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Patriots Have Internally 'Kicked The Tires' On Antonio Brown

Nov 21, 2019 3:48 PM

Former New England Patriots tight end Christian Fauria, who now works for WEEI, says the team has “kicked the tires” on Antonio Brown with internal discussions.

Brown apologized to the Patriots and Robert Kraft this week on social media.

“I didn’t put too much thought into it, but yeah, it’s his choice and good for him,” Tom Brady said Wednesday when asked about Brown’s apology.

Brady is believed to have disagreed with New England's decision to release Brown.

The Patriots are thin at wide receiver.

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Antonio Brown Apologizes To Patriots, Robert Kraft

Nov 19, 2019 4:14 PM

Antonio Brown has apologized to the New England Patriots and Robert Kraft.

“All I wanted to be was an asset to the organization; sorry for the bad media and the drama!” wrote Brown on Instagram.

Brown met with NFL officials last week to discuss sexual assault allegations against him.

The Patriots cut Brown shortly before Week 3.

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

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Mark Walton Charged With Battery Of Pregnant Woman, Released By Miami

Nov 19, 2019 12:05 PM

Mark Walton has been released by the Miami Dolphins after they were made aware of a police matter involving him.

Walton has been charged with aggravated battery of a pregnant woman. Walton is accused of pushing her into a wall and punching her several times in her face and head. The woman is five weeks pregnant and Walton is the father.

Walton was through two games of a four-game league suspension for violating the NFL conduct and substance abuse policy relating to his three offseason arrests between January and March. He was released by the Cincinnati Bengals after these incidents, and the Dolphins gave him another chance, signing him in May.

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Tags: Miami Dolphins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Suspension, Waiver

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Rob Gronkowski Plans To Stay Retired With 10 Days Until 2019 Deadline

Nov 19, 2019 11:05 AM

Rob Gronkowski said on Tuesday that he still has no plans to return to the NFL this season.

“I wouldn’t say ‘never coming back,'” Gronkowski said. “I’m 30 years old. I’m young. I still stay fit, still watch the game whenever I can, still enjoy it. I’m feeling good, but you know, one year off could possibly be the case. Or maybe two years off, man.

“It’s always an option in the back of my head. It’s not like I’m not staying in shape and not doing anything. I’m never stressed over it.”

If Gronkowski changes his mind, he must do so no later than the last business day before Week 13, which is approximately 10 days away.

It has been previously reported that a personal plea from Tom Brady could potentially sway Gronkowski back to football. Brady is on the record as being frustrated by the current state of New England's offense.

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Colin Kaepernick Works Out For Eight Teams, Asks NFL To 'Stop Running'

Nov 16, 2019 9:30 PM

Colin Kaepernick completed a 40-minute workout in front of representatives of eight NFL teams.

Kaepernick wants the NFL to "stop running" from him.

"I've been ready for three years,'' Kaepernick said. "I've been denied for three years. We all know why I came out here: showed it today in front of everybody. We have nothing to hide. So we're waiting for the 32 owners, 32 teams, Roger Goodell, all of them stop running. Stop running from the truth. Stop running from the people.

"We're out here. We're ready to play. We're ready to go anywhere. My agent, Jeff Nalley, is ready to talk any team. I'll interview with any team at any time. I've been ready."

Kaepernick moved his workout from the Atlanta Falcons' facility to Charles R. Drew High School. There were approximately 25 teams scheduled to watch Kaepernick at the original site.

Kaepernick's camp switched venues following a disagreement between the two sides on the quarterback's liability waiver as well as media availability, among other factors.

In a statement, the NFL said it was "disappointed that Colin did not appear for his workout.''

Nalley seemed skeptical about Kaepernick getting a chance to sign on a team anytime soon when asked if he expected Kaepernick to receive a legitimate opportunity.

"I hope so, but I don't know,'' Nalley said. "I'll be honest, I'm a little bit pessimistic because I've talked to all 32 teams. I've reached out to them recently and none of them have had any interest. I'll tell you this: No team asked for this workout. The league office asked for this workout.

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Antonio Brown Meets With NFL For Eight Hours

Nov 15, 2019 12:37 PM

Antonio Brown met with the NFL for approximately eight hours on Thursday to address sexual assault allegations against him.

