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According to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, the Patriots and Saints continue to haggle over compensation in a potential Malcolm Butler trade.

The Saints hold the Nos. 11 and 32 picks in the first round, with the second first-rounder via the Patriots in the Brandin Cooks trade. New Orleans is desperate for defensive back help and would love to have Butler, but this draft is considered strong for cornerbacks, and the Saints may simply opt to use the picks on younger cover men rather than buckling at the Patriots' demands.
Apr 21 - 11:42 AM

The Super Bowl champion Patriots will host the Chiefs in the 2017 season's opening game on Thursday Sept. 7.

It's a matchup of two great teams, but lacks the punch of last year's Super Bowl rematch between the Broncos and Panthers. Speaking of Super Bowl rematches, the Patriots will host the Falcons in Week 7. That game will be played on Sunday Night Football. It's 141 days until we kick off the season with Alex Smith in primetime.
Apr 20 - 8:02 PM

Browns EVP Sashi Brown said the team is not "planning" to trade for a quarterback.

Linked with Jimmy Garoppolo and AJ McCarron at various points this offseason, it now looks like the Browns are content to see what happens in the draft, but Brown did leave the door open for a trade. "Could we in theory? Yes," Brown said. "But are we planning on it or is that the plan? No." Despite those comments, a trade up from No. 12 to land UNC QB Mitchell Trubisky seems more likely.
Apr 20 - 9:42 AM

Patriots signed RB James White to a three-year extension through 2020.

The news comes the same day the Patriots signed Bills RFA Mike Gillislee to a two-year offer sheet. With Rex Burkhead and Dion Lewis already in tow, the Pats are planning on a seriously crowded running back room. Of course, White has been treated more as a pass catcher than runner the past two seasons, notching 39 more receptions than carries (100-61). White caught a ridiculous 14 balls in the Pats' Super Bowl comeback. Seemingly moving on from LeGarrette Blount, the Pats want an efficient, versatile backfield where backs can create mismatches in the passing game. White's fantasy value should remain borderline in 2017.
Apr 18 - 7:00 PM

CSN New England reports Malcolm Butler has "no intention" of participating in the Patriots' voluntary workouts.

Butler signed his RFA tender on Tuesday, but is still waiting on a potential trade. Reports have had talks as remaining open. The saga should be settled by the end of the draft.
Apr 18 - 6:02 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio didn't slam the door on a possible trade of Jimmy Garoppolo.

"Anything that we do, we're always going to do what we think is in the best interest of our football team, and that's how we approach it," Caserio said amongst an avalanche of completely useless Patsspeak. It's never made sense for the Pats to categorically close the door on a trade since keeping Garoppolo beyond 2017 would likely require the franchise tag. With draft week nearly here, we should soon know Garoppolo's 2017 status once and for all.
Apr 18 - 5:36 PM

Patriots re-signed CB Malcolm Butler to a one-year, $3.91 million contract.

Per ESPN's Field Yates, a trade is "still on the table." Butler has been in a stare-down with the Pats, who have been in a stare-down with the Saints. Signing his tender now is more of a formality, as the deadline is Friday. Next Thursday, Day 1 of the draft, should function as a soft deadline in trade talks. Butler was one of the league's best corners last season.
Apr 18 - 4:46 PM

ESPN's Field Yates reports Patriots WR Danny Amendola has agreed to a pay cut.

Scheduled to make $6 million, this was the 31-year-old receiver's only avenue for remaining in New England. The extent of the cut is unclear, but it should be sizable, likely with the opportunity to earn money back through bonuses/incentives. A redundant talent to Julian Edelman, injury-prone Amendola caught 23 passes in 12 games last season.
Apr 18 - 1:54 PM

April 21 is the deadline for teams to sign restricted free agents to an offer sheet.

Malcolm Butler is the biggest name among the RFAs who have yet to sign their tenders. With the corner unlikely to draw an offer sheet from the Saints or anyone else, his best option appears to be signing the tender with the hope the Patriots work out a trade prior to the draft. Butler's first-round tender is worth $3.91 million.
Source: ESPN
Apr 11 - 9:01 AM

Patriots re-signed OT Cameron Fleming to a one-year, $1.797 million contract.

Tendered at the lowest level, Fleming didn't receive any outside interest as a restricted free agent. He's been a valuable reserve for the Pats the past three seasons.
Apr 10 - 5:14 PM

MMQB's Albert Breer believes it's "more likely" restricted free agent Malcolm Butler plays for the Saints this season than the Patriots.

The Saints aren't going to sign Butler to an offer sheet and willingly part with their early first-round pick, but Breer ultimately expects Butler to sign his tender with the Patriots, which will then put in motion a potential trade in the week leading up to the draft. If Butler ends up with New Orleans, it's possible the Patriots then turn their attention to acquiring disgruntled Richard Sherman.
Apr 10 - 9:45 AM

The Boston Globe believes Brandon Bolden isn’t a lock for the final roster.

Bolden’s one-year deal has just $50K in guaranteed money. With the addition of Rex Burkhead, his special teams value might not be enough for a spot in a deep backfield. The Patriots also haven’t ruled out bringing back LeGarrette Blount.
Apr 8 - 8:06 PM

CSN New England's Michael Giardi reports Malcolm Butler's head is in the "right place."

Giardi adds that will remain the case even if Butler is forced to stay in New England on a one-year tender, and the corner is interested in "proving" his worth. Considering the contract he could land as an unrestricted free agent after this season, it makes sense for Butler to give his all regardless of his relationship with the front office, but he reportedly remains upset with the deal the Patriots gave Stephon Gilmore in March. If he controlled the situation, it is likely Butler would choose to leave New England, but that will not be an option until next spring unless the Saints can work out a trade.
Apr 6 - 11:12 AM

Patriots re-signed RB Brandon Bolden.

Bolden didn't draw any interest on the open market. He'll return as a core special teamer. With four running backs under contract, Bolden isn't a final roster lock.
Apr 5 - 5:20 PM

Rob Gronkowski (back) said he'll be "ready to roll" when the Patriots' offseason workout program begins.

"I'm feeling great," Gronkowski said Sunday. "I'm good to go. I'll be ready to roll when the offseason program starts." Gronkowski is four months into his rehab from his third known back surgery. Expect the Patriots to take it easy on their star playmaker, but by all accounts, Gronkowski is expected to be ready to play come Week 1. Gronkowski turns 28 later this spring.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 3 - 10:04 AM


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