April 2013 - New England Patriots Wiretap

Patriots Trade For LeGarrette Blount

Apr 27, 2013 6:46 PM

The New England Patriots have acquired LeGarrette Blount from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for Jeff Demps and a seventh round pick.

Blount had been phased out of the Buccaneers' offense due to the presence of Doug Martin.

Blount is a bigger back than what the Patriots currently have on their depth chart.

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Tags: New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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2013 NFL Draft First Round Picks

Apr 25, 2013 7:35 PM

The NFL has converged on New York City for the first round of the 2013 draft. Without two sure-fire picks, as we saw last season with Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, there promises to be a lot of drama on Thursday night.

As the action unfolds, check out Jeff Risdon's Mock Draft and see how our expert's predictions matched up with the actual picks.

You can also chat with fellow NFL fans in our NFL Draft forum as the picks are announced.

1. Kansas City Chiefs - Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

2. Jacksonville Jaguars - Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

3. Miami Dolphins (acquired from Oakland) - Dion Jordon, OLB, Oregon

4. Philadelphia Eagles -Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

5. Detroit Lions - Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU

6. Cleveland Browns - Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU

7. Arizona Cardinals - Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina

8. St. Louis Rams (acquired from Buffalo) - Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

9. New York Jets - Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

10. Tennessee Titans - Chance Warmack, G, Alabama 

11. San Diego Chargers - D.J. Fluker, G, Alabama

12. Oakland Raiders (acquired from Miami) - D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston

13. New York Jets - Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

14. Carolina Panthers - Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

15. New Orleans Saints - Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

16. St. Louis Rams - E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida State

17. Pittsburgh Steelers - Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

18. San Francisco 49ers (from Cowboys) - Eric Reid, S, LSU

19. New York Giants - Justin Pugh, G, Syracuse

20. Chicago Bears - Kyle Long, G, Oregon

21. Cincinnati Bengals - Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

22. Atlanta Falcons (from Rams) - Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

23. Minnesota Vikings - Sharrif Floyd, DT Florida

24. Indianapolis Colts - Bjoren Werner, DE, Florida State

25. Minnesota Vikings - Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

26. Green Bay Packers - Datone Jones, DE, UCLA

27. Houston Texans - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

28. Denver Broncos - Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina

29. Minnesota Vikings (from Patriots) - Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

30. St. Louis Rams (from Falcons) - Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia

31. Dallas Cowboys (from 49ers) - Travis Frederick, C, Wisconsin

32. Baltimore Ravens - Matt Elam, S, Florida

Trades

The Oakland Raiders traded the third overall pick to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for the 12th and 42nd overall selections.

The Buffalo Bills traded the eighth and 71st overall pick to the St. Louis Rams in exchange for the 16th, 46th, 78th and 222nd overall selections.

The 49ers traded the No. 31 and No. 74 pick to the Cowboys for the No. 18 pick.

The Falcons traded the No. 30 pick and a sixth rounder to the Rams to acquire No. 22 and a seventh rounder in 2015.

The Vikings have acquired the No. 29 pick from the Patriots for the No. 52, No. 83, No. 102 and No. 229 selections.

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Patriots Talking Ryan Mallett Trade With Multiple Teams

Apr 25, 2013 12:05 PM

The New England Patriots have received calls from multiple teams inquiring about the availability of Ryan Mallett.

Mallett was a third round pick by the Patriots in 2011 and continues to backup Tom Brady at quarterback.

The Patriots would like more than a third round pick for Mallett as they have invested the past two seasons in developing him.

The Cleveland Browns have long been favorites to acquire Mallett.

Three sources said the odds are stronger that the Patriots trade Mallett.

Greg A Bedard/Boston Globe

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Patriots Have Had Poor Draft Record At WR Since 2002

Apr 21, 2013 12:49 PM

The New England Patriots have drafted eight receivers following their selections of Deion Branch and David Givens in 2002, with the group combining for just 140 catches, 1,835 yards and 14 touchdowns. Julian Edelman has been the most productive, catching 69 balls for 714 yards and four touchdowns.

