Patriots pour into town before NFL lockout's end


Patriots pour into town before NFL lockout's end

By Tom E. Curran Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
Sunday night, second-year wide receiver Taylor Price sent out this tweet: "Jus touched down what a nice Sunday evening n bean town."Punctuation aside, that was a beautiful sentiment. With the NFL lockout finally lifted, the gates at Gillette Stadium will swing open and players will be arriving to get physicals and their marching orders for the 2011 preseason. Last Thursday, the owners proposed a back-to-work timeline that had teams allowed to begin talking with their own free agents and negotiating rookie contracts at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday with other teams' free agents being accessible for negotiations 14 hours later. The proposed timeline nowhas doors possibly opening to players on Monday.Tuesday will be the day negotiations can begin with rookie draft choices, rookie free agents and unrestricted free agents. The league year will begin Friday meaning that agreements can be struck with players. On August 2nd, those contracts wouldkickin. As for the opening of training camps, we're still wondering whether unsigned rookies will be able to report for an orientation process. Andwhile it's being reported that "training camps" are opening this week, they won't be actual camps. Patriots oplayers will take physicals and do the annual condition run on Wednesday. Thursday will mark the beginning of "training camp", which will be open to the public.
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Tom Curran on percentage that Jimmy Garoppolo and Malcolm Butler are traded


Tom Curran on percentage that Jimmy Garoppolo and Malcolm Butler are traded

Tom E. Curran discusses the percentages that Jimmy Garoppolo is traded to the Browns and Malcolm Butler is traded to the Saints.

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


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