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Patriots | Chris Long will not return to Patriots

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 12:00:50 -0800

New England Patriots impending free-agent DE Chris Long said he will not re-sign with the Patriots this offseason.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss


Patriots | Pats still talking with Dont'a Hightower

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 10:14:52 -0800

Updating a previous report, New England Patriots impending free-agent LB Dont'a Hightower will not receive the franchise tag, but the Patriots are still talking with Hightower about a new contract. The two sides are not close to an agreement at this point.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: Boston Herald - Jeff Howe


Patriots | Jimmy Garoppolo unlikely to be traded

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:58:47 -0800

New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo is unlikely to be traded, according to league sources.

Fantasy Tip: Garoppolo has zero fantasy luster behind Tom Brady, and he'll need a trade in order to have a pulse in fantasy in 2017.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter


Patriots | Jared Odrick visited Patriots

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 13:29:47 -0800

Free-agent DE Jared Odrick (Jaguars) visited the New England Patriots this week and passed a physical. He has not been signed, however.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: FirstCoastNews.com - Mike Kaye


Patriots | No franchise tag for Dont'a Hightower

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:05:38 -0800

New England Patriots impending free-agent LB Dont'a Hightower will not be given the franchise tag. He is expected to test the free-agent market.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter


Patriots | Nick Caley named TEs coach

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:38:31 -0800

New England Patriots offensive assistant Nick Caley has been named the team's new tight ends coach.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss


Patriots | Rob Gronkowski confident in Week 1 return

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:56:46 -0800

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back) told ESPN's Cari Champion on Friday, Feb. 24, he has "no doubt" he will be ready for the start of the 2017 season.

Fantasy Tip: The 27-year-old Gronkowski is recovering from his third back surgery since 2009 and his eighth surgery overall, but he remains undaunted in his quest to dominate NFL defenses. Gronk was rarely ever completely healthy in 2016 and was limited to eight games, finishing with 25 catches for 540 yards and three touchdowns. Assuming he is cleared in time to start the opener, Gronkowski should return to the top of the heap at his position and be a worthy top-20 pick in fantasy again.

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Patriots | Martellus Bennett will test free agency

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:49:47 -0800

New England Patriots impending free-agent TE Martellus Bennett will test the free-agent market. Based on his asking price, he could be with a different team next season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Fantasy Tip: Bennett will likely be the most coveted free-agent tight end this offseason, so he's bound to receive some attractive offers from teams other than the Patriots. Bennett was hindered by Rob Gronkowski in 2016, when Gronk was healthy, but he has proven to be a capable starter. He scored three touchdowns in one game even with Gronk active. Wherever Bennett plays and/or starts, he has TE1 potential.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport


Patriots | Danny Amendola open to pay cut

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:09:12 -0800

New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola is receptive to a pay cut in order to stay with the team.

Fantasy Tip: Amendola is too spotty of a player to rely on in fantasy. He'll have huge weeks on occasion, but the 31-year-old doesn't contribute consistently enough for a WR5 flyer.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: CSNNE.com - Mike Giardi


Patriots | Dont'a Hightower could get transition tag

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:04:05 -0800

New England Patriots impending free-agent LB Dont'a Hightower may be more likely to receive the transition tag than the franchise tag if the Patriots decide to use a tag on him, in the opinion of ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss. Hightower would receive around $11 million if he receives the transition tag and the Patriots would have the first right of refusal if another team signed him. The franchise tag would be worth between $14.5 million and $15 million, which may be too rich for the Patriots.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss


Patriots | Brian Daboll leaving New England

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:01:09 -0800

New England Patriots tight ends coach Brian Daboll is leaving the team to become the offensive coordinator at the University of Alabama, according to sources.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Chris Low


Patriots | Michael Floyd gets jail sentence

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:00:17 -0800

New England Patriots WR Michael Floyd was sentenced Friday, Feb. 17, after pleading guilty to his extreme DUI charge. He will have to spend 120 days in jail, 24 of which to be served in Maricopa County Jail and the other 96 to be served under house arrest. In addition, Floyd must pay a $5,115 fine and complete 30 hours of community service. The other six charges against him were dismissed.

Fantasy Tip: It's been a significant fall from grace for Floyd, someone who was flirting with regular WR2 status in many leagues as recent as the 2015 season. The former Cardinal will serve all of his jail time during the offseason, but he's also an impending free agent that will be facing a suspension from the NFL as well, not to mention the fact he's coming off a down campaign. Floyd has ways to go to become fantasy relevant again.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Boston Globe - Henry McKenna


Patriots | Tom Brady extension possible

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 06:27:31 -0800

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has expressed mutual interest in a new contract with the team, according to source. Talks are in preliminary stages. Brady is signed through 2019. He will earn $1 million in 2017, but he has a $14 million salary cap number.

Fantasy Tip: Brady was fifth in fantasy points per game among quarterbacks last season and had a ridiculous 28-to-2 touchdown-to-pick ratio. He remains an elite option at quarterback in fantasy.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: Boston Herald - Jeff Howe


Patriots | Jimmy Garoppolo draws praise

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 19:51:18 -0800

New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo was compared to Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre by Patriots WR Julian Edelman during a Tuesday, Feb. 14, appearance on NFL Network. "The guy is a stud. He went out and played in the regular season and played very well. He has that kind of gunslinger-like confidence, that Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers kind of confidence," Edelman said. Garoppolo is entering the final year of his rookie deal.

Fantasy Tip: Garoppolo obviously has no immediate fantasy worth sitting behind Tom Brady, so the only path to fantasy draft value before the 2017 season is a trade.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: NFL Network


Patriots | Glenn Gronkowski back with Patriots

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:29:08 -0800

New England Patriots FB Glenn Gronkowski re-signed to a Reserve/Future deal Tuesday, Feb. 14.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter


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