Patriots Rumors & News

  • Bruschi named Pats' honorary captain Sunday

    ESPN Boston "The New England Patriots named Tedy Bruschi their honorary captain for Super Bowl XLIX. “He was called the perfect Patriot by head coach Bill Belichick,” Patriots owner Robert Kraft said in a statement. “With an undefeated record in the games that we have honored him, including the 45-7 win in..." January 31

  • Deion Branch believes Belichick will coach after Brady "Plenty have wondered if Patriots coach Bill Belichick will ultimately exit New England when his star passer, Tom Brady, hangs up the cleats. One of his former players, though, doesn't see that happening. "Everybody wants to say, 'Hey, man, he's going to coach until Brady leaves,'" former NFL..." January 31

  • Junior Seau leads a strong eight-man class into the Hall of Fame

    Pro Football Talk "The Pro Football Hall of Fame cleared the decks of a number of finalists who had been debated for years, as they ushered in an eight-man class to Canton Saturday night. First-year eligible linebacker Junior Seau was elected to the Hall of Fame, along with running back Jerome Bettis, defensive..." January 31

  • Patriots’ McDaniels reborn after Denver coaching debacle

    New York Post "The Josh McDaniels Coaching Rehabilitation Project is in full swing, and the capper could come as soon as Sunday. McDaniels’ reputation was in tatters after a disastrous stint in charge of the Broncos that included his own version of Spygate, but McDaniels has been putting it all back together..." January 30

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    shalise manza young @shalisemyoung

    Carroll said he most admires the sustained consistency Belichick's #patriots have had, mentioning the 10 first-round playoff byes

  • Prosecutors say Hernandez DNA found on joint, bullet casing

    Pro Football Talk "The first Aaron Hernandez murder trial got rolling on Thursday, with opening statements in the case arising from the June 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd. Via the Boston Herald, prosecutors revealed during their overview of the evidence to be introduced two intriguing pieces of information. A..." January 30

  • NFL will review Calvin Johnson rule, narrow goal posts

    SB Nation "The league is still considering reducing the width of the goal post and will review the "Calvin Johnson Rule" this offseason. The NFL competition committee will examine reducing the width of the goal post uprights this offseason, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Each year the..." January 30

  • NFLPA to give own salary-cap projection for 2015

    USA Today "For the first time, the NFL Players Association plans to issue its own projections for the 2015 salary cap to counter what it perceives as deflated league projections that can impact teams' budgeting and, in turn, hold down spending. NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith made the..." January 30

  • LeGarrette Blount's marijuana charges withdrawn after completing community service

    Behind The Steel Curtain "The former Pittsburgh Steeler, turned New England Patriot RB has had his marijuana charges withdrawn after completing the court-mandated community service. As the Pittsburgh Steelers prepare to watch Super Bowl 49 this Sunday, one of their former teammates is preparing to play in the Super..." January 30

  • Goodell to Kraft: Don't expect an apology

    CSN New England "If Robert Kraft is waiting on an apology from Roger Goodell and the NFL's investigative team, he shouldn't hold his breath. Asked for his thoughts on Kraft's assertion that the Patriots -- coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady, in particular -- deserved a mea culpa from the league if..." January 30

  • NFL: 'Added security' for SB footballs "The 108 official Super Bowl XLIX footballs will receive additional security this weekend amid an ongoing NFL investigation into the inflation of game balls in the AFC Championship Game, vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said Thursday. "There will be some added security just because of..." January 30

  • Roger Goodell: ‘We have made no judgments’ on Deflategate

    WEEI Boston "As a part of his state of the league address on Friday, commissioner Roger Goodell addressed Deflategate and the ongoing investigation by Ted Wells. Goodell said the investigation is centered around underinflated footballs used in the AFC championship game and if it was done deliberately. He..." January 30

