Player News - Patriots

Date: Team: Pos:

The Boston Herald's Karen Guregian reports Rob Gronkowski (back) was a "full-go" during OTAs.

Guregian notes Gronk was allowed to do everything despite it raining, suggesting the Patriots are very comfortable with his recovery. That is not a surprise considering the team allowed him to participate in a WWE event earlier this offseason and recently restructured his deal. Injuries will always be a concern, but Gronkowski remains the top overall fantasy tight end.
May 27 - 9:48 AM

Patriots CB Malcolm Butler called teammate Stephon Gilmore "very underrated" and "one of the best guys in the league."

"We got another good player on this team," Butler said. "Anything to help the team win, I'm down with." Butler wasn't on board with the Gilmore signing at the time and even tried to facilitate his own trade to New Orleans, but those plans never panned out. He's saying the right things but ultimately we'd expect Butler to jump ship as a free agent next offseason.
May 26 - 2:07 PM

Rob Gronkowski (back) has been cleared to be on the field at practice.

Gronk's recovery has been progressing well, and he was on the field with the Patriots for the first time today. Gronk might be limited throughout the offseason program, but this is good news as he gets "ready to roll" into the rest of the preseason. Gronk's injury history is well documented, but the Patriots have shown confidence in him by restructuring his contract this week. Gronkowski should be fully ready for the Patriots' opener.
May 25 - 11:46 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter believes the Patriots will keep Jimmy Garoppolo beyond 2017.

Schefter was adamant all offseason the Pats would not trade Garoppolo, and he was proven right (as usual). "They were never trading Garoppolo, period," Schefter reiterated. "My sense is ... they are going to figure out a way one way or another to keep him there." Garoppolo's contract expires after 2017, so the Pats would have to sign him to an extension or tag him next offseason. "I think the Patriots recognize they have what they believe is a commodity and a successor in the wings and they have developed him, put a lot of time in him," Schefter stated. "They don’t want to lose him. I don’t know how they work it out, but somehow some way something tells me they will find a way to get it done."
May 25 - 10:57 AM

Patriots signed WR Andrew Hawkins to a one-year contract.

Hawkins says he left money on the table in order to win a championship with the Patriots. Hawkins played a minor role with Cleveland over the last three years, and only finished with 33 catches in 2016. A slot man-only, the 31-year-old has his work cut out to make the Patriots' 53-man roster. Hawkins would likely have to outplay Danny Amendola in training camp to do so.
May 24 - 1:13 PM

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

Free agent WR Andrew Hawkins worked out for the Patriots.

It's his first known visit since his February release. 31-year-old Hawkins was a non-factor in Cleveland the last two years, managing just 97 total targets. He's not a lock to land with a team before training camp.
May 17 - 4:34 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


Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days


Video Center

  •  
    Jesse: MLB Power Rankings

    Jesse: MLB Power Rankings
  •  
    Short: Waiver Wire

    Short: Waiver Wire
  •  
    Short: Saves & Steals

    Short: Saves & Steals
  •  
    Jesse: MLB Power Rankings

    Jesse: MLB Power Rankings
  •  
    Boyer: Hot Hitters

    Boyer: Hot Hitters
  •  
    Short: Waiver Wire

    Short: Waiver Wire
  •  
    Short: Saves & Steals

    Short: Saves & Steals
  •  
    Jesse: MLB Power Rankings

    Jesse: MLB Power Rankings