Patriots Rumors & News

  • Stephen Gostkowski a more likely candidate for tag than Devin McCourty "If the New England Patriots use the franchise tag before Monday's 4 p.m. ET deadline, there is a greater likelihood it will be assigned to kicker Stephen Gostkowski than safety Devin McCourty, according to multiple sources involved in discussions with those involved. Gostkowski's tag projects..." March 02

  • Determined Aaron Dobson gets physical

    Boston Herald "Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson is anteing up for a season that could define his NFL career. After a pair of injury-shortened campaigns, Dobson dedicated himself to a new workout plan at Fischer Institute in Phoenix. Brett Fischer, who runs the facility, has vast experience with the..." March 01

  • Jonas Gray eager to prove he's no one-hit wonder "Jonas Gray is determined to be remembered as something other than the greatest one-hit wonder in Patriots history. The rookie running back burst on the scene with a 201-yard, four-touchdown performance on Sunday Night Football last November, then promptly took up residence in Bill Belichick's..." March 01

  • Keeping secondary intact would cost the Pats a fortune

    Pro Football Talk "With free agency starting next week, the Patriots are in an interesting position: They can keep the three best players in their secondary but spend a fortune, or they could take the frugal route and risk losing Darrelle Revis, Devin McCourty and Brandon Browner. The good news for the Patriots..." March 01

  • Determined Aaron Dobson gets physical

    Boston Herald "Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson is anteing up for a season that could define his NFL career. After a pair of injury-shortened campaigns, Dobson dedicated himself to a new workout plan at Fischer Institute in Phoenix. Brett Fischer, who runs the facility, has vast experience with the..." February 27

  • Paying Revis shouldn’t hamstring Patriots

    CSN New England "The season ran long. Preparations for the Combine came next. But now, with the league year starting on March 10 the Patriots are elbows-deep in contract talks. Darrelle Revis is, as we’ve explained, the first domino that needs to fall. Then the Patriots can get to the re-signing/moving on..." February 26

  • McCourty: Franchise tag 'worst-case' but not so bad

    CSN New England "When Devin McCourty stepped inside the Little Theater at Lowell High on Wednesday, he was greeted by students standing and chanting, "Re-sign D-Mac . . . Re-sign D-Mac!" While Patriots corner Darrelle Revis and the prospects of his next deal in New England have dominated headlines, well-versed..." February 25

  • Tom Brady Is Reportedly Looking to Become a "Huge Movie Star" After Football

    Complex "Tom Brady's NFL career is coming to a close. He's probably not going to retire in the next year or two. But within five years, we'd expect him to hang up his cleats. And when he does, it sounds like he already knows what he wants to do with his life. Tom Brady haters are not going to like..." February 24

  • Hernandez’s maids tell jury of multiple guns in the house

    Boston Herald "Prosecutors are closing in on former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez, and they are putting a murder weapon in his hands where none exists. Jurors listened intently yesterday as two women who cleaned Hernandez’s North Attleboro home chronicled how they stumbled upon guns in three places..." February 24

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    Jason La Canfora @JasonLaCanfora

    Would be shocked if Percy Harvin agreed to any reduced deal w/NYJ. Expect NE among those interested. And I keep hearing Spiller to Jets

  • Dont'a Hightower Injury Update: Recovery Reportedly 6-7 Months

    Pats Pulpit "Linebacker Dont'a Hightower's recovery from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder is expected to keep him out until August or September. Three weeks ago yesterday, New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower made a key tackle to set up the game winning interception by Malcolm..." February 23

  • Dont’a Hightower faces a long healing

    Boston Herald "The Patriots’ immensely talented group of young linebackers created a ton of momentum during their Super Bowl run, but there won’t be a seamless transition into the 2015 season. Dont’a Hightower, who played through a torn shoulder labrum suffered in Week 13 against the Packers, underwent..." February 21

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    Ben Volin @BenVolin

    One nugget while the plane gets de-iced: RB Tyler Gaffney (ACL) progressing well. Belichick apparently loves him. Stashed him for a reason

  • Patriots prioritizing Darrelle Revis, taking measured approach with other free agents

