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Goodell makes it official: He will hear Brady’s appeal

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

NEW YORK – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made it official yesterday: He will hear Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension. The league suspended the Patriots quarterback for his role in the use of deflated footballs by New England in its AFC championship game victory over Indianapolis in January. The players’ union said Goodell should recuse himself from hearing the appeal because he can’t be impartial and could be called …

Belichick avoids direct answers on deflated footballs; source says Brady’s appeal date set

Saturday, May 30, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Coach Bill Belichick shed little light yesterday in his first public remarks since a report was issued on the Patriots’ use of deflated footballs. He avoided direct answers to most of the 10 questions he was asked about Tom Brady, backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and how the team was handling …

Patriots, Saints to hold preseason practice in West Virginia

Friday, May 29, 2015

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – The New England Patriots will join the New Orleans Saints for joint practices in West Virginia in August. New Orleans Coach Sean Payton confirmed the practices yesterday after the Saints’ organized team activities in Metairie, La. The Patriots will arrive for practices at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs before the teams play a preseason game Aug. …

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 …

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 …