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Bernd Buchmasser

New England Patriots links 2/19/18 – Who will stay and who will leave in free agency?

Daily news and links for Monday.

TEAM TALK

Andy Hart and Paul Perillo debate whether or not the Patriots should draft a quarterback this year. The team goes inside the numbers of the 2017 season.

LOCAL LINKS

Mike Reiss (ESPN Boston) believes that the Patriots' seldom use of the franchise tag will continue this year. Mike Reiss (ESPN Boston) thinks that New England's defensive issues extend beyond the pass rush. Zack Cox (NESN) offers an offseason outlook for the Patriots defensive...

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McCourty defends Butler, says benching was not disciplinary

It has been more than two weeks since the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII, and we still have not heard a reasonable explanation for Malcolm Butler not playing a single defensive snap. We may never get one, but Devin McCourty wants to put an end to some of the speculation.In an interview with Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com, McCourty said that any reports about Butler violating team rules or partying in Minneapolis are untrue. In fact, the Patriots captain says...

ESPN.com - New England Patriots

Pats haven't used franchise tag much lately, which will likely continue

The Patriots don't have any real candidates to use the franchise tag on, which typically is the way things have fallen of late.

ESPN.com - New England Patriots

McCourty: Butler knew he wasn't starting

New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty says Malcolm Butler knew he wasn't starting in the Super Bowl.

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Bernd Buchmasser

Devin McCourty: Patriots knew Malcolm Butler wouldn't start Super Bowl 52

The defensive captain said that Butler's benching was no surprise.

From a New England Patriots perspective, the biggest story after the team's Super Bowl 52 loss against the Philadelphia Eagles was the benching of starting cornerback Malcolm Butler. After playing more than 98% of defensive snaps throughout the team's first 18 games of the season, Butler was only one the field for one special teams snap while his teammates gave up 41 points to its opponent.

The move was a head-scratcher and...

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Bernd Buchmasser

Two Patriots would have been named 2018 Pro Bowl alternates

Both Nate Solder and Devin McCourty would have played in the Pro Bowl if not for the Patriots' Super Bowl appearance.

In December 2017, the NFL announced the 88 participants of the season's Pro Bowl. Four members of the AFC's squad were with the New England Patriots as quarterback Tom Brady, tight end Rob Gronkowski, fullback James Develin and special teamer Matthew Slater all earned Pro Bowl honors after a vote by fans, players and coaches. The team could have had two more players...

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Oliver Thomas

Looking back on the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine through a Patriots lens

Nine prospects who made the trip to Indianapolis last year made subsequent trips to Foxborough.

Nine eventual New England Patriots made the trip to Indianapolis for the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine.

Four of whom went on to be part of New England’s smallest draft class in franchise history. The other five went on to sign as undrafted free agents in the hours, days and months that followed. And altogether, six are still with the organization a year later but only two played a regular-season...

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Bernd Buchmasser

Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield wants to pick Tom Brady's brain

The Heisman winner wants to find out what makes Tom Brady great.

The 2018 NFL draft is still more than two months away but the players that will be selected early are already known. One of them is Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, a two-time first team All-American who won the Heisman Trophy last year. The 22-year old is projected to be picked early on day one and therefore likely be out of reach for the New England Patriots in case they want to make him Tom Brady's de facto successor.

If...

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Tom Brady Super Bowl ring fetches big money at auction

A Super Bowl ring given to a member of Tom Brady’s family fetched nearly $350,000 at an auction Sunday morning, making it one of the most valuable pieces of recent sports memorabilia ever sold.The ring was a family version of the one Brady received for winning Super Bowl LI, meaning it has 265 diamonds instead of the standard 283 and is ten percent smaller than the version Brady himself received.Valued by its maker Jostens for $29,700, the ring sold for $344,927, according to ESPN’s...

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Bernd Buchmasser

Patriots alter Lawrence Guy’s contract for him to earn $500,000 bonus

It looks as if New England appreciates Guy’s contributions this year.

As opposed to years past, the New England Patriots were major players during the NFL’s 2017 free agency period. But while the acquisition of cornerback Stephon Gilmore and the trade for wide receiver Brandin Cooks took most of the headlines, the signing of defensive tackle Lawrence Guy to a four-year, $20 million contract also was a big move for the Patriots.