    Boston Herald "The Patriots’ actions this week have indicated they’re all in on cornerback Darrelle Revis. It’s unclear how much progress the two camps have made in their efforts to strike a contract extension this week at the scouting combine in Indianapolis, but the Patriots have been deliberate with their..." February 21

  • Report: NFL salary cap expected between $140-143M "The NFL expects this year's salary cap to be between $140 million and $143 million, at least $1.5 million higher than projected, ESPN reported Wednesday. League sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter that the NFL notified teams Wednesday. The league had informed team executives at the owners..." February 19

  • NFL reportedly unlikely to expand playoffs in 2015

    SB Nation "Last offseason, it appeared the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell were intent on reaching an agreement to expand the playoff field from 12 to 14 teams. However, a report in the Washington Post suggests a potential change is now unlikely to arrive in time for the 2015 season. "I think it's..." February 19

  • Witness: Hernandez worried about endorsements after Lloyd's death

    Fox Sports "Less than 48 hours after the murder of Odin Lloyd, Aaron Hernandez retreated to his basement “man cave” with two relatives of his fiancée’s to shoot pool and watch the 2013 NBA Finals. But according to testimony at Hernandez’s murder trial Wednesday, a commercial on the television caught his..." February 19

  • Fired NFL employee reportedly gave Patriots worker unapproved K ball

    Larry Brown Sports "A Patriots employee who reportedly tried to introduce an unapproved kicking ball into the AFC Championship Game last month got that ball from an NFL employee, according to a new report. On Tuesday night, ESPN’s Kelly Naqi singled out Patriots officials’ locker room attendant Jim McNally for..." February 19

  • Steelers GM on cutting LeGarrette Blount: No regrets whatsoever "Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert met with the media Wednesday morning at the combine in Indianapolis and reiterated that keeping quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh was a priority, and the hope is that the two sides will come to terms on a new deal as quickly as possible. "We'll..." February 18

  • Patriots locker-room attendant tried to put unapproved ball into AFC final "A locker-room attendant for the New England Patriots tried to introduce an unapproved special teams football into last month's AFC Championship Game, the same game at the center of the "Deflategate" allegations, four sources familiar with the investigation told "Outside the Lines." One source..." February 18

  • The Patriots Should Franchise Tag Devin McCourty

    Pats Pulpit "In order to move forward with their off-season plans, the Patriots should tag their franchise defensive back. Yesterday marked the first day of the off-season where teams could designate their free agents with the franchise tag. A tagged player will receive a one-year contract for the greater..." February 17

  • Patriots: Chandler Jones can fight brother if he wants, but might void contract

    Sporting News "Patriots linebacker Chandler Jones wants to enter the ring with his brother, UFC star Jon Jones, and according to TMZ Sports the Patriots can't stop him. But the New England player could be putting his livelihood on the line by doing so. Chandler is confident he can beat his big brother if they..." February 17

  • Jason McCourty plans to recruit his brother Devin in free agency

    Newark Star-Ledger "There's a good chance the New England Patriots won't let Devin McCourty reach free agency. A four-time captain and two-time All-Pro, the free safety from Rutgers has demonstrated his value to the Super Bowl-winning Patriots. NFL teams are able to assign the franchise tag to players beginning..." February 17

  • Patriots will be looking for offensive linemen at NFL Combine

    Providence Journal "This week’s NFL Combine means we’re officially on to the 2015 NFL season. Collegiate players will arrive in Indianapolis full of dreams and aspirations. NFL coaches, general managers and scouts will all gather for player workouts, interviews and medical exams. The first batch of players arrive..." February 17

  • Julian Edelman won't say whether he had concussion during Super Bowl

    Sports Grid "Julian Edelman scored the Patriots’ game-winning touchdown after running a jarring route, where he faked a slant and spun around for the out-route. He ran it earlier in the game, where his footwork looked cleaner and he looked stable. On the game-winning touchdown, he stumbled and had to give..." February 15

