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Patriots Not Expected To Trade Jimmy Garoppolo

Mar 1, 2017 8:52 AM

The New England Patriots are not expected to trade Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason.

With Tom Brady expected to play several more seasons, it was widely expected the Patriots would at least entertain trade offers for Garoppolo.

Garoppolo emerged as one of the league's more promising unproven quarterbacks when he started several weeks in place of Brady.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: New England Patriots, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Patriots Inform Dont'a Hightower That He Won't Receive Tag

Mar 1, 2017 8:03 AM

The New England Patriots have informed Dont'a Hightower that they won't use their franchise tag on him, according to a source.

Hightower will test free agency, but the Patriots still want to retain the linebacker.

A 2012 first-round draft choice from Alabama, Hightower was named a captain for the first time in 2016. He finished the season with 65 tackles, 2.5 sacks and eight quarterback hits.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: New England Patriots, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Rob Gronkowski: 'No Doubt' He'll Be Ready After Third Back Surgery

Feb 24, 2017 2:56 PM

Rob Gronkowski, who underwent season-ending back surgery in December, says there is "no doubt" will be ready for the start of the 2017 season.

Gronkowski has had eight surgeries as a professional by age 27.

"I'm not really sure," the New England Patriots tight end said when asked of how long he plans to play. "I still love playing the game, and as of right now, I want to play as long as I can possibly play. My mindset is to keep on going."


Tags: New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

Bill Belichick Could Be Called To Testify In Aaron Hernandez Trial

Feb 23, 2017 7:27 AM

Bill Belichick has been added to a list of people who could be called to testify at the double murder trial of Aaron Hernandez.

His name appeared on a list of possible witnesses filed Tuesday by Hernandez's defense.

Josh McDaniels has also been named as a possible witness.

Hernandez is charged with the drive-by slayings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in Boston in 2012. Prosecutors say Hernandez shot them after one spilled a drink on him at a club. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty.

Associated Press

Tags: New England Patriots, Injury, Misc Rumor

Tom Brady's Stolen Jersey Valued At $500,000

Feb 22, 2017 8:13 AM

Tom Brady's missing Super Bowl LI game jersey is valued at $500,000 according to a Houston police report.

The New England Patriots quarterback couldn't find his jersey in the locker room after a 34-28 overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons at Houston's NRG Stadium.

Police are classifying the theft as a first-degree felony.


Tags: New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

Report: Patriots Not Expected To Trade Jimmy Garoppolo This Offseason

Feb 16, 2017 1:59 PM

While Jimmy Garoppolo is the subject of trade rumors this offseason after his impressive performance during the suspension of Tom Brady, he could remain with the New England Patriots.

Even with Brady turning 40 this offseason, he plans to play several more seasons.

According to Ed Werder, people inside the Patriots are not expecting to trade Garoppolo. 

Ed Werder/ESPN

Tags: New England Patriots, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Tom Brady, Patriots Hold 'Very Early' Talks On Extension

Feb 16, 2017 1:15 PM

The New England Patriots and Tom Brady have already had "very early" talks on a new contract.

Brady's current contract runs through the 2019 season when he'll be 42 years old.

Brady has a cap hit of $14 million in 2017 and cap hits of $22 million in 2018 and 2019.

Jeff Howe/Boston Herald

Tags: New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

Book, Movie Will Chronicle Tom Brady's Career

Feb 16, 2017 8:50 AM

According to a Deadline report, both a book and movie will focus on Tom Brady's career and his run to a fifth Super Bowl victory and will also chronicle Deflategate and its aftermath.

The project will pair writers Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, who were nominated for an Oscar for "The Fighter," author Casey Sherman and Boston journalist Dave Wedge.

The pair were co-authors of "Boston Strong," which was used as the basis for "Patriots Day," for which Tamasy and Johnson were executive producers.


Tags: New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

Tom Brady Doesn't Consider Super Bowl LI One Of His Greatest Games

Feb 13, 2017 11:17 AM

Tom Brady doesn't consider his performance in Super Bowl LI one of the best games of his career. Brady successfully led the New England Patriots back from a 28-3 deficit, but their first half struggles cloud how he considers the game.

“I don’t really think that is necessarily the case,” Brady said. “I think it was one of the greatest games I have ever played in, but when I think of an interception return for a touchdown, some other missed opportunities in the first 37, 38 minutes of the game, I don’t really consider playing a good quarter-and-a-half plus overtime as one of the ‘best games ever.’ But it was certainly one of the most thrilling for me, just because so much was on the line, and it ended up being an incredible game. There are so many things that played into that game—a high-scoring offense, a top-ranked defense, the long Super Bowl, four-and-a-half-hour game, the way that the game unfolded in the first half versus what happened in the second half … so it was just a great game.”

