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 Latest Patriots Player Notes
May 19 2015 - Kevin Hughes
  T/G Kevin Hughes was signed by the Patriots May 11.


May 19 2015 - Brandon Spikes
  LB Brandon Spikes, who wasn't tendered as a UFA by the Bills Jets on May 12, was signed by the Patriots on May 13. Spikes played for the Patriots from 2010 to 2013 before signing a one-year deal with the Bills in 2014. After signing with the Bills in 2014, Spikes tweeted some shots at the Patriots, including "4 years a slave" to refer to his first four seasons in the NFL with New England. The 27-year-old Spikes visited with the Patriots earlier this month. He made 92 and 86 tackles in 2012 and 2013, respectively, but only managed a career-low 54 tackles last year in Buffalo. The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Spikes has played 67 career regular-season games, making 340 tackles along with two sacks and two interceptions.


May 18 2015 - Dekoda Watson
  LB Dekoda Watson was signed by the Patriots Mayb 12. Watson, 27, has played in 70 NFL games, with seven starts, and has registered 120 tackles, three sacks, one interception, four passes defensed, two forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries during his five-year NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2010-13), Jacksonville Jaguars (2014) and Dallas Cowboys (2014). Last season, he began the season with Jacksonville and appeared in nine games with one start. He posted nine tackles before being released on Nov. 11, 2014, and signing with Dallas on Nov. 14, 2014. He played in one game for the Cowboys, but did not accrue any statistics. The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft pick (217th overall) by Tampa Bay in 2010 out of Florida State. Watson's most productive NFL season came with the Buccaneers in 2013 when he registered 42 tackles, two sacks, one interception and one forced fumble.


May 18 2015 - Fred Davis
  TE Fred Davis, who was reinstated by the NFL the previous week, was signed by the Patriots May 11. Davis, 29, was suspended indefinitely in February 2014 for a second violation of the league's substance-abuse policy. Davis claims he was suspended for taking a supplement. His initial NFL suspension was for marijuana. Davis, who missed all of last season, played 72 games with the Redskins from 2008 to 2013, with 162 career receptions for 2,043 yards and 13 touchdowns. Davis had career highs in 2011 with 59 receptions for 796 yards.


May 9 2015 - Geneo Grissom
  DE Geneo Grissom, selected by the Patriots in the third round of the draft (97th overall), agreed to terms on a four-year contract Saturday (May 9). The deal is worth $2.891 and includes a signing bonus of $581,948. The 6-foot-4, 252-pounder, played in 39 games with 11 starts and registered 88 tackles, eight sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries at Oklahoma. Last season, he played in 10 games with seven starts and tallied 39 total tackles and 3.5 sacks.


May 9 2015 - Darryl Roberts
  CB Darryl Roberts, selected by the Patriots in the seventh round of the draft (247th overall), agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Patriots Friday (May 8).


May 9 2015 - A.J. Derby
  TE A.J. Derby, selected by the Patriots in the sixth round of the draft (202nd overall), agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Patriots Friday (May 8).


May 9 2015 - Xzavier Dickson
  DE Xzavier Dickson, selected by the Patriots in the seventh round of the draft (253rd overall), agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Patriots Friday (May 8).


May 9 2015 - Matthew Wells
  LB Matthew Wells, selected by the Patriots in the sixth round of the draft (178th overall), agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Patriots Friday (May 8).


May 9 2015 - Shaquille Mason
  G Shaq Mason, selected by the Patriots in the fourth round of the draft (131st overall), agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Patriots Friday (May 8).


May 9 2015 - Tre' Jackson
  G Tre' Jackson, selected by the Patriots in the fourth round of the draft (111th overall), agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Patriots Friday (May 8).


May 9 2015 - Trey Flowers
  DE Trey Flowers, selected by the Patriots in the fourth round of the draft (101st overall), agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Patriots Friday (May 8).


May 9 2015 - Jordan Richards
  S Jordan Richards, selected by the Patriots in the second round of the draft (64th overall), agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Patriots Friday (May 8).


May 9 2015 - Dekoda Watson
  LB Dekoda Watson had his contract terminated by the Cowboys Friday (May 8).


