New England Patriots

This is the fourth in a series of position-by-position looks at the Patriots by Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry as we head into the offseason. Today's position: Interior defensive linemen
Robert Kraft says he 'just heard loud noise and . . . cheers everywhere around me' when Tom Brady was introduced at Super Bowl 50.
This is the third in a series of position-by-position looks at the Patriots by Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry as we head into the offseason. Today's position: Linebackers

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Jerod Mayo - LB
CSN New England's Tom E. Curran believes Patriots MLB Jerod Mayo (torn pec) is... Mayo, 30, has ended three of the last four seasons on injured reserve. With Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins set to land big extensions in the near future, it does not...
Feb 11 12:16PM Read More
Malcolm Butler - DB
Patriots LCB Malcolm Butler suffered a knee sprain in the AFC Championship. Butler missed the Pro Bowl, but will have a normal offseason. One of the league’s most underpaid corners, Butler should play out 2016 on his $600K salary before becoming a...
Feb 6 5:15PM Read More
Dominique Easley - DL
Patriots DT Dominique Easley (torn quad) does not need surgery. Easley went down with a torn quad in Week 14 and was placed on injured reserve. Avoiding surgery means Easley should be ready for the offseason program, but the Patriots may...
Feb 4 12:59PM Read More
Danny Amendola - WR
CSN New England's Tom E. Curran expects Danny Amendola to return next season. Cutting Amendola would free up $3.5 million in cap space but he's coming off his best year with New England and the Pats don't have much depth behind him. Amendola's $5...
Jan 31 10:30AM Read More
Jamie Collins - LB
CSN New England suggests SLB Jamie Collins could be a holdout candidate. New England has some big decisions to make in the near future with Chandler Jones, Dont'a Hightower and Collins all coming off the books in 2017. If Collins doesn't sign an...
Jan 31 8:49AM Read More
Dont'a Hightower - LB
CSN New England believes Patriots WLB Dont'a Hightower will command at least as much as Bucs... The Bucs signed David to a five-year, $50 million pact with $22.5 million guaranteed last offseason. While the Patriots could look to extend Hightower's contract this...
Jan 31 8:38AM Read More
Chandler Jones - DL
CSN New England suggests the Patriots could look to extend RE Chandler Jones' contract this... Jones is owed $7.8 million in the last year of his rookie contract, and New England can lower his cap number for next season by signing him to a long-term deal. Jones has...
Jan 31 8:21AM Read More
Joe Vellano - DL
Patriots signed DT Joe Vellano to a reserve/future contract. Vellano spent most of last season on the Colts’ practice squad. He appeared in 21 games with the Patriots prior 2015. Vellano provides depth at multiple spots.
Jan 30 8:25PM Read More
Scott Chandler - TE
The Jets could have interest in TE Scott Chandler this offseason. Chandler's a potential cap cut after closing out the year in a limited role. The Jets have a need for a veteran tight end with Jace Amaro coming off a lost season. Chandler...
Jan 30 4:35PM Read More
Marcus Cannon - T
CBS Boston believes Patriots OT Marcus Cannon will be cut this offseason. Cannon was forced into action after LT Nate Solder was lost to a torn bicep four games into the season. He failed miserably on the left side, and a switch to right tackle in...
Jan 30 11:21AM Read More
Malcolm Butler - DB
ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss said the team may wait to extend LCB Malcolm Butler. Butler is entering the final year of his deal, but he will be just a restricted free agent next offseason. That means the Patriots can take advantage of his $600,000 cap hit...
Jan 28 10:43AM Read More
LeGarrette Blount - RB
LeGarrette Blount doesn't need offseason hip surgery. Blount's season was cut short when he suffered a hip injury in Week 14. He was placed on injured reserve three days later, and the Patriots' running game went down the...
Jan 27 12:47PM Read More
Akiem Hicks - DL
ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss considers DT Akiem Hicks to be the team's most valuable free... New England acquired Hicks from the Saints back in September in exchange for blocking TE Michael Hoomanawanui, and Hicks ended up being a key rotational lineman. Following...
Jan 27 9:57AM Read More
Jerod Mayo - LB
CBS Boston reports Patriots ILB Jerod Mayo underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn... Mayo was placed on I.R. ahead of the AFC Championship game, and it was announced as a shoulder injury without further details. Mayo, 30 next month, has ended three of the...
Jan 26 10:37PM Read More
Brandon LaFell - WR
ESPN Boston considers Brandon LaFell's Patriots future up in the air. As do we. LaFell tumbled to No. 4 on the depth chart for Sunday's AFC Championship Game loss, drawing zero targets on 33 snaps. He was among the league's least-effective...
Jan 25 1:41PM Read More