Player News - Patriots

Date: Team: Pos:

The Athletic's Jeff Howe reports the Patriots are nearing a reworked contract with Rob Gronkowski.

Contract discussions have been "positive," per Howe, and a new deal sounds imminent. Gronkowski has been angling for a restructured contract for years, and understandably so. Gronkowski would be a first-ballot Hall of Famer if his career ended today, yet Gronk is presently the NFL's fourth-highest paid tight end behind Jimmy Graham, Travis Kelce, and Jordan Reed.
May 23 - 10:52 PM

Patriots owner Robert Kraft expects Rob Gronkowski to attend minicamp.

The Patriots have been working to restructure Gronkowski's contract, but it can't be made official until Thursday. Gronkowski will likely be given incentives to raise his $8 million base salary. He should report to OTAs when the deal is reached.
May 23 - 4:17 PM

Julian Edelman (knee) was a limited participant during OTAs Tuesday.

Edelman did not participate during team drills, but he did do some individual work and fielded punts. Recovering from an August ACL tear, the Patriots will likely ease Edelman through the offseason program, but he should be ready to go at or near the beginning of training camp.
May 22 - 12:59 PM

NFL Network's James Palmer reports the Patriots and Rob Gronkowski are working on a contract restructure.

Gronk cannot officially do another restructure which includes incentives until May 24th, one year after his last restructure, which also happens to be the date of New England's third OTA workout. The fact that it has yet to happen suggests it will contain incentives like the ones Gronk used to boost his salary to $10.75 million last season. Gronkowski is currently owed $17 million in base salary over the final two years of his deal.
May 21 - 12:54 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Tom Brady will not participate during OTAs this week.

It is not a surprise as ESPN's Jeff Darlington reported Brady is expected to skip a large chunk of the offseason program to "spend more time with family and body coach Alex Guerrero," but that is unlikely to stop the speculation about his future. Brady also whipped up a storm by answering, "I plead the Fifth," when asked if he feels appreciated by the Patriots earlier this month. Despite the offseason storylines, Brady is fully expected to be ready when it matters.
May 21 - 8:40 AM

Patriots DE Adrian Clayborn injured his quad during workouts last week.

The injury could limit Clayborn's availability for "Phase 3" of OTAs, though the veteran defensive end should be back at full strength by the time training camp opens in July. Clayborn led the Falcons with a career-high 9.5 sacks last season with six of those takedowns coming in a Week 10 win over Dallas.
Source: ESPN.com
May 20 - 8:58 AM

Phillip Dorsett had his training camp workout bonus reduced from $450,000 to $150,000.

The bonus is due on the fifth day of training camp. By accepting a smaller bonus, Dorsett gives himself a better chance to stick on the Patriots' 53-man roster. Even if Dorsett makes the team out of camp, he'll face an uphill battle for playing time behind Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Jordan Matthews and Malcolm Mitchell at wide receiver.
Source: ESPN.com
May 19 - 9:56 AM

Patriots signed second round CB Duke Dawson to a four-year contract.

The No. 56 overall pick, Dawson has the inside track for the New England's slot corner role. He'll compete with Eric Rowe and Cyrus Jones in training camp.
May 16 - 5:02 PM

Patriots OL coach Dante Scarnecchia said the team will "take a look at" first-round rookie Isaiah Wynn at left tackle.

Wynn earned All-SEC honors at left tackle last season but played left guard at the Senior Bowl in January. He'd be a great fit at either position, though New England's biggest need is at left tackle after losing Nate Solder in free agency. "He's played left tackle in the best conference in America," said Scarnecchia. "We're going to take a look at it and see how it goes." Wynn will miss the early part of OTAs while recovering from shoulder surgery.
Source: NFL.com
May 11 - 2:15 PM

Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee) is expected to participate in the team's upcoming OTAs.

Mitchell showed flashes as a rookie in 2016 (32 catches, 401 yards, four touchdowns) but spent all of last year on injured reserve with a knee injury. Even if Mitchell stays healthy, he's unlikely to carry much fantasy weight with Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan occupying most of New England's targets.
May 11 - 1:16 PM

Patriots LG Joe Thuney will undergo foot surgery.

The surgery is reportedly minor and will not affect his availability for the regular season, but he will sit out the offseason program and could be limited in training camp. A third-round pick in 2016, Thuney has been a mainstay at left guard for New England since entering the league. With big questions at left tackle, the Patriots need Thuney to be healthy.
Source: ESPN
May 10 - 9:44 AM

Patriots signed seventh-round QB Danny Etling to a four-year contract.

Etling will have to make quite an impression this summer to convince the Patriots to keep a third quarterback behind Tom Brady and Brian Hoyer. The LSU product has a ton of work to do with his mechanics and (in)accuracy.
May 9 - 12:08 PM

The Boston Herald reports the Patriots are working on "tweaking" Rob Gronkowski's contract.

The Pats are apparently trying to "assuage" Gronk's reported grumbling with his deal, a displeasure that seemingly led to him considering retirement this offseason. Perhaps some easily-attainable bonuses will be in order.
May 7 - 2:39 PM

According to ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss, Mike Gillislee will be "fighting" for a roster spot this offseason.

Gillislee began last year as the Patriots' lead ball-carrier but faded quickly and was scarcely used down the stretch. He didn't log a single snap during New England's postseason run and now finds himself in danger of losing his roster spot. Dion Lewis left in free agency but the Patriots retooled their backfield by adding first-round pick Sony Michel as well as former 1,000-yard rusher Jeremy Hill. Michel, Rex Burkhead, pass-catcher James White and special teamer Brandon Bolden are all roster locks, leaving Gillislee and Hill to fight it out for the final running back spot. Even if Gillislee survives final cuts, he's unlikely to carry any fantasy significance.
Source: ESPN.com
May 6 - 9:55 AM

Patriots OT Trent Brown could start at left tackle this season.

Brown primarily played right tackle with the 49ers since Joe Staley was the team's regular left tackle. With Nate Solder gone in free agency, Brown will likely start on Tom Brady's blindside, leaving Marcus Cannon as the team's primary right tackle. Patriots first-round pick Isaiah Wynn played tackle in college but is expected to move to guard, competing with incumbent LG Joe Thuney.
May 4 - 10:28 AM


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