Patriots Rumors & News

  • NFLPA's DeMaurice Smith on Wells Report: It delivered 'exactly what the client wanted'

    The Score "As we continue to wait for the NFL to hear Tom Brady's appeal, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith has weighed in on the situation. During a television interview with ESPN on Friday, Smith had some choice words about the validity of the Wells Report, which ultimately led to a four-game..." May 23

  • NFL rejects union; Goodell stays for Brady appeal "The NFL has rejected a request from the NFL Players Association that commissioner Roger Goodell remove himself from Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The NFLPA formally made the request Tuesday, citing "a process that has contained..." May 23

  • Patriots keep Wells report website active

    Pro Football Talk "Yes, the Patriots decided not to appeal the punishment imposed against them by the NFL. No, the Patriots haven’t changed their minds about the outcome of the Ted Wells investigation. The strongly-worded, 20,000-word rebuttal to the Wells report remains active with a link from the front page of..." May 22

  • Attorney: Aaron Hernandez has run out of money

    Sporting News "The attorney representing Aaron Hernandez in civil court says the former Patriots tight end, who three years ago signed a lucrative $40 million NFL contract, has run out of money. "There's nothing left here as a practical matter," John Fitzpatrick said Thursday, via The Herald News, during..." May 22

  • Belichick suspected Brady wasn't being honest with him

    CSN New England "The Deflategate controversy took an interesting turn on Tuesday when Robert Kraft threw in the towel instead of challenging the NFL like many thought he would. On Sports Tonight, Michael Felger suggested Kraft did an about-face with his argument because he and coach Bill Belichick were starting..." May 21

  • Could Tom Brady turn over his cell phone to have suspension overturned?

    Larry Brown Sports "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made it clear on Wednesday that he is unlikely to grant the NFL Players Association’s request of recusing himself from the Tom Brady appeal. Could that wind up being a good thing for Brady? Brady, who is appealing a four-game suspension, has maintained that he did..." May 21

  • Aaron Hernandez pleads not guilty in witness intimidation case "Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez pleaded not guilty to witness intimidation in a Boston courtroom on Thursday, according to the Associated Press. Hernandez is being charged with trying to silence a witness in a double murder case by shooting the man in the face. " May 21

  • Kraft says refusing to fight the NFL was best for the Patriots

    Pro Football Talk "Patriots owner Robert Kraft says that in refusing to fight the league’s punishment for Deflategate, he wasn’t just doing what was best for the NFL. He was also doing what’s best for his own team. Responding to criticism from some in New England that Kraft quit when he should have fought, Kraft..." May 21

  • Darrelle Revis: ‘[The Patriots] have a history of doing stuff’

    New York Daily News "Darrelle Revis has a healthy professional respect for nemesis-turned-teammate-turned-rival Tom Brady, but he's not shedding any tears for the golden boy quarterback at the center of the Patriots' latest cheating scandal. "Everybody's blowing it up because it is Tom Brady," Revis told the Daily..." May 21

  • Aaron Hernandez Got A New Neck Tattoo In Prison "Aaron Hernandez was in court again today, entering a not-guilty plea to witness intimidation charges stemming from an incident when he allegedly shot his friend in the face for talking about those other guys he allegedly shot. Anyway, Aaron Hernandez got himself a new tattoo in prison." May 21

  • US appeals court upholds $50M settlement for retired NFL players "The 8th US Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld a $50 million lawsuit settlement regarding publicity rights for retired NFL players, according to the Associated Press. The appeals court rejected arguments by several retirees -- including Jim Marshall, Joe Senser and Dan Pastorini -- that..." May 21

  • Roger Goodell: Patriots' decision has no bearing on Tom Brady's appeal

    USA Today "The decision by the New England Patriots to accept their Deflategate punishments will have no bearing on quarterback Tom Brady's pending appeal, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday at the conclusion of the NFL's spring owners meetings. Patriots owner Robert Kraft announced Tuesday the..." May 21