  • When Vince Wilfork almost quit football

    SB Nation "As he prepares for his fourth Super Bowl, the Patriots defensive tackle reflects on a series of events that almost drove him away from the game for good. The batty and bizarre remained rampant at Super Bowl 49 Media Day, but the practical and sensical could be found in the heart of it where..." January 29

  • Seattle Medical Marijuana Dispensary Rolls 12,000 Joints for Super Bowl Sunday

    Complex "As a sign of support for the Seattle Seahawks as they face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, a dedicated Seattle medical marijuana dispensary is rolling 12,000 joints in honor of the team—and the 12th man. According to NBC Bay Area, Solstice has doubled its output, rolling..." January 29

  • Second fire alarm in three days goes off at Pats' hotel "Two days ago we wrote about a fire alarm going off at the New England Patriots' hotel. At the time it seemed like an anomaly; a story that allowed for possible suspicion of subterfuge to be speculated upon and dismissed. Now we've had a second false fire alarm in three nights, NFL Media's..." January 29

  • Revis, Patriots not talking extension yet

    Pro Football Talk "In March, the $20 million in 2015 compensation due and owing to Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis becomes fully guaranteed. If the Patriots can’t work out with Revis a new deal before then, they’ll have to decide whether to pay the money or to cut him. Per a league source, negotiations have..." January 29

  • Tom Brady hoping Peyton Manning won’t retire - ‘The league will miss him’

    New York Daily News "Tom Brady doesn't want Peyton Manning to retire. Manning's future remains in doubt after he staggered to the finish line due to age and injuries, but his longtime rival — and friend — doesn't want him to walk away from the game yet. "What a great player that he's been for this league," Brady..." January 29

  • Adrian Peterson Trade or Release To Cowboys, Raiders, Patriots, Dolphins?

    Sports World Report "The Minnesota Vikings and Adrian Peterson could be headed for a split at some point in the future once Peterson returns from suspension, as he is getting paid a high salary and despite Mike Zimmer wanting him to return, the team looks at his trade or release, the Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders,..." January 28

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    Mike Reiss @MikeReiss

    Tom Brady says he is battling a cold. His kids and wife were sick and he brought it to Phoenix. Says he will be 100 percent for game.

  • Kraft: Players think 'Deflategate' is 'hogwash'

    ESPN Boston "New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft downplayed the impact his public defense of the team might have on players leading into Super Bowl XLIX. "By and large, except for our quarterback, they're not paying much attention to it. I think they think it's a bunch of hogwash," Kraft said Tuesday at..." January 28

  • Kraft admits he 'handicapped' Carroll in New England

    CSN New England "Robert Kraft's first-ever head-coaching hire has ultimately proven to be pretty good at his job: He'll be coaching against Kraft's team in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday. But Pete Carroll's hiring in New England didn't pan out all that well at the time. The team went 27-21 between 1997-99 under..." January 28

  • Does Darrelle Revis feel sorry for Jets fans? ‘Um, not really’

    New York Post "Darrelle Revis isn’t sympathetic to Jets fans that his first career Super Bowl trip came as a member of their hated rival. Revis said they should blame owner Woody Johnson instead. “Do I feel sorry for the Jets’ fans? Um, not really,” Revis said Tuesday when asked about being traded to Tampa..." January 28

  • Blount says that exit from Pittsburgh wasn't planned

    Arizona Republic "It doesn't have the attention of "Deflategate," but LeGarrette Blount's release from the Pittsburgh Steelers was a popular topic at Tuesday's Super Bowl media day. Blount was released from the Steelers after he walked away from the field early during a Week 11 game against the Titans that he..." January 28

  • Mosi Tatupu suffered from CTE "Former New England Patriots running back Mosi Tatupu, who died of a heart attack in 2010 at age 54, suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a disease that has been linked to football-related head trauma. Tatupu's former wife, Linnea Garcia-Tatupu, told the Boston Globe that when..." January 27

