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Aaron Hernandez Planned Suicide 'For Weeks'

Apr 21, 2017 9:24 AM

Aaron Hernandez planned his suicide for quite some time, according to a report by the Daily Mail.

The former New England Patriots tight end planned the act "for weeks." The report indicates that Hernandez had given "most of his personal belongings to fellow inmates and covered the floor of his cell in soap," which would prevent him from saving himself if he decided to got against his plans.

The report also says three notes were left in his cell. It had been reported that no letters were left behind.

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Aaron Hernandez's Brain Donated For CTE Study

Apr 20, 2017 6:37 PM

The death of Aaron Hernandez has been officially ruled a suicide. Authorities say investigators found three handwritten notes next to a Bible inside the maximum-security prison cell where Hernandez was found hanging early Wednesday. There were also no signs of a struggle and he blocked access to his cell from the inside by jamming cardboard into the door tracks.

Authorities say Hernandez's brain is being turned over to university researchers now that they've ruled his death in prison a suicide.

Officials say the brain will be released to Boston University's Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center in accordance with the wishes of Hernandez's family.

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Patriots To Host Chiefs For NFL's Opening Game Of 2017

Apr 20, 2017 3:59 PM

The New England Patriots will host the Kansas City Chiefs for the first regular season game of the 2017 season.

The Patriots and Chiefs were each playoff teams last season with New England winning the Super Bowl.

The New York Giants will also play at the Dallas Cowboys during the opening week of the season, while the Green Bay Packers will host the Seattle Seahawks.

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8 NFL Owners Contributed 6.7 Percent Of Money For Trump's Inauguration

Apr 19, 2017 12:00 PM

Eight NFL owners contributed to the inauguration of Donald Trump.

According to the FEC filing, NFL owners’ $7.25 million in contributions represented nearly one of every $15 donated to Trump’s inaugural committee.

Robert Kraft (Patriots), Jerry Jones (Cowboys), Woody Johnson (Jets), Bob McNair (Texans), Shahid Khan (Jaguars), Stan Kroenke (Rams) and Dan Snyder (Washington) each contributed $1 million. Ed Glazer (Buccaneers) contributed $250,000.

The $7.25 million donated to the inauguration by NFL franchise owners represented about 6.7 percent of all money contributed to the inaugural committee.

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Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins

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Tom Brady Skips Patriots' White House Visit

Apr 19, 2017 11:30 AM

Tom Brady decided not to attend the New England Patriots' visit to the White House.

Brady's mom, Galynn, is currently in Boston. Galynn is battling an undisclosed illness.

"I am so happy and excited that our team is being honored at the White House today," wrote Brady in a statement. "Our team has accomplished something very special that we are all proud of and will be for years to come. Thank you to the President for hosting this honorary celebration and for supporting our team for as long as I can remember. In light of some recent developments, I am unable to attend today's ceremony, as I am attending to some personal family matters. Hopefully, if we accomplish the goal of winning a championship in the future years, we will back on the South Lawn again soon. Have a great day!"

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Patriots Sign James White To Extension

Apr 19, 2017 9:38 AM

The New England Patriots have signed James White to a three-year contract extension.

White finished first in receiving touchdowns (five) and third in receptions (60) and receiving yards (551) among NFL running backs this past season.

Prior to the agreement, White was set to become a free agent in 2018.

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Mike Gillislee Signs Two-Year Offer Sheet With Patriots

Apr 19, 2017 9:28 AM

The New England Patriots have signed Mike Gillislee to a two-year offer sheet worth $6.4 million, according to sources.

The Buffalo Bills have five days to decide whether to match the offer sheet.

Gillislee would make $4 million in the first season.

The Bills placed an original-round tender on Gillislee worth $1.797 million, meaning the Patriots would send a fifth-round pick to the Bills if Buffalo declines to match.

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Aaron Hernandez Found Dead In Prison Cell

Apr 19, 2017 8:40 AM

Aaron Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction and was acquitted of a double murder just two days ago, died after hanging himself in his prison cell early Wednesday.

Hernandez, 27, was found by guards in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley in the early morning hours.