  • Aaron Hernandez reportedly involved in prison fight

    Larry Brown Sports "Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was reportedly involved in a prison fight on Tuesday. According to CNN, Hernandez did not throw any swings of his own. He apparently agreed to be the lookout for another Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center inmate who went to a fellow..." May 20

  • Tom Brady's trust level, appeal, endorsement credibility sink "Since the release of the Wells Report earlier this month, Tom Brady has been suspended four games by the NFL. But the scandal has also hurt the celebrity quarterback elsewhere. In the aftermath of Deflategate, Brady's trust level, appeal, and endorsement credibility all plunged. That's according..." May 20

  • Robert Kraft isn't wired for an Al Davis-type fight against NFL

    ESPN Boston "Robert Kraft is no Al Davis. This is the biggest takeaway from Kraft's announcement Tuesday that he will accept the penalties handed down to the New England Patriots by the NFL, a decision that is naturally unpopular with his fan base. Many wanted Kraft to keep up the fight, a la Davis, the..." May 19

  • Patriots host free-agent CB Tarell Brown on visit

    ESPN Boston "The New England Patriots hosted free-agent cornerback Tarell Brown on a visit at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday, according to a team source. The 30-year-old Brown has played for San Francisco (2007-2013) and Oakland (2014), and is one of the top players at the position still on the market. He..." May 19

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    Dean Blandino @DeanBlandino

    The extra point rule for 2015 just changed. Snap for kick from the 15-yard line, 2-pt try stays at 2-yard line and defense can return.

  • Patriots Notebook: Spikes back for more

    Boston Herald "The Patriots linebacker corps, one of the strengths of the defense, added some muscle and pop yesterday when Brandon Spikes returned to the fold on a one-year deal. With Jamie Collins, Dont’a Hightower and Jerod Mayo — assuming the latter two are healthy returning after labrum and patellar..." May 19

  • Extra point tries moved to the 15-yard line

    Pro Football Talk "One of the NFL’s staid elements is getting a shake up. Extra points will be attempted from the 15-yard-line beginning in 2015, the NFL announced Tuesday. Owners approved the rules change, which makes the extra point a 32- or 33-yard attempt, at the league’s spring meeting in San..." May 19

  • Kraft drops appeal, says he'll accept deflate-gate punishment

    Yahoo! Sports "Robert Kraft put the NFL's interests as a whole over what he thought might have been best for the New England Patriots. The Patriots owner will accept the punishment of commissioner Roger Goodell in deflate-gate, sanctions that include the loss of two draft picks and a $1 million fine. On..." May 19

  • Science firm used in Wells report argued secondhand smoke doesn’t cause cancer

    Larry Brown Sports "The scientific consulting firm that was hired by Ted Wells to assist in the Deflategate investigation once published a report arguing that secondhand smoke does not cause cancer. A New York Times article from 2010 criticized Exponent Inc. as having a reputation for “helping big corporations..." May 19

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    Greg A. Bedard @GregABedard

    Was told by a high-ranking NFL source that Kraft's decision to stand down does not include a deal on Brady. Surprising to me.

  • Patriots banned Deflategate employees at NFL's request "During his Saturday interview with Peter King of, Patriots owner Robert Kraft refused to answer why the team suspended John Jastremski and Jim McNally, the two employees whose texts are at the center of Deflategate. Not giving a reason was curious because Kraft professed the team..." May 19

  • Jim Kelly on EJ, Rex, and Tom Brady

    Rochester Democrat and Chronicle "Jim Kelly is on a little media tour this week with his wife, Jill, and their oldest daughter, Erin, as the Kelly women promote their new book, Kelly Tough. I spoke to Jill and Erin last week, and my story on their story behind the writing of the book, will appear on" May 19

  • Pats, NFL working to resolve issues with Deflategate penalties "The NFL and the New England Patriots are engaged in "back-channel conversations" to see if the two sides can resolve their differences without an appeal or possible litigation following the league's Deflategate punishment, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The Patriots are weighing..." May 19