  • Blount not worried about Seattle D "Running back LeGarrette Blount knows the statistics about the Seattle Seahawks' defense and how it allowed a league-low average of 15.9 points per game during the regular season, but he's equally as confident in the New England Patriots' offense. "I don't care about them being the top defense,..." January 27

  • Bobby Wagner: Seahawks “will be ready” for Patriots’ formation ploys

    Pro Football Talk "In the divisional round, the Patriots caught the Ravens by surprise by declaring typically eligible receivers to be ineligible on certain plays. The Seahawks are well-aware of this. And as Pro Bowl middle linebacker Bobby Wagner tells it, the Seattle defense will be prepared for..." January 27

  • Rob Gronkowski happy to be healthy for this Super Bowl

    Pro Football Talk "The last time the Patriots advanced to the Super Bowl, tight end Rob Gronkowski was slowed by an ankle injury that left him at less than 100 percent for the loss to the Giants. Gronkowski spent the next two seasons battling a variety of injuries to his back, forearm and knee, but he’s been able..." January 27

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    Mike Reiss @MikeReiss

    Photo: Center Bryan Stork (right knee injury) says he is working with athletic trainers in hopes of playing.

  • Browner: Seahawks 'my brothers' "New England Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner stood by his remarks to ESPN's Josina Anderson about instructing teammates to go after injuries to Seattle Seahawks defensive backs Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas in Super Bowl XLIX, saying it is all in the spirit of competition. "Those are my..." January 27

  • Pats to be smart vs. Richard Sherman "New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said Tuesday that an offense can't avoid Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman all the time, but by the same token, "You can't not be smart and just throw at him because you're just trying to throw at him." During the Patriots'..." January 27

  • Wilfork calls Belichick the greatest coach ever

    Pro Football Talk "Patriots coach Bill Belichick has been peppered with questions about whether he did anything improper in Deflategate, but Belichick is also getting strong support from his players. Several Patriots spoke out about their respect for Belichick at Super Bowl Media Day, most notably defensive..." January 27

  • Kam Chancellor on Rob Gronkowski matchup: 'It's just big-on-big' "After nickel cornerback Jeremy Lane called Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski merely an "OK" player and Richard Sherman disagreed, calling Gronk "pretty good," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has weighed in by saying Gronkowksi has “all of the elements that you're looking for from a big-time tight..." January 27

  • Patriots employee was alone with footballs for 90 seconds "If a Patriots locker room attendant did deflate any footballs before the AFC Championship Game, it looks like he only had 90 seconds to do it. According to, the locker room attendant -- who was named a "strong person of interest" on Monday -- left the officials locker room..." January 27

  • Kraft: Sherman 'very smart marketing whiz'

    ESPN Boston "New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft isn't about to start a war of words with Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who said Sunday that the Patriots wouldn't be disciplined by the NFL for underinflated footballs because of Kraft's close relationship with NFL commissioner Roger..." January 27

  • Tom Brady's dad: 'It will end badly' in New England "Tom Brady's contract runs through 2017 -- he'll turn 40 right before that season -- and he's given every indication of wanting to play longer than that. A New York Times Magazine profile describes Brady adhering to a strict training regimen and talking about playing until he's 43 or 44. "I..." January 27

  • Deflategate fallout: NFL focusing on Patriots' locker-room attendant

    Fox Sports "Deflategate has taken another twist. FOX Sports has learned that the NFL has zeroed in on a New England Patriots locker-room attendant in connection with the scandal of improperly inflated footballs used in the AFC championship game against Indianapolis. The person of interest was already..." January 27

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    Jeff Darlington @JeffDarlington

    Annnnd the fire alarm, with a piercing sound blaring in hotel rooms, is now going off in the Patriots' team hotel. That's annoying for all.

