Rob Ninkovich's agent announces that his client has signed a three-year contract extension worth more than $15 million, including $8.5 million guaranteed.
Rob Gronkowski's 2013 debut will be delayed for at least another week, but Brandon Bolden will play his first game of the year.
According to Ian Rapoport and Mike Silver of the NFL Network, Tom Brady has been texting Brandon Lloyd and Deion Branch to gauge their interest in returning to New England.
It feels like the real season opener as the Patriots and Bucs prepare for a 1 p.m. kickoff at Gillette Stadium.
Tom E. Curran checks in with his three keys for the Patriots in their game against Tampa Bay.