Patriots Rumors & News

  • New England Patriots part ways with Cassius Marsh "The New England Patriots gave two picks to the Seattle Seahawks to acquire Cassius Marsh in September. On Tuesday, they waived the pass rusher. The move raised some eyebrows, given the fact that the Patriots gave up 2018 fifth- and seventh-round picks for the player prior to the season. Marsh's..." November 22

  • Agent’s Take: A look at the quarterbacks who could be available in the offseason

    CBS Sports "Quarterback stability is highly coveted in the NFL because it's a vital ingredient for sustained success. Some of the NFL's most significant transactions occur in an effort to get the position settled. The 49ers made an unexpected move at the October 31 trading deadline by acquiring Jimmy..." November 22

  • President Donald Trump criticizes idea of keeping players in locker room for anthem

    ESPN "President Donald Trump says a reported plan that would keep NFL teams in the locker room during the national anthem next season is "almost as bad as kneeling." Trump tweeted Wednesday morning about the possibility, reported by The Washington Post on Tuesday. According to the Post, some NFL..." November 22

  • Could Jonathan Jones Be Insurance If Patriots Can’t Keep Malcolm Butler?

    NESN "When Jonathan Jones first met with the New England media as a member of the Patriots in May 2016, he unsurprisingly was asked about another undrafted cornerback. Malcolm Butler was coming off his first season as a starter and was over a year removed from making the game-clinching play in Super..." November 22

  • Why Bill Belichick is in no rush to return to Mexico City

    Sporting News "The NFL announced before Sunday's Raiders-Patriots game in Mexico City that the league reached an agreement to continue playing one regular-season game a year in Mexico through 2021. On Monday, Pats coach Bill Belichick, appearing on WEEI in Boston, said he isn't exactly eager for his team to..." November 21

  • ESPN analyst Randy Moss is still unhappy about the company’s 30 for 30 on him, felt it wasn’t the truth

    Awful Announcing "It’s to be expected that some subjects of ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentaries aren’t happy with the final product, as that’s a hazard of outside, non-subject-run documentaries (and journalism in general). It’s a little more interesting when the unhappy subject also works for ESPN, though. That would be..." November 21

  • Dion Lewis Is Just Ridiculous And Other Leftover Patriots Thoughts

    CBS Boston "People always wonder, “How in tarnation are those rapscallion Patriots always so doggone good? Some illegal tomfoolery and chicanery must be afoot, for there is no reasonable explanation for this balderdash.” It’s true. People really wonder this. And while there’s no single neatly packaged,..." November 20

  • Roger Goodell To Soon Sign Five-Year, $200M Extension

    Real GM Football "Roger Goodell's contract extension is expected to be completed in December at the owners' meetings. Momentum to delay the deal has dissipated "meaningfully," in the estimation of one league source. Jerry Jones has been attempting to block Goodell's extension." November 20

  • Former NFL WR Terry Glenn dies in car accident

    247 Sports "Tragedy has struck the NFL. Former wide receiver Terry Glenn has reportedly passed away from injuries suffered in a car accident in Irving, TX, as reported by Matt Engel of Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Glenn left his mark on many in his 12-year NFL career. A first-round pick of the New England..." November 20

  • Jerry Jones Told Patriots To ‘Take Their Medicine’ During Deflategate

    NESN "Jerry Jones should heed his own advice. The Dallas Cowboys owner has been furious at NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for suspending star running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games, and he reportedly has been trying to hold up the commissioner’s contract extension as part of his retribution...." November 20

  • Tom Brady has 82nd regular-season game with 300 yards

    Pro Football Talk "Tom Brady has his 82nd career 300-yard passing game, and the Patriots have their eighth victory of the season, even if there remains a quarter to play. The Patriots ended the third quarter with a 30-0 lead on the Raiders. Brady has completed 27 of 33 passes for 305 yards and three..." November 19

  • Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore staying humble as his performance steps up

    Boston Herald "Stephon Gilmore has always been a target. The Patriots cornerback got used to criticism as a quarterback for South Pointe High School in Rock Hill, S.C., where he was crowned Mr. Football as a senior. He then remained in state to blossom into the top corner at the University of South Carolina,..." November 18

