Patriots Rumors & News

  • Patriots add Gillislee as Bills won't match RFA offer sheet

    NFL.com "The New England Patriots officially poached another restricted free agent from AFC East rival Buffalo Bills. The Bills declined to match the two-year, $6.4 million offer sheet for running back Mike Gillislee, the team announced Monday. New England will send a fifth-round draft pick to Buffalo..." April 24

  • Aaron Hernandez's fiancee seeking release of notes left in cell

    ESPN "Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, who was engaged to Aaron Hernandez and is the mother of his daughter, is asking a Massachusetts judge to release copies of the three notes the former NFL tight end left in his cell last week before he killed himself. Aaron Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence,..." April 24

  • Aaron Hernandez’s Legal Troubles Won’t End With His Death, Expert Explains

    Complex "Aaron Hernandez, the infamous former New England Patriot, was found dead in his one-inmate jail cell early in the morning of April 19. Ruled a suicide, it was confounding at best, particularly because Hernandez had just been acquitted on double murder charges and was appealing the 2015 murder..." April 24

  • Aaron Hernandez’s alleged prison lover is a convicted bank robber

    New York Post "Aaron Hernandez’s behind-bars lover is a convicted bank robber who received a $50,000 watch from the late football star before his suicide, according to a bombshell report Monday. Kyle Kennedy, 22, was the last person to see the disgraced New England Patriots star alive last week, the Daily..." April 24

  • Malcolm Butler trade “less attractive” to Saints

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints have shown interest in Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler for some time this offseason and met with him before he signed his restricted free agent tender with New England, but the need to send the 11th overall pick to the Patriots if they signed him to an offer sheet that the Patriots..." April 24

  • Patriots will know if they get Bills RB Mike Gillislee by 4 p.m.

    ESPN "The official deadline for the Buffalo Bills to decide whether to match the New England Patriots two-year, $6.4 million offer sheet for restricted free-agent running back Mike Gillislee is 4 p.m. ET, although it wouldn't be a surprise if the team's intentions become known at some point before that..." April 24

  • Jimmy Garoppolo trade remains ‘a long shot’

    Larry Brown Sports "All indications remain that the New England Patriots will almost certainly not trade quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reported Sunday that trading Garoppolo would be “a long shot,” and it would take “an overwhelming offer” to convince the Patriots to part with..." April 23

  • Aaron Hernandez's Family Will Hold a Private Ceremony in Connecticut

    Complex "Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez will be put to rest in a private ceremony on Monday, his family announced over the weekend. Reports regarding the service come after Hernandez was moved to the O'Brien Funeral Home in his hometown of Bristol, Connecticut on Saturday. Hernandez's death..." April 23

  • Donte Stallworth 'Gisele Didn't Veto Brady's WH Visit ... He's Still Trump's Boy'

    TMZ "Tom Brady didn't get his White House visit sacked by his supermodel wife ... that's according to his ex-teammate, Donte Stallworth, who tells TMZ Sports Brady would never duck his guy, Donald Trump. Brady skipped the Patriots trip to the WH earlier this week and, although he said it was a..." April 23

  • Time for Saints to trade for Patriots CB Malcolm Butler is quickly approaching

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "We're nearly two months removed from the start of the New Orleans Saints' flirtation with Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler. His name swirled as possible compensation in the Saints' trade of Brandin Cooks to New England. Butler's contract situation halted the corner's involvement in the..." April 23

  • Patriots loom as wild card to make for crazy NFL draft week

    Boston Herald "Perhaps there’s a little bit of a ho-hum feeling heading into this year’s NFL draft when it comes to the Patriots. They enter the week without a first- or second-round pick. Bill Belichick doesn’t get a turn at bat until the third round. So the anticipation and excitement level has been..." April 23

  • Millions still in dispute between Patriots, Aaron Hernandez

    Pro Football Talk "The death of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez concludes all criminal cases against him. The various cases arising from his NFL contract eventually will resume. Per multiple sources, the NFL and NFL Players Association previously agreed to put any grievances on hold until all criminal..." April 22

  • DeShone Kizer doubles down on Brady/Newton comparison

    Sportsnaut "DeShone Kizer recently made comments comparing himself to Tom Brady and Cam Newton that raised eyebrows throughout the NFL draft community. “I do have the ability to be the greatest quarterback to ever play,” Kizer said. “Imagine taking Brady’s intellect and Brady’s preparation and putting..." April 22

