|Apr 24 2018 - Rob Gronkowski|
TE Rob Gronkowski made it official -- the behemoth tight end is returning for another season with the New England Patriots.
Gronkowski ended any speculation over whether he would continue playing, posting on his Instagram account that he revealed his plans to return this season in a meeting with Patriots coach Bill Belichick.
A five-time Pro Bowl selection, Gronkowski had not publicly committed to playing in 2018, leading to speculation that he could be traded.
Gronkowski, 28, posted 69 catches for 1,084 yards with eight touchdowns over 14 games in 2017. He is due to make $17 million over the next two seasons.
|Apr 24 2018 - Ulrick John|
OL Ulrick John signed with New England, the team announced Tuesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed for John, who has appeared in 10 games over four seasons with four different teams, including a career-high five with the Green Bay Packers last season. John made three starts for the Cardinals in 2016 and started the 2017 season on the team's practice squad before winding up with Green Bay.
|Apr 23 2018 - Tom Brady|
QB Tom Brady's agent is confident that his client will return for the 2018 season. Agent Don Yee told ESPN that he expects the three-time NFL MVP back on the field, even though Brady has yet to publicly make that commitment. With Brady mum on the topic, questions have been raised if he is moving closer toward retirement. Yee insists, however, that it's full speed ahead for Brady. "Tom's intentions have not changed," Yee said Monday. "He's consistently said he'll play beyond this contract and into his mid 40s, or until he feels he isn't playing at a championship level. I understand the constant speculation, but this is one point he's been firm about."
|Apr 22 2018 - Rob Gronkowski|
The New England Patriots expect QB Tom Brady and TE Rob Gronkowski to play this season, NBC's Pro Football Talk reported Sunday. Brady and Gronkowski have not publicly said they are committed to playing this year. Neither player participated in the team's voluntary workouts last week. Gronkowski, 28, made 69 catches for 1,084 yards with eight touchdowns over 14 games in 2017. He is due to make $17 million over the next two seasons. Gronkowski told NBC Sports Boston on Saturday that he is training for dirt bike racing.
|Apr 22 2018 - Tom Brady|
The New England Patriots expect quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski to play this season, NBC's Pro Football Talk reported Sunday. Brady and Gronkowski have not publicly said they are committed to playing this year. Neither player participated in the team's voluntary workouts last week. Brady, 40, threw for 4,577 yards with 32 touchdowns and just eight interceptions in winning his third MVP last season.
|Apr 21 2018 - Rob Gronkowski|
TE Rob Gronkowski decided not to attend the team's offseason workouts last week. It seems Gronkowski had a good reason not to show up at the voluntary program, although it's one that probably will not fly with Patriots coach Bill Belichick. "Training for this dirt-biking," Gronkowski told NBC Sports Boston while attending a Supercross event Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. "I've got dirt-biking skills to work on." He has not been committed to returning this season. Gronkowski, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, has two years left on a six-year extension he signed in 2012. He is due to make $8 million this year and has a $250,000 workout bonus.
|Apr 18 2018 - Rob Gronkowski|
TE Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots has purchased a minority stake in a racehorse that is named Gronkowski, after him, and will run in the Kentucky Derby. Terms of Gronkowski's deal were not announced, although Phoenix Thoroughbreds, a global horse racing investment fund, bought the horse for more than $400,000 in England last year. Trainer Jeremy Noseda's family are Patriots fans, so they named the horse after Gronkowski.
|Apr 18 2018 - Tom Brady|
QB Tom Brady reportedly has yet to commit to playing in the 2018 season. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter on Wednesday, however, multiple sources feel that Brady will indeed return for the upcoming campaign. With Brady mum on the topic, questions have been raised if he is moving closer toward retirement. Brian Hoyer remains the only other quarterback on the roster heading into next week's draft. He signed a three-year deal the team after the trade deadline last season. "My money would be on (Brady) playing football for the foreseeable future, but what goes on away from the football field, I don't know," one source told ESPN. "I don't know."
