Patriots Rumors & News

  • Ben Affleck Slurs, Rants About Deflategate on Bill Simmons’ New HBO Series

    Complex "On Wednesday night, Ben Affleck made an unforgettable appearance on the debut of Bill Simmons' HBO series Any Given Wednesday With Bill Simmons, though perhaps for different reasons than he may have wanted. The actor, who appeared red-faced and was audibly slurring, went off for almost five solid..." June 23

  • $4 Billion UFC Sale to Pats Owner Reported to be Completed

    Black Sports Online "The infamous New England Patriots Owner now has his share of some UFC pie as he reportedly spent $4 billion dollars. He is one amongst a few other owners. The news of the UFC selling broke Twitter and then reports came out saying that it was false. Those reports are now not true at all because..." June 22

  • NFL takes unusual step of involving position coaches in looking at more kickoff rule changes

    USA Today "The NFL is assessing the viability of further rules changes on kickoffs with unprecedented input from the league’s special teams coordinators, who want to save the exciting play from extinction. Dean Blandino, the NFL’s vice president of officiating, recently held a conference call with special..." June 21

  • Michael Lombardi leaves role with Patriots

    The Score "Michael Lombardi is leaving his role as an assistant to the New England Patriots' coaching staff, sources told ESPN's Mike Reiss. " June 18

  • Why is Ed Reed's son a Patriots fan? 'The kid likes champions, man'

    ESPN "When former NFL safety Ed Reed answered a call in January fromBuffalo Bills Rex Ryan offering him a job on his coaching staff, Reed faced opposition from an unlikely source: his 8-year old son, Edward, who is a New England Patriots fan. Ryan helped sell Reed's son on his dad's move to Buffalo..." June 17

  • Martellus Bennett is prepared to play Robin to Rob Gronkowski's Batman

    CSN New England "Martellus Bennett has been one of the most productive tight ends in football over the course of the last four seasons -- three with the Bears and one as a member of the Giants -- but he knows that in New England he'll be running routes alongside a unanimous All-Pro at the same position. Being..." June 16

  • Robert Kraft involved in bid to buy UFC

    Larry Brown Sports "New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is said to be a part of an investor group involved in the bidding for ownership of the UFC. The UFC is for sale, with bids said to be in the $4 billion range. ESPN reports that WME-IMG and Dalian Wanda Group, as well as China Media Capital, are competing..." June 16

  • Patriots' Rob Gronkowski works to perfect 'tricks' to get open at practice

    ESPN "The essence of a spring practice for most players is to build a foundation for training camp while fine-tuning fundamentals. New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski provided one example of that on Monday. It was the head-and-shoulders route. On the play, Gronkowski aligned at the..." June 15

  • Bill Belichick has taken the Gronk out of Rob Gronkowski

    New York Post "It only took six years of programming, but the Patriots finally have eliminated all the communication bugs from the irrepressible Rob Gronkowski and have him off the assembly line as a fully functioning Belichick-bot. After an atypically demure Summer of Gronk, it was onto minicamp, where coach..." June 14

  • Patriots’ Dion Lewis returns to work

    Boston Herald "Dion Lewis wears the type of grin that connotes he knows a little something you don’t. Yesterday, the Patriots running back definitely had a surprise for the final open day of OTAs on the fields behind Gillette Stadium. For the first time since tearing an ACL in a Nov. 8 win against..." June 14

  • Gronkowski still vague about his absence from minicamp practice

    Pro Football Talk "Yes, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski practiced at Monday’s OTA session. No, he still had nothing to say about why he didn’t practice during last week’s mandatory minicamp. “I was just doing other things, as Coach said last week, so everything’s good,” Gronkowski told reporters on Monday,..." June 14

  • Michael Williams' injury could help TE Clay Harbor stick with Patriots

    ESPN "Tight end Clay Harbor enters his seventh NFL season in 2016, which means he’s seen plenty of teammates lost to injuries. But that doesn’t make it any easier to accept. Such was the case last Wednesday when Harbor watched fellow tight end Michael Williams sustain a torn ACL during a minicamp..." June 13