  • Raiders’ Obi Melifonwu to be tested by Rob Gronkowski

    San Francisco Chronicle "The Raiders had a role in mind for Obi Melifonwu when they selected the Connecticut safety in the second round of this year’s draft. “He’s kind of long and fast, and has the ability to match up with the bigger, longer tight ends,” said Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. “He hasn’t..." November 18

  • 23-year-old set to buy Aaron Hernandez's mansion for $1 million

    247 Sports "Aaron Hernandez's North Attleboro home is officially off the market. 23-year-old Arif Khan has confirmed to 247Sports that he has a purchase-and-sales agreement for the former Patriots tight end's North Attleboro mansion and is set to close on it in the coming weeks. The Burlington, Mass..." November 18

  • Ha Ha Clinton-Dix: Martellus Bennett 'quit on' Packers "More than a week removed from Martellus Bennett's questionable departure from Green Bay, his exit has had a serious effect on his former teammates. "At the end of the day you have to think of it as a business. Me, personally? I thought he quit on us," Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix told the..." November 17

  • Rob Gronkowski cleared for takeoff with Martellus Bennett as his co-pilot

    Boston Herald "Make way for the best of Gronk. Now that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has reinforcements, it should ease the heavy burden he has carried on a weekly basis this season. Perhaps more than ever, opponents have devoted more assets in his direction, been more physical and essentially just..." November 16

  • Players to Goodell: We'd like a jet, lifetime insurance and $50 million, too

    ESPN "ESPN reported Sunday that commissioner Roger Goodell had asked for a salary of $49.5 million a year, lifetime use of a private jet and lifetime health insurance for his family in negotiations for a contract extension. Here’s how NFL players are reacting to Goodell’s reported demands: Oakland..." November 16

  • Clay Matthews: Packers ‘got a good laugh’ out of Martellus Bennett situation

    ESPN "Martellus Bennett is playing for the New England Patriots now, and Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews found some humor in it. The Packers cut Bennett last week with the designation that he failed to disclose a physical condition, and then Bennett fired back by saying he needed surgery..." November 16

  • Patriots ST captain Matthew Slater has serious injury

    Fanrag Sports "New England Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater was injured during the Sunday Night Football win over the Denver Broncos. Three days later, there aren’t many signs of optimism regarding his health moving forward. According to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, Slater suffered a hamstring..." November 15

  • Julian Edelman Doesn’t Deny Savage Super Bowl Drop Jab At Wes Welker

    NESN "Julian Edelman is one to do a little talking on the football field from time to time, but he talks a pretty mean game away from the gridiron, too. The New England Patriots wide receiver is out for the season with a knee injury, but he’s making the most of his downtime as he continues to..." November 15

  • Chiefs explored adding Martellus Bennett before Patriots claimed him

    Kansas City Star "It’s been a whirlwind week for veteran tight end Martellus Bennett, who was waived by the Green Bay Packers on Wednesday and immediately claimed by the New England Patriots, for whom he caught three passes for 38 yards in a 41-16 win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Did the Chiefs, who love..." November 15

  • Papa John's tweets apology for being 'divisive' when ripping NFL

    USA Today "A couple weeks after CEO John Schnatter blamed the NFL for sagging pizza sales, Papa John's is trying to tone down the vitriol. Tuesday, the company apologized, said it supports players' protests and denounced neo-nazis, via its Twitter account On the company's earnings call earlier this..." November 15

  • To sign with the Patriots, Martellus Bennett beat the system and got what he wanted

    Washington Post "The typical NFL player will never decide anything about his employment, unless he wants to quit the league altogether. An average NFL career lasts shorter than a rookie contract, and for the vast swath of players who are not Kirk Cousins, NFL teams use the enticement of security and a slight raise..." November 14

  • Tom Brady doesn't care about Roger Goodell's new contract demands

    WEEI Boston "Over the weekend, it was reported Roger Goodell has some pretty high demands for his new contract. The NFL commissioner would like to have a $50 million salary in addition to having a private plane for life, and more. Appearing on Westwood One with Jim Gray prior to Monday Night Football,..." November 14

  • Martellus Bennett Sure Looks Like a Real Piece of Trash

    The Big Lead "Let me preface this story by disclosing that I am a Packers fan who had a dreadful experience with Martellus Bennett this season. I have no issue with his general outspokenness, or NFL players non-violently protesting the national anthem. If Bennett had backed up his talk by performing on the..." November 13

