 2014 season with one of their best secondaries in recent memory. At the same time, they’ll be lacking their No. 2 cornerback over the first four games, as Brandon Browner will be sidelined because of a violation of the league’s policy on PEDs last year when..." June 29

  • Wes Welker: Patriots never had Jets playbook; 'not that I know of' "The Jets-Patriots rivalry got a little kick in the pants this offseason when new Browns coach Mike Pettine -- Rex Ryan's former defensive coordinator in New York -- made statements indicating he believed the Patriots, at some point, acquired the Jets playbook. Pettine said Rex gave the books..." June 27

  • NFL agrees to blank check to pay concussion damages

    New York Post "The NFL’s stalled concussion settlement with 4,500 former players appeared to pick up steam again Wednesday when the league agreed to lift the cap on money available to eligible victims. Under the new agreement, the NFL must pay claims for the next 65 years while no longer limiting the fund for..." June 26

  • Hernandez double murder trial set for May '15

    ESPN Boston "A judge has tentatively scheduled former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez to stand trial next year in May on murder charges in the 2012 drive-by slayings of two men. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to killing Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado after a nightclub encounter. During a..." June 25

  • First-round pick Dominique Easley, Patriots finalize deal

    Boston Globe "Patriots’ brass were able to head to their summer vacation with all of their draft picks signed, as the team announced Monday it had finalized a deal with first-rounder Dominique Easley. Easley, a 6-foot-2-inch, 288-pound defensive lineman, was the 29th overall pick out of Florida. Though he..." June 23

  • Benjamin Watson gives Asa a boost

    Boston Herald "Benjamin Watson wanted to give his little brother Asa time to settle in, get his feet wet and start to carve his own path in Foxboro before jumping in and making a fuss about the rookie tight end. After all, he knows the drill and all that comes with being a Patriots rookie. He lived it once...." June 22

  • Darrelle Revis insists he has nothing to prove with Patriots

    Boston Globe "Darrelle Revis says he has no interest in using this season with the Patriots as a chance to show the rest of the NFL, and particularly those younger cornerbacks who have tried to lay claim to his title as the best in the league at the position, that he remains king of corners. A season largely..." June 22

  • Why Advertisements are Probably Coming to NFL Jerseys

    ACME Packing Company "The Green Bay Packers wear some of the most iconic uniforms in all of sports. They're simple, clean, a palette of football nostalgia that harkens back to the days where you could drink scotch at work, smoke on airplanes and mustaches were a defining feature of one's manliness. If you like these..." June 22

  • Aaron Hernandez seeks jail transfer, citing 'safety' concerns

    NECN "Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez wants out of the Bristol County House of Correction in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, and into another jail. His attorneys, in new filings, say he's been "relentlessly exploited by the sheriff for self-promotion and virtually non-stop..." June 22

  • Gronk aiming for Week 1 "Rob Gronkowski recently assured reporters that he has encountered no setbacks in his surgically repaired knee, but the New England Patriots tight end has been unwilling to put a timetable on his return to game action. According to NFL Media's Albert Breer, the goal is for Gronkowski to be on..." June 21

  • NFLPA collusion lawsuit to proceed "A court overturned a decision to dismiss the NFLPA's lawsuit against the NFL for collusion stemming from salary cap penalties toward the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins in 2012. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Wednesday reportedly overturned a decision by Judge David..." June 20

  • Rex Ryan calls Mike Pettine's suggestion that Patriots had Jets playbook 'disrespectful' and 'ridiculous'

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Mike Pettine's mentor Rex Ryan called Pettine's suggestion that the Patriots may have obtained copies of the Jets' playbook "disrespectful'' and "ridiculous.'' In an interview with Greg Bedard of, Pettine, the Jets' defensive coordinator under Ryan from 2009-12, suggested that the..." June 20

  • Pats' Wilfork healthy, says no hard feelings

    ESPN Boston "First came a season-ending ruptured Achilles injury late last September. Then came a contract squabble in the offseason. It's been an eventful nine months for New England Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork, who said Thursday that he has no limitations on what he can do physically and has..." June 19

  • Pettine: Brady, Pats might have had Jets' playbooks "The Cleveland Browns' defensive playbook is apparently thinner than one might expect, given coach Mike Pettine's tutelage under the uber-creative Rex Ryan. The lack of girth, Pettine told's Greg A. Bedard, is by design. "I don't put a lot of graduate-level information in it,"..." June 19

  • Darrelle Revis goes missing from Practice

    Boston Herald "Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis has become famous for making people disappear. Yesterday, he pulled the same act on himself. Revis didn’t practice for the first time since the media has been able to witness the Pats’ offseason workouts. However, it’s not considered any type of long-term..." June 19

  • Post-Aaron Hernandez, NFL trying to weed out sociopaths

    Sporting News "Leigh Steinberg has been guiding NFL prospects through the pre-draft evaluation process since the mid-1970s, and has seen all the ways that teams investigate their backgrounds. Yet the level of scrutiny was never higher than it was this year—the year after Aaron Hernandez. It was a year ago..." June 17

  • Aaron Hernandez lawyers want Odin Lloyd murder charge dropped

    Boston Globe "Attorneys for former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez argued today that the murder charge against him should be dropped, saying that the prosecution hadn’t established probable cause that he killed Odin L. Lloyd of Boston last June in North Attleborough. The case presented to the grand..." June 16

  • Hernandez faces potentially busy Monday in court

    Fox Sports "Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez faces a potentially busy day in court Monday in Massachusetts – arraignment on charges he beat up a fellow inmate and threatened a guard and possible rulings on a series of motions that could dramatically shape the way one of the murder cases..." June 15

  • Vollmer takes day-by-day approach to return

    CSN New England "The screams were audible even for those watching on television. Sideline microphones picked up all they needed to know: Sebastian Vollmer was hurt, and he had sustained a serious injury. It was later reported that Vollmer had broken his leg in the Oct. 27 win at home over the Dolphins. After..." June 14

  • Stevan Ridley, Patriots yet to talk extension "Stevan Ridley has an opportunity to regain his early-down role in the New England Patriots backfield with LeGarrette Blount now in Pittsburgh. The question is whether he works his way back into coach Bill Belichick's good graces for a long-term contract during the final year of his rookie..." June 12

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