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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick walks on the field during an NFL football training camp practice at Gillette Stadium, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo)

Tim O’Sullivan: Even in the offseason, Patriots (and their rivals) are right in the spotlight

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Offseason? What offseason? Sure, we know the NFL gets year-round coverage now, but the chatter and headlines swirling around the Patriots in the last month has taken the attention to another level. There’s been a tampering charge counter punch, rule changes pointing toward Foxborough, rivalries rekindled and seismic free agent moves. Here’s a breakdown of the recent action, starting with the laughable and ending with the essential. ∎ When New York Jets owner Woody Johnson filed tampering charges against the Patriots on Tuesday, it had the feel of kindergarten name-calling gone wild. Johnson claimed New England owner Robert Kraft was tampering when he commented on Darrelle …

Patriots linebacker Hightower has shoulder surgery, could miss season opener

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower could miss the start of the 2015 season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn right labrum. According to the Boston Globe, the surgery was performed on Feb. 10; the expected recovery time is 6-7 months. Hightower played through the injury during the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory and made a game-saving tackle on Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch in …

Revis: Patriots’ offer ‘wasn’t in the ballpark’ of what he was looking for

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Darrelle Revis provided some insight into the negotiations he had with the New England Patriots before and after free agency yesterday, and said the Patriots weren’t close to the competition in their efforts to keep the All-Pro cornerback. “We tried to work on a deal, and the deal, we felt that it wasn’t in the ballpark of what we were looking for,” Revis …

Jets file tampering charges against Patriots after Kraft addresses Revis departure

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The New York Jets filed tampering charges against the New England Patriots that focused on comments owner Robert Kraft made about Jets acquisition Darrelle Revis, Pro Football Talk reported yesterday. Kraft, whose Patriots lost Revis on the open free agent market, said Monday: “I speak as a fan …

Sheard, Chandler eager to get going as Patriots’ marquee additions

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Jabaal Sheard is excited about getting a chance with the New England Patriots – four years after thinking he would start his NFL career with them. New teammate Scott Chandler, meanwhile, is looking forward to …

Pats’ Kraft: L.A. will have two teams within next year

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said he believes the NFL will have two teams in the Los Angeles area within the next year. “I don’t think it’s good that we’ve let a generation of fans, young kids, grow up without a team. It’s not good for the …

Patriots add cornerbacks Fletcher, McClain to rebuilding secondary

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The New England Patriots made additions to their secondary, signing cornerbacks Bradley Fletcher and Robert McClain. The team announced both moves yesterday. Fletcher, 28, signed a one-year deal worth up to $2.5 million, ESPN reported. A third-round draft choice out of Iowa in 2009, Fletcher played the last …

Receiver Stevie Johnson agrees to 3-year deal with Chargers

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Chargers agreed to terms of a three-year contract with free agent wide receiver Stevie Johnson, who’s looking to bounce back after two down years. Johnson had visited the Chargers and New England Patriots since his release from the 49ers last week. Johnson …

Former Patriots nose tackle Wilfork joins Texans

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

HOUSTON – Vince Wilfork signed on with the Houston Texans, ending a memorable stint in New England that saw him establish himself as one of the best defensive linemen in franchise history. Wilfork announced the decision on Twitter …

Patriots sign three to defense

Friday, March 13, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots signed a cornerback after losing both of their starters in the first days of free agency. A day after saying goodbye to Darrelle Revis (Jets) and Brandon Browner (Saints), the Patriots picked up cornerback Chimdi Chekwa, a 2011 fourth-round draft pick …

Source: Patriots sign former Browns DE/LB Sheard

Thursday, March 12, 2015

A day after losing cornerback Darrelle Revis to the New York Jets, the Patriots made a move to strengthen their defense yesterday, agreeing to terms with former Browns linebacker/defensive end Jabaal Sheard, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The deal reportedly is worth $11 million over two years, including …

Agents: All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis returns to Jets

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

NEW YORK – Revis Island: The Return. Darrelle Revis is coming back to the New York Jets after winning the Super Bowl with the rival New England Patriots last season. And, his welcome home gift is a contract …

McCourty returns to Patriots secondary while Revis, Browner flirt with exit

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Safety Devin McCourty said he’s returning to the New England Patriots for five more years. Cornerback Darrelle Revis could be gone, and Brandon Browner, who spent the season manning the other corner spot, could join …

Reports: Patriots to re-sign McCourty to five-year deal

Monday, March 9, 2015

Devin McCourty, one of the top safeties available on the free agent market this offseason, will be staying in New England, several media outlets reported late last night. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported that the Patriots’ All-Pro, who turned down more money from other teams, will sign …

Wilfork: Patriots aren’t picking up my option

Friday, March 6, 2015

Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork said yesterday he will not be back with New England next season, ending an 11-year stay in which he won two Super Bowls and established himself as the cornerstone of the Patriots’ defense. In …