Patriots Rumors & News

  • Patriots can eye a few candidates for the franchise tag

    Boston Herald "Decision time looms when it comes to shaping the Patriots roster for the 2018 season. Today marks the first opportunity to apply the franchise tag to players, and teams must make their designations by March 6. For the uninitiated, the franchise tag commits a team to a one-year guaranteed..." February 20

  • The Gronk dilemma is a sticky one for Patriots

    NBC Sports Boston "The quote’s been credited to a whole lot of coaches. It doesn’t matter who actually said it. What matters is how much truth there is in the saying, “Once an NFL player starts considering retirement, he’s already gone.” There are myriad variations but they all arrive at the same spot. Once a..." February 20

  • Patriots DT Alan Branch had no idea Malcolm Butler would not play

    Larry Brown Sports "Yet another New England Patriots player is saying he had no idea that Malcolm Butler would not be playing in the Super Bowl. Patriots defensive tackle Alan Branch joined “Dale & Holley with Rich Keefe” on WEEI in Boston on Tuesday. During the interview, Branch said he “didn’t know anything”..." February 20

  • Fox is reportedly pushing for a stronger TNF schedule, might move some Sunday matchups to Thursday

    Awful Announcing "Whether Fox’s move to acquire rights to Thursday Night Football for the next five years at an estimated rate of $550 million per year is a good one or not may have a whole lot to do with how good the schedule is. TNF has taken a lot of criticism over the past few years for a weaker schedule than..." February 20

  • NFL Rumors: Who will get cut in 2018 among former Pro Bowl players?

    Sporting News "Plenty of talented veterans will be available in the current 2018 NFL free agency pool. But those players will soon get some big-time company on the open market from notable names cut by their teams to help save money under the salary cap. For some teams, cutting a former Pro Bowler or two make..." February 20

  • Bill Polian’s take on Nick Foles gives the lie to his past claims about Tom Brady

    Pro Football Talk "Bill Polian is a Hall of Fame General Manager, but as an ESPN analyst he’s struggling to get his stories straight. Polian says the Eagles should turn down anything but a monster trade offer for backup quarterback Nick Foles. According to Polian, a reliable backup like Foles is so valuable that..." February 20

  • Patriots Rumors: Could James Harrison Return To New England?

    NESN "Will James Harrison go down in New England Patriots lore as another Junior Seau, or will he be one and done like Steven Jackson? The Patriots have that question to answer this offseason since the soon-to-be 40-year-old is hitting free agency next month. Seau initially signed with the..." February 20

  • Patriots must not wait to find successor to Rob Gronkowski

    Fanrag Sports "If one word will sum up the offseason for the New England Patriots, it will be succession. By retaining Josh McDaniels at the final hour, Robert Kraft ensured that there’s a succession plan in place whenever Bill Belichick decides to leave Foxborough. With three of the top 63 picks in the..." February 20

  • Pats’ struggles in dime defense made Malcolm Butler’s absence more conspicuous

    Pro Football Talk "More than two weeks after Super Bowl LII, the game’s biggest mystery still hasn’t been solved. It may never be. Cornerback Malcolm Butler dressed for the game, but he contributed to only one play, on special teams. He took no snaps on defense. Safety Devin McCourty has said that the team..." February 19

  • Devin McCourty: No truth to Malcolm Butler reports behind mysterious Super Bowl benching

    Newark Star-Ledger "Devin McCourty played defense without Malcolm Butler in the Super Bowl, and now he is coming to the defense of his much-scrutinized teammate as the NFL offseason gets underway. After playing 97.8 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps during the regular season, Butler did not play any in the..." February 19

  • Does Rob Gronkowski deserve to be in the Hall of Fame?

    Mass Live "After the New England Patriots lost in Super Bowl LII, tight end Rob Gronkowski gave Patriots fans even more reason to sulk. A reporter asked Gronkowski if there were any truth to the report that he would consider retirement after this season. His response was non-committal. "I'm definitely..." February 19

  • Two weeks later, no indication on what Gronkowski will do

    Pro Football Talk "Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski gave everyone a surprise after the Super Bowl by responding to a question about a rumor of retirement by saying, “I don’t know how you heard about that.” The fact that there’s a “that” means that there’s something to the it that became a that. Two weeks later,..." February 18