May 7 2015 - Fred Davis
  TE Fred Davis, suspended indefinitely by the NFL in February 2014 under the substance-abuse policy, was reinstated Thursday (May 7). The 29-year-old Davis is immediately free to sign with clubs. Davis hauled in 162 passes for 2,043 yards and 13 touchdowns in six seasons with Washington (2008-2013). On his best, he would appeal to clubs looking to add some pass-catching punch to the tight end position. However, Davis is several years removed from top form. He suffered an Achilles tendon tear in 2012, and he had a disappointing 2013 campaign. What's more, Davis has had multiple off-field incidents. In 2014, he was arrested for DUI, and he was involved in an alleged dispute with an ex-girlfriend.


Apr 22 2015 - Jerod Mayo
  LB Jerod Mayo, a team captain whose last two seasons have been ended early by injuries, reportedly has restructured his contract to reduce his $6.25 million salary. Mayo will be guaranteed $4.5 million, with a chance to earn $6 million if he plays in 85 percent of the plays next season, according to reports by FOX Sports and NFL Network. The Patriots also inserted a $4 million option next year to engage the final two years of the contract. Mayo, 29, has played in just 12 games over the past two years, six in 2014 because of a torn patellar tendon and six in 2013 because of a torn pectoral muscle. New England's first-round pick in 2008, Mayo had been one of the team's best defenders over his first five seasons. He has 756 tackles, 10 sacks, eight forced fumbles and three interceptions in his career.


Apr 7 2015 - LeGarrette Blount
  RB LeGarrette Blount was suspended by the NFL Tuesday (April 7) for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Blount will miss the first game of the regular season. Blount was a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers last year when he and Steelers teammate Le'Veon Bell were stopped by police. Blount was arrested for marijuana possession, but prosecutors dropped the charge after Blount performed 50 hours of community service. Blount can still participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games. Bell, who was driving the car, was charged with DUI and received probation. He probably will be suspended for two games by the NFL, although no announcement has been made. Blount was released by the Steelers and joined the Patriots for the final five games of the 2014 regular season. He rushed for 281 yards and three touchdowns in those five games and ran for 189 yards during the playoffs. He scored three touchdowns in the 45-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game.


Apr 3 2015 - Sealver Siliga
  DT Sealber Siliga re-signed with the Patriots Thursday (April 2) as an exclusive-right free agent.


Mar 27 2015 - Dont'a Hightower
  LB Dont'a Hightower reportedly will be out six to seven months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn right labrum. Hightower had surgery Feb. 10, according to the Boston Globe. The injury kept Hightower out in Week 14 against the San Diego Chargers, but he returned to play the rest of the season -- other than an insignificant Week 17 game against the Buffalo Bills. Hightower had 33 tackles and 1.5 sacks while playing with the injury, according to the Globe. Hightower is the fourth Patriot to undergo surgery this offseason. Right tackle Sebastian Vollmer also had a torn labrum repaired, right guard Ryan Wendell underwent shoulder surgery as well, and defensive tackle Chris Jones had a torn calf muscle fixed.


Mar 18 2015 - Robert McClain
  CB Robert McClain left the Falcons for the Patriots Wednesday (March 18), agreeing to terms on a one-year, $1.25 million contract that includes a $150,000 signing bonus. McClain, 26, has bounced between the Carolina Panthers (2010), Jacksonville Jaguars (2011) and Atlanta Falcons (2012-14) in four NFL seasons. In 63 career games, he has 202 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. In 2014, McClain started six of 16 games for the Falcons and totaled 60 tackles, one sack and two interceptions.


Mar 18 2015 - Bradley Fletcher
  CB Bradley Fletcher left the Eagles for the Patriots Wednesday (March 18), agreeing to terms on a one-year contract. Fletcher, 28, spent the past two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles after four years with St. Louis Rams. He has 306 career tackles and eight interceptions. Last season with the Eagles, Fletcher started the first 15 games but was burned repeatedly late in the season in coverage and benched for the final game. He led the Eagles with 26 passes defensed.


Mar 17 2015 - Travaris Cadet
  RB Travaris Cadet was signed by the Patriots Tuesday (March 17). Cadet, a pass-catching specialist, played for the New Orleans Saints last year, compiling 38 receptions for 296 yards. He became a free agent when the Saints elected not to tender him as a restricted free agent. For his career, the three-year veteran only has 11 carries. The Saints originally signed Cadet as an undrafted free agent out of Appalachian State in 2012.