  • Belichick politely declines comment on 'Deflategate'

    CSN New England "Bill Belichick's press conference from Saturday at Gillette Stadium will have to stand on its own for the foreseeable future. Meeting with members of the media for the first time since touching down in Arizona on Monday afternoon, Belichick chose not to answer questions posed on the subject of..." January 27

  • Patriots owner expects apology from NFL if team is cleared in Deflategate "Robert Kraft wasn't scheduled to speak in front of the media on Monday, but he decided to do it anyway. In a surprise appearance, the Patriots owner gave a short speech where he emphatically denied that his team tampered with any footballs. The NFL is currently investigating whether or not the..." January 27

  • Will Patriots pay Darrelle Revis' $20M option? "Darrelle Revis has entered the rental phase of his career, with his team affiliation an annual debate. In short: Don't buy his jersey. The Patriots are paying Revis $12 million this season, and most observers expect him to be a free agent at the end of the year. But Revis' contract is more..." January 27

  • Patriots standout Devin McCourty would help Jaguars but may not be available

    Jacksonville Times-Union "A five-year veteran with winning experience, McCourty would add a presence on and off the field for a Jaguars’ secondary that needs to take a big step forward in 2015. The Jaguars would have to pay up – maybe north of $20 million guaranteed – but that’s the kind of price required to add an..." January 27

  • Tom Brady: Patriots can deal with adversity

    Pro Football Talk "Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says he and his teammates are capable of overcoming anything, and that the Deflategate controversy of the last week won’t be an issue. Brady, who previously said that his feelings were hurt by suggestions that he’s a cheater, now says it’s time to prove what kind..." January 27

  • Patriots' Brandon Browner says he is going to tell teammates to break Seahawks' Richard Sherman's arm "New England Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner is facing his former team in Super Bowl XLIX in the Seattle Seahawks, the team he suited up for from 2011 to 2013. Speaking to ESPN prior to his arrival in Arizona, Browner was asked about his former teammate Richard Sherman, and the elbow injury..." January 27

  • K.J. Wright: Targeting 'unacceptable' "Seattle Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright was disappointed to hear that former teammate Brandon Browner said he will tell his New England Patriots teammates to try to hurt injured Seahawks Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman during the Super Bowl. "I didn't know he said that, but we don't play like..." January 27

  • Jerry Rice: If Patriots win Super Bowl, you have to put an asterisk on it "The dawn of the New England Patriots' dynasty occurred, so to speak, at the feet of Jerry Rice. Or did you forget that Rice, the San Francisco 49ers' Hall of Fame receiver, was a member of the Oakland Raiders and standing mere feet away from referee Walt Coleman when he dusted off the Tuck Rule on..." January 27

  • Carroll: Sherman expressing opinion "Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday the team celebrates its players' "uniqueness," and that cornerback Richard Sherman was simply expressing an opinion about the relationship between New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Sunday, shortly after..." January 27

  • GQ: Goodell Berates NFL Employees for Being Overpaid "Over at my other day job, GQ just posted this big fat schlongread from Gabriel Sherman about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. You should head over there and read the whole thing now, because the piece does wonders for anyone who (like me) is looking to hate Goodell even more than they already do...." January 26

  • Brady Admits His "Feelings Got Hurt" After Deflategate Blowback

    WEEI Boston "Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, making his weekly appearance on WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan show, acknowledged that his “feelings got hurt” during last week’s attacks on his integrity and again issued a staunch denial of any role in Deflategate. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan..." January 26

  • Aaron Hernandez jury seated, trial starts Thursday

    Pro Football Talk "The trial of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez on charges that he murdered Odin Lloyd in 2013 will begin on Thursday as a result of the blizzard bearing down on the Northeast. A jury of 18 people — 13 women and five men — was selected on Monday in Fall River, Massachusetts, but the..." January 26

  • Richard Sherman: Pats won't be punished "A picture may be worth a thousand words, but Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman believes one photo in particular may be worth more. Sherman doesn't think the NFL will discipline the New England Patriots if they're found to have adjusted the air pressure in 11 footballs prior to last..." January 26