“Even [Bill] Belichick would admit they’ve been terrible,” said an NFC general manager. “I mean, those guys haven’t done anything after they’ve left, either. They’re just bad.”

Bill Belichick has looked more toward free agents due to how difficult it has become to project wide receivers coming out of college.

Greg A Bedard/Boston Globe

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Aaron Hernandez Undergoes Shoulder Surgery

Apr 16, 2013 9:09 AM

Aaron Hernandez underwent shoulder surgery earlier this offseason and likely will miss OTAs and minicamp this spring.

Hernandez will likely be ready by training camp, according to two sources.

Last week, Hernandez said his goal for the upcoming season was to get through 16 games for the first time in his career.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Tags: New England Patriots, Injury

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Patriots Could Draft Wide Receiver

Apr 15, 2013 8:34 AM

The New England Patriots could look to draft a wide receiver after the Pittsburgh Steelers matched the team's offer to Emmanuel Sanders on Sunday afternoon.

New England admitted they are in dire need of a pass-catcher when they signed Sanders, a restricted free agent, to a one-year, $2.5 million sheet.

Brandon Lloyd and Wes Welker are gone. They signed Danny Amendola earlier this offseason.

Dan Hanzus/NFL.com

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Patriots Looking To Trade Jeff Demps?

Apr 14, 2013 6:27 PM

The New England Patriots may have placed former track star Jeff Demps on the trading block.

Last month, Demps announced his intention to prioritize his track career over football.

His commitment to track means he wouldn't be eligible to contribute to the Patriots until midway through the 2013 season, by his own estimation.

Dan Hanzus/NFL.com

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Steelers Match Offer Sheet For Sanders

Apr 14, 2013 6:22 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers have matched New England's offer sheet to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.

The Patriots would have had to surrender a third-round pick to sign the restricted free agent.

The offer was for a one-year, $2.5 million deal.

Adam Schefter/ESPN (via Twitter)

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Steelers Split On Matching Sanders' Offer Sheet

Apr 13, 2013 5:24 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers are split on whether to match the offer sheet wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders signed with the New England Patriots.

The team is "50-50" on whether they will match the one-year, $2.5 million deal.

ESPN's John Clayton notes that Pittsburgh is torn between the appeal of keeping the player and acquiring the third-round pick from the Patriots.

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Aaron Hernandez Aiming To Play Full Season

Apr 11, 2013 11:38 AM

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has never played all 16 games in a season, but he's aiming his workouts towards that this offseason.

"Just been training, trying to get my body right, get my strength up so I can have a decent season next year," Hernandez said.

"I'd say more attention to specific muscles instead of just doing the basic bench, squat and all that other stuff. I'd say I started a little earlier this year to maybe try to get through 16 games this season. It's away from everything else — away from my family, my friends, gives me time to focus on football, focus on my main priorities in life."

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Patriots Sign Emmanuel Sanders To Offer Sheet
The Patriots have signed Emmanuel Sanders to an offer sheet

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Agent: Gronkowski Has No Surgery Scheduled
It was reported on Sunday that that a "stubborn" infection in Rob Gronkowski's broken left forearm will require another surgery.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Patriots Agree To Terms With Tommy Kelly
Tommy Kelly was released by the Oakland Raiders last week.

Gregg Rosenthal/NFL.com

Patriots Likely To Draft Wide Receiver
Five wide receivers caught passes for the Patriots last season, but none of them are currently under contract with the club.

Pro Football Talk

Gronkowski Set To Have Plate Removed From Forearm
The plate must be removed to ensure the infection he sustained after a January surgery has been eradicated.

ESPN

Patriots Have Franchise-Low Five Draft Picks
Barring the acquisition of additional picks, the New England Patriots have a franchise-low five selections in this month's NFL Draft.

NFL.com

Brady Throws Passes To T.O. At USC
Terrell Owens is second in the NFL all time in receiving yards and third in receiving touchdowns.

Field Yates/ESPN

Welker Dines With Manning, Still Talks With Brady
Wes Welker, who signed with the Denver Broncos last month, says he recently had dinner with Peyton Manning in Miami.

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