  • Aaron Hernandez Allegedly Leaving Most of His NFL Money to His HS Gay Male Lover

    Black Sports Online "It is very odd that all this information about Aaron Hernandez being gay leaked just days after his death by alleged suicide. It seems like something that would have been reported during both his trials, but there was never a peep about it. Even when Hernandez’s sexuality is now being used..." April 22

  • The Aaron Hernandez smear campaign apparently has begun

    Pro Football Talk "On the heels of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez committing suicide and at the outset of an effort by his family and lawyers to ask tough and pointed questions about it, someone in law enforcement has decided to begin leaking inflammatory allegations about Hernandez. And multiple media..." April 22

  • Judge orders preservation of evidence related to Aaron Hernandez’s death

    Pro Football Talk "A medical examiner ruled on Thursday that former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez committed suicide on Wednesday. On Friday, a judge ordered authorities to preserve various forms of evidence related to Hernandez’s death. Via the Associated Press, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez (who was not..." April 22

  • Lawyer: Mother of Aaron Hernandez's murder victim asks Patriots for $6 million

    CBS Sports "The mother of Odin Lloyd, who was murdered by former NFL tight end Aaron Hernandez, is asking the New England Patriots for $6 million, according to the Associated Press. Lloyd's mother, Ursula Ward, is represented by Doug Sheff in a wrongful death suit. And on Friday, two days after Hernandez..." April 22

  • Patriots’ rookie draft class last year set high bar

    Boston Herald "Dial it back a year and the names hold little weight. But by the time the Patriots made their furious rally past the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, the 2016 rookie draft class was everywhere. Wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell, a fourth-round pick, caught 32 passes for 401 yards and four..." April 21

  • New Report Explains Aaron Hernandez Killed Odin Lloyd Because Lloyd Knew Aaron’s Gay Lovers

    Black Sports Online "It is odd all these theories about Aaron Hernandez’s personal life have come to light after he was found hanging in his cell. It almost seems coordinated. Here is the latest via Daily News. The motive for Lloyd’s “execution” death near the New England tight end’s mansion has always..." April 21

  • Aaron Hernandez Family Pissed 'Why Didn't We Know About Suicide Notes?!'

    TMZ "Aaron Hernandez's family did not know the ex-NFL star left suicide notes for them until it was reported in the media ... and they're furious about it. Attorney George Leontire went off in front of a judge about how officials have left the family in the dark about the circumstances surrounding..." April 21

  • Saints, Patriots expected to continue talking Malcolm Butler trade

    Sportsnaut "With the 2017 NFL Draft less than a week away, time is running out for teams to take advantage of their assets in the annual event and make trades for veteran players. That list surely includes a New Orleans Saints team that has been linked to New England Patriots Pro Bowl cornerback Malcolm..." April 21

  • Aaron Hernandez left behind a note for his gay prison lover

    New York Daily News "One of the three handwritten notes Aaron Hernandez left behind before hanging himself in his single cell was reportedly for his gay prison lover. Although the existence of the notes was made public by prison officials Thursday, the Daily Mail is citing a "source close to the investigation"..." April 21

  • Patriots might owe Hernandez's family $3.5M

    New York Daily News "Following the suicide of Aaron Hernandez, the New England Patriots might now owe the former tight end’s family millions of dollars. The Patriots could be contractually obligated to pay Hernandez’s estate $3.5 million as part of a salary bonus that was never given to him because of his murder..." April 21

  • Aaron Hernandez Fiancee Sues Over Prison Suicide Evidence

    TMZ "Aaron Hernandez's fiancee is concerned evidence from the ex-NFL's star's death could be discarded ... so she's suing the Dept. of Corrections to make sure they preserve every single thing that could possibly prove he didn't kill himself. Shayanna Jenkins -- the mother of Aaron's 4-year-old..." April 21

  • Former Patriots Beat Writer Shares Chilling Story About Aaron Hernandez

    Complex "Aaron Hernandez's story caught a lot of people off guard when he first ran afoul of the law, and each passing day seems to bring a crazier story about the former tight end to light. When a talented person you worked alongside is living a double life, it's hard to process for colleagues and loved..." April 21