  • Judge allows video of Hernandez dismantling phone

    Pro Football Talk "When it comes to the first Aaron Hernandez murder case, there may never be direct evidence of Hernandez pulling the trigger, repeatedly, on the gun that killed Odin Lloyd. But there may be more than enough circumstantial evidence of guilt to allow a jury to conclude that Hernandez did it, beyond..." February 14

  • Waiting on Revis delays Patriots' business decisions

    CSN New England "Darrelle Revis. Shutdown corner in-season. Shutdown corner out of season. When the 2015 league year begins March 10, the Patriots will have to be under the newly-imposed salary cap. The league hasn’t yet unveiled that figure, but it’s expected to be around $140 million. Under his current..." February 13

  • Julian Edelman -- Meeting with Roc Nation Sports "New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman's stock is still on the rise after his impressive Super Bowl performance -- in fact, he's now on Jay Z's radar ... TMZ Sports has learned. Our sources tell us ... Edelman has a meeting with Roc Nation Sports in NYC Thursday afternoon to see if..." February 12

  • Which NFL Teams Have The Hardest And Easiest 2015 Schedules? "Even before the release of next season's schedule (which should happen in April, about a week before the draft) we already know who everyone will be playing in 2015. That means it's possible to calculate who'll have the toughest row to hoe, and who gets a break. The Falcons will face the..." February 12

  • Brandon LaFell Chipped Tom Brady’s Tooth On Super Bowl Touchdown Headbutt

    NESN "Tom Brady finally got a taste of his own headbutting medicine. New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell told NFL Network’s “NFL Total Access” crew that he chipped Brady’s tooth on a headbutt after their Super Bowl XLIX touchdown hookup. “Man, he texted me the other day,” LaFell..." February 11

  • Butler receives Brady's SB MVP Chevy truck

    ESPN Boston "Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler smiled to the cameras and reached out his hands to mimic an interception in front of the new red Chevrolet Colorado truck he received Tuesday. It was a lighthearted moment as Butler happily took ownership of the truck thanks to New England Patriots quarterback Tom..." February 10

  • Report: Judge grants immunity to Aaron Hernandez's fiancee "Judge Susan Garsh granted immunity to Aaron Hernandez's fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, and Jenkins is expected to testify for the prosecution in the former tight end's murder trial, reports Fox Sports 1. The judge's decision was revealed in court documents released Tuesday. It's a potentially..." February 10

  • Champs or not, Patriots have a lot of tough decisions to make

    Providence Journal "The 2014 Patriots were the youngest team to ever win a Super Bowl, with an average age of 25.2. The future of the franchise looks bright, but there are some tough decisions to make over the next few months that will undoubtedly reshape the team as we know it for the 2015 season. Roster turnover..." February 10

  • The Super Bowl Story, According to Tom Brady "It’s understandable when a stunning event overwhelms a career-defining event, the way it did in Super Bowl XLIX eight days ago. We spent three or four days piling on Pete Carroll for a call that seemed (and still seems) foolhardy, a decision that cost Seattle a second straight Super Bowl victory..." February 09

  • Vereen: SB XLIX 'a different ending' if Lynch ran ball "The fascination surrounding Seattle's final offensive play of the Super Bowl will never die. Not after Pete Carroll said it made him cry in bed. Not after Darrell Bevell tried to close the book by blaming his wide receiver. During Monday's edition of NFL AM on NFL Network, New England running..." February 09

  • AT 2015 Grammys, Patriots players Malcolm Butler, Julian Edelman present award

    New York Daily News "Patriots safety and Super Bowl XLIX hero Malcolm Butler said backstage that he’s starting to recover from the high of his game-winning interception that gave New England a 28-24 victory and turned him into a household name. “I’ve been coming down,” said Butler, who presented at the Grammys with..." February 09

  • Overlooked elsewhere, Malcolm Butler had supporters in New England

    Pro Football Talk "The list of Scouting Combine invitees was released just days after the Super Bowl, and NFL hopefuls whose names aren’t on that list can take some solace in the ending of the Super Bowl. Malcolm Butler, who made the Patriots’ game-sealing interception, is an undrafted rookie out of Division II..." February 08