|Apr 15 2018 - Rob Gronkowski|
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski will not attend the first day of team workouts, which begin Monday, according to a report. ESPN's Adam Schefter wrote Sunday that Gronkowski and quarterback Tom Brady will not participate in the first day of voluntary workout sessions. Brady is traveling with his family but it is unclear why Gronkowski is not attending. He has not been committed to returning this season. A five-time Pro Bowl selection, Gronkowski has two years remaining on a six-year extension he signed in 2012. He is owed $17 million in base salary over the next two years. He is due to make $8 million this year and has a $250,000 workout bonus.
|Apr 12 2018 - Rob Gronkowski|
TE Rob Gronkowski's playing future has been in question ever since he openly contemplated retirement moments after the New England Patriots' loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII. Patriots owner Robert Kraft, however, insists he's not worried about Gronkowski's availability for the 2018 season. "It's not even an issue for me," Kraft told Jeff Howe of The Athletic. "I didn't know about it until I read about it in the paper. I saw him (recently at Gillette Stadium). We have a fun, good relationship. He is one of the most up people I know. I was impressed that he was coming in late and doing whatever he had to do to make himself feel right and get his body right."
|Apr 10 2018 - Tom Brady|
QB Tom Brady typically receives extensions when his contract has just two years remaining. Although Brady's current deal expires after the 2019 season, Patriots owner Robert Kraft downplayed the concerns about that contractual element during an interview with Jeff Howe of The Athletic. "He'll be 41 when the season starts," Kraft said. "Neither side has an issue with it. If it becomes an issue, we'll deal with it."
|Apr 10 2018 - Tom Brady|
QB Tom Brady won't have his NFL career sacked by Gisele Bundchen. The supermodel wife of the New England Patriots star quarterback told the Wall Street Journal recently that the 40-year-old Brady ultimately will make the decision when the time is right to end his playing career. "It's not my decision to make," Bundchen told the newspaper. "It's his decision, and he knows it. It wouldn't be fair any other way. He's so focused right now. He has a laser focus on just winning and being the best, and I said, 'You know what? This is what you're doing right now in your life, and you need to feel complete in it, because if I'm the one who comes and says something and then you make a decision based on something that I said ..." Her sentence was completed by the reporter with the phrase "He'd resent it?" "Yeah, and I would never in my life, ever," she said. "I want him to be happy. Believe me, I've been with him when he's losing. Try to be with him after you have lost (Super Bowls). I mean, I had my fair share, OK? As long as he's happy, he's going to be a better father, he's going to be a better husband, and I just want him to be happy. I do have my concerns, like anyone would."
|Apr 6 2018 - Jordan Matthews|
WR Jordan Matthews agreed to a one-year contract with New England. Matthews spent an injury-plagued season with the Buffalo Bills in 2017, appearing in 10 games (seven starts) and recording 25 receptions for 282 yards and two touchdowns -- careers lows in each category. Matthews had eight touchdown catches in each of his first two seasons and established career highs with 85 receptions for 997 yards while appearing in all 16 games in 2015.
|Apr 4 2018 - Julian Edelman|
WR Julian Edelman and his personal assistant might have helped prevent a school shooting in Michigan, the New York Times reported. Edelman was informed by an Instagram user that someone had posted a comment about shooting up his school, so Shannen Moen, his assistant, sifted through the social media platform before finding this comment: "I'm going to shoot my school up watch the news." With the February shooting that killed 17 people in Parkland, Fla., on their minds, Edelman and Moen contacted police. An investigation led authorities to an IP address in Michigan and police in Port Huron, Mich., detained a 14-year-old boy, who admitted to writing the threat.
|Apr 4 2018 - Tom Brady|
QB Tom Brady wasn't against the New England Patriots trading away their top wide receiver from last season, according to a report by NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. Per a source informed of the situation, Rapoport reported that the 41-year-old Brady had no qualms with the decision for the Patriots to send speedy Brandin Cooks and a 2018 fourth-round draft pick (No. 136 overall) to the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday. New England received the 23rd overall selection in the first round of this year's draft and a sixth-round draft pick (No. 198). The Patriots now have two first-round picks and two second-round selections in the 2018 NFL Draft, a total of four in the top 63. By comparison, they only had four picks in all of last year's draft.