Mar 14 2015 - Alan Branch
  DT Alan Branch was re-signed by the Patriots Saturday (March 14), agreeing to terms on a two-year contract.


Mar 14 2015 - Scott Chandler
  TE Scott Chandler, who was released by the Bills Thursday, was signed by the Patriots the next day (March 13).


Mar 12 2015 - Jonathan Freeny
  LB Jonathan Freeny, who wasn't tendered as a restricted free agent by the Dolphins, was signed by the Patriots Thursday (March 12). Freeny, 25, is a veteran of three NFL seasons with the Miami Dolphins after originally joining the team as a rookie free agent in 2011 out of Rutgers and spending that season on the practice squad. The 6-foot-2, 254-pounder, has played in 44 NFL games and has 15 tackles on defense and 22 special teams tackles. Last season, he played 12 games with the Dolphins as a reserve linebacker and on special teams and finished with 15 tackles on defense and 10 special teams tackles.


Mar 12 2015 - Greg Orton
  WR Greg Orton wasn't tendered as an exclusive-rights free agent by the Patriots Tuesday (March 10).


Mar 12 2015 - Kevin Hughes
  T Kevin Hughes wasn't tendered as an exclusive-rights free agent by the Panthers Tuesday (March 10).


Mar 12 2015 - Travaris Cadet
  RB Travaris Cadet wasn't tendered as a restricted free agent by the Saints Tuesday (March 10).


Mar 12 2015 - Jonathan Freeny
  LB Jonathan Freeny wasn't tendered as a restricted free agent by the Dolphins Tuesday (March 10).


Mar 12 2015 - Jabaal Sheard
  LB Jabaal Sheard left the Browns for the Patriots Wednesday (March 11), agreeing to terms on a two-year contract worth $11 million that includes a $4 million signing bonus and $5.5 million guaranteed.


Mar 12 2015 - Chris White
  LB Chris White decided to stay with the Patriots, agreeing to terms on a one-year contract worth $1.045 million that includes a $50,000 signing bonus.


Mar 12 2015 - Scott Chandler
  TE Scott Chandler will have his contract terminated by the Bills Wednesday (March 12). The release of Chandler opens the door for the Bills to possibly add Miami Dolphins tight end Charles Clay, a transition free agent who has visited Buffalo and could sign an offer sheet. Chandler, 29, caught 47 passes for 497 yards and three touchdowns last season. He was to make $1.95 million in 2015. Chandler had spent the past five seasons with the Bills, catching 182 passes for 2,120 yards and 17 touchdowns


Mar 11 2015 - Brian Tyms
  WR Brian Tyms, who wasn't tendered by the Patriots as an exclusive-rights free agent, re-signed Tuesday (March 10). Tyms, 26, is entering his third NFL season. The 6-foot-3, 204-pounder, was originally signed by the San Francisco 49ers as a rookie free agent out of Florida A&M in 2012 and spent that season on the 49ers practice squad. He started the 2013 season on Miami's practice squad before being signed by the Cleveland Browns midseason. Tyms played in seven games for the Browns in 2013 and caught two passes for 12 yards. Last season with the Patriots, Tyms played in 11 games with two starts and finished with five receptions for 82 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown in the 37-22 victory at Buffalo on Oct. 12. Tyms played in the AFC Divisional playoff game vs. Baltimore but was inactive for the AFC Championship game and Super Bowl XLIX.


Mar 11 2015 - Brandon Gibson
  WR Brandon Gibson agreed to terms om a one-year contract with the Patriots Tuesday (March 10). The deal is estimated to be worth $825,000. Gibson has made 233 receptions during a six-year career that has included a four-year stop in St. Louis as well as two years in Miami. His best season was in 2012 when he recorded 51 receptions for 691 yards and five touchdowns. Gibson was a sixth-round pick out of Washington State where he played football and basketball.


Mar 8 2015 - Devin McCourty
  S Devin McCourty, scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent March 10, agreed to re-signed with the Patriots Sunday (March 8). The deal is worth a reported $47.5 million over five years with $28.5 million guaranteed.


