Player News - Patriots

Date: Team: Pos:

Patriots signed franchise player K Stephen Gostkowski to a one-year, $4.59 million contract.

One of the league's best kickers, Gostkowski converted 35-of-37 field-goal attempts in 2014. By signing his tender, teams can no longer make offers for him. The Patriots have until July 15 to sign Gostkowski to a long-term deal. If not, he will be paid a fully guaranteed $4.59 million base salary.
Mar 6 - 6:21 PM

NBC Washington reports free agent S Devin McCourty is "high" on the Eagles' wish list, and will also be pursued by the Giants.

The Eagles have spent the week clearing cap space, and have a hole at free safety with Nate Allen expected to walk in free agency. The Eagles and G-Men won't be McCourty's only pursuers, as he's far and away this year's top-available safety. Most signs point to the Patriots getting outbid for his services.
Mar 5 - 4:58 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter believes the Jets will attempt to pay Darrelle Revis "anything he wants" if/when he becomes a free agent.

Schefter believes the Revis sweepstakes will come down to the Jets and Patriots. The Jets made the difficult, but likely correct, decision to trade Revis two years ago, but meddlesome owner Woody Johnson has apparently felt regret. The New York media has spent the better part of two years beating the drum for Revis' return. Johnson seems to feel the pressure. Whatever the motivations, Revis would fill a huge need for Gang Green, and be playing for a coach in Todd Bowles who maximizes talent and scheme much the same way Rex Ryan does.
Mar 5 - 2:25 PM

Patriots DT Dominique Easley hopes to be ready for OTAs in April after avoiding knee surgery.

Easley's IDP stock got a boost with Thursday's announcement New England won't be picking up Vince Wilfork's 2015 option. Easley is more of an interior pass rusher than Wilfork, however, and was drafted to harass quarterbacks as a three technique. Though talented, Easley carries legitimate health risks after spending most of the last two seasons rehabbing knee injuries.
Mar 5 - 10:44 AM

Free agent RB Shane Vereen is now reportedly seeking $3.5M per season.

Just a few weeks ago, Vereen was laughably looking for $5M per season. This $3.5M number is far more palatable for a quality passing back, but the Patriots "have shown no willingness to touch that," according to the Boston Herald. So it sounds like Vereen will be playing elsewhere in 2015. He'll draw plenty of interest at his revised asking price.
Mar 5 - 9:40 AM

Patriots signed LS Tyler Ott.

With Danny Aiken a free agent, Ott could be the Pats' long snapper this season.
Mar 4 - 5:37 PM

According to the New York Daily News, Jets owner Woody Johnson has had discussions with GM Mike Maccagnan about signing Patriots CB Darrelle Revis.

As integral as Revis was to the Patriots' championship run last season, there's no way they can keep him at his current salary. New England would absorb a monstrous $25 million cap hit by picking up his option, making it a near certainty that Revis will hit the market. The Jets have a serious need at corner and are $51 million under the cap, so this is more than just smoke and mirrors. Revis went to four Pro Bowls during his six-year stay in the Meadowlands from 2007 to 2012.
Mar 3 - 8:45 AM

The Patriots did not assign the franchise tag to free agent FS Devin McCourty.

If the sides can't strike a long-term deal before March 10, McCourty will head to the open market. He's far and away free agency's top safety and should land annual pay in the $8-10 million range. The $9.6 million franchise tag for safeties was more than New England was willing to pay. This is considered a weak draft class for safeties, putting McCourty in even higher demand.
Source: ESPN Boston
Mar 2 - 3:47 PM

Patriots assigned the franchise tag to K Stephen Gostkowski.

The move means FS Devin McCourty will be headed to the open market. Tagging Gostkowski costs a relatively steep $4.5 million (120 percent of his 2014 cap charge), but ensures the Pats will keep a kicker who has converted field goals at an 86.8 percent rate since 2006. Gostkowski was 35-of-37 on field-goal attempts in 2014, and is one of the league's very best, if not best, kickers.
Mar 2 - 2:49 PM

ESPN Boston says the Patriots are more likely to use the franchise tag on K Stephen Gostkowski than S Devin McCourty.

Tagging Gostkowski would cost the Patriots roughly $4.5M while McCourty would be closer to $9.5M. Gostkowski has been one of the league's best kickers ever since the Patriots scooped him in the fourth round of the 2006 draft, converting 243-of-280 (86.8 percent) field-goal attempts.
Source: ESPN Boston
Mar 2 - 11:18 AM

ESPN Boston expects free agent Stevan Ridley (knee) to settle for a one-year, "prove-it" deal.

Coming off ACL surgery, Ridley will attempt to reestablish his value before getting another chance at free agency in 2016. He's been one of the better power backs in the league when healthy, and has potential to be a high-reward signing for a team that's willing to bet on his recovery. Ridley should command an incentives-based deal in the range of $1.25 million.
Source: ESPN Boston
Feb 28 - 2:32 PM

CSN New England's Tom Curran believes re-signing free agent G Dan Connolly is a priority for the Patriots.

Connolly was a liability last season, but he is a veteran leader that could be useful in a backup role. Entering his age-33 season and with a long injury history, Connolly could also opt to retire. One of Connolly's main calling cards is his ability to play multiple positions on the interior line.
Feb 28 - 2:01 PM

Free agent RB Shane Vereen denied a report that he's seeking $5 million annually.

Rotoworld's No. 7 available running back, Vereen was never a realistic candidate to get $5 million on the open market. He should draw interest from multiple teams, but isn't going to break the bank. Vereen will likely settle for a deal in the range of three years and $10.5 million.
Feb 27 - 7:26 PM

Patriots WR Aaron Dobson is participating in a rigorous offseason training program in Arizona.

Dobson showed potential as a rookie in 2013, hauling in 519 yards and four touchdowns. Injuries made him a non-factor last season (five targets in four games). A former second-round pick, Dobson is still only 23 years old, but is likely entering a make-or-break offseason with New England.
Feb 27 - 11:53 AM

Free agent FS Devin McCourty would be okay with the Patriots' franchise tag.

It appears that's where this is heading with McCourty, who would stand to make around $9 million in 2015 on the franchise tag. Not a bad deal. McCourty would be one of the highest-paid safeties in the league and get another crack at free agency next offseason as a 28-year-old should he and the Patriots not hammer out a long-term deal. He's not going to reach the open market in two weeks.
Feb 25 - 1:26 PM


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