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Tags: New England Patriots

Josh McCown: Jimmy Garoppolo Has Potential To 'Carry A Franchise'

Feb 13, 2017 9:43 AM

Josh McCown is no longer a member of the Cleveland Browns, but he still has an opinion about who will be their starting quarterback next season.

McCown believes that Jimmy Garoppolo, who has been linked to Cleveland in trade rumors, would be a nice fit.

"I've seen him on tape because we had a common opponent in Miami," McCown said. "He made some high-level throws and did some things that would get you excited about his ability to maybe carry a franchise. That's definitely on the tape."

McCown went further, offering some comparisons for the young New England Patriots quarterback.

"I saw some things in Derek Carr early on in the 2014 draft that reminded me of Aaron Rodgers and I thought 'this guy is going to be pretty good,'" McCown said. "I see the same things when I watch Jimmy: quick release, strong arm, athletic. I'm not saying he's Aaron Rodgers, but he's got some traits in the same mold, and he's got tremendous upside."

Marc Sessler/NFL

Tags: Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

Patriots File For 'Blitz For Six' Trademark
The Patriots, preparing for yet another Super Bowl run, have filed to trademark the phrase "Blitz for Six."

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Patriots Have More Than 10 Percent Of Roster Skipping White House
More than 10 percent of the Patriots' roster will skip their trip to the White House to meet Donald Trump.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tom Brady Says Mom's Health Prognosis Is 'Good'
Tom Brady is encouraged with how his mother has responded to treatments for an undisclosed health issue.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Super Bowl LI Sets Betting Records In Nevada
More money was bet on Super Bowl LI at Nevada sportsbooks than any other Super Bowl in history.

David Purdum/ESPN

Patriots Named Early Favorites To Win Super Bowl LII
The Patriots and Cowboys are the only teams with single-digit odds to win next year's Super Bowl.

David Purdum/ESPN

Dan Quinn Believes Falcons 'Ran Out Of Gas'
The Patriots overcame a 25-point deficit to win 34-28 in overtime.

Jeffri Chadiha/NFL

Kraft: Patriots' Fifth Super Bowl Win 'Unequivocally The Sweetest'
The Patriots have won five Super Bowls in the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era and Robert Kraft says Sunday night's overtime win was the most important.


Tom Brady's Game Jersey Goes Missing After Super Bowl
Tom Brady couldn't find his game jersey in the locker room after the Patriots completed an epic comeback over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Patriots Win Super Bowl LI Erasing 25-Point Deficit
Tom Brady, who was named MVP, went 43-for-62 for 466 yards and two touchdowns.

RealGM Staff Report

Patriots Expect Tom Brady To Play 3-5 More Seasons
The Patriots hope to sign Tom Brady to an extension this offseason.

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Marshall Faulk Maintains The Patriots Filmed The Rams' Practice
Marshall Faulk still believes that the Patriots filmed the Rams' final practice before the Super Bowl in 2002 despite no evidence that anything illegal ever took place.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Patriots Have Two Receivers Playing Julio Jones Role On Scout Team
The Patriots have placed such a high priority on stopping Julio Jones in the Super Bowl that they have two receivers playing his role on the scout team.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Bears Make Acquiring Jimmy Garoppolo Top Offseason Priority
Jimmy Garoppolo is a native of Illinois and the Bears would like to move on from Jay Cutler.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

Donald Trump: Roger Goodell Is A Dope, He's A Stupid Guy
Donald Trump has frequently publicized his friendship with Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.

Mark Leibovich/New York Times

Jimmy Garoppolo On Browns: 'We'll See When I Get There'
When asked whether he would welcome a trade to the Browns, Jimmy Garoppolo made an odd choice with his words.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Browns Have Real Interest In Trading For Jimmy Garoppolo
The Browns have real interest in acquiring Jimmy Garoppolo from the Patriots this offseason, according to a report.

Mary Kay Cabot/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tom Brady Says His Family Has Had 'Challenging Year'
Tom Brady revealed that "it's been a challenging year for my family, just for some personal reasons" after being asked why he was so emotional during Super Bowl LI Opening Night on Monday.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

NFL Continues To Sanitize Super Bowl Transcripts
Reporters asked members of the Patriots and the Falcons a number of questions about Donald Trump and Roger Goodell during Monday's media availability.

Benjamin Hoffman, Ken Belson/New York Times

Reporter Accidentally Takes Kyle Shanahan's Playbook
After Kyle Shanahan's Super Bowl media night session on Monday, the Falcons offensive coordinator had his backpack accidentally taken by a reporter.

Dan Graziano/ESPN

Dimitroff Has Implemented Some 'Patriot Way' Elements With Falcons
Thomas Dimitroff was the Patriots' director of college scouting (2003-2007).

Vaughn McClure/ESPN