Brown has denied the allegations.

The NFL had three representatives at the interview, which was led by Lisa Friel.

Brown is not expected to play again in 2019 barring a significant turn of events.

Brown was released by the Oakland Raiders on the eve of the season and by the New England Patriots after Week 2.

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Tags: Free Agent Rumor, Legal, Misc Rumor, Suspension

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Browns Release Antonio Callaway

Nov 14, 2019 4:25 PM

The Cleveland Browns have released Antonio Callaway.

Callaway was late to Sunday's game. Callaway was also suspended four games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Callaway dropped to the Browns in the fourth round of the 2018 draft after several off-field incidents that culminated in missing his final season at Florida due to a suspension. Callaway had 51 catches, 675 yards and five touchdowns for the Browns.

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NFL Gave Colin Kaepernick Two Hours To Accept Workout Offer

Nov 14, 2019 3:16 PM

Before the NFL reached out to Colin Kaepernick about a potential workout, they notified a select group of reporters suggesting they should be available on the following Tuesday for a worthwhile news development. 

When the day arrived, the NFL reached out to Kaepernick's representatives for the first time in more than a year, instructing them the league was willing to hold a private pro-style workout for him in Atlanta in four days. The NFL wouldn't answer why the offer was suddenly made, who came up with idea or who would attend.

Kaepernick also had two hours to accept the offer.

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Tom Brady Now Believes He Can Play Until 47

Nov 14, 2019 10:49 AM

Tom Brady now believes he can play until he's 46 or 47 years old after previously having 45 years old as his goal.

Brady's longtime trainer, Alex Guerrero, relayed the sentiment on WEEI.

“It all comes to commitment, really,” Guerrero said. “No one thought you could play at the elite level in your late 30s, early 40s. That is something we always felt we could do. I have really wanted to be there to help him accomplish that goal. I certainly do believe that 45 is a very realistic goal. We talk about it all the time. Every year he just adds another year. He goes in and he’s like, ‘Guys, I feel so good still. I think I am going to go till 45.’ I am like, ‘OK.’ Now he’s like, ‘Alex, I think I can go like 46 or 47.’”

Guerrero said it’s too soon to say whether Brady will be in the Patriots’ training camp next year, or whether he’ll leave in free agency.

“I don’t know,” Guerrero said. “It’s not July 2020. I am focused on today. I am just trying to get Tom ready for practice today. It’s Thursday.”

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Texans Claim Vernon Hargreaves Off Waivers

Nov 14, 2019 10:08 AM

The Houston Texans have claimed Vernon Hargreaves off waivers from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Buccaneers let the cornerback go on Tuesday after he was benched last weekend for what Bruce Arians deemed a lack of hustle.

The Texans acquired Gareon Conley from the Oakland Raiders on Oct. 21 in exchange for a third-round pick. Conley was selected in the first round of the 2017 draft; Hargreaves was a first-round pick in 2016.

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Patriots Will Send Scout To Colin Kaepernick's Workout

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Giants Will Send Scout To Colin Kaepernick's Workout

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Broncos Will Send Scout To Colin Kaepernick's Workout

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Dolphins Will Send Scout To Watch Colin Kaepernick's Workout

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Schefter: Roger Goodell 'Feels Bad' About Colin Kaepernick Situation

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Colin Kaepernick To Hold Workout For Multiple NFL Teams

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Buccaneers Release Vernon Hargreaves After Not Hustling

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Bengals Release Preston Brown

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Brandon Brooks, Eagles Agree To Four-Year, $54.2M Extension

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Washington Will Withhold Trent Willams' $5.1M Salary

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Eagles Sign Jordan Matthews

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Browns Release Jermaine Whitehead

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Seahawks Explored Signing Antonio Brown

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Patriots Release Josh Gordon Off Injured Reserve

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A.J. Green, Bengals Discussing Contract Extension

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Patriots Sign Nick Folk, Release Mike Nugent

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Trent Williams Ends Holdout, Reports To Washington

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Ravens Sign Willie Snead To $6M Extension

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Tom Brady Frustrated With Patriots' Turnover At Wide Receiver

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Tom Brady Considering All Options For 2020

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