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 Latest Patriots Player Notes
May 26 2016 - Nate Solder
  T Nate Solder did not take part in the OTA open to the media May 26. The left tackle missed all but four games last season due to a torn biceps.


May 26 2016 - Malcolm Butler
  CB Malcolm Butler was not in attendance for the first media OTA session of the spring, New England's third as a team. The reason for Butler's absence was unknown, as was the case with TE Rob Gronkowski, CB Logan Ryan, RB LeGarrette Blount, T Sebastian Vollmer and a handful of other returning New England players.


May 26 2016 - Danny Amendola
  WR Danny Amendola was absent from the OTA practice fields at Gillette Stadium on Thursday. New England's No. 2 pass-catcher a year ago, Amendola underwent knee and ankle procedures earlier this offseason.


May 26 2016 - Julian Edelman
  WR Julian Edelman was not on the field for OTA workouts this week after undergoing foot surgery earlier this offseason to follow up on a previous procedure he had on the broken foot last fall. Edelman was wearing a walking boot as recently as this week.


May 16 2016 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady appealed his four-game suspension Monday. Brady would miss the first four regular-season games of the 2016 season if his appeal stands and return Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns.


May 17 2016 - Joey Iosefa
  RB/FB Joey Iosefa, who was placed on waivers by the Patriots May 6, was re-signed by the Patriots May 13.


May 17 2016 - Julian Edelman
  WR Julian Edelman had surgery on his left foot during the offseason, but he is expected to be back in time for training camp, ESPN reported. The recent procedure was the second surgery on his left foot within the past year. According to the report, this surgery was considered a "cleanup procedure" and is not expected to affect Edelman's 2016 season. Edelman was seen recently wearing a boot on his foot while riding a motorized vehicle to get from place to place in New York City. Edelman broke his left foot in a game in November. He had surgery at that time and a screw was inserted into his foot. He missed the rest of the regular season, but returned for the postseason.


May 13 2016 - Joe Cardona
  LS Joe Cardona received approval to play this season, according to Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. He played in every game for New England last season as a rookie.


May 9 2016 - Anthony Johnson
  DT Anthony Johnson, who played in seven games with the Miami Dolphins last season, but did not start any of them, signed with the New England Patriots on Monday.


May 3 2016 - Anthony Johnson
  DT Anthony Johnson was placed on waivers by the Redskins Monday (May 2).


Apr 25 2016 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady's four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate was reinstated by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York. The appeals court reversed a federal judge's ruling from September, siding with the league in a battle with the players union. The appeals court ruled NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was within his authority granted by the CBA, which is currently a major sticking point in tense relations between the players and league. Brady is now slated to miss games against the Arizona Cardinals (Sept. 11), Miami Dolphins (Sept. 18), Houston Texans (Sept. 22) and Buffalo Bills (Oct. 2). He would be eligible to make his regular-season debut in Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 9.


Apr 23 2016 - Christian Yount
  LS Christian Yount, who was waived by the Browns on May 29, 2015, was signed by the Patriots Friday (April 22). Yount, 27, has played in 60 games over four NFL seasons and did not play last season.


Apr 14 2016 - Tyler Gaffney
  RB Tyler Gaffney was signed by the Patriots Thursday (April 14). Gaffney had been waived by the Patriots on April 11.


Apr 12 2016 - LeGarrette Blount
  RB LeGarrette Blount, who became an unrestricted free agent March 9, re-signed with the Patriots Tuesday (April 12). Blount has signed three times with the Patriots. A chipped hip bone caused Blount to miss the final six games of the season, including the playoffs, but he scored six touchdowns and touched the ball once every 1.8 snaps he took in the backfield. He had 165 carries as a backup to Dion Lewis.


Apr 12 2016 - Brandon King
  S Brandon King, who was tendered as an exclusive-rights free agent by the Patriots, was re-signed Tuesday (April 12).


Apr 12 2016 - Justin Coleman
  CB Justin Coleman, who was tendered as an exclusive-rights free agent by the Patriots, was re-signed Tuesday (April 12).


Apr 11 2016 - Tyler Gaffney
  RB Tyler Gaffney was waived by the Patriots Monday (April 11). Gaffney, 24, spent the past two seasons with New England. The 6-foot, 220-pounder, originally entered the NFL as a sixth-round draft pick by the Carolina Panthers out of Stanford in the 2014 NFL Draft. He's has not been able to stay healthy after rushing for 1,709 yards and 21 touchdowns at Stanford in 2013. He spent 2014 on injured reserve with New England and in training camp last season, he was injured again and spent the entire season on injured reserve.


Apr 7 2016 - Markus Kuhn
  DL Markus Kuhn signed with the New England Patriots, the team announced Thursday. Kuhn, 29, spent the past four season with the New York Giants and played in 39 games (10 starts). He had 48 tackles and recovered two fumbles, returning one for a touchdown during the 2014 season. Kuhn is a native of Germany.


