Robert Kraft, the National Football League team owner, is receiving the same offer from the Office of the State Attorney for Palm Beach County as the other first-time misdemeanor offenders caught up in the case last month, said Mike Edmondson, a spokesman for the office. Edmondson declined to say if Kraft has agreed to the offer for avoiding prosecution. Kraft, 77, a businessman who built the Patriots into the NFL's most dominant franchise, was charged following a police sting targeting sex-trafficking in day spas and massage parlors.
A week into free agency, most of the top free agents are off the board, which could leave the Patriots in a situation where they need to swing a trade, especially for a wide receiver. Appearing on the Not Sunday podcast with Ryan Hannable, NFL Media's Mike Giardi explained what the Patriots could do, including maybe trying to trade for Sterling Shepard of the Giants, who is entering the last year of his contract. “You feel like they should address it with a higher-end talent," he said. "In the case of [Adam] Humphries, you sort of made a commitment to them that they identified that this is the thing we need to latch on to — wide receiver. That is where we need to spend our money. I think that
Tempted to join his brother and the New England Patriots, tight end Martellus Bennett said he will instead remain retired to focus on his creative work. Michael Bennett was acquired by the Patriots from the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this month, sparking speculation the defensive lineman might soon be joined by his 32-year-old brother, who retired after being released by New England last offseason. Martellus Bennett has since focused his creative efforts on his "life's work" for The Imagination Agency.
Back when the first performance payout took place, San Francisco 49ers guard Eric Heitmann received the biggest share: his check over $42,048 led the NFL. 16 years later, this sum would place Heitman nowhere near the top of the league. Baltimore Ravens center Matt Skura received an extra $533,558 — most in the NFL and $60,000 more than what the highest-ranked New England Patriots player received. Overall, the Super Bowl champions have two players listed among the top 25 players in performance-based bonus money: Joe Thuney earned his spot on the list after playing every single one of the Patriots' 1,371 offensive snaps during the 2018 season. Compared to the relatively modest salary of a third-year
Mount Laurel, New Jersey might technically be located in the Garden State, but make no mistake, it is so close to Philadelphia that the town is firmly in Eagles Country. So, it would make sense if you drove by the NFL Films headquarters in Mount Laurel last offseason and saw an Eagles flag flying above the Films' office complex, right? What you may not know is that the only reason that flag was there was because the Eagles had just won the Super Bowl. If you were to visit NFL Films today, you'd see a Patriots flag flying overhead. Here's the backstory: Before the 2011 season, NFL Films co-founder Steve Sabol decided he wanted three flagpoles outside the office. One would support the American
Jerry Tillery, DL, Notre Dame The Patriots were left with all kinds of choices here at No. 32. So many choices, in fact, it wouldn't be a surprise to see them trade down. They could've gone with any number of receivers; N'Keal Harry of Arizona State, A.J. Brown of Ole Miss and Deebo Samuel of South Carolina were all available in this scenario, but Belichick has never taken a receiver in the first round. Though it's a real hole on the roster at the moment, I'm not sure there's a wideout left that the Patriots would want this early. Alabama tight end Irv Smith was here, but he may be more of a Day 2 prospect. Clemson nose tackle Dexter Lawrence is available as well, though the Patriots just inked
Welcome to Tuesday's Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire. TUESDAY'S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: MLB Exhibition: Detroit at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (MLB Network) MLB Exhibition: Toronto vs. Boston, 1:05 p.m. (NESN, WEEI-AM 850) MLB Exhibition: Colorado at LA Angels, 9 p.m. (MLB Network) NBA: LA Lakers at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. (NBATV) NBA: Indiana at LA Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV) NHL: Boston at NY Islanders, 7 p.m. (NESN) NHL: Washington at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN) AROUND THE WEB: -- Tom Brady prepares for every Patriots game by watching film and it turns out he does the same before family ski trips. Brady posted a video
The Josh Rosen trade speculation just will not stop. The Arizona Cardinals quarterback has been linked to many teams, including the New York Giants, Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins. He's also been linked to the New England Patriots. Could Rosen be Tom Brady's successor in New England? NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah added some fire to the speculation on Monday, writing that the quarterback would be a great fit with the Patriots. “I could make a strong argument that the Redskins should do everything in their power to acquire Rosen because I believe he's better than any QB who will be available at Pick No. 15 in Round 1. However, the other team I would keep an eye on is New England. Not only
Maybe it's blind faith. Or maybe it's wishful thinking. Either way, Skip Bayless' confidence in the Dallas Cowboys is borderline insane. Bayless, a huge Cowboys supporter, took his fandom to another level Tuesday on FS1's “Undisputed” by putting Dallas in the same sentence as the New England Patriots. He compared Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott to Patriots QB Tom Brady. And while talking about Jerry Jones' handling of Dallas' salary cap, Bayless called the Cowboys the “soon-to-be Patriots.” To be fair, Bayless showed a small smirk, suggesting he knew the hyperbolic nature of his comments. His stance still is enough to leave most football fans scratching their heads, though. The Cowboys are a
Whether they do or not is impossible to say with any certainty at this stage, but I certainly share your implied desire that they do. Of the candidates – Derek Rivers, Deatrich Wise, Keionta Davis, Ufomba Kamalu, Trent Harris – I'm most intrigued by Rivers. A knee injury wiped out his rookie season in training camp two years ago, and last year, though he was on the 53-man roster, he essentially red-shirted by being inactive on most game days. He might have the most natural talent in this group, and if he's fully recovered from that knee injury, he'll have every opportunity to contribute this coming season. I'm also encouraged by the fact that head coach Bill Belichick spoke so glowingly of him
While there are a seemingly limitless number of factors that impact what teams prospective NFL players will land on, from a battery of tests at the combine, to interviews, to the whim of the draft, wide receiver Hunter Renfrow may have found a different way. Renfrow, a 5'10" receiver from Clemson, reported having a dream that he was drafted by the Patriots, and was meeting with quarterback Tom Brady. Renfrow explained to Scott Keepfer of The Greenville News: "I would love to be a Patriot. Whoever gets me, that would be awesome," Renfrow said. "I had a dream I was a Patriot last night. It was the weirdest thing. I went to sleep and ... I was having a meeting with Tom Brady." Renfrow's dreams may
The Patriots deal with free-agent nose tackle Mike Pennel is for two years with a base salary of $5 million and could be worth up to $8 million in incentives, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Dorsett, 26, is a veteran of four NFL seasons with Indianapolis (2015-16) and New England (2017-18). The 5-foot-10, 192-pounder, originally entered the NFL as a first round draft pick (29th overall) of Indianapolis in the 2015 NFL Draft out of Miami. He was acquired by New England from Indianapolis in a trade in exchange for QB Jacoby Brissett on Sept. 2, 2017. Overall, Dorsett has played in 57 NFL games with 11 starts and has 95 receptions for 1,237 yards and six touchdowns. He has also played in five postseason games with seven receptions for 120 yards and two touchdowns.
There's still time for the Patriots to sign a free-agent wideout. There's still time for them to acquire a pass-catcher via trade. But what if they decide the best way to continue to build depth at the position around Julian Edelman is to dip into the draft? The Patriots have of course had their share of cracks at rookie receivers, using 16 picks to take wideouts with Bill Belichick at the helm. Most recently, they've used draft choices on Braxton Berrios (sixth round, 2018), Malcolm Mitchell (fourth round, 2016), Devin Lucien (seventh round, 2016), Jeremy Gallon (seventh round, 2014), Aaron Dobson (second round, 2013) and Josh Boyce (fourth round, 2013). Dobson, Chad Jackson (2006), Bethel