Player News - Patriots

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Rob Gronkowski has agreed to a restructured contract.

Underpaid at $5.25 million, Gronk has cut a deal full of incentive-laden raises. At the highest level, Gronk's salary will more than double to $10.75 million if he plays 90 percent of the Patriots' snaps, catches 80 passes, goes for 1,200 yards or makes the All-Pro team. It's a compromise that gives Gronk a shot at a much-larger payday, but only if he's able to stay on the field and produce. It's unique for Gronk because he does not have to give anything up in exchange for the incentives. It does not appear to alter the final two years of Gronk's contract, which are currently set to pay him $8 million and $9 million, respectively.
May 23 - 5:47 PM

Tom Brady's agent Don Yee denied that his client suffered a concussion last season.

"Tom was not diagnosed with a concussion last year," Yee insisted. "Many of the protocols and safeguards still are evolving, and it's obviously a good thing the organization and everyone close to him is vigilant and always looking out for his health." Brady's wife Gisele Bundchen stirred up controversy by claiming that Brady suffered an unreported concussion last year. We're not sure who to believe, but obviously unreported head injuries are a major concern and something the NFL must address.
May 19 - 1:16 PM

Patriots signed fourth-round DL Deatrich Wise.

Wise (6'5/274) was a productive DL on limited opportunities at Arkansas. At the Combine, he was explosive (10-foot-5 broad jump) and lengthy. The No. 131 overall pick is slated to work as a five-technique defensive end alongside one of the best run stopping defensive lines.
May 18 - 5:01 PM

Appearing on CBS This Morning on Wednesday, Tom Brady's wife, Gisele, said Brady suffered a concussion last season and "he does have concussions."

If so, this is the first we've heard of it. Brady was on the injury report several times with knee and thigh issues last season, starting around Week 12 after a Week 11 game in San Francisco. He's never missed a game due to a brain injury, and missed the only 15 games of his career to injury in 2008 when he tore his ACL. Expect Gisele's words to get plenty of media attention considering the slow news cycle this time of year, but ultimately we don't see anything coming of it as far as a punishment for the Patriots. Gisele sounded more like a concerned wife.
May 17 - 9:30 AM

Patriots signed C David Andrews to a three-year, $9 million extension through 2020.

A 2015 UDFA, Andrews has started 27 games over the past two years, including all 16 last season. He was headed for restricted free agency in 2018. Andrews has earned ordinary grades from Pro Football Focus, but the Pats clearly believe he's a projectable answer at the pivot. The Georgia product turns 25 in July.
May 11 - 10:25 PM

CSN New England's Tom Curran gets the sense the Patriots may have to eventually force Tom Brady's hand and make him retire or trade him.

Brady's deal runs through 2019 at cheap salaries of $1 million in 2017 and $14 million in 2018-19. While Brady continues to be the best player in the sport, the Patriots continue to sit on Jimmy Garoppolo, refusing to trade him as it seems they're preparing for him to eventually replace Brady. But as Curran puts it, "the quarterback position in New England will have to be pried from [Brady's] cold, dead hand." Brady has said he has zero plans to retire anytime soon, while his father said a couple years back that Brady would play until he's 70. That would put the ball in the Patriots' court. If it happens, it will surely be messy. Coach Bill Belichick may be the only one with the stones to do it.
May 9 - 10:03 PM

Patriots signed Arkansas LB Brooks Ellis.

Ellis (6’2/240) made 41 starts at Arkansas, amassing 22.5 TFLs, two forced fumbles and four interceptions. He graduated as the first ever two-time first team Academic All-American in Arkansas history. A good college player who draws pluses for smarts and reliability, Ellis’ athleticism is sub-NFL caliber with 4.79 speed. He played special teams in three of his four college seasons and could have a future there.
May 6 - 5:54 PM

Patriots signed sixth-round OT Conor McDermott to a four-year contract.