  • Prison Guard Being Investigated for Conveniently Missing a Bed Check Before Aaron Hernandez Alleged Suicide

    Black Sports Online "Aaron Hernandez was the most high-profile inmate they had at the prison, just seems odd that no one would have noticed what he was up to. If you believe investigators he was writing messages in blood, left three notes, barricade his cell and then hung himself, but no one saw a thing until it..." April 21

  • Aaron Hernandez planned suicide “for weeks”

    Daily Mail "Three handwritten notes were discovered in the cell were Aaron Hernandez hanged himself, leading investigators to officially declare his death a suicide. The notes were discovered next to a Bible opened to John 3:16, the same verse that Hernandez had written across his forehead in marker...." April 21

  • Patriots QB pens thank you note to Barack Obama during White House visit

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday the Super Bowl LI champion New England Patriots -- or at least some of them anyway -- visited the White House to celebrate their championship with President Donald Trump. When he wasn't busy taking pictures without Tom Brady ( who missed the trip because of family obligations ),..." April 20

  • Patriots to open season vs. Chiefs

    247 Sports "Tom Brady and the rest of the New England Patriots now know their opponent for Week 1 of the NFL season. According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, the Kansas City Chiefs will stroll into Gillette Stadium for the first game of the 2017 regular season to play the defending Super Bowl..." April 20

  • New York Times apologizes for misleading Patriots White House photos

    WEEI Boston "The New York Times is falling on the sword for tweeting a misleading pair of photographs comparing attendance from the Patriots’ last two White House visits. On Tuesday, the Twitter account for New York Times Sports shared a picture from the Patriots’ trip in 2015, when President Barack Obama..." April 20

  • Patriots operating as if they will trade Garoppolo or Butler?

    Larry Brown Sports "The New England Patriots currently do not have a pick in the first two rounds of the upcoming NFL Draft, but the way they are preparing has led many to believe a significant trade is coming within the next week. Bill Belichick has always strived to prepare for every possible situation both on..." April 20

  • Aaron Hernandez's Death Officially Ruled Suicide

    Bleacher Report "The death of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has officially been ruled a suicide. Per the Boston Globe, the Massachusetts state medical examiner ruled Hernandez took his own life after he was discovered hanging from a bed cloth in his prison cell on Wednesday. Per..." April 20

  • Aaron Hernandez’s family donating brain to science for CTE study

    Yardbarker "According to Boston Herald’s legal columnist Bob McGovern, the family of the late Aaron Hernandez will be donating his brain to science for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy study. “CTE” according to the Brain Injury Research Institute “is a progressive degenerative disease which afflicts..." April 20

  • Giants have interest in Adrian Peterson, LeGarrette Blount

    Larry Brown Sports "The New York Giants are still looking to bolster their backfield after they released Rashad Jennings back in February, but that does not mean they are willing to spend a fortune on the position. According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Giants have interest in free agent veterans Adrian..." April 20

  • Will Patriots, NFL owe Aaron Hernandez money due to death?

    Larry Brown Sports "Whether he was aware of it or not, Aaron Hernandez may have greatly improved his family’s financial situation by committing suicide. In fact, now that the former NFL star is dead, it’s possible that both the league and the New England Patriots could owe the Hernandez family money. In an..." April 20

  • Patriots, Donald Trump fire at New York Times over tweet

    ESPN "The New England Patriots are taking issue with a New York Times photo comparison that suggested a significantly smaller turnout for their Super Bowl celebration at the White House with President Donald Trump than one two years ago with then-President Barack Obama. The Times on Wednesday used an..." April 20

  • Aaron Hernandez: How he spent his four years in prison since murder conviction

    USA Today "Aaron Hernandez fought, got emblazoned with tattoos, and flirted/feuded with pen pals before his nearly four years of incarceration came to a violent end on Wednesday. Hernandez had been in custody since June 2013 when he was arrested and, ultimately, convicted in the death of one-time friend..." April 20

  • Aaron Hernandez Reportedly Had Bible Verse Written On Forehead in Blood

    TMZ "Aaron Hernandez was found in his cell with a Bible verse written on his forehead in blood ... this according to local reports. When officials at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Massachusetts responded to Aaron's cell Wednesday morning, the verse John 3:16 was scribbled above his..." April 20