  • Per source, ‘reasonable chance’ James Harrison back with Patriots

    Pro Football Talk "When James Harrison was cut by the Steelers and cleared waivers in December, it was reasonable to think he might have hit the end of the road: At 39 years old, could he really have much left? It turned out that he had enough left that the Patriots picked him up and not only played him, but made..." February 18

  • Family version of Tom Brady Super Bowl LI ring sells for record $344,927

    ESPN "A family version of the New England Patriots' Super Bowl LI championship ring with "Brady" on it sold Sunday morning for $344,927, a record for a football ring. The ring, which has 265 diamonds compared to the 283 that Tom Brady's actual ring has and is about 10 percent smaller, has the same..." February 18

  • Patriots give player $500,000 bonus after he missed out on bonus last season

    Yardbarker "The New England Patriots are that franchise everyone loves to hate. Success at the level they’ve seen over nearly the past two decades will bring out the haters. It’s no different than when Pittsburgh was dominating in the 1970s or when the San Francisco 49ers won four titles in the 1990s. It’s..." February 17

  • 4 questions about Rob Gronkowski’s future in the NFL, answered

    Boston "Could Rob Gronkowski’s most recent season with the Patriots really be his last? Following New England’s disappointing Super Bowl LII loss, Gronkowski refused to say whether he plans to return to the field in 2018. The tight end repeatedly gave noncommittal responses when pressed about his..." February 17

  • Tom Brady last player from 2000 draft with his team

    NFL.com "With 39-year-old kicker Sebastian Janikowski out the door in Oakland, Tom Brady now stands in a class of his own in every possible sense. The Patriots quarterback remains the final player from the 2000 NFL Draft employed by the team that picked him. Brady's staying power glows even brighter..." February 17

  • Pennsylvania brewery magnificently trolls Patriots with newest beer

    Yardbarker "Those in Philadelphia and its surrounding areas are not soon going to let others forget that their Eagles defeated the mighty New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII earlier this month. It was the Eagles’ first ever Super Bowl title. It came against a fellow east coast powerhouse with Philadelphia..." February 17

  • NFL Rumors: Josh McDaniels Staying With Patriots ‘Had Nothing To Do With His Family’

    NESN "Initial reporting on Josh McDaniels’ decision to spurn the Indianapolis Colts mentioned the coach’s strong desire to keep his family in New England. Peter King believes that storyline was overblown. King, who covers the NFL for The MMQB, said Friday on “PFT Live” that McDaniels chose to..." February 16

  • Lane Johnson says he hasn’t read all his New England hate mail yet

    NESN "Lane Johnson ruffled a lot of feathers in New England last week with his criticism o f the Patriots, whom he called “a fear-based organization.” The Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle stood by his comments Friday in a return appearance on Barstool Sports’ “Pardon My Take” podcast. “Here’s..." February 16

  • Tom Brady could get extension this offseason

    Sportsnaut "Reigning NFL MVP Tom Brady has not made any legitimate noise about wanting a raise from the $14 million base salary he’s slated to earn next season. This doesn’t mean Brady himself has not let the New England Patriots know he wants to be taken care of. As one of the most underpaid athletes in pro..." February 16

  • Those Rumors About Rob Gronkowski Signing With WWE Are Growing Louder

    Complex "Is Rob Gronkowski’s NFL career on the brink of being over? Gronk himself is still keeping quiet with regards to what his future holds. But after the Patriots lost to the Eagles in Super Bowl LII, the New England tight end seemed to admit he had a lot to think about this offseason. "I’m..." February 16

  • Nick Foles on 'Jimmy Kimmel': Tom Brady still hasn't spoken to me

    Philly.com "In the time since the Eagles beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII earlier this month, Nick Foles says he has received about 700 congratulatory messages from family, friends, and colleagues. But not one of those messages has been from Tom Brady. “I haven’t heard from him yet,”..." February 16

  • Police investigating alleged threats to company over Aaron Hernandez film

    The Score "The Santa Monica Police Department is investigating alleged threats made to employees of the Mark Gordon Company over a movie about former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, according to Deadline's Anita Busch. The company acquired feature film rights to the upcoming book..." February 16

  • Patriots’ Devin McCourty Underwent ‘Minor’ Shoulder Surgery

    NESN "The rigors of a grueling NFL season have resulted in a minor procedure for one of the New England Patriots’ leaders. Pro Bowl safety Devin McCourty recently underwent shoulder surgery in what’s being described as a “clean-up procedure,” per ESPN’s Mike Reiss, citing sources. Reiss reports..." February 15