Apr 4 2016 - Terrance Knighton
  DT Terrance Knighton officially signed with the New England Patriots on Monday.


Apr 1 2016 - Patrick Chung
  S Patrick Chung signed a one-year contract extension with the Patriots through the 2018 season. The deal includes $5.7 million in new money over the next three years, ESPN reported. The deal reportedly includes a $2.4 million signing bonus. The 28-year-old Chung, a 2009 second-round pick of the Patriots, was the team's second-leading tackler last season with 85 tackles in 15 games.


Mar 31 2016 - Terrance Knighton
  DT Terrance Knighton and the Patriots agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million free agent deal, according to an ESPN report. Knighton all but confirmed the signing when he tweeted a picture of himself wearing a Patriots helmet. The 29-year-old Knighton played the 2015 season with the Washington Redskins, making 29 tackles, including 17 solo, and 1.5 sacks.


Mar 31 2016 - Terrance Knighton
  DT Terrance Knighton, who became an unrestricted free agent with the Redskins March 9, agreed to terms with the Patriots Thursday (March 31).


Mar 30 2016 - Clay Harbor
  TE Clay Harbor, who became an unrestricted free agent with the Jaguars March 9, agreed to terms with the Patriots Wednesday (March 30).


Mar 30 2016 - E.J. Biggers
  DB E.J. Biggers, an unrestricted free agent, was signed by the Patriots on Wednesday (March 30). Terms were not announced but the deal is for a reported one year and worth $840,000 with only $25,000 guaranteed. Biggers, 28, is a veteran of seven NFL seasons with the Buccaneers (2009-12), Redskins (2013-14) and Eagles (2015). The 6-foot, 185-pounder originally entered the league as a seventh-round draft pick by the Bucs out of Western Michigan in 2009. Biggers has played in 92 NFL games with 34 starts and has 279 total tackles, one sack, four interceptions, 41 passes defensed and two forced fumbles. Biggers signed with Washington as an unrestricted free agent in 2013 and with Philadelphia as an unrestricted free agent in 2015. Last season with the Eagles, Biggers played in all 16 games with three starts and finished with 44 tackles and seven passes defensed.


Mar 25 2016 - Nate Washington
  WR Nate Washington, who became an unrestricted free agent with the Texans March 9, was signed by the Patriots Thursday (March 24).


Mar 16 2016 - Martellus Bennett
  The New England Patriots added yet another downfield weapon for quarterback Tom Brady by acquiring tight end Martellus Bennett from the Chicago Bears. Chicago announced the deal Thursday after reports surfaced about the potential trade Wednesday. The Bears will receive fourth- and sixth-round picks in next month's NFL Draft in exchange for Bennett, who caught 208 passes for 2,114 yards and 14 touchdowns in 43 games over three seasons for Chicago. In New England, Bennett joins an offense that already includes All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola. However, there was little proven depth behind Gronkowski after veteran Scott Chandler had his contract terminated earlier this month. Michael Williams, with three receptions, was the only other tight end on the roster who had a catch in 2015. Bennett, who turned 29 on March 10, is a 6-foot-6, 273-pound receiving tight end who has 19 touchdowns over his past four seasons. He missed five games last season and finished the year on injured reserve due to injured ribs, finishing with 53 catches for 439 yards and three touchdowns. Bennett is signed through the 2016 season and is scheduled to earn $5.085 million in base salary. The Bears gained the No. 127 and No. 204 overall picks in the 2016 NFL Draft, and re-signed tight end Zach Miller, who is coming off a career year with 34 catches for 439 yards and five touchdowns in his first season in Chicago.


Mar 17 2016 - Donald Brown
  RB Donald Brown, had his contract terminated by the Chargers March 3, agreed to terms with the Patriots Wednesday (March 16).


Mar 16 2016 - Martellus Bennett
  TE Martellus Bennett was acquired by the Patriots from the Chicago Bears in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick and a sixth-round pick, multiple media outlets reported. If Bennett can have the type of season he had in 2014, he and Rob Gronkowski would give the Patriots a strong pair of play-making tight ends. It might resemble the tight end combination the Patriots had when Aaron Hernandez and Gronkowski played together. Bennett, 29, was limited to 11 games last season because of injuries, finishing with 53 receptions for 439 yards and three touchdowns. He had 90 receptions in 2014, when he was named to the Pro Bowl In 2014, however, Bennett was named to the Pro Bowl after catching 90 passes for 916 yards and six touchdowns. Bennett is signed through the 2016 season and is scheduled to earn $5.085 million in base salary.


Mar 16 2016 - Chris Long
  DE Chris Long, who had his contract terminated by the Rams xxxx, agreed to terms with the Patriots Tuesday (March 15).