  • Rob Gronkowski Would Be The Perfect Porn Star ... Says Actual Porn Star

    TMZ "Good news Gronk, the star of such classics as "Dynamic Booty 5" and "Bubble Butt Bonanza" says you have a future in the skin biz ... and she's being totally serious. TMZ Sports talked to Richelle Ryan -- star on over 200 adult movies -- who happens to be a hardcore football fan ... in addition..." November 13

  • Bill Belichick matches Tom Landry with 270th career win

    ESPN "Bill Belichick notched his 270th career victory as a head coach on Sunday night, pulling into a third-place tie with Tom Landry on the all-time wins list. He deflected the praise to his players. "It's flattering, but I don't think that's the story tonight," Belichick said after the New England..." November 13

  • Martellus Bennett: I told to not claim me, but Patriots did anyway

    Pro Football Talk "It’s easy for those who believe the theory that Martellus Bennett talked his way out of Green Bay, because he left enough breadcrumbs to make not just a trail, but a sandwich. But after his return to the field with the Patriots last night, he said he had to be talked into reporting to New..." November 13

  • Stephen Gostkowski parlays Patriots’ stability, success with kickers

    Boston Herald "As he mulled the fact over, Nate Ebner came to the realization slowly. Told that the Patriots have used just three kickers since 1996 — Adam Vinatieri, Stephen Gostkowski and, very briefly, Shayne Graham — Ebner acknowledged that those outside the confines of Gillette Stadium might take the..." November 12

  • Tom Brady: Yeah, I'll Sign for You ... But the Price Just Went Up!

    TMZ "If you thought $1,000 for a Tom Brady autographed football was expensive ... hold on to your avocado toast -- because the price JUST WENT UP! Earlier this year, TMZ Sports reported that Tom was hosting a private signing session back in March -- where fans could pick an item for Tom to sign ......" November 12

  • ‘Good chance’ Martellus Bennett plays Sunday night for Patriots

    Sportsnaut "After spending just three days with the New England Patriots, tight end Martellus Bennett appears set to play Sunday night against the Denver Broncos. Of course, Bennett is familiar with the Patriots, having spent last season with the club. He caught 55 passes for 701 yards and seven..." November 12

  • Packers intend to seek Bennett's signing bonus "New Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett is expected to play Sunday night for his new team, which is a development in itself. After being unceremoniously dumped by the Packers last week, then dumped on by Packers players on social media, it is a fitting way for a bizarre week to end. But the..." November 12

  • Patriots hope to create rare winning streak in Denver

    Pro Football Talk "The Patriots under Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have thrived in most places. Except Denver. Losers against the Broncos in the venue still named for a defunct company both during the 2015 regular season and postseason, the Patriots churned out a 16-3 win last December in Denver, besting Trevor..." November 11

  • Chris Hogan ruled out by Patriots

    Pro Football Talk "We’ll see Sunday night if tight end Martellus Bennett is ready to play for the Patriots. But we know at least one of Tom Brady‘s targets who won’t. Wide receiver Chris Hogan was ruled out for this week with a shoulder injury." November 10

  • Martellus Bennett Accuses Packers Of Lying About Injury: ‘They Tried To [Expletive] Over Me’

    CBS Boston "When the Packers released tight end Martellus Bennett this week, they did so with a failure to disclose an injury designation. And when Packers head coach Mike McCarthy spoke Friday, he said that his most recent conversation about Bennett involved scheduling surgery on his injured shoulder. But..." November 10

  • Martellus Bennett passes physical, participates in Patriots practice

    247 Sports "Martellus Bennett appears ready to jump in and contribute in his second stint with the Patriots. According to Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal and others at Gillette Stadium on Friday, the tight end was at practice prior to the team taking off and heading to Denver as they gear up for..." November 10

  • Packers Cut Martellus Bennett Because Of Torn Rotator Cuff, May Try To Play Through It

    NFL Trade Rumors "Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Packers waived TE Martellus Bennett because he has a torn rotator cuff in his shoulder. According to Rapoport, Bennett may try to play through the injury for the Patriots, but if he’s unable to do so, New England could place him on injured..." November 10

  • Patriots claim Martellus Bennett off waiver wire "A day after the Green Bay Packers cut the tight end for his failure to disclose a medical condition, the Patriots claimed him off the waiver wire, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. Bennett, 30, returns to the team where he won a Super Bowl title with last..." November 09