|Apr 3 2018 - Rob Gronkowski|
TE Rob Gronkowski answered the call of one fan who is awaiting multiple organ transplants. Gronkowski joined his brother Gordie in making a special hospital visit to Chicopee (Mass.) native Lauren Meizo at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston on Monday. "It was incredible. He was so down to earth!" Meizo told the Boston Herald after her 45-minute visit with the five-time Pro Bowl selection. "My nerves were gone once we started talking. It was a dream come true."
|Apr 2 2018 - Rob Gronkowski|
TE Rob Gronkowski hasn't publicly disclosed his playing future since moments after Super Bowl LII, but one published report noted that the New England Patriots may be inclined to trade the mammoth tight end. The Boston Sports Journal cited a Patriots team source as saying that the "longer Gronkowski goes without saying he's all-in, the chances of him being traded increases." Per an ESPN report on Sunday, coach Bill Belichick is frustrated that Gronkowski hasn't committed to the team for the upcoming season. The 28-year-old Gronkowski reportedly isn't too keen on "The Patriot Way" as well, prompting his contemplation of retirement shortly after the team dropped a 41-33 decision to the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl on Feb. 4.
|Apr 1 2018 - Tom Brady|
QB Tom Brady knows a big game when he sees one. The New England Patriots quarterback showed his allegiance to his alma mater on Saturday with a post that has his face photoshopped celebrating along with other Wolverines on the Michigan bench. Brady even went the extra mile as he photoshopped his likeness wearing a No. 12 jersey. Wolverines star senior guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman traditionally wears that number.
|Apr 1 2018 - Rob Gronkowski|
TE Rob Gronkowski is more likely to continue his football career than retire at 28 years old, ESPN reported Sunday citing sources close to him. Gronkowski still hasn't made a decision, but the sources say that he is "pretty certain" to return as long as quarterback Tom Brady remains with the team. While that can be construed as a positive, the report noted that "lingering frustrations remain between Gronkowski and with head coach Bill Belichick" in addition to "others in the Patriots organization."
|Mar 26 2018 - LaAdrian Waddle|
OT LaAdrian Waddle re-signed with the Patriots on Monday. Terms of the contract were not announced, but multiple media outlets reported it was a one-year deal.
|Mar 25 2018 - Duron Harmon|
S Duron Harmon apologized for his Friday arrest in Costa Rica for attempting to bring marijuana into the country.
Harmon was arrested at the Juan Santamaria airport by police with 58 grams of marijuana hidden in his suitcase, along with three pipes with cannabis oil, a THC candy and four glass containers of compressed marijuana weighing 4.3 grams, according to reports.
Harmon was trying to enter Costa Rica from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was temporarily detained and sent back to the United States.
"I would like to extend my deepest regrets and sincerest apologies to Patriots fans, my teammates, my coaches, the Krafts and the NFL," Harmon wrote in a statement. "In addition, I apologize to my friends, family and especially my wife and two sons. Friday does not represent who I am or the person I strive to be. I am committed to doing everything within my power to regain the trust and respect of everyone who believes in me as an athlete, role model, person and friend. I appreciate your understanding and, once again, I apologize with all my heart."
|Mar 24 2018 - Duron Harmon|
S Duron Harmon was denied entry into Costa Rica after attempting to bring marijuana into the country, multiple media outlets reported on Saturday. Costa Rican newspaper La Nacion reported that Harmon was arrested on Friday afternoon at the Juan Santamaria airport. Airport police discovered 58 grams of cannabis inside a can of ice tea hidden within a suitcase, The Costa Rica Star reported. Per the newspaper, he also had three pipes with canibas oil, a THC candy and four glass containers of compressed marijuana weighing 4.3 grams. Harmon, who was attempting to enter the country from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., temporarily was detained and sent back to the United States.
|Mar 23 2018 - Marquis Flowers|
LB Marquis Flowers reisgned with the Patriots, the team announced Friday. Terms were not announced, but ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Flowers' deal is worth a maximum of $2.55 million.