  • Kraft: Jimmy Garoppolo works hard, but “no one knows” how he’ll play

    Pro Football Talk "Patriots owner Robert Kraft wasn’t willing to discuss every topic related to the DeflateGate penalties handed down by the league last week during an interview with Peter King of, but he did share a few opinions about the player who may be starting at quarterback for his team for the..." May 18

  • Dominique Easley still in rehab process, expects to be ready for camp

    Pro Football Talk "Patriots defensive tackle Dominique Easley avoided offseason surgery on his knee, but he’s not quite ready to get back to full speed after ending last season on injured reserve. During an appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio with Alex Marvez and Zig Fracassi, Easley said that he expected to reach..." May 18

  • Patriots release Chimdi Chekwa

    Pro Football Talk "The latest cornerback out in New England was never really in. Chimdi Chekwa, signed on March 11 as a free agent, already has been released, per a league source with knowledge of the situation. It was only a one-year deal for Chekwa, a fourth-round pick of the Raiders in 2011 who had not been..." May 18

  • Robert Kraft is Talking and He's Pretty Peeved "Since the football world was stunned by the release of the Ted Wells report 12 days ago and roundhoused by the strong league sanctions last Monday, you haven’t heard much out of the New England camp aside from two scripted statements of indignation and a lawyerly screed about the weak points of..." May 18

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    Field Yates @FieldYates

    From @AdamSchefter & me: the Patriots have signed free agent LB Brandon Spikes to a 1-year deal. Spikes spent the 2014 season Buffalo.

  • Sean Payton refuses to compare Deflategate to Bountygate

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The penalties handed down to the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady last week, while severe, still pale in comparison to those faced by the New Orleans Saints in 2012. So it was only natural that Saints coach Sean Payton, suspended for the entire 2012 season after an investigation..." May 18

  • Tom Brady has perfect attendance at Patriots’ voluntary workouts

    Pro Football Talk "Tom Brady isn’t letting Deflategate keep him from working. Brady has not missed a single voluntary workout since the Patriots’ began their offseason program on April 20, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports. That hasn’t always been the case. In some offseasons, Brady has chosen to travel to California..." May 17

  • Goodell 'very unlikely' to recuse himself in Brady appeal "In a move that really shouldn't surprise anyone, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will hear Tom Brady's appeal of the four-game suspension he received earlier this week for his role in Deflategate. But the NFLPA contends that, because they plan to call Goodell as a witness, the commissioner..." May 17

  • Rob Ninkovich: Brady wouldn’t jeopardize the integrity of the game

    Pro Football Talk "Count Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich as a teammate who backs Tom Brady. Ninkovich said on 98.5 The Sports Hub that he has no doubts about Brady’s integrity. “I don’t question it,” Ninkovich said, via the Boston Herald. Ninkovich suggested that jealousy of Brady’s success may be..." May 17

  • Aaron Hernandez -- I Didn't Take Pleasure In Odin Lloyd's Death "Aaron Hernandez claims he should NOT have been convicted of 1st degree murder in the death of Odin Lloyd -- claiming the killing was not "cruel" enough to warrant such a harsh charge. Hernandez's lawyers filed new court docs challenging the verdict in the Lloyd case ... in which they spell out..." May 16

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    Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

    In the letter, the NFLPA/Jeffrey Kessler say they intend to call Goodell as a witness in the appeal, therefore he can't serve as arbitrator.

  • Tom Brady appeal will go before Roger Goodell

    Boston Herald "Tom Brady’s appeal is officially on. Yesterday, the NFL Players Association released a statement confirming the Patriots quarterback would fight his four-game suspension, while calling for the league to have a third-party arbitrator hear the appeal, as opposed to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell..." May 16

  • Jets coach: Tom Brady ban can’t help us win AFC East — yet

    New York Post "When the NFL suspended Tom Brady this week for the first four games of the season, some people viewed it as the AFC East opening up for the Jets, Bills or Dolphins. Jets coach Todd Bowles chuckled at that idea on Thursday. “It’s the offseason,” Bowles said. “Nobody wins a title in May. You get..." May 16