He's the Patriots' first draft pick to sign. A three-year starter at UCLA, McDermott will be a long-term project for New England.
May 5 - 4:19 PM

CSN New England's Mike Giardi reports CB Malcolm Butler "badly wanted" to be traded and play for the Saints.

"He wanted to be traded," Giardi said. "He knew what the money was in New Orleans. So when we talk about him, 'Oh he's happy. It's nice that he's joined his teammates again.' He had no other choice. He wanted New Orleans. He wanted them badly. They couldn't work out a deal. So what's he supposed to do now? Sit at home? No, you suck it up. You have to turn yourself back into a Patriot at least for a year." Butler reported for voluntary workouts this week, showing he likely won't be a holdout case come training camp. He'll want to put together another great season to get paid the big money he's been seeking the past two years.
May 5 - 11:04 AM

Patriots CB Malcolm Butler reported to voluntary workouts this week.

He had been skipping the informal sessions prior to the draft as the Patriots mulled a trade, but it never materialized with the Saints, and Butler is said to be "all in" for 2017 in New England. Butler has nothing to gain by being salty. He's playing on a one-year deal and is hoping to hit it big in free agency next March. Butler and Stephon Gilmore will be one of the top corner duos.
May 3 - 11:20 AM

Patriots claimed WR Devin Street off waivers from the Colts.

The ex-Cowboy has spent the past year bouncing around offseason/practice squads. He won't make the Patriots' 53-man roster.
May 2 - 5:09 PM

Patriots signed Richmond S David Jones.

Jones (6’1/205) led the FCS in interceptions (9) as a junior only to miss eight games with a fractured forearm as a senior. He still finished his career with 14 picks and rehabbed his stock at the Spiders’ Pro Day, blazing 4.43 with an explosive 10-foot-9 broad jump. Highly rated by NFL scouts before his injury-ruined final season, Jones is a ballhawk with NFL-level athleticism and then some. He’s a sleeper to become a Tashaun Gipson-style takeaway specialist at free safety.
Apr 30 - 10:02 AM

Patriots signed Wyoming TE Jacob Hollister.

Hollister (6’4/239) posted a career receiving line of 75-1,114-12 (14.9 YPR) in three years at Wyoming after transferring from Nevada, earning first-team All-Mountain West as a senior. Hollister was a vertical threat in the Cowboys’ offense, drawing almost 30% of his targets on passes thrown 20 or more yards in the air. Not invited to the Combine, Hollister posted strong marks in the forty (4.64), vertical (36 ½"), and broad (10’1") jump at Wyoming’s Pro Day. Hollister has almost no functionality as a blocker, but he offers mismatch potential in the passing game. The Patriots also signed Hollister's twin brother Cody, a wide receiver out of Arkansas.
Apr 30 - 8:27 AM

Patriots signed Northwestern WR Austin Carr.

Carr (6’0/202) struggled for playing time at Northwestern before breaking out as a fifth-year senior, amassing an 84-1,196-12 (14.2 YPR) receiving line en route to Big Ten Receiver of the Year and third-team All-America honors. PFF College called Carr the best slot receiver in the nation in 2016, yet he was snubbed for a Combine invite. While it is concerning that Carr runs 4.62 and didn’t do much of anything until age 23 – when every defensive back he faced was younger than him – Carr has many traits that translate to slot success in the pros, including an impressive 6.70 three-cone time. From a profile standpoint, he reminds of ex-Colts WR Austin Collie.
Apr 29 - 8:38 PM

Patriots signed BYU LB Harvey Langi.

Langi (6’2/251) was one of college football’s most versatile players, seeing time at tailback, multiple linebacker positions, and defensive end. Across 12 senior-year starts, Langi posted five tackles for loss and two sacks, in addition to two rushing scores. Langi tested as a passable 48th-percentile athlete before the draft, running 4.66 at the Cougars’ Pro Day. As Langi bounced from Utah to BYU and went on a Mormon mission, he will turn 25 in September and is several years older than a typical rookie. Still, Langi profiles as a core special teamer and is versatile enough to contribute in multiple ways on defense.
Apr 29 - 8:16 PM


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