The 26-year-old Flowers was acquired in August 2017 from the Cincinnati Bengals, who selected him with a sixth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Flowers recorded 32 tackles, 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble in 16 regular-season games during his first season with the Patriots in 2017. He added one sack and six tackles while playing in all three of New England's postseason games.
|Mar 22 2018 - LaAdrian Waddle|
OT LaAdrian Waddle agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the New Englad Patriots, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.
|Mar 22 2018 - Marquis Flowers|
LB Marquis Flowers is returning to the New England Patriots. Flowers signed a one-year contract worth a maximum of $2.55 million with the Patriots, Sean Stellato of the SES agency told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Flowers recorded 32 tackles, 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble in 16 games during his first season with the Patriots.
|Mar 20 2018 - Matthew Slater|
WR Matthew Slater is staying with the New England Patriots, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday. Slater signed a two-year contract to remain with the club, according to the Boston Herald. Slater has started only three games in his career -- all in 2011 -- but has carved out an impressive niche on special teams, earning Pro Bowl honors for the past seven seasons.
|Mar 18 2018 - Cordarrelle Patterson|
WR/KR Cordarrelle Patterson was acquired by New England in a trade with the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
Patterson is headed to New England in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
With Dion Lewis gone in free agency to the Tennessee Titans, the Patriots were looking for a kick returner to replace him and Patterson fits the bill. The speedy Patterson has averaged 28 yards per return in four of his five seasons in the NFL and has four career returns for touchdowns.
It appears special teams will be Patterson's primary responsibility as long as wide receivers Brandin Cook, Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan are not injured. But he could prove to be another weapon for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
In 16 games with the Raiders in 2017, Patterson made 31 catches for 309 yards and he added 121 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries.
The 27-year-old Patterson was a first-round draft pick in 2013 by the Minnesota Vikings, where he spent the first four years of his career.
|Mar 17 2018 - Patrick Chung|
The New England Patriots are expected to sign S Patrick Chung to a short-term contract extension, multiple media outlets reported on Saturday. Chung, who is under contract through the 2018 season, is scheduled to earn $2 million this season and have a salary-cap charge of $3.8 million. Chung recorded 84 tackles and an interception in 11 starts last season. He played on 87.5 percent of the defensive snaps in 2017.
|Mar 15 2018 - Jason McCourty|
CB Jason McCourty was traded to the New England Patriots, the Cleveland Browns announced Thursday. The Browns also sent a 2018 seventh-round draft pick to the Patriots in exchange for McCourty, who will join his twin brother Devin McCounty in the New England secondary. Cleveland received the Patriots' sixth-round draft choice in 2018 in the deal.
|Mar 15 2018 - Danny Shelton|
DT Danny Shelton was signed by the New England Patriots on Thursday, the team announced. Although the Patriots did not release terms of the deal, the Browns announced that they sent Shelton and a fifth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft to New England in exchange for a third-round selection in 2019. Shelton, 24, has recorded 71 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 46 career games since being selected by Cleveland with the 12th overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft. He had 34 tackles in 14 contests (13 starts) last season.
|Mar 14 2018 - Dion Lewis|
RB Dion Lewis is expected to sign a four-year contract with the Tennessee Titans, multiple outlets reported.
|Mar 14 2018 - Rex Burkhead|
RB Rex Burkhead re-signed with the New England Patriots for a multi-year contract on Wednesday, the Boston Globe reported.
Earlier, the Patriots lost running back Dion Lewis and cornerback Malcolm Butler to the Tennessee Titans, and they lostleft tackle Nate Solder to the New York Giants. The NFL Network reported that Burkhead's deal is for three years and is "heavy" on guarantees. Burkhead had a career-high 518 yards from scrimmage (264 as a runner and 254 as a pass receiver) and scored eight touchdowns (five as a runner and three as a receiver). However, Burkhead missed six regular-season games because of rib and knee injuries.
|Mar 10 2018 - Danny Shelton|
DT Danny Shelton will be acquired by the New England Patroits, multiple outlets reported. ESPN reported that the Patriots also are acquiring the Browns' fifth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and will send their 2019 third-round selection to Cleveland. The trades can't officially be announced until Wednesday, when the 2018 league year begins. Shelton, 24, has recorded 71 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 46 career games since being selected by Cleveland with the 12th overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft. He had 34 tackles in 14 contests last season. The 6-foot-2, 335-pound Shelton is slated to earn a base salary of $2.03 million in 2018.
|Mar 9 2018 - Tom Brady|
QB Tom Brady has been photographed with several different hairstyles over the years. On Thursday, the New England Patriots quarterback showed off a new one as he shed his locks for a good cause. Introduced as a "mystery guest," Brady received a buzz cut at the "Saving for Shaving" annual fundraiser for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
|Mar 8 2018 - Brandon King|
S Brandon King was re-signed to a two-year, $2.6 million contract with the New England Patriots, multiple outlets reported on Thursday. The Boston Globe reported King received a $400,000 signing bonus to go along with base salaries of $775,000 and $925,000. He will also earn another $15,625 per game that he's on the active roster. King, who is a safety, was set to be a restricted free agent this offseason.
|Mar 7 2018 - Jordan Matthews|
WR Jordan Matthews is pointing the finger at his former team for "two really bad diagnoses." Matthews said during an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio that the diagnoses by Philadelphia Eagles' doctors caused lingering knee and ankle damage that limited his production once he was traded to the Bills. The 25-year-old missed a month in the middle of last season due to thumb surgery. His campaign came to a premature end in December due to the continued knee issues, he claims.
|Mar 6 2018 - Alan Branch|
DE tackle Alan Branch will not have his ontract option picked up by the Patriots, NESN reported. The Patriots freed up $3.55 million in salary cap space by cutting ties with Branch. Branch started six of the 12 games in which he played in 2017, and he was inactive in the postseason during the Patriots' run to the Super Bowl.
|Mar 6 2018 - Kenny Britt|
WR Kenny Britt had the option on his contract picked up by the Patriots. Britt's contract is for one year, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported. The deal is worth $1.5 million with incentives that could add up to another $500,000. The Patriots signed Britt in mid-December, five days after he was released by the Cleveland Browns. He had just two receptions for 23 yards while playing in three games for New England in 2017.
|Mar 2 2018 - Rob Gronkowski|
TE Rob Gronkowski is not under any timetable to divulge his intentions of playing in the 2018 season, agent Drew Rosenhaus told PFT Live on Friday. Rosenhaus, however, declined to comment as to whether the Patriots have asked for a decision by a specific date. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Wednesday that Gronkowski is expected to play in the upcoming season. Reports have circled that the five-time Pro Bowl selection has been mulling both acting and professional wrestling as opposed to football.
|Mar 1 2018 - Antonio Garcia|
OT Antonio Garcia was placed on the non-football illness list before the first game last season and never made it to the field for his rookie season in 2017. The reason for the move was finally disclosed Thursday. Garcia was dealing with blood clots in his lungs, the Boston Herald reported, citing a source. A third-round draft pick out of Troy, Garcia was placed on blood thinners and lost at least 40 pounds, according to the newspaper. Expected to make a full recovery, Garcia has resumed workouts in an effort to regain his weight and strength, although there is no timetable for a possible return to the field.
|Feb 24 2018 - Brandon Bolden|
RB Brandon Bolden signed a one-year, $880,000 contract extension, multiple outlets reported on Saturday. Bolden, who also contributes on special teams, was set to be a free agent prior to signing for around the veteran's minimum. ESPN's Field Yates reported that Bolden's pact includes $170,000 in guarantees.
|Feb 23 2018 - David Harris|
LB David Harris, who played for the New England Patriots last season, announced his retirement on Friday.
Harris was a second-round draft pick of the New York Jets in 2007 out of the University of Michigan. He spent 10 years with the Jets and was named a second-team All-Pro after the 2009 season. After being released by the Jets, Harris played 10 games and made six starts for the Patriots last season, when he had 1.5 sacks. However, he did not play after Week 15 of the regular season.
|Feb 22 2018 - Julian Edelman|
WR Julian Edelman posted a video to Instagram detailing his progress from a torn right ACL injury. Edelman sustained the injury in a preseason game on Aug. 25, with his surgery coming just over four weeks later. The short video on Wednesday showed Edelman running with cords as Drake's song entitled "God's Plan" was heard in the background. He also posted the word "Determined" in the comments section.
|Feb 20 2018 - Devin McCourty|
S Devin McCourty said that he and his teammates knew well ahead of time that Malcolm Butler would not start in the Super Bowl, won by the Philadelphia Eagles 41-33 in Minneapolis. "We all knew he wasn't starting all week. That wasn't a secret to the guys on the team," McCourty told NJ Advance Media while at a fundraiser for his Tackle Sickle Cell charity.
|Feb 18 2018 - Tom Brady|
With 39-year-old PK Sebastian Janikowski released by the Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady remains the final player from the 2000 NFL Draft on the team that picked him. Other than Janikowski, defensive lineman John Abraham was the only first-rounder from the Class of 2000 to play until 2014, but that occurred with various teams after being picked by the New York Jets. Among that year's quarterbacks, Chris Redman had the second-longest tenure behind Brady, 40, by lasting until 2011. Chad Pennington played through the 2010 season.
|Feb 18 2018 - Lawrence Guy|
DL Lawrence Guy was awarded $500,000 on a renegotiated salary bonus after the six-year pro come up just short of his playing-time incentive in 2017. He played in 54.8 percent of the defensive snaps, needing to play in 55 percent for the original $500,000 bonus to kick in.
|Feb 9 2018 - Tom Brady|
QB Tom Brady expressed his gratitude on Instagram to everyone involved on his path to his third NFL MVP award. In fact, the word "gratitude" was mentioned seven times in his post on Friday as he reflected on a number of topics, including the Patriots' 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII on Sunday. In regard to the Super Bowl setback, however, the 40-year-old Brady wrote the following:
"It has taken me a few days to reflect on our SB loss as well as the great season our team had. There are many emotions when you come up short of your goal. And they are all part of learning and growing in this journey of life. Learning turns everything into a positive. And the number one feeling I have had the past 4 days is gratitude."
|Feb 8 2018 - Rob Gronkowski|
TE Rob Gronkowski reportedly is considering retiring from the NFL to pursue a career in Hollywood. Yes, you read that correctly. Gronkowski is considering a career in acting after Hollywood heavyweights Sylvester Stallone and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson have advised the 28-year-old that he could make "millions" in action films, according to the North Andover (Mass.) Eagle-Tribune. Gronkowski has told friends that injuries have "taken a toll on him," according to the newspaper.
|Feb 6 2018 - Rob Gronkowski|
TE Rob Gronkowski's home in Foxborough (Mass.) was the scene of a burglary, multiple outlets reported on Tuesday. Per Boston 25 News, police were called to the home at 6:18 p.m. on Monday and remained there until approximately 11 p.m. Gronkowski had been with the Patriots in Minneapolis since last Monday in preparation for Super Bowl LII. He left with his team on Monday, one day after the Philadelphia Eagles posted a 41-33 victory. "There were items stolen," Foxborough Police Chief William Baker told reporters Tuesday morning. "We're not going to release the nature of the items stolen. Obviously the people who committed the theft know what was stolen. It's an investigative advantage for us to know that as well and not share it with the public, so I won't have any further comment on that."
|Feb 5 2018 - Patrick Chung|
S Patrick Chung (head) left the second half of Super Bowl LII and did not return.