Patriots Rumors & News

  • 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

    CBSSports.com "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

    NFL.com "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

    CBSSports.com "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

    ESPN.com "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

    SI.com "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

    Deadspin.com "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'

    CBSSports.com "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 FOXSports.com 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

    SI.com "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

    ESPN.com "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

    CBSSports.com "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

    NFL.com "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

    ESPN.com "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

  • Buccaneers love old Patriots, go after Dan Connolly

    Bucs Nation "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers seem to want to recreate the 2010 New England Patriots offensive line. The team is interested in center/guard Dan Connolly, according to Ian Rapoport. Connolly would at best be a short-term solution to a long-term problem. Connolly has started at guard and center for..." March 17

  • Patriots Sign Running Back Travaris Cadet To Reported Two-Year Contract

    NESN "The New England Patriots added a new pass-catching specialist Tuesday. The Patriots signed running back Travaris Cadet, the team announced Tuesday. His contract with the team is for two years, according to Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate. Cadet caught 38 passes for 296 yards..." March 17

  • The time Roger Goodell backed out of doing 'Between Two Ferns'

    SB Nation "Alex Richanbach, executive producer of Funny or Die Sports was on a SXSW panel last Saturday called "Now Athletes are Funny: Power of Comedy and Sports." I hadn't noticed it on the schedule until it was about halfway over, but I stopped in just as Richanbach was getting into the meat of a pretty..." March 17

  • Witness: Hernandez looked upset at Lloyd 48 hours before his death

    Fox Sports "Aaron Hernandez glared at Odin Lloyd and stormed out of a Boston nightclub after seeing the man talking with a friend, a witness testified Tuesday in the former NFL star's murder trial. Defense attorneys later challenged the man's memory and recounting of the same episode in earlier police..." March 17

  • Jones-Drew, Locker, Willis, Worilds may signal start of a trend of young NFL players retiring

    Arizona Republic "NFL free agency started this week, so the news cycle was dominated by the redistribution of wealth. It was a job fair at the highest level of sports as players were traded, re-signed, signed and released. That was to be expected. What was surprising is that in a time devoted to procuring..." March 17

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    #Bengals CB Terence Newman, who visited the #Vikings yesterday, is headed to New England for a #Patriots visit today, source says.

  • Patriots' offer to DT Tyrunn Walker highlights focus on restricted free agents

    ESPN.com "For a New England Patriots team that likes to keep its intentions under wraps as much as possible comes this nugget: In a conference call on Monday, defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker said he chose a one-year contract offer from Detroit over a three-year pact from New England. Walker told reporters..." March 17

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    Manish Mehta @MMehtaNYDN

    Jets have expressed interest in Stevie Johnson, I'm told. However, he has narrowed his choices to Patriots & Chargers pic.twitter.com/mwO1kxJ6Jf

  • Tyrunn Walker chose Lions over Patriots, other teams

    Pride Of Detroit "When the Detroit Lions signed defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker last week, it quickly became clear that he was an under-the-radar type of player who probably didn't get enough playing time with the New Orleans Saints. And although most football fans probably weren't familiar with Walker, it seems..." March 16

  • Source: QB Tebow working out for Eagles

    ESPN.com "Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow is working out for the Philadelphia Eagles, a source confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Monday. Tebow, who has been an analyst for the SEC Network, last played for the New York Jets in 2012 after playing two seasons with the Denver Broncos. He..." March 16

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Well, how about this: Former Broncos and Patriots QB Tim Tebow is working out today for the Philadelphia Eagles, a source confirmed.

  • Stevie Johnson and the Patriots' offense

    ESPN Boston "Free-agent wide receiver Stevie Johnson is reportedly visiting the New England Patriots Monday, and that has us going through his career numbers against them. From 2010-2013, Johnson hurt the Patriots. Over seven games against them, he totaled 31 receptions for 406 yards, with four touchdowns..." March 16

  • Vince Wilfork Announces He Will Sign With Texans, Tweets Farewell To Patriots

    NESN "Vince Wilfork’s 11-year tenure with the New England Patriots officially has come to an end. The big nose tackle tweeted that he has agreed to sign with the Houston Texans. Wilfork visited the Texans Sunday and Monday. He agreed to a two-year deal, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported..." March 16

  • Belichick calls Wilfork “best defensive lineman I ever coached”

    Pro Football Talk "With today’s news that Vince Wilfork has signed with the Texans, Patriots coach Bill Belichick has offered some fond memories as he says goodbye. Belichick, the only head coach Wilfork has played for in the NFL, referred to Wilfork as the best defensive lineman he’s coached." March 16

  • Robert Kraft jabs at Jets, gives cryptic Darrelle Revis remark

    New York Post "It sounds as if Patriots owner Robert Kraft may still be feeling the sting from watching Darrelle Revis jump ship and join the Jets last week. Kraft was speaking at a St. Patrick’s Day breakfast in Boston on Sunday morning when he took a little dig at the Jets. “I must tell you, I’m not..." March 16

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    John McClain @McClain_on_NFL

    Wilfork came to Houston with his wife Bianca. Its a two day visit.

  • Rex Ryan: Bills got stronger, Patriots didn't

    ESPN.com "Leaning back in his office chair Thursday morning with one foot against his desk, Rex Ryan gave a thumbs-up to the Buffalo Bills' aggressive moves during the first week of free agency and was unafraid to add his unfiltered take on Buffalo's division rival, the New England Patriots. “I feel..." March 16

  • Patriots sign Alan Branch to two-year deal

    Pro Football Talk "Alan Branch will remain in New England. Branch, the defensive tackle who played in eight games with two starts for the Patriots last year, has signed a two-year deal to return to the Patriots. Branch had been a free agent but won’t go anywhere." March 15

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