  • Chandler Jones on Week 1 vs. Patriots: I circled that game in red marker

    Pro Football Talk "Cardinals defensive Chandler Jones says he’s eager to see his old team, and glad it’s happening at the start of the season. Jones said on Sirius XM NFL Radio that he was excited to see that the Cardinals-Patriots game is in Week One, and eager to get at it against his old teammates. “When I..." June 12

  • No more practicing in numberless jerseys for Bill Belichick's Patriots

    ESPN "Bill Belichick has preferred to have players in numberless jerseys during spring practices, but the NFL instituted a rule in 2016 that prohibits him (and other teams) from doing so. The league is now requiring all players to wear jersey numbers when on the field in Phase 3 of the offseason..." June 12

  • Patriots waive Michael Williams

    The Score "The New England Patriots waived tight end Michael Williams, the team confirmed Friday. Williams tore his ACL during practice Wednesday and if he clears waivers, he will be placed on the team's injured reserve. The Patriots acquired Williams in an August 2015 trade with the Detroit Lions." June 11

  • Trump may ask Brady, Roethlisberger to speak at GOP Convention

    New York Times "Donald J. Trump has some ideas for how to jazz up the Republican National Convention, and he previewed one at a rally here on Friday evening: a “winner’s evening” of sports celebrities and champions addressing the convention rather than politicians. “We’re going to do it a little different, if..." June 11

  • Rob Gronkowski says he's on 'same page' with Patriots coaches

    Boston Herald "Rob Gronkowski was at a camp playing football tody. It was just not with other Patriots, but about 700 kids at Woburn High School for his annual football clinic. During his appearance, Gronkowski confirmed reports that while he did not participate in on-field minicamp workouts, he was with the..." June 11

  • Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo grabs more of the spotlight

    Boston Herald "It’s still Tom Brady’s show, but the Patriots are asking him to share the spotlight for the time being. Backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo split the first-team reps with Brady throughout this week’s three-day minicamp as the Pats continue to stare down the barrel of the starter’s four-game..." June 10

  • Report: Michael Williams suffered torn ACL during Patriots minicamp

    NESN "The New England Patriots lost valuable depth at tight end Wednesday during the second day of mandatory minicamp. Michael Williams suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during practice, a team source told The Boston Globe’s Jim McBride on Thursday. McBride reported Williams likely will be placed..." June 09

  • Aaron Hernandez hires Casey Anthony lawyer

    ESPN "Convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez has hired a new defense team that includes Florida attorney Jose Baez, who represented Casey Anthony, the Orlando mother who was acquitted of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. Baez confirmed the role in a statement, saying Harvard law professor Ronald S...." June 09

  • Reports: Patriots’ Cautiousness Holding Rob Gronkowski Out Of Practice

    NESN "The New England Patriots have practiced twice in front of the media this spring, and Rob Gronkowski hasn’t been on the field for either session. Gronkowski’s absence has certainly raised some eyebrows around New England, but it’s reportedly nothing to be overly concerned with. The Patriots are..." June 08

  • NFL owners, coaches say a developmental league is needed and here's what's brewing

    CBS Sports "The limos were lined up bumper-to-bumper around the sprawling driveway and the private planes waited on tarmacs nearby as NFL owners scrambled to get back home after wrapping up another league meeting. In a nearby ballroom, commissioner Roger Goodell began addressing the media, his statements..." June 07

  • NFL Twitter Hacked, Announces Roger Goodell's Death

    Deadspin "Some gremlin got access to the NFL’s Twitter account today and announced the death of commissioner Roger Goodell. NFL PR flack Brian McCarthy quickly corrected the record: The other two tweets were also deleted. The NFL appears to have regained control of its account. The fake cause of..." June 07

  • This Patriots fan’s Roger Goodell photo got way out of hand

    New York Post "A Patriots diehard got the chance to meet NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, and his middle finger got a bit over-inflated. The photograph making the internet rounds would perfectly encapsulate the Patriots fan base’s antagonism with Goodell, who has stuck with a protracted legal fight to take..." June 07

  • 20 Different Players to Take Part in Celebrity Family Feud NFL Edition This Summer

    Total Pro Sports "If you enjoyed the Gronkowski Family‘s appearance on Celebrity Family Feud last summer, you’ll love what the NFL has in store for you this year. ABC is mixing up the format of Celebrity Family Feud for Season 2. While many of the episodes will feature celebrities and their actual families, a..." June 07