  • What Sebastian Janikowski’s Raiders Exit Means For Tom Brady’s Legacy

    NESN "Tom Brady now stands alone. The 40-year-old New England Patriots quarterback, as we all know, was taken with the 199th pick in the 2000 NFL Draft. Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski, meanwhile, was taken 17th overall (wow) in the same draft. And through the 2017 NFL season, they were..." February 15

  • Why the Patriots should choose Rex Burkhead over Dion Lewis

    247 Sports "Rex Burkhead and Dion Lewis are in similar positions for the New England Patriots. Both are injury prone. Both are in their prime. Both play a position that the team has never particularly valued, at least when it comes to salary allocation. The Patriots are the league's preeminent running back by..." February 15

  • NFL Rumors: Lions may go after Dion Lewis in free agency

    Clutch Points "The Detroit Lions have a new head coach in former New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. However, he might not be the only Pat who could be calling Detroit home next season. According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, the Lions will likely make a push to acquire the services..." February 15

  • NFL free agency rumors: Who will get cut in 2018 among former Pro Bowl players?

    Sporting News "Plenty of talented veterans will be available in the current 2018 NFL free agency pool. But those players will soon get some big-time company on the open market from notable names cut by their teams to help save money under the salary cap. For some teams, cutting a former Pro Bowler or two make..." February 14

  • How can Patriots find the next Jimmy Garoppolo?

    Fanrag Sports "When Bill Belichick proclaimed that the New England Patriots enjoyed the best quarterback situation in football the past few years, he wasn’t lying. In fact, it might have been an understatement. Tom Brady remained entrenched as the starter and was coming off the greatest comeback in Super..." February 14

  • Idea of Jimmy Graham to Patriots isn’t as crazy as it may sound

    WEEI Boston "The Patriots have always been an organization not afraid to make a big move or two during the offseason. Last offseason it was Stephon Gilmore and Brandin Cooks, so who might it be this offseason? Perhaps, Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham. On NFL Network Monday night, former NFL receiver..." February 14

  • NFL Rumors: Who will be most active teams in NFL Free Agency?

    Fanrag Sports "We’re roughly one month from the NFL‘s annual free-agent shopping spree, when — despite general managers’ best efforts to build rosters primarily through the draft — executives often cannot resist the temptation of landing splashy free agents. With Kirk Cousins, Ziggy Ansah, Le’Veon Bell and..." February 13

  • Pereira: Eagles lined up illegally on Philly Special touchdown in Super Bowl LII

    WEEI Boston "​The entire sports world has hailed this as ​one of the greatest plays in Super Bowl history! It was an amazing revelation, as the "Philly Special" was the turning point in the game as ​Nick Foles found himself wide open for a touchdown catch. There is just one big problem... The Eagles..." February 13

  • Bill Belichick can’t afford to just let Malcolm Butler issue sit with his players

    Boston Herald "As the Patriots head into the offseason following a painful Super Bowl LII loss to the Eagles, they will be tying up loose ends and trying to deal with all the necessary issues at hand. For Bill Belichick, that will include the elephant in the room. While the Patriots coach won’t publicly..." February 12

  • Eagles player on fake Super Bowl practice: Most coaches 'don't trust the Patriots'

    CBS Sports "Eagles long snapper Rick Lovato raised some eyebrows around the NFL this past week when he revealed during a radio interview that the Eagles held a fake practice during their walkthrough at U.S. Bank Stadium the day before the Super Bowl. According to Lovato, the Eagles decided to hold a fake..." February 11

  • Rob Gronkowski’s best friend hints at possible WWE future for the tight end

    Snip Daily "New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is considering stepping away from the gridiron at the young age of 28. Previous reports had noted that Gronkowski sees a future in Hollywood as an actor — a belief that’s backed up by this b-list celebrity. But what if Gronkowski turned in his..." February 11

  • Eagles’ Lane Johnson Believes Players Don’t Enjoy Playing For ‘Fear-Based’ Patriots

    NESN "Lane Johnson had some harsh words for the team his Philadelphia Eagles defeated in Super Bowl LII. During an interview with Barstool Sports’ “Pardon My Take” podcast that was published Friday, the Eagles offensive tackle said he doesn’t believe players enjoy playing for the New England..." February 11

  • Foles now owns the Patriots, according to Google

    CBS Philly "If you’re wondering who owns the New England Patriots and happen to be using Google you may be surprised what results you come across. Nick Foles, the quarterback who lead the Philadelphia Eagles to win their first ever Super Bowl and then was named Super Bowl MVP, has now accomplished..." February 11