Mar 16 2016 - Nate Ebner
  S Nate Ebner was officialy signed by the Patriots Tuesday (March 15). "He's happy to be back," Ebner's agent, Sean Stellato, told the Boston Herald on Saturday. "This was his goal. He wanted to be back. When you look at the definition of a Patriots player, he's it, from work ethic, to skill set, to how he conducts himself." After signing the deal, Ebner was granted an immediate leave of absence so he can begin training for the U.S. Olympic rugby team. He will train at the rugby team's headquarters in California and will rejoin the Patriots in mid-August after the Olympic competition ends. "I also want to thank them and USA Rugby for giving me the opportunity to chase a dream I've had since I was a boy in a sport in which I've always had a passion," Ebner said. "I can't put into words how much this opportunity means to not only me, but my friends and family as well. "I plan to represent the Patriots and our country to the best of my ability. Thanks again and Go Pats and go USA."


Mar 15 2016 - Malcolm Butler
  CB Malcolm Butler was awarded the fifth-largest amount of additional salary in the NFL's "Performance-Based Pay" program. Butler received $319,283, the top payout for a defensive performer.


Mar 15 2016 - Jonathan Cooper
  OG Jonathan Cooper was traded Tuesday to the New England Patriots. Cooper was a bust in Arizona. A physical guard at North Carolina, he was the seventh overall pick in 2013 but has started only 11 games in three seasons. He spent his rookie year on injured reserve with a broken leg and perpetually seemed to be in the doghouse of coach Bruce Arians. Just 26, Cooper could still fill a role for the Patriots, who ran into significant depth issues up front in recent seasons.


Mar 15 2016 - Nate Ebner
  S Nate Ebner, also a special teams' standout, reached agreement on a two-year deal. Terms were not announced. Ebner had 13 tackles in 15 games last season. He also had 11 special-teams tackles, which ranked third on the team. After signing the deal, Ebner was granted an immediate leave of absence so he can begin training for the U.S. Olympic rugby team. He will train at the rugby's headquarters in California and will rejoin the Patriots in mid-August after the Olympic competition ends.


Mar 14 2016 - Chris Long
  DE Chris Long, who was released by the Rams last month, was visiting with the Patriots on Monday (March 14). Long has played his entire career with the Rams, who drafted him No. 2 overall in 2008. Long, who turns 31 this month, was limited to 18 total games the past two seasons because of injuries. The son of Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long, Chris Long played in 114 games with 54.5 sacks in St. Louis. Long is expected to visit with the Cowboys this week. He has already met with the Falcons and Redskins.


Mar 12 2016 - Nate Ebner
  S Nate Ebner, a special teams standout, has agreed to a two-year deal, according to reports Saturday (March 12). Ebner, an unrestricted free agent, had 13 tackles in 15 games last season. He also had 11 special-teams tackles, which ranked third on the team. The 27-year-old Ebner, a 2012 sixth-round draft choice out of Ohio State, has played in 57 games over his four NFL seasons.


Mar 12 2016 - Chris Hogan
  WR Chris Hogan, tendered as a restricted free agent by the Bills, presented an offer sheet to the Patriots Friday (March 11) and the Bills immediately elected not to match it. The Bills will receive no compensation.


Mar 12 2016 - Frank Kearse
  DE Frank Kearse, who became an unrestricted free agent with the Redskins March 9, was signed by the Patriots Friday (March 11).


Mar 11 2016 - Ramon Humber
  LB Ramon Humber, who had his contract terminated by the Saints February 8, was signed by the Patriots Wednesday (March 9).


Mar 11 2016 - LaAdrian Waddle
  T LaAdrian Waddle, who became an unrestricted free agent March 9, re-signed with the Patriots Wednesday (March 9).


Mar 10 2016 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady's two-year contract extension includes a $28 million signing bonus. The total value of Brady's deal is $60 million over four years, and would keep him in New England through the 2019 season when he will be 42 years old. Brady will earn $30 million over the next two seasons, $7 million less than what the Houston Texans will pay newly signed quarterback Brock Osweiler. The four-time Super Bowl champion has always maintained he could play well into his 40s.


Mar 8 2016 - James Develin
  FB James Develin, scheduled to become a restricted free agent on March 9, was re-signed to a one-year contract by the Patriots Tuesday (March 8).


Mar 8 2016 - Alan Branch
  DT Alan Branch has been informed that the New England Patriots are picking up the $400,000 option bonus that is due Wednesday. The move locks Branch in for the 2016 season. Branch signed a two-year contract with the team last offseason that included the option bonus, which needed to be activated for him to remain with the team. Branch, 31, started 15 games last season and had two forced fumbles and one sack.