  • NFL curious about marijuana as potential medical alternative

    Sporting News "While it’s not saying so publicly, the NFL is exploring the viability of marijuana as a medical option for its players. In a profile on Ravens offensive tackle Eugene Monroe’s marijuana advocacy, the Washington Post reports NFL senior vice president for player health and safety Jeff Miller and..." June 07

  • Goodell: No settlement talks with Brady, up to courts to decide

    The Score "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell doesn't sound like a man willing to budge even one inch when it comes to Tom Brady's suspension. Though some have speculated the NFL and Brady could put their enduring "Deflategate" dispute behind them by reaching a settlement to decrease Brady's four-game..." June 06

  • Rob Gronkowski talks haircuts, not contracts

    Boston Herald "With contracts a major issue ahead of Patriots training camp this summer, Rob Gronkowski wanted nothing to do with that conversation yesterday. Gronkowski raised some eyebrows after taking to Twitter in March to respond to the team picking up the remaining $6 million of his $10 million option..." June 06

  • Patriots the one in a lockdown position when it comes to Malcolm Butler

    Boston Herald "Given the $600,000 figure Malcolm Butler is presently due to make this season, it’s not a stretch to say the Patriots’ top cornerback is significantly underpaid. But whether or not he’s upset about his contract doesn’t matter much right now because looking at the big picture, this isn’t the..." June 05

  • NFLPA paying out millions in legal fees for Deflategate

    Sporting News "Perhaps the only people who'd like to see the NFL Deflategate saga drag on even longer are the lawyers. Both the NFL and NFLPA paid out millions in legal fees last year as the two sides went head to head with the scandal involving Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. The two sides also battled over..." June 05

  • 8 Teams That Could Sign Arian Foster

    Pro Football Rumors "The concern with Arian Foster has always been health. Foster, who will turn 30 in August, racked up 6,472 rushing yards during his seven years as a Texan, and earned three consecutive Pro Bowl nods from 2010 to 2012, averaging about 1,900 all purpose yards and 16 touchdowns in those seasons. But..." June 04

  • Cardell Hayes claimed Will Smith said, 'I'm gonna go get my gun'

    ESPN "Will Smith's shooter, Cardell Hayes, told police officers that he felt threatened by the former New Orleans Saints defensive end and believed Smith was going to retrieve a gun from his car when he shot and killed Smith on the night of April 9. "He's got a gun, I'm gonna go get my gun," Hayes..." June 04

  • Will Smith's alleged murderer to stand trial in September

    WWLTV.com "A judge has denied a request to reduce the $1.75 million bond against the man accused of fatally shooting former Saints player Will Smith and set a trial date of Sept. 20. Judge Camille Buras estimated the trial would last two weeks. The decision came after a morning of testimony that resembled..." June 04

  • Brady’s lawyers asked Ken Feinberg to submit a brief

    Pro Football Talk "The parade of friend-of-the-court briefs in support of the litigation arising from Tom Brady’s suspension reminded some (OK, maybe only me) of the jersey scene in Rudy. Apparently, that comparison works only if Rudy had personally asked the Notre Dame seniors to each visit the head coach with a..." June 03

  • Matthew Slater thinks kickoff returns need to stay part of game

    ESPN "New England Patriots special-teams captain Matthew Slater, who has represented the AFC in the Pro Bowl each of the past five seasons, gave a passionate defense Thursday for keeping the kickoff return a prominent part of football. A rule change for 2016 that gives teams the ball at the 25-yard..." June 03

  • Aaron Rodgers ditching diet, wants to eat like Tom Brady

    Sportsnaut "Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has a new dietary inspiration in the form of fellow NFL quarterback Tom Brady. Rodgers’ previous philosophy was to follow what he called his “80/20 Rule.” Simply translated, Rodgers made sure 80 percent of what he consumed was healthy while he allowed..." June 02

  • Law professors become the latest to file brief in support of Brady

    Pro Football Talk "The parade of legal briefs in support of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady continues. This week alone, three more have been filed. Renowned arbitrator Kenneth Feinberg, the AFL-CIO, and a group of 11 U.S. labor law and industrial relations professors have chimed in on the case. The eight-page..." June 02