In his first year in New England, Guy established himself as...

Bleacher Report - New England Patriots

Tom Brady's Family Version of Super Bowl LI Ring Sells for Record $344,927

A Super Bowl LI ring that belonged to a family member of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady sold for $344,927 at auction, ESPN's Darren Rovell reported on Sunday. 

According to Rovell, it's the highest price ever paid for a Super Bowl ring. A Super Bowl XXV ring belonging to former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor sold for $230,401 in 2012.

       

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.    

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Known for holding a hard line, Patriots pay out $500K to Lawrence Guy

Lawrence Guy missed a $500,000 playing time bonus by two-tenths of a percentage point in 2017. The Patriots made it up to him this offseason.

ESPN.com - New England Patriots

Family version of Brady SB ring sells for $344K

A family version of the New England Patriots Super Bowl LI championship ring with "Brady" on it sold Sunday morning for $344,927, a record for a football ring.

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soxpatsceltics

Finding the next underutilized backup for the Patriots to sign

Who’s the next end of the depth chart player to get transformed by the Patriot Way?

Every year, the Patriots bring in new players, either via trade or free agency, from teams that underutilized their skill sets. Just in this past year, the Patriots have turned Marquis Flowers, Johnson Bademosi, Rex Burkhead, Eric Lee, from fringe roster players into guys that made contributions for the team outside of special teams. Before that, the Pats did the same thing with the likes of Chris Hogan,...

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Patriots' needs on defense extend beyond just the pass rush

Mailbaggers have lingering Super Bowl thoughts, roster ideas, coaching curiosity and, of course, more Malcolm Butler questions.

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Cody Rivera

Trying to avoid the Tom Brady blasphemy

Was choosing the 40-year-old over the 26-year-old the best thing to do for the team? I don’t want to answer this question...

When the Patriots realized they were running out of options for the Jimmy Garoppolo situation they found themselves in, ultimately dealing him away to the West Coast back at the trade deadline, I was sad. I felt a mix of emotions. I got all my feelings out by writing a piece about it.

When New England drafted Garoppolo in 2014, everyone assumed he was the next...

Bleacher Report - New England Patriots

Report: WWE Wants to Sign Rob Gronkowski to Deal Close to Ronda Rousey Contract

WWE is reportedly interested in signing New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski if he decides to retire from the NFL.

According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t NBC Sports Boston), WWE wants to sign Gronk to a deal similar to the one former UFC star Ronda Rousey recently inked with the company.

When asked about the possibility of retiring from football following New England's Super Bowl LII loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Gronkowski said, "I'm definitely...

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Pennsylvania brewery magnificently trolls Patriots with newest beer

Those in Philadelphia and its surrounding areas are not soon going to let others forget that their Eagles defeated the mighty New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII earlier this month. It was the Eagles’ first ever Super Bowl title. It came against a fellow east coast powerhouse with Philadelphia itself being major underdogs. Already a boisterous sports town, the hype is not going to die down any time soon.Just ask the Pennsylvania-based Iron Hill Brewery, who has decided to savagely and...

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Lane Johnson still reveling in hate from Patriots fans

The ever-outspoken Lane Johnson is definitely not backing down from his criticism of the New England Patriots, even now that it’s been nearly two weeks since the Super Bowl.The Eagles’ offensive tackle has been talking about the Patriots for weeks now, famously calling them a “fear-based organization” and hinted that playing for New England was “miserable.” Johnson isn’t backing down from that, even after several former Patriots contested his remarks.“They kept interviewing...

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Bernd Buchmasser

Patriots free agency profile: Malcolm Butler

The Super Bowl hero will likely leave the Patriots.

The New England Patriots came up just short of their ultimate goal in 2017 as the team lost Super Bowl LII against the Philadelphia Eagles. In order to get back onto the top of the NFL mountain, the team – on and off the field personnel – will have to quickly turn the page to get into a position to field the best possible team in 2018; one that will be able to once again compete for the world championship.

A big part of creating such a team...

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