  • NFL: Owners voted unanimously to extend Goodell’s contract in May

    Pro Football Talk "Perhaps the most important point regarding the ongoing effort by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to block the extension of Commissioner Roger Goodell relates to a decision that all 32 owners made in May, including Jones. “I’d say that, on the issue of extending the Commissioner’s contract that in the..." November 09

  • A reunion with Martellus Bennett could be in play

    Boston Herald "If they want it, the Patriots may have a chance to rekindle a fruitful relationship with tight end Martellus Bennett. The Packers released Bennett yesterday with a “failure to disclose physical condition” designation. He is subject to waivers until 4 p.m. today, so 31 teams have the option of..." November 09

  • Broncos want to get back to run-first plan vs. Patriots "The Denver Broncos' offense is close to making the Tim Tebow-era teams look prolific. The Broncos 18.8 points per game are their fewest since 1992 when John Elway missed four games with a shoulder injury. Denver's 4.91 yards per play is the team's fewest since 2001 when Terrell Davis played..." November 09

  • Roger Goodell “Furious” Over Contract Delay

    Pro Football Rumors "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is reportedly “furious” over the league’s insistence that he accept a contract that includes performance-based incentives that could still allow him to reach his prior salaries, according to Don Van Natta Jr. and Seth Wickersham of A potential Goodell..." November 09

  • Tom Brady or Peyton Manning? Von Miller has hard time deciding who is the real 'GOAT'

    Sporting News "Broncos' Von Miller is facing who he calls the greatest quarterback of all time in Tom Brady on Sunday night. Asked Wednesday on a conference call what Brady does that makes him so special, Miller responded simply "Tom Brady? Everything. He's the GOAT. He's the GOAT but I feel like Peyton..." November 08

  • Tom Brady admits he's a human who occasionally eats ice cream and cheeseburgers

    CBS Sports "Tom Brady has earned the reputation of being a perfectly maintained robot quarterback built for a lifetime of sustained peak performance. He follows a notoriously strict lifestyle regimen, including a wildly restrictive diet that doesn't allow him to indulge in a majority of the foods and..." November 08

  • Roger Goodell: NFL fans don’t come to stadiums ‘to be protested to’

    Sportress of Blogitude "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell perhaps made his strongest remarks regarding the league’s national anthem protest controversy by stating, “People come to our stadiums to be entertained and have fun, not to be protested to.” Goodell was a speaker at Bloomberg’s The Year Ahead Summit in New York..." November 08

  • NFL TV numbers decline infecting ESPN's 'Sunday NFL Countdown,' other pregame shows

    Sporting News "Sunday NFL pregame shows are known for their hearty laughter. But there has been little to guffaw about this season. The NFL's TV numbers slide has infected long-running pregame shows on ESPN, NBC Sports and CBS Sports. The hardest hit has been ESPN's "Sunday NFL Countdown" (10 a.m. to 1 p.m...." November 08

  • Bob Costas on the future of football: 'This game destroys people's brains'

    USA Today "As far as longtime sports broadcaster Bob Costas is concerned, the future of football in the United States is clear — and bleak. “The reality is that this game destroys people’s brains," he said Tuesday night. Speaking at a roundtable discussion at the University of Maryland, Costas, who..." November 08

  • Roger Goodell Speaks On DeflateGate, Believes NFL Was ‘Right’ In ‘Protecting The Integrity Of The League’

    CBS Boston "For those who followed the years-long DeflateGate balderdash will remember the period for being a complex time. For the vast majority who only followed from afar, they’ll remember it only for the result: Roger Goodell won, Tom Brady and the Patriots lost. And, as they say, to the victor goes..." November 08

  • Phillip Dorsett Finally Settled In With Patriots, Ready For Bigger Role

    NESN "Adjusting to new surroundings after a trade can be difficult for professional athletes, especially ones who are dealt just before or during a season. And learning a new playbook is only part of the challenge. Just ask Phillip Dorsett. Dorsett was traded to the New England Patriots on Sept...." November 08

  • Bill Belichick Confirms Patriots Wouldn’t Trade Jimmy Garoppolo Over Offseason

    NESN "Despite the fact that the New England Patriots traded Jimmy Garoppolo last week, Adam Schefter was right when he reported time and time again this offseason that the quarterback wouldn’t be moved for any price. That might not make sense at face value, but Patriots head coach Bill Belichick..." November 07