  • Aaron Hernandez appeals murder conviction "Lawyers for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez have filed an appeal of his murder conviction, saying it was based on "improper speculation, conjecture and guesswork." The appeal filed this week in Bristol Superior Court says "no reasonable jury" could have found Hernandez guilty..." May 15

  • Dansby suspects foul play from 2008 game in New England

    Pro Football Talk "Browns linebacker Karlos Dansby joined PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio to promote Montez Renault, a new skin-care line he developed with former teammate Chris Butler. In so doing, Dansby had some interesting comments about the #DeflateGate controversy. For starters, Dansby believes Patriots..." May 15

  • NFLPA files appeal of Tom Brady’s Deflategate suspension

    Boston "The NFL Players Association filed an appeal on Thursday on behalf of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Brady was suspended four games by the league for his involvement in the Deflategate scandal. “Given the NFL’s history of inconsistency and arbitrary decisions in disciplinary matters, it is only..." May 15

  • This is how the NFL let deflate-gate get out of control and ridiculous

    Yahoo! Sports "With anger still simmering, an appeal coming and Ted Wells holding a fiery teleconference Tuesday to attack Tom Brady's agent (professionalism straight out of the WWE), it's fair to say we are far from the end of deflate-gate. A first-year attorney could lampoon Wells' report, and Brady has..." May 15

  • Patriots: Tom Brady was calling John Jastremski to offer support

    Pro Football Talk "Tom Brady wasn’t trying to cover his tracks when he began calling equipment assistant John Jastremski in the days following the AFC Championship Game. He was being supportive, and trying to prepare Jastremski for the increased attention he might have faced. That’s the contention of one of..." May 14

  • Patriots owner Robert Kraft taking his DeflateGate battle against the NFL to absurd new levels

    New York Daily News "Somewhere along the DeflateGate line, Robert Kraft relinquished his right to remain silent and turned himself into Al Capone in the movie The Untouchables, screaming “You got nothing!” at Elliot Ness. Because despite 243 damning pages and a 30-minute conference call from the NFL’s investigator,..." May 14

  • Ex-Dolphins coach bashes Ted Wells, says Jonathan Martin was suicidal "When the NFL hired independent investigator Ted Wells to look into Deflategate, it wasn't the first time the league hired Wells to run an investigation. The first time came in November 2013 when Wells was hired by the league to look into the bullying allegations made by former Miami Dolphins..." May 14

  • Patriots: We were “prejudged” by league before Wells investigation

    Pro Football Talk "In their lengthy response to the Wells Report, the Patriots argue that the league prejudged the issues related to a loss of air pressure in footballs during the AFC Championship game. The basis for that argument is the letter sent to the team by NFL senior vice president David Gardi on the day..." May 14

  • Patriots say 'deflator' refers to employee's weight loss

    Arizona Republic "The Patriots' battle with the NFL over "Deflategate" just won't end. Thursday morning, the Patriots released the website, which is basically a 20,000-word truther site written by New England's legal team. The site picks apart every detail of the Wells report and even..." May 14

  • Patriots lawyers attack Deflategate report in lengthy rebuttal

    Sporting News "Ted Wells' report on Tom Brady, the New England Patriots and Deflategate stretched 243 pages. The rebuttal from the Patriots' counsel was released on Thursday, spanning nearly 20,000 words, and it leaves no stone unturned in trying to demolish the initial findings. Titled "The Wells Report in..." May 14

  • Thursday is deadline for Tom Brady's appeal

    ESPN Boston "Thursday marks the deadline for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to appeal his four-game suspension, which at this point is considered more of a formality." May 14

  • Donald Trump thinks Tom Brady should sue NFL for $250 million

    Larry Brown Sports "Earlier this week, the NFL announced Tom Brady would be suspended for the first four games of the upcoming season for his role in “deflategate.” Not surprisingly, Brady is expected to appeal the ruling and there’s a chance he may not miss any game action at all. Regardless of the result of the..." May 14