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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks to reporters during the NFL's spring meetings in San Francisco, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Goodell wants to hear directly from Brady in appeal

Thursday, May 21, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said yesterday it’s his responsibility to hear directly from New England quarterback Tom Brady in his appeal of his four-game suspension in the deflated footballs case. Goodell said he has not had time to study a request from the players’ union that he recuse himself from the appeal because he has been focused …

Patriots: Finally, high road traveled

Thursday, May 21, 2015

In yesterday’s Monitor, my colleague and friend Ray Duckler wrote about Patriots owner Robert Kraft accepting his team’s punishment for Deflategate. Duckler wrote that Kraft’s decision not to appeal the NFL’s disciplinary action had the distinctive stink of disingenuous back-room deals and guilt. That’s not what I smell. Kraft’s decision to end “this …

Kraft: Patriots won’t appeal team’s fine, draft penalties

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO – Now that Patriots owner Robert Kraft is not appealing his team’s punishments in the deflated footballs scandal, only his quarterback’s challenge remains. Moments after Kraft said yesterday he won’t oppose the $1 million fine and loss of two draft choices the NFL penalized the team for its role in using …

McClain opts against Patriots, re-signs with Cowboys

Thursday, April 2, 2015

IRVING, Texas – Rolando McClain revived his career with a solid season in Dallas. Now the linebacker will return for at least one more year with the Cowboys. McClain, a former top 10 pick who flamed out after …

Free agent running back Stevan Ridley visiting Dolphins

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

DAVIE, Fla. – Free agent running back Stevan Ridley is visiting the Miami Dolphins, who are in the market for a backup to Lamar Miller. Ridley is recovering from ACL knee surgery and was limited to six games last year with the Patriots. His best season was in …

Patriots owner: Aaron Hernandez told me he was innocent

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

New England Patriots team owner Robert Kraft testified yesterday that his former star tight end Aaron Hernandez told him he was innocent when asked whether he was involved in a 2013 killing. Kraft was called by the prosecution …

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 …

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’ …

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, …

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 …