December 2014 - New England Patriots Wiretap

49ers, Falcons Request Permission To Interview Josh McDaniels

Dec 30, 2014 11:26 AM

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is among the candidates for the head coaching jobs of the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons, with both teams asking for permission to interview McDaniels, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and other media reports.

Per NFL rules, McDaniels could talk to other teams this week, while the Patriots are on a bye. 


McDaniels was previously head coach of the Denver Broncos.


Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor

Tom Brady Restructures Contract To Free Up $24M

Dec 30, 2014 1:10 AM

Tom Brady has restructured his contract with the New England Patriots to free up $24 million for this offseason. 

Under the new deal, Brady changed the $24 million in "skill" guarantee to only "injury" guarantee, meaning that Brady now would get the guaranteed money only if he were injured.

Brady also now can be released by the Patriots without any liability, but he then would become an unrestricted free agent, free to command the type of guaranteed money he has agreed to surrender.


Tags: New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

Belichick: Jimmy Garoppolo Has Consistently Improved Every Week

Dec 26, 2014 11:54 AM

Jimmy Garoppolo figures to receive some playing time in Week 17, which is a meaningless game for the New England Patriots in terms of playoff implications.

“Jimmy has worked hard and consistently improved every week,” Bill Belichick said. “He’s running different offenses with the scout team and having to keep up with what we are doing and our installation and our game plan on a weekly basis. He’s been durable, healthy, out there every day, keeps getting better. [He] has worked on a lot of things that we have identified for him to do. He’s been better and has a better understanding of the league. These last three weeks have been good for him.” 

Lee Schechter/ESPN

Tags: New England Patriots

Julian Edelman Won't Play Week 16 Due To Concussion

Dec 20, 2014 6:30 PM

Julian Edelman will not play in Week 16 due to a concussion.

Edelman, who has been playing through a thigh injury, also sustained the concussion within the last week. Edelman's concussion was first listed on the team's injury report Wednesday and he was limited in practice all week.

Edelman caught a team-high seven passes for 88 yards and converted a first down on a 6-yard run, playing through the fourth quarter last week.

Tom Brady figures to use Danny Amendola and Brian Tyms more frequently without Edelman.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Tags: New England Patriots, Fantasy, Injury

LeGarrette Blount Sentenced To Community Service For Pot Possession

Dec 10, 2014 11:06 AM

LeGarrette Blount was sentenced to 50 hours of community service on Wednesday for a marijuana possession charge.

Blount was a passenger in teammate Le'Veon Bell's car when a Ross police officer pulled them over on McKnight Road on Aug. 20. Bell also was charged with possession.

Blount was cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers last month and now plays for the New England Patriots.


Tags: New England Patriots, Suspension

Aaron Dobson Placed On IR With Hamstring Injury

Dec 4, 2014 3:55 PM

The New England Patriots will place Aaron Dobson on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.

Dobson has battled various injuries since being selected in the second round of last year's draft.

Dobson has amassed just 38 yards off three catches over 57 snaps this season.

Marc Sessler/

Tags: New England Patriots, Injury

Revis, Tate, Peppers, Ware Ranked As Best Offseason Acquisitions

Dec 4, 2014 2:18 PM

Darrelle Revis, Golden Tate, Julius Peppers, DeMarcus Ware and Justin Forsett are ranked as the top offseason acquisitions of 2014 by Mike Sando.

Revis has re-established himself as one of the best corners in the league and currently ranks second in Pro Football Focus grading at the position. The Patriots acquired him for a $7 million cap charge this season.

Emmanuel Sanders, Darren Sproles, Steve Smith, Brandon Flowers and Jared Veldheer are ranked 6-10.

Mike Sando/ESPN

Tags: New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, IQ

Belichick, Kraft Listed As Potential Witnesses For Hernandez's Trial

Dec 1, 2014 2:32 PM

Bill Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft are listed as possible witnesses by prosecutors as Aaron Hernandez faces an upcoming murder trial.

Hernandez's lawyers are asking prosecutors to pare down their list of more than 300 witnesses in the 2013 killing of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd. Lloyd's body was found in an industrial park about a mile from Hernandez's home in North Attleborough.


Tags: New England Patriots

Mike Daniels: Gronk Is Like The Terminator

Dec 1, 2014 1:13 PM

Mike Daniels, defensive tackle of the Green Bay Packers, was thrilled that his team defeated Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and the New England Patriots.

“That’s a Hall of Fame quarterback right there, and their tight end is like the Terminator.”

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Tags: New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers