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Blake Bortles likes Tom Brady’s model for quarterback salaries

The Jaguars could have had quarterback Blake Bortles play out this year under the terms of the fifth-year option on his rookie deal, but they signed him to a three-year contract extension in February instead. The deal guarantees Bortles $26.5 million over the next two seasons as opposed to the $19 million he would have [more]

Shaq Mason wants to stay with the Patriots

With tackle Nate Solder leaving the Patriots via free agency, guard Shaq Mason becomes the best offensive lineman on the roster. And it sounds like he’d like to stay on the roster. “Yes, I would,” Mason told Kevin Duffy of the Boston Herald. “But as far as all that goes, I don’t look ahead, honestly. [more]

Now on Patriots’ staff, Bret Bielema finds he prefers pro football

Former Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema is now an assistant on the Patriots’ staff, his first job in the NFL after a quarter century coaching in college. He doesn’t think he’ll go back. Bielema says he’s so thoroughly enjoying the all-football focus of working for Bill Belichick that he isn’t eager to return to a [more]

Drew Brees, Tom Brady in a race toward Peyton Manning’s touchdown record

Heading into the 2018 season, Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady are tied on the career passing touchdowns list: Both have thrown exactly 488 touchdowns in their career. That puts them 51 behind Peyton Manning’s all-time career record of 539, and over the next couple years they’ll race to see which one [more]

Kellen Winslow II faces additional charge of raping unconscious teenager in 2003

Kellen Winslow II faces a new charge in San Diego, accused of raping an unconscious 17-year-old girl in 2003, USA Today reports. The former NFL tight end, now 34, was arraigned on the additional charge Thursday. “When there is a rape that occurs and the victim is under the age of 18 years old, there [more]

Judge rules there is sufficient evidence for Kellen Winslow II to stand trial

A preliminary hearing regarding rape and kidnapping charges against former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow II wrapped up in San Diego Thursday with a judge ruling there is sufficient evidence for the case to move forward to trial. USA Today reports Judge Harry M. Elias threw out two burglary charges, but ruled that Winslow will [more]

Brandon Browner charged with attempted murder after July 8 arrest

The La Verne Police Department announced on Tuesday that the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has filed four charges, including attempted murder, against former NFL cornerback Brandon Browner after he was arrested on July 8. Browner is accused of breaking into entering the home of a woman that he previously had a relationship with, [more]

Is Gronkowski still available in trade?

The easy answer is yes, because almost every player in the NFL is available in trade at any time, if the price is right. The real question, then, isn’t whether Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is available in trade, but whether the Patriots are still motivated to explore moving him. According to a new report, [more]

Tyler Gaffney returns to baseball after four years chasing NFL dream

Baseball always was Tyler Gaffney’s first love, and after four seasons spent chasing a football dream, the former running back has returned to the diamond. “I was all-in for football, [but] over the years, I missed baseball,” Gaffney said, via James Crabtree-Hannigan of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I had a couple of injuries, and they all [more]

Report: Arrest warrant issued for Jabar Gaffney vandalizing Lito Sheppard’s car

In June, former NFL cornerback Lito Sheppard accused former NFL wide receiver Jabar Gaffney of doing $14,000 of damage to his car by slashing the tires and pouring a contaminant in the gas tank while Sheppard was dining at a restaurant. Gaffney denied Sheppard’s claim, which was made after watching surveillance video of the parking [more]

Playoff odds have Patriots the heaviest favorites, Cardinals the longest long shots

The New England Patriots are heading into the 2018 season in a familiar place: Overwhelming favorites to make the playoffs. Playoff betting odds are available for every team, and the Patriots are incredible -1500 favorites to make the playoffs. In other words, you’d have to bet $1,500 just to make a $100 profit on New [more]

Adrian Clayborn was a “consistent force” during offseason workouts

Tweaked quad notwithstanding, Adrian Clayborn had an impressive spring in New England. Via Jim McBride of the Boston Globe, the first-year Patriots pass rusher became a “consistent force off the edge” during OTAs and minicamp, “typically getting the jump on any tackles who were trying to keep him at bay.” The non-contact (eye roll) nature [more]

Fifteen draft picks remain unsigned, including seven of top 10

With Calvin Ridley signing his four-year deal with the Falcons, 15 drafted players remain unsigned. Eleven of those are first-round choices, including the top four overall picks. In fact, only three of the top-10 picks have signed. The 49ers, Browns and Giants all have two players left to get under contract. 49ers OT Mike McGlinchey [more]

NFL used Third of July afternoon to dump a lot of suspension news

The Friday afternoon news dump is one of the oldest pages in the politics and public relations playbook: There’s a long-held belief that on weekends, people don’t consume much news, so if you want to put bad news out, you put it out on Friday afternoon, when few people are paying attention. But even better [more]

Report: Julian Edelman’s appeal focused only on paperwork

So much for the “unrecognized substance” defense. The P.R. red herring never actually became part of Patriots receiver Julian Edelman‘s appeal of his four-game suspension for violating the PED policy, according to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe. Instead, Edelman’s defense focused only on paperwork. And his defense failed. The notion that the substance for [more]

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