Player News - Patriots

Date: Team: Pos:

Patriots LCB Malcolm Butler suffered a knee sprain in the AFC Championship.

Butler missed the Pro Bowl, but will have a normal offseason. One of the league’s most underpaid corners, Butler should play out 2016 on his $600K salary before becoming a restricted free agent in 2017.
Feb 6 - 5:15 PM

Patriots DT Dominique Easley (torn quad) does not need surgery.

Easley went down with a torn quad in Week 14 and was placed on injured reserve. Avoiding surgery means Easley should be ready for the offseason program, but the Patriots may take it easy on their 2014 first rounder. Easley has played just 22 games in two seasons.
Feb 4 - 12:59 PM

CSN New England's Tom E. Curran expects Danny Amendola to return next season.

Cutting Amendola would free up $3.5 million in cap space but he's coming off his best year with New England and the Pats don't have much depth behind him. Amendola's $5 million base salary for 2016 is twice as high as Julian Edelman's.
Jan 31 - 10:30 AM

CSN New England suggests SLB Jamie Collins could be a holdout candidate.

New England has some big decisions to make in the near future with Chandler Jones, Dont'a Hightower and Collins all coming off the books in 2017. If Collins doesn't sign an extension, he'll earn just $917,865 in 2016. That's less than Collins' backup, Jonathan Freeny. If the Pats do extend Collins, he could be looking at a deal similar to the four-year, $33.75 million pact Lions WLB DeAndre Levy signed last offseason.
Jan 31 - 8:49 AM

CSN New England believes Patriots WLB Dont'a Hightower will command at least as much as Bucs WLB Lavonte David when he signs his next contract.

The Bucs signed David to a five-year, $50 million pact with $22.5 million guaranteed last offseason. While the Patriots could look to extend Hightower's contract this offseason, the belief is Hightower is a "smart businessman who’ll understand his value both in Foxboro or, if it comes to pass, elsewhere." Hightower earned PFF's fifth-highest 4-3 outside linebacker grade out of 35 qualifiers in 2015.
Jan 31 - 8:38 AM

CSN New England suggests the Patriots could look to extend RE Chandler Jones' contract this offseason.

Jones is owed $7.8 million in the last year of his rookie contract, and New England can lower his cap number for next season by signing him to a long-term deal. Jones has had a comparable career to Saints DE Cameron Jordan, who landed a five-year, $55 million extension last offseason. Jones turns 26 later this month. He piled up 12.5 sacks and four forced fumbles in 15 games in 2015.
Jan 31 - 8:21 AM

Patriots signed DT Joe Vellano to a reserve/future contract.

Vellano spent most of last season on the Colts’ practice squad. He appeared in 21 games with the Patriots prior 2015. Vellano provides depth at multiple spots.
Jan 30 - 8:25 PM

The Jets could have interest in TE Scott Chandler this offseason.

Chandler's a potential cap cut after closing out the year in a limited role. The Jets have a need for a veteran tight end with Jace Amaro coming off a lost season. Chandler would be a fit for OC Chan Gailey’s scheme after posting career highs in touchdowns under him in Buffalo. The Patriots would save $2.1 million from releasing Chandler.
Jan 30 - 4:35 PM

CBS Boston believes Patriots OT Marcus Cannon will be cut this offseason.

Cannon was forced into action after LT Nate Solder was lost to a torn bicep four games into the season. He failed miserably on the left side, and a switch to right tackle in December did not do much to help. Cannon was demolished by Von Miller in the Championship Game loss. Set to count $4.754 million against the cap, the Patriots will likely look for cheaper and better depth at tackle.
Source: CBS Boston
Jan 30 - 11:21 AM

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss said the team may wait to extend LCB Malcolm Butler.

Butler is entering the final year of his deal, but he will be just a restricted free agent next offseason. That means the Patriots can take advantage of his $600,000 cap hit this year without much concern about losing him in free agency. Even if they are forced to put a first-round tender on Butler after next season, the Patriots will have cheap control of the talented corner for the next two years.
Source: ESPN
Jan 28 - 10:43 AM

LeGarrette Blount doesn't need offseason hip surgery.

Blount's season was cut short when he suffered a hip injury in Week 14. He was placed on injured reserve three days later, and the Patriots' running game went down the toilet. Blount will be a free agent in March. He's never had any success out of New England. The two sides will likely be interested in a new deal, but Blount isn't going to require more than $1-2 million per year.
Jan 27 - 12:47 PM

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss considers DT Akiem Hicks to be the team's most valuable free agent.

New England acquired Hicks from the Saints back in September in exchange for blocking TE Michael Hoomanawanui, and Hicks ended up being a key rotational lineman. Following his acquisition ahead of Week 5, Hicks graded out as PFF's No. 14 defensive tackle, excelling against the run and as a pass rusher. At 6'5/324 and just turning 26, Hicks could be looking at a nice pay day.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 27 - 9:57 AM

CBS Boston reports Patriots ILB Jerod Mayo underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn pectoral.

Mayo was placed on I.R. ahead of the AFC Championship game, and it was announced as a shoulder injury without further details. Mayo, 30 next month, has ended three of the last four seasons on injured reserve with major injuries. The Patriots are very likely to decline his $11.4 million option sometime within the next month and a half. He's expected to be healthy by training camp.
Jan 26 - 10:37 PM

ESPN Boston considers Brandon LaFell's Patriots future up in the air.

As do we. LaFell tumbled to No. 4 on the depth chart for Sunday's AFC Championship Game loss, drawing zero targets on 33 snaps. He was among the league's least-effective receivers after making his 2015 debut in Week 7, scoring zero touchdowns on 74 targets. The Pats have one of the league's thinnest receiver corps, but might simply decide they aren't interested in LaFell's age-30 campaign next season. They can save $2.675 million by cutting him loose.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jan 25 - 1:41 PM

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss believes Patriots ILB Jerod Mayo has likely played his final game with the team.

The Pats can clear $7 million in cap space by releasing their No. 4 linebacker. That number jumps to $8 million if he's designated as a post-June 1 cut. Mayo was placed on injured reserve after injuring his shoulder in the Divisional Round. He turns 30 in February. Mayo graded out negatively across the board in Pro Football Focus' ratings this season.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jan 25 - 1:31 PM


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