  • NFL owners chipped in millions to fund President Trump’s inauguration events

    Sporting News "Redskins owner Daniel Snyder was among many high-rolling sports figures to contribute to President Donald Trump's inaugural festivities, including six other NFL owners who donated $1 million, The Washington Post reported, citing a Federal Election Commission filing it obtained. The Republican..." April 20

  • Donald Trump doesn't mention Tom Brady in speech during Patriots' White House visit

    CBS Sports "If Donald Trump and Tom Brady are really best friends , Trump has an awkward way of showing it. During the Patriots' visit to the White House on Wednesday, Trump managed to completely snub Brady by not mentioning the quarterback's name a single time during his 10-minute congratulatory speech to..." April 20

  • Odin Lloyd's Mom Moving Forward With Aaron Hernandez Lawsuit

    TMZ "Odin Lloyd's mom is going forward with her wrongful death lawsuit against Aaron Hernandez ... even though her case may have just gotten much more difficult. As we previously reported, Aaron's death complicates things because his conviction in Lloyd's 2013 murder will essentially be wiped out..." April 19

  • Aaron Hernandez had gang ties in prison?

    Larry Brown Sports "There are many questions surrounding the unexpected death of Aaron Hernandez, and most of them will likely go unanswered. One of those questions involves whether or not Hernandez was affiliated with a gang while in prison, and it’s one that has come up many times since he was taken into custody..." April 19

  • Jimmy Garoppolo and AJ McCarron could be off table for Browns as club says it won't trade for veteran QB

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Browns head of football operations Sashi Brown was asked point blank during his pre-draft press conference if the Browns will try to trade for a veteran quarterback on draft weekend. He didn't hesitate: "No.'' Before draft weekend? "Could we in theory? Yes,'' he said. "But are we planning..." April 19

  • Phil Simms joining CBS’ The NFL Today as studio analyst

    Sportsnaut "CBS announced Wednesday that Phil Simms will be joining the show The NFL Today as a studio analyst. Simms had previously made it clear he wasn’t done working in broadcasting after being bumped for Tony Romo in the live booth next to Jim Nantz. A consummate professional, we expect Simms to..." April 19

  • Aaron Hernandez leaves us with one final 'Why?'

    ESPN "The text message came in early, around 6:30 a.m. ET, and upon hearing the news that Aaron Hernandez had apparently hanged himself in his prison cell, I immediately thought of his 4-year-old daughter, Avielle. She was right there in Courtroom 906 while her dad was being tried for the murder of two..." April 19

  • Aaron Hernandez suicide theory: He died innocent, protected his estate

    Larry Brown Sports "By committing suicide inside his prison cell early Wednesday morning, Aaron Hernandez died an innocent man. At least, that is how the state of Massachusetts will view it. Martin W. Healy, chief legal counsel to the Massachusetts Bar Association, told Evan Allen of The Boston Globe about a..." April 19

  • Hernandez’s Lawyer Explains How He Believes Aaron Was Murdered in Jail & Didn’t Commit Suicide

    Black Sports Online "The news of Aaron Hernandez allegedly committing suicide is the topic of discussion for today. However, his lawyer Jose Baez is not buying it one bit. He believes that Hernandez was murdered. There are many things that have been going on but one thing’s for sure, we’ll never know what what..." April 19

  • Aaron Hernandez's prison suicide means he won't be a convicted murderer

    Sporting News "Two years ago, a Massachusetts jury found Aaron Hernandez guilty of first-degree murder for the killing of Odin Lloyd in 2013. His suicide Wednesday, however, complicates things as it relates to the letter of the law. As attorney Michael Coyne pointed out on Twitter, his death will likely..." April 19

  • Bill Belichick on Aaron Hernandez’s suicide: ‘Every piece of it, tragic’

    Sportsnaut "The football world woke up to some shocking and sobering news on Wednesday morning. Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, serving a life sentence after a murder conviction, committed suicide by hanging himself in a prison cell. As players, fans and others around the NFL world..." April 19

  • Aaron Hernandez’s agent, former teammate: No way ex-TE killed himself

    Larry Brown Sports "Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell on Wednesday morning, and two people who knew him well refuse to believe that the former NFL star took his own life. Hernandez’s agent, Brian Murphy, acknowledged that his former client had made mistakes but said there is “absolutely no chance”..." April 19

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