  • The Patriots wanted to bring back retired LB Jerod Mayo

    Pats Pulpit "New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo retired this offseason, but the franchise apparently wanted him to return. Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald spoke with Mayo about his life after football and slipped in the key information. "Coach Bill Belichick had an offer on the table for Mayo,"..." June 01

  • Report: Deflategate cost NFL $14.7M to date

    The Score "The Deflategate saga is now entering its 17th month, a scandal that cost the NFL an estimated $14.7 million, according to ESPN's Darren Rovell. The NFL hired multiple law firms during the ongoing legal proceedings, one to develop a case to suspend Tom Brady and another to argue the case in..." June 01

  • Jimmy Garoppolo’s dad knows his son is learning a lot from Tom Brady

    Boston Herald "Jimmy Garoppolo hasn’t just learned about playing quarterback from watching Tom Brady the past two years, he’s also figured out how to conduct himself during the offseason. According to his father, Tony, Jimmy G’s regimen has included an annual trip to California to throw and get routes down..." June 01

  • Tom Brady made 'generous' offer to settle Deflategate, NFL shot him down

    CBS Sports "If you've been keeping track at home, then you probably already know that Deflategate has been dominating NFL headlines for more than 16 months now. It didn't have to be that way, though: According to NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith, Deflategate could've ended a long time..." June 01

  • Report: Patriots' Butler will attend OTAs next week

    The Score "New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler is expected to attend the team's OTAs next week, a source told Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. Butler has been absent from the Patriots' offseason program thus far, with it believed that he was staying away as a statement of dissatisfaction with..." May 31

  • Antonio Brown to Patriots: Give tryout hopeful a chance

    The Score "Abiola Aborishade, a former standout wide receiver at Division III UMass Dartmouth, has been standing outside Gillette Stadium for weeks hoping to convince the New England Patriots to give him a tryout. While he has yet to land one, Aborishade's efforts haven't gone unnoticed." May 30

  • More odd twists and turns in Deflategate

    Boston Globe "Another week of Deflategate, another week of the absurdity reaching new heights — or depths. Over the past week, Robert Kraft asked the courts to consider limiting his commissioner’s powers, we learned about the “Stolt-Nielsen vs. Animalfeeds” Supreme Court decision, and comedian Jim Breuer..." May 30

  • Pats unlikely to owe NFL legals fees for Brady case

    Pro Football Talk "With the Patriots getting involved in quarterback Tom Brady’s effort to overturn the four-game suspension imposed against him by filing a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the Patriots possibly have could end up pick up a portion of Park Avenue’s..." May 29

  • Julian Edelman interrupted a Boston concert to yell 'Free [Tom] Brady'

    SB Nation "Ever since the start of the interminable Deflategate saga, "Free Tom Brady" has emerged as the unofficial rallying cry of the six New England states. It reverberates throughout Fenway Park during nearly every Red Sox home game and one Patriots fan even claims he shouted it at Roger Goodell in a..." May 29

  • Entering final year of his contract, Dont'a Hightower mum on future with Pats

    Providence Journal "Next offseason, the Patriots could face a different kind of adversity. At the moment, 41 players on the team have contracts that will expire after the season. Dont’a Hightower and Jamie Collins — among the many defensive starters who could enter free agency — highlight the list. Retaining..." May 29

  • Malcolm Butler wants a new contract

    ESPN "Cornerback Malcolm Butler was one of 17 players who didn't participate in Thursday's voluntary organized team activity. While the reason for his absence is not known, I wouldn't be surprised if it was related to his contract status. Butler has told teammates and friends he plans to push for an..." May 29

  • Patriots poised to test out how ready Jimmy Garoppolo is

    Boston Herald "Jimmy Garoppolo might be the second-best quarterback in the AFC East. Due to Tom Brady’s scheduled Deflategate suspension, the Patriots could put that theory to work in September, and they seemed prepared for that possibility Thursday during practice, which was the first session opened to the..." May 27

  • Collins, Hightower mum on contract talks

    CSN New England "A fleet of Patriots have expiring contracts after this season but Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins are the two most prominent on that list. With the sport being the way it is – a nearly 100-percent casualty rate every season – it’s never comfortable for a player to enter a contract year..." May 26

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