  • Scott Fujita rips WEEI for racist Don Yee caricature

    Pro Football Talk "A former NFL player has weighed in with some strong words for Boston sports radio station WEEI, which ran a racist sketch about NFL player agent Don Yee on Friday. Former NFL linebacker Scott Fujita, whose father is Japanese-American, took to Twitter to point out that even as WEEI apologized..." February 11

  • Willie McGinest: Josh McDaniels told me he’s “absolutely not” guaranteed to succeed Belichick

    Pro Football Talk "Josh McDaniels spurned the Colts’ head coaching job to remain the Patriots’ offensive coordinator despite having no assurance that he’ll become the head coach of the Patriots some day. Former Patriot Willie McGinest said on NFL Network that he spoke to McDaniels about it after McDaniels decided..." February 10

  • Dion Lewis may not return to Patriots

    Larry Brown Sports "The New England Patriots enter a critical offseason as they look to rebound from a Super Bowl loss. They face many salary cap questions and have a number of impending free agents. One such player is running back Dion Lewis, who may not be back with the team. The Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe wrote..." February 10

  • Art Rooney II not hot on idea of James Harrison retiring as a Steeler

    Sportsnaut "Until December of this past year, James Harrison was a Pittsburgh Steeler, through and through, even though he had played for other teams. Pittsburgh has been the team Harrison is associated with, and he’s been a key player for the franchise during its recent championship runs. Then, all hell..." February 10

  • Tom Brady's documentary is being delayed due to a crucial post-Super Bowl problem

    CBS Sports "If you were hoping to check out Chapter 6 of the Tom Brady documentary this weekend, it looks like you're going to have to wait, because there's been a slight delay in production. According to Gotham Chopra, the filmmaker behind "Tom vs. Time," the delay has to do with the fact that the sixth..." February 10

  • Kyle Shanahan: First time I asked about trading Jimmy G, Belichick said no way

    SI "If I told you a year ago that the 49ers would sign a quarterback to a five-year, $137.5 million deal during the 2018 offseason, you wouldn’t need to wire-tap Kyle Shanahan’s office in order to make an educated guess on who that player would be. Kirk Cousins. Easy, right? But here’s what you..." February 10

  • Forget Colts and Josh McDaniels; no team knows runaway brides better than Bucs

    Tampa Bay Times "There was a lot of shock and disappointment after Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels backed out of his agreement to become head coach of the Colts. But the home of runaway brides still is Tampa Bay. Not once, but twice, Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells agreed to coach the Bucs,..." February 10

  • Jimmy Garoppolo says he learned how to prepare from Tom Brady

    NESN "Most of Jimmy Garoppolo’s Friday news conference centered around the future of the San Francisco 49ers, who signed the 26-year-old quarterback to a five-year, $137.5 million contract one day earlier. But Garoppolo was asked a few questions about his former employer, the New England Patriots,..." February 10

  • NFL Rumors: Rob Gronkowski Retirement Talk Not Just Emotional Response

    NESN "Rob Gronkowski explained in the immediate aftermath of Super Bowl LII that he needed some time to contemplate his future before deciding whether he’d return for the 2018 NFL season. Some suggested Gronkowski’s comments were a knee-jerk response to the Patriots’ loss or the concussion he..." February 09

  • Josh McDaniels said in past he does not want to succeed Bill Belichick

    Larry Brown Sports "With Josh McDaniels having backed out of the Indianapolis Colts’ head coach job at the last second, the wide-ranging assumption is that he is in line to become the next head coach of the New England Patriots when Bill Belichick moves on. That is, if he wants the job. All indications are that..." February 09

  • Tom Brady: No. 1 feeling I have is gratitude

    Pro Football Talk "Friday started with a report in the Boston Herald indicating Patriots quarterback Tom Brady would skip offseason work with the team if he doesn’t get a contract extension rivaling the one Jimmy Garoppolo signed with the 49ers on Thursday. That report has been retracted after radio station WEEI..." February 09

  • Herald story on Tom Brady holdout product of hoax

    WEEI Boston "It looks like Tom Brady will be attending the OTAs after all. The Kirk & Callahan show uncovered that the source for the Boston Herald's story "Tom Brady wants to get paid like Jimmy G, or he’ll skip OTAs" was a product of a hoax. Kirk Minihane, Gerry Callahan and Mike Mutnansky revealed..." February 09