  • New Deflategate theory: Colts deflated ball after Jackson’s pick

    Pro Football Talk "Deflategate may now have more conspiracy theories than the Kennedy assassination. Here’s the latest: It was the Colts, not the Patriots, who deflated a football in the AFC Championship Game. Several reports have indicated that the Colts first noticed that the Patriots were deflating footballs..." February 08

  • Browner says nickname for Patriots’ secondary should come from fans

    Pro Football Talk "Friday’s PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio featured a visit from the unsung hero of Super Bowl XLIX: Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner. Even though Malcolm Butler made the interception that saved the game, Browner also recognized what was coming (he said he’d seen the play in practice during his..." February 07

  • Malcolm Butler to pay taxes on prize

    ESPN Boston "The car that Chevrolet presented to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will instead be given directly by the car company to his teammate Malcolm Butler instead. Chevy spokesman Michael Albano said the car, a loaded Colorado, will be given to the cornerback who intercepted Russell..." February 07

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    Mike Reiss @MikeReiss

    Practice squad players signed for 2015 (con't): OL Caylin Hauptmann, WR Jonathan Krause, LB Eric Martin, LB Deontae Skinner, CB Dax Swanson.

  • NFL fines four players for Super Bowl scuffle "Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin was fined $10,000 for sparking a scuffle at the end of Super Bowl XLIX, one of four players involved in the melee who were fined by the league. Irvin, who was ejected after the New England Patriots attempted to run out the clock after the game-sealing..." February 06

  • Patriots want to keep Darrelle Revis

    ESPN Boston "New England Patriots president Jonathan Kraft acknowledged that cornerback Darrelle Revis' contract for 2015 is a "placeholder" and that the sides plan to "get to work" on a potential contract extension in the coming weeks. "Hopefully both sides want to make a deal and we'll be able to get one..." February 06

  • Judge chastises Aaron Hernandez lawyer for Deflategate joke

    Daily Mail "The judge overseeing the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has chastised his lawyer for making a joke about Deflategate while questioning a witness in court. James Sultan was questioning a state police trooper about tire pressure Thursday when he jokingly asked..." February 06

  • IRS Is Coming After Tom Brady's Super Bowl MVP Truck "The world champion New England Patriots will celebrate with the city of Boston today in the now customary duck boat parade downtown. It would be fitting if an IRS agent was waiting for quarterback Tom Brady at the end of the route. Specifically, he might want to talk about Brady’s new truck...." February 06

  • Haley: Four rings tainted for 'cheat' Brady "Tom Brady is tied for second all time with four Super Bowl rings, but the only man with more -- Charles Haley -- believes that the New England Patriots quarterback had to "cheat" to get his. When asked to choose between Brady and Joe Montana, with whom Haley won two Super Bowls with the San..." February 06

  • Will New England let Devin McCourty get away?

    Big Blue View "Let's look at the best free-agent safety who could hit the open market. We have said again and again this offseason that the New York Giants could be looking to make some changes at the safety position in 2015. Don't count on Devin McCourty of the New England Patriots being part of those..." February 05

  • Brady, McDaniels smelled blood when Jeremy Lane went down

    Pro Football Talk "Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane made a huge play in the first quarter of the Super Bowl, but it was his last play. And the Patriots quickly capitalized on his absence. Lane intercepted a Tom Brady pass in the end zone, but on the return he broke his arm and had to leave the game. NFL Films..." February 05

  • Belichick explains decision not to take timeout

    ESPN Boston "New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick on Wednesday explained his thinking regarding the sequence at the end of Super Bowl XLIX when he didn’t call timeout prior to cornerback Malcolm Butler's interception. After the ball was snapped with 1:06 remaining and Seahawks running back Marshawn..." February 04

  • Aaron Hernandez Comforted Odin Lloyd's Girlfriend After Shooting "Shaneah Jenkins, girlfriend to Odin Lloyd and sister to Aaron Hernandez's fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins, testified at Hernandez's murder trial yesterday, and she recounted a moment that, should Hernandez eventually be found guilty of murdering Lloyd, is pretty goddamn dark. Jenkins testified that..." February 04