Patriots courting former Chief Waters


Patriots courting former Chief Waters

By Tom E. Curran Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran The Patriots spent Saturday lopping players from their roster. They may be angling toward adding one with a familiar name. Brian Waters, the 34-year-old former guard for the Kansas City Chiefs, was in for a workout according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Released by the Chiefs at the end of July, Waters was a Pro Bowler in 2010 and four times before that. He was an All-Pro in 2004 and 2005. Waters' release by the Chiefs was amicable. He spoke well of coach Todd Haley and GM Scott Pioli. They spoke well of him. Said Waters at the time of his release, "There are some good teams out there that have a chance to win the Super Bowl. It's just a matter of what opportunities come along.''The Patriots are light in the interior line. Right guard Dan Connolly has a leg injury and his primary backup Rich Ohrnberger was put on injured reserve. Waters would likely be a plug-and-play option if he's kept himself in shape over the last month. The Patriots had another veteran, Andre Gurode, in for a visit on Saturday as well. Tom E. Curran can be reached at Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Hernandez's fiancee: I learned to keep my mouth shut and not ask any questions


Hernandez's fiancee: I learned to keep my mouth shut and not ask any questions

BOSTON -- Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez's fiancee testified in his double-murder trial Thursday that she learned to keep her mouth shut and "not to ask any questions" in certain situations.

Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez testified against Hernandez under a grant of immunity from prosecutors. She and Hernandez have a 4-year-old daughter. She said she took Hernandez's last name in 2015.

Hernandez is accused of fatally shooting two men in Boston in July 2012 after an encounter at a Boston nightclub. He is also charged with witness intimidation in the shooting of Alexander Bradley, allegedly to silence him about the killings.

Jenkins-Hernandez repeatedly said she could not recall details about conversations with Hernandez after the 2012 killings and after Bradley's shooting in 2013.

She said she didn't ask Hernandez for details about Bradley's shooting, even though Hernandez and Bradley were close friends.

"[Bradley] was not my friend . . . Yes, it's a sad situation [but] why should I press about something like that?" she said.

Jenkins-Hernandez also said she did not recall getting a call from Hernandez at 2:37 a.m. on July 16, 2012, minutes after prosecutors say Hernandez shot Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado as they sat in a car at a stop light in Boston. Prosecutors said phone records show a 17-second call from Hernandez to her at that time.

Hernandez has denied shooting the men. His lawyer told the jury during opening statements that Bradley shot the men over a drug deal.

Bradley testified he saw Hernandez shoot the men. He also said Hernandez shot him in the face months later after he made a remark about the Boston shootings.

Hernandez is already serving a life sentence after being convicted in the 2013 killing of a man who was dating the sister of Jenkins-Hernandez.

Jeff Howe: Good move by Patriots to see what price is on Richard Sherman trade

Jeff Howe: Good move by Patriots to see what price is on Richard Sherman trade

Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald talks with Toucher and Rich about the report that the Patriots inquired what the price would be to acquire Seahawks Pro Bowl corner Richard Sherman via trade.