The former New England Patriots tight end was pronounced dead at UMass Memorial-HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster.

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Malcolm Butler Signs Tender With Patriots

Apr 18, 2017 4:53 PM

Malcolm Butler has signed his tender with the New England Patriots.

Butler previously met with the New Orleans Saints but never signed an offer sheet.

The tender was at the first round level and carries a salary of $3.91 million for 2017.

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Patriots May Move On From LeGarrette Blount If He Doesn't Sign Soon

Apr 17, 2017 8:32 AM

If LeGarrette Blount doesn't sign the contract the New England Patriots offered him soon, the team may close the door on the running back returning next season.

Blount scored 18 touchdowns last season, but the Patriots have a history of setting a player's value and not budging in negotiations.

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Chiefs-Patriots Expected To Open 2017 Season
The 2017 regular season schedule is set to be announced this week and it is expected that the Chiefs and Patriots will open the season.

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Jury Acquits Aaron Hernandez In Double-Murder Trial
Aaron Hernandez, who is already serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder, was acquitted Friday in a 2012 double slaying prosecutors said was fueled by his anger over a spilled drink.

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Robert Kraft Declined Adelson's Offer Of Killing Raiders' Vegas Move
Robert Kraft and Sheldon Adelson have been friends for decades and are members of the same synagogue.

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Mike Gillislee Visits With Patriots
The Bills placed a fifth-round tender on the running back earlier this offseason.

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Patriots Need To Find Space For Fifth Super Bowl Banner
The Patriots will display their fifth Super Bowl championship banner at Gillette Stadium this year, but they don't have space for it.

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LeGarrette Blount On Free Agency: 'Give Me Some Money'
LeGarrette Blount is still a free agent despite a highly productive season with the Patriots last season.

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Adrian Peterson Leaves Visit With Patriots Without Contract
Adrian Peterson met with the Patriots on Monday, but left without a deal in hand.

Peter Schrager/Good Morning Football

Adrian Peterson To Meet With Patriots
LeGarrette Blount remains a free agent this offseason, which has created a possible opening for Adrian Peterson.

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Mike McCarthy: Aaron Rodgers Can Play As Long As Tom Brady
After Robert Kraft said earlier this week that Tom Brady would like to play six or seven more years, Mike McCarthy made the case for Aaron Rodgers to enjoy similar longevity.

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Seahawks Willing To Listen On Richard Sherman Trade Offers
The Patriots were among the teams who contacted the Seahawks on Richard Sherman.

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Roger Goodell Says He'll Attend Season Opener In New England
It has become tradition that the first game of the season is hosted by the defending Super Bowl champion, which means the 2017 opener will be at Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts.

Curtis Crabtree/Pro Football Talk

Tom Brady Considering Playing Until He's 46
Tom Brady turns 40 on Aug. 3, and the question of how much longer he'll play has been widely discussed and analyzed.

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Patriots, Saints Haven't Discussed Malcolm Butler Trade
The Patriots won't negotiate until Malcolm Butler signs his restricted free agency tender.

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Tom Brady's Super Bowl Jersey Found In Possession Of Media Member
The jerseys were found in Mexico and currently are being authenticated by authorities, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said.

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Sean Payton Explains Why Saints Interested In Malcolm Butler
Malcolm Butler visited the Saints on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Patriots Believed To Genuinely Want To Keep Jimmy Garoppolo
Some think that the Patriots could even use the franchise tag on Jimmy Garoppolo in 2018 and not as a precursor to a trade.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Brandin Cooks Says He Didn't Ask To Be Traded
In his first meeting with the media as a member of the Patriots, Brandin Cooks said that he didn't ask the Saints to trade him.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Patriots Agree Upon Four-Year, $43.5M Deal With Dont'a Hightower
Dont'a Hightower will receive $19 million in guaranteed money.

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Malcolm Butler Wants To Leave Patriots
Malcolm Butler is "extremely frustrated" by the Patriots refusal to sign him to a long-term deal.

Mike Giardi/CSN New England

Patriots Acquire Brandin Cooks From Saints
The Patriots will trade the 32nd and 103rd overall picks to the Saints for Brandin Cooks and their 118th overall pick.

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