Peyton Manning has breaking news related to the Patriots, and no, he's not going to be backing up Tom Brady.
According to No. 18, his good friend and former Colt, Joseph Addai is signing with the New England Patriots.
The Patriots had worked out Addai a few weeks ago at Gillette but nothing came of it leading up to the draft. New England focused much of the draft on the defensive side of the ball, but with BenJarvus Green-Ellis signing in Cincy, the Pats needed a veteran running back presence to complement Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen.
The Patriots also brought in Tim Hightower and Ryan Grant, but now it looks like Addai is their man.
A former first round pick, the 29-year-old Addai was released by the Colts last month as part of their rebuilding approach.
Addai scored the winning touchdown against the Patriots in the 2007 AFC Championship.
In six seasons with the Colts, Addai rushed for 4,453 yards and 39 touchdowns. He also has nine receiving touchdowns. He's never had more than two fumbles in a season - a nice statistic as he will fill a roster spot left by a man (Green-Ellis) who has never fumbled in his entire career.
Addai will join Anthony Gonzalez as the second Colt to sign with the Patriots this offseason.
Football is coming.
The Patriots announced on Thursday that veterans will report to training camp on Wednesday, July 26 and that the first public practice will take place the following day.
Each of the team's first four practices -- from July 27-30 -- are scheduled to take place on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium "in the nine o'clock hour," according to the Patriots. Updates to the training camp schedule, including more specific start times for practices, can be found at patriots.com/trainingcamp.
The Patriots Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremony for former corner Raymond Clayborn on Saturday, July 29 around midday following that morning's training camp practice. Held on the plaza outside the Hall at Patriot Place, the ceremony will be free and open to the public.
The Patriots will host the Jaguars for two days of joint practices open to the public on Monday, Aug. 7 and Tuesday, Aug. 8. The preseason opener for both clubs will take place at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 10.
Tom Brady's off-the-field workout habits are the subject of serious curiosity for those in New England and beyond. Thanks to Under Armour's Instagram account, followers got a brief glimpse of what Brady does to stay in shape.
OK. It was more like a glimpse at what he did one day in Tokyo.
The video of Brady in the dohyo ring was shot at the Sakaigawa sumo stable in Tokyo on Thursday. According to Kyodo News, leading the training session was ozeki Goeido, who won last year's Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.
"For them to welcome me means very much to me. It's hard to describe in words how special that was," Brady said.
Brady bounced around China before heading to Japan to continue to help promote Under Armour and in particular its "recovery sleepwear" line. He threw a pass on the Great Wall, and he explained that it was his "dream" to play a game on the continent.