Mar 8 2015 - Jabaal Sheard
  LB Jabaal Sheard, unrestricted FA update, is another holdover that doesn't seem to fit head coach Mike Pettine's system. Sheard led the Browns in sacks each of his first three years in the league, but he had only two sacks last season. His best position is as a defensive end in a 4-3 when he doesn't have any pass coverage responsibilities. He is unlikely to be re-signed.


Mar 8 2015 - Brian Tyms
  WR Brian Tyms, exclusive-rights FA update, made the roster out of camp after serving a four-game league suspension and had a limited role - five catches for 82 yards including a 43-yard touchdown - as a deep threat. He'll be brought back for camp but would have to make strides to earn a roster spot again.


Mar 8 2015 - Sealver Siliga
  DT Sealver Siliga, exclusive-rights FA update, battled injuries in 2014, but is still expected to compete for a spot as one of the depth tackles to fill out the run defense.


Mar 8 2015 - Greg Orton
  WR Greg Orton, exclusive-rights FA update, is a 28-year-old journeyman with little future in New England who was on injured reserve all year.


Mar 8 2015 - James Morris
  LB James Morris, exclusive-rights FA update, was injured as an undrafted rookie but had impressed some with his summer play and will be a camp competition guy again.


Mar 8 2015 - James Develin
  FB James Develin, exclusive-rights FA update, has become a solid role player and special teamer who will almost certainly have a spot on the 2015 Patriots.


Mar 8 2015 - Chris White
  LB Chris White, unrestricted FA update, is a four-year veteran special teamer with nearly no value on defense. He's far from a priority and could easily be replaced by a guy with more versatility.


Mar 8 2015 - Devin McCourty
  S Devin McCourty, unrestricted FA update, was a candidate for the franchise tag, but now will test the free-agent waters. He's likely to find some intriguing, lucrative options on the open market that will test the captain and former first-round pick's loyalty to head coach Bill Belichick and the Patriots.


Mar 8 2015 - Alan Branch
  DT Alan Branch, unrestricted FA update, was a solid contributor as a rotational run stuffer in eight games after signing in New England midseason. He'd likely be welcomed back in a depth role at the right price.


Mar 8 2015 - Travaris Cadet
  RB Travaris Cadet, restricted FA update, has been a good fill-in player as a third-down back and has been a good kickoff returner, but may not receive a tender offer.


Mar 8 2015 - Kevin Hughes
  T Kevin Hughes, exclusive-rights FA update, didn't make much of an impression on the team in 2014.


Mar 6 2015 - Stephen Gostkowski
  K Stephen Gostkowski, who received the franchise tag from the Patriots March 6, signed the $4.56 million tender Friday (March 6). Upon signing the money is guaranteed for the 2015 season. July 15 is the deadline for an agreement on a long-term contract.


Mar 5 2015 - Bradley Fletcher
  CB Bradley Fletcher, unrestricted FA update, is a long corner who can play press-man coverage, which is why the Eagles signed him in 2013. He played OK his first season with the Eagles, but nosedived last year, particularly down the stretch. The low point was a costly mid-December loss to the Cowboys when he gave up three touchdown passes to Dez Bryant. The Eagles have no interest in bringing him back.


Mar 4 2015 - Robert McClain
  CB Robert McClain has fought off battles to take his nickel back spot in each of the past two seasons. McClain beat back challenges from Josh Wilson and Javier Arenas last year. He ended the season as a starter after Robert Alford went down with a broken wrist. McClain played in all 16 games and made six starts, but with the team shifting to bigger cornerbacks, McClain appears set to test free agency. He played 642 snaps last season and was the 57th-rated cornerback in the league who played at least 50 percent of his team's snaps, according to Pro Football Focus. Receivers caught 67.1 percent of the passes with McClain in coverage. Quarterbacks had a passer rating of 88.5 when throwing at McClain.


Mar 4 2015 - Jonathan Freeny
  LB Jonathan Freeny is a key special teams player whose season was interrupted by a hamstring injury. But he'll likely be back. He got a taste of playing from scrimmage last season due to injuries, but then he suffered the hamstring injury. Freeny is worth keeping, especially if he learns to contribute from scrimmage.



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