|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 - 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 - Chimdi Chekwa|
CB Chimdi Chekwa, who wasn't tendered as a restricted free agent by the Raiders, agreed to terms with the Patriots Wednesday (March 11) on a one-year contract.
|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 - Chimdi Chekwa|
CB Chimdi Chekwa, restricted FA update, led the Raiders with nine solo special teams tackles and may have been the most consistent kick coverage player on the team. Has failed to seize opportunities to break into the rotation as a cornerback.
|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 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 - Tyler Ott|
LS Tyler Ott was signed by the Patriots Wednesday (March 4). Ott was with the Patriots in training camp last summer.
|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.
|Mar 2 2015 - Stephen Gostkowski|
K Stephen Gostkowski received the franchise tag ($4.126 million) from the Patriots Monday (March 2). The Patriots issued the following statement on the use of the franchise tag: "Stephen has been extremely productive and a vital component to our success since joining our team in 2006. Utilizing the franchise designation allows both sides more time to try to reach an agreement, which is the goal."
Gostkowski was named to the Pro Bowl for the second straight season in 2014 and for the third time overall since joining the team as a fourth-round selection in the 2006 NFL Draft out of Memphis. He led the NFL in 2014 with 156 total points. Gostkowski also led the NFL in points in 2008, 2012 and 2013, becoming just the third player to lead the NFL in points in at least four seasons. He has connected on 86.8 percent of his regular-season field goal attempts since entering the NFL (243-of-280), the best field goal percentage in Patriots history.
Gostkowski became the Patriots' all-time leading scorer in the win vs. Miami on Dec. 14 and now has 1,179 career points. He was 35-of-37 on field goals in 2014 for a 94.6 field goal percentage, the highest field goal percentage in a single season for the Patriots.
|Feb 27 2015 - Brandon Gibson|
WR Brandon Gibson had his contract terminated by the Dolphins Friday (Feb. 27). Gibson, 27, was due $3.26 million in 2015 in the final year of a three-year deal worth $9.78 million he signed after leaving the St. Louis Rams in 2013.
In 21 games over two years in Miami, Gibson caught 59 passes for 621 yards and four touchdowns.
|Feb 6 2015 - Dax Swanson|
CB Dax Swanson was signed by the Patriots Thursday (Feb. 6) for 2015. He ended the season on the Patriots' practice squad.
|Feb 6 2015 - Deontae Skinner|
LB Deontae Skinner was signed by the Patriots Thursday (Feb. 6) for 2015. He ended the season on the Patriots' practice squad.
|Feb 6 2015 - Eric Martin|
OLB Eric Martin was signed by the Patriots Thursday (Feb. 6) for 2015. He ended the season on the Patriots' practice squad.
|Feb 6 2015 - Jonathan Krause|
WR Jonathan Krause was signed by the Patriots Thursday (Feb. 6) for 2015. He ended the season on the Patriots' practice squad.
|Feb 6 2015 - Caylin Hauptmann|
T Caylin Hauptmann was signed by the Patriots Thursday (Feb. 6) for 2015. He ended the season on the Patriots' practice squad.
|Feb 6 2015 - Justin Green|
CB Justin Green was signed by the Patriots Thursday (Feb. 6) for 2015. He ended the season on the Patriots' practice squad.
|Feb 6 2015 - Garrett Gilbert|
QB Garrett Gilbert was signed by the Patriots Thursday (Feb. 6) for 2015. He ended the season on the Patriots' practice squad.
|Feb 6 2015 - Jake Bequette|
DE Jake Bequette was signed by the Patriots Thursday (Feb. 6) for 2015. He ended the season on the Patriots' practice squad.
|Feb 6 2015 - Chris Barker|
G Chris Barker was signed by the Patriots Thursday (Feb. 6) for 2015. He ended the season on the Patriots' practice squad.
|Feb 3 2015 - Tom Brady|
QB Tom Brady became the sixth quarterback to throw four or more touchdown passes, the first to throw them to different receivers.
|Feb 3 2015 - Julian Edelman|
WR Julian Edelman had nine catches for 109 yards and a touchdown in the Super Bowl. The slot receiver led New England through three postseason wins with 26 catches for 281 yards and the one score.
|Feb 3 2015 - Josh Kline|
G Josh Kline dressed but did not play against the Seahawks, the only Patriots player other than backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo to dress but not see action in the Super Bowl.