April 2015 - New England Patriots Wiretap

Jets Fined $100,000 For Darrelle Revis Tampering

Apr 28, 2015 1:01 PM

The New York Jets have been fined $100,000 for tampering with Darrelle Revis, but will not lose any draft picks.

The fine comes as a result from Woody Johnson's comments that he'd "love to have Darrelle back" at a December press conference.

The Jets signed Revis to a five-year, $70 million deal this offseason.

Manish Mehta/New York Daily News

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NFL Nearly Scheduled Eagles As Patriots' Kickoff Opponent

Apr 23, 2015 12:05 PM

The NFL nearly scheduled the Philadelphia Eagles as the New England Patriots' Week 1 opponent.

The Pittsburgh Steelers were instead scheduled as the only team that will visit the Patriots in 2015 coming off a playoff appearance.

The Eagles have been one of the NFL's most fascinating teams in the offseason.

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Jerod Mayo Agrees To Pay Cut With Patriots

Apr 22, 2015 12:46 PM

Jerod Mayo has agreed to a pay cut to remain with the New England Patriots.

Mayo was scheduled to make a base salary of $6.25 million and now he's set to earn $4.5 million with a chance to make up to $6 million if he meets certain incentives.

Mayo suffered season-ending injuries in the sixth game of the season in each of the last two years.

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Patriots To Host Steelers For NFL's First Game Of 2015

Apr 21, 2015 3:37 PM

The New England Patriots will kick off the 2015 season against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a Thursday night opener.

The NFL kicks off the start of their season with the previous season's Super Bowl champ.

Manish Mehta/New York Daily News

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Nate Solder Diagnosed With Testicular Cancer In April 2014

Apr 21, 2015 11:21 AM

Nate Solder was diagnosed with testicular cancer before the 2014 season in April.

Doctors determined the cancer hadn't spread and were able to remove the testicle.

Solder went on to start every game of the 2014 season protecting Tom Brady's blindside.

"I knew nothing about it. It was a complete surprise," said Solder, who turned 27 on April 12 and enters his fifth NFL season in 2015. "You Google something like that and it kind of scares you, so I was like, 'I'm not going to freak out about this.' Had I not had a routine physical, I probably wouldn't have checked it, saying, 'Oh, it's just in my head, I'm going to be fine.'"

According to the American Cancer Society, testicular cancer can develop in males of any age, including infants and elderly men. Almost half of all cases are in men between the ages of 20 and 34.

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Patriots To Host Todd Gurley For Visit

Apr 19, 2015 5:09 PM

The New England Patriots will host Todd Gurley for a visit.

The Patriots own the 32nd overall pick and Gurley is expected to go in the No. 16 to No. 26 range.

Gurley is coming back from a torn ACL.

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Aaron Hernandez Found Guilty On All Charges

Apr 15, 2015 10:30 AM

Aaron Hernandez has been found guilty of first-degree murder, possession of ammunition and possession of a glock.

While Massachusetts does not have the death penalty, Hernandez will receive life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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Stevan Ridley Signs With Jets

Apr 9, 2015 1:29 AM

Stevan Ridley has signed with the New York Jets.

Ridley's one-year contract with the Jets was finalized Wednesday.

 

"He's excited for the opportunity and his rehab is going strong at this point," Ridley's agent, Andy Simms, told The Associated Press.

Ridley, 26, only five months removed from major knee surgery, visited last week with the Jets. Ridley also met with Washington and the Miami Dolphins.

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

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Defense Attorney: Aaron Hernandez Witnessed Killing Of Odin Lloyd

Apr 7, 2015 11:58 PM

Aaron Hernandez's attorney acknowledged on Tuesday that his client was at the scene of a killing and saw it happen.

Jurors spent a little more than an hour deliberating after hearing closing arguments in Hernandez's trial later Tuesday afternoon.

 

"Did he make all the right decisions? No," James Sultan said during his closing arguments. "He was a 23-year-old kid who witnessed something, a shocking killing, committed by someone he knew. He didn't know what to do, so he just put one foot in front of the other."

Attorneys are not under oath and comments made during opening and closing arguments are not to be considered evidence by jurors.

Sultan pinned the killing on Hernandez's co-defendants, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz. Both men have pleaded not guilty and will be tried later.

 

Assistant District Attorney William McCauley said Hernandez's behavior after the crime showed that he was involved. 

Sultan pointed out that prosecutors never presented a clear motive for why Hernandez would kill Lloyd, saying they were friends and future brothers-in-law and that there was no evidence he would have wanted Lloyd dead.

"You didn't hear because it doesn't exist," Sultan said. "Does the prosecution expect you to fill in that gaping hole in its case with guesswork, speculation?"

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LeGarrette Blount Suspended One Game By NFL

Apr 7, 2015 5:03 PM

LeGarrette Blount has been suspended one game by the NFL for violating the NFL's policy for substances of abuse.

Blount and Le'Veon Bell were arrested last summer for marijuana possession.

Bell was driving the car and charged with DUI in the case, which was resolved with a sentence of probation, and faces a likely two-game suspension from the league.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

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Rolando McClain Re-Signs With Cowboys
Rolando McClain chose the Cowboys after receiving another from the New England Patriots.

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