New England Patriots Wiretap

Patriots, Saints, Falcons, Bengals, Colts Interested In Gerald McCoy

May 23, 2019 11:37 AM

Gerald McCoy has received interest from multiple teams since he parted ways with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week.

McCoy has heard from the Cincinnati Bengals, Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints.

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Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Jared Veldheer Tells Patriots He Will Retire

May 21, 2019 3:43 PM

Jared Veldheer has informed the New England Patriots he will retire approximately one week after signing with the franchise.

Barring a change of heart, Veldheer will conclude his career having played in 118 regular season games, with 113 starts.

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

Julian Edelman Agrees To Two-Year, $19M Extension With Patriots

May 21, 2019 10:56 AM

The New England Patriots and Julian Edelman have agreed to a two-year extension worth $19 million in new money. The deal includes an $8 million signing bonus and $12 million in guaranteed money.

Edelman has a good chance of now finishing his career with the Patriots.

Edelman, 32, had 74 catches for 850 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games in 2018.

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

Patriots Sign Jamie Collins

May 15, 2019 7:05 PM

Jamie Collins has agreed to sign with the New England Patriots.

Collins was selected by the Patriots in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft and was traded to the Cleveland Browns in 2016.

The Browns then signed Collins to a four-year, $50 million deal.

By releasing Collins, the Browns saved $2.5 million in salary-cap space this season, $9.25 million in 2019 and $13.75 million in 2020.


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

Bill Belichick To Serve As Patriots' De Facto Defensive Coordinator

May 14, 2019 10:56 PM

Bill Belichick will serve as the de facto defensive coordinator of the New England Patriots this season and call plays.

The Patriots hired Greg Schiano for the role, but he stepped down suddenly approximately a month later.

The Patriots lost Brian Flores to the Miami Dolphins this offseason. The previous offseason, the Patriots lost Matt Patricia to the Detroit Lions.

Bret Bielema will coach the defensive line.

Ben Volin/Boston Globe

Tags: New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

Benjamin Watson To Join Patriots On One-Year Deal

May 10, 2019 8:18 AM

The New England Patriots will sign Benjamin Watson to a one-year deal worth up to $3 million, according to sources.

The Patriots originally drafted the 38-year-old tight end in the first round back in 2004.

Watson had announced his retirement from football in December.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

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

Benjamin Watson To Unretire, Visit Patriots

May 9, 2019 9:25 AM

Benjamin Watson will come out of retirement and make a free-agent visit with the New England Patriots.

Watson, 38, spent last season with the New Orleans Saints and announced his retirement in late December.

The Patriots used a first-round pick on Watson in 2004.

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

Sean McVay: Watching So Much Film Watered Down Thought Process For SB

May 8, 2019 11:42 AM

Sean McVay believes he may have over-prepared for Super LIII in which the Los Angeles Rams lost to the New England Patriots 13-3. The extra week gave McVay the opportunity to watch more film than usual.

“In the back of my mind, [when making the Super Bowl game plan back in L.A.], I operated knowing I had another week. That urgency to completely finalize the gameplan wasn’t quite there, and that led to me watching so much film that you can almost water down your thought process.”

McVay admits “you have so much time that you can over-prepare and get away from some of the things that helped you get there. I watched every game from New England’s season. You see stuff that worked in, say, Week 3, but you forget about the amount of stuff that’s taken place since Week 3. You can watch so much film that you lose perspective. You have 18 games of film you can pore over. And then I even watched the Philly and Atlanta Super Bowls closely.”

McVay also gives the Patriots credit.

“But you have to give the Patriots credit, they were their best when their best was demanded. And personally, I wasn’t good enough. I have to do a better job.”

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Tags: Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, IQ

Patriots To Sign Jared Veldheer To One-Year Contract

May 7, 2019 3:25 PM

The New England Patriots will sign Jared Veldheer to a one-year contract.

It is expected to come after Tuesday's compensatory pick deadline, which means the team will be able to sign a player without it affecting the compensatory pick formula (as the Patriots are projected to receive two third-round picks and two sixth-round picks).

Veldheer provides veteran insurance behind 2018 first-round draft pick Isaiah Wynn (who is coming off an Achilles tear) and Yodny Cajuste (who is coming off a calf injury). The Patriots lost two offensive tackles in free agency -- starter Trent Brown (Oakland) and backup LaAdrian Waddle (Buffalo).

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

Odell Beckham Wants To Turn Browns Into New Patriots

May 7, 2019 9:06 AM

Odell Beckham, Jr. has big plans for the Cleveland Browns.

The wide receiver, who landed with the Browns via a notable trade with the New York Giants, appeared at the Met Gala.

"I plan on being there for the next five years and trying to bring as many championships there as possible," Beckham said, "turning [the Browns] into the new Patriots."

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

Tom Brady: Winning Has Been Priority Over Money, Plus My Wife Is Rich
Tom Brady also said he still hasn't grown tired of playing football.

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2019 NFL Draft First-Round Results
Kyler Murray, Nick Bosa and Quinnen Williams kicked off the first round, but the Raiders started a trend of unpredictability by taking Clelin Ferrell with the fourth overall pick.

RealGM Staff Report

2019 NFL Mock Draft, Final Version
After months of film work and sourcing, Jeff Risdon's final mock draft for the 2019 NFL Draft is here.

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Josh Gordon Signs Restricted Free Agent Tender With Patriots
Josh Gordon is uncertain to play in 2019, but he will play with the Patriots when he does return.

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Rob Gronkowski Dented Lombardi Trophy With Bunt
The Patriots tweeted out a video of Rob Gronkowski at the Red Sox's Opening Day ceremony last week.

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Patriots To Host Steelers Week 1 On Sunday Night Football
The Patriots will raise their second Super Bowl banner in three seasons and third in five seasons.

Jeff Howe/The Athletic

Patriots Agree To Sign Demaryius Thomas
Demaryius Thomas spent the end of last season with the Texans.

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Chris Hogan Agrees To One-Year Deal With Panthers
Chris Hogan had 35 catches for 532 yards and three touchdowns last season for the Patriots.


Patriots Had Interest In Trading For Sterling Shepard
The Patriots have been looking for help at receiver and had interest in trading for Sterling Shepard earlier this offseason.

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Patriots Sign Austin Seferian-Jenkins To One-Year Deal
Austin Seferian-Jenkins has 116 career receptions for 1,160 yards and 11 touchdowns in 43 games over five seasons.

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Chiefs Fan Cited For Pointing Laser At Tom Brady
A Chiefs fan has been given a citation for disturbing the peace by shining a laser pointer in Tom Brady's face during the AFC Championship Game.

Kansas City Star

Patriots Re-Sign Stephen Gostkowski To Two-Year Deal
Stephen Gostkowski recently received interest from the 49ers.

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49ers Express Interest In Signing Stephen Gostkowski
The 49ers have placed the franchise tag on Robbie Gould and also remains a free agent.

Matt Maiocco/NBC Sports Bay Area

Robert Kraft's Attorneys Allege Illegal Search By Officers
The case against Robert Kraft could be dismissed if the evidence is thrown out.


Patriots Sign Michael Bennett To Reworked Contract
Michael Bennett's reworked two-year deal has a base value of $16.75 million, including a $4 million signing bonus.

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Tom Brady Hopes Rob Gronkowski Plays Again
Tom Brady left a comment on an Instagram post about receivers who have caught the most touchdown passes from him.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Greg Schiano Steps Down From Job With Patriots
Greg Schiano will "spend more time on (his) faith and family."

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Robert Kraft Pleads Not Guilty Two Days After Issuing Public Apology
Robert Kraft has asked for a jury trial.


Jared Cook Won't Back Out Of Deal With Saints After Gronk's Retirement
The Patriots had a sense last week that Gronkowski was likely to retire, but now the free agent tight end market is incredibly thin.

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Rob Gronkowski Announces Retirement From NFL
Rob Gronkowski's 79 touchdown receptions since he joined the Patriots as a second-round draft choice in 2010 led the NFL.