Mar 7 2016 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski is under contract through the 2019 season after the remainder of a $10 million team option was picked up. The All-Pro tight end turns 27 in May and has 65 touchdowns receptions in his first six seasons to go with 380 receptions for 5,555 yards. The Boston Herald first reported the Patriots picked up the final $6 million option. The Patriots signed Gronkowski to a six-year, $54 million extension in 2012 and the final four seasons of the deal were tied to a two-tier team option. Gronkowski can increase the original outlay of guaranteed money from $13.17 million with the additional bonus figures tacked on. He caught eight passes for 155 yards and a touchdown in the AFC Championship game loss to the Denver Broncos and had 72 receptions for 1,176 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2015. Gronkowski has 23 touchdown catches the past two seasons.


Mar 3 2016 - Donald Brown
  RB Donald Brown had his contract terminated by the Chargers Thursday (March 3). Brown rushed for 452 yards over the past two seasons with the Chargers.


Mar 1 2016 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady reportedly agreed to a two-year contract extension through the 2019 season when he will be 42 years old. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Dianna Russini, Brady's salary-cap charge for 2016 was scheduled to be a team-high $15 million and the extension would lower that number. Brady, who turns 39 in August, has two years left on his existing contract, paying him $9 million in 2016 and $10 million in 2017. The four-time Super Bowl champion has always maintained he could play well into his 40s. "I'd like to play a long time, yeah, a long time," Brady said in October. "There's a lot that goes into playing well. I've played with a lot of great teammates. But I want to play for a long time, maybe 10 more years. I think that's probably what my goal is. "Well, it's not always up to me. That's what my goals are, so that's just what I'm hoping. And it will take a lot to achieve that. Obviously a team has to want you, but I think that's ... you know, I love playing this sport. I love making a commitment to my teammates and my coaches, and hopefully I can do it for a long time."


Feb 19 2016 - Chris Long
  Three major cuts left the St. Louis Rams without some of the star power they were bringing to Los Angeles, with DE Chris Long, MLB James Laurinaitis and TE Jared Cook released Friday (Feb. 19). Combined, the trio was scheduled to earn $22.525 million in base salary. "This is the time of year when all NFL teams are faced with difficult decisions regarding their veteran players," Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said. "Chris and James are the epitome of what it means to be a pro in this league and it's been an honor to coach them both. They've been the pillars of our defense for many years and not enough can be said of their love for the game and for their teammates. Beyond the field, they took pride in mentoring the younger players and doing their part to make a real difference in the St. Louis community. We will always be grateful for James and Chris' unselfish commitment to the Rams and wish them the best moving forward." Long was the team's highest-paid player and he had not performed up to his scheduled 2016 cap figure of $14.25 million. Injuries limited him to 18 total games the past two seasons. He was a captain and arguably the most respected player in the locker room on defense. Long was the No. 2 pick in the 2008 draft. The son of Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long, Chris Long started 95 games with 54.5 sacks in St. Louis. His release saves the Rams $11.75 million against the cap. Laurinaitis, 30, was also a team leader but releasing him saves $5.5 million against the 2016 cap. The Rams have two younger linebackers in Mark Barron, moved last season from safety, and Alec Ogletree, who is coming back from a season-ending injury in 2015. Cook signed a five-year, $35.1 million deal in 2013 as an unrestricted free agent from the Tennessee Titans that included a cap charge of $8.3 million for 2016. Releasing him saves the team $5.7 million.


Feb 18 2016 - Jerod Mayo
  LB Jerod Mayo is calling it quits. Mayo announced his retirement at age 29 from the NFL through an Instagram post. "After a lot of thought, Chantel and I take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude for what we consider a life-changing event ... that of becoming a New England Patriot for the past 8 years," Mayo wrote. "We are extremely grateful to "Thundercat," Jonathan, the Kraft family, Coach Belichick, the Pats organization and the most amazing fans in contributing to these pages of our lives. As my family and I prepare for the future, be sure that the Pats memories will always hold a special place in our hearts." Mayo was the 10th overall pick by the Patriots in the 2008 draft. He went on to be named Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year and to two Pro Bowl berths while also winning a Super Bowl championship. But the last three years of Mayo's career were plagued by injuries that included a torn pectoral muscle in 2013 and a torn patellar tendon in 2014 that landed him on injured reserve. In Mayo's final season in 2015, he finished with 47 tackles and one sack in 16 games, but he started just eight games while battling a shoulder injury. Mayo's retirement will save the Patriots about $7 million in salary-cap space in 2016.


Feb 10 2016 - Ramon Humber
  LB Ramon Humber had his contract terminated by the Saints Monday (Feb. 8).


Feb 8 2016 - Ramon Humber
  LB Ramon Humber was released by the New Orleans Saints on Monday.


Jan 27 2016 - Joe Vellano
  DL Joe Vellano, who had his practice-squad contract expire from the Colts Jan. 11, was signed by the Patriots to a future contract for 2016 Tuesday (Jan. 26).



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