Patriots re-sign Green-Ellis


Patriots re-sign Green-Ellis

The Patriots have re-signed restricted free agent running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

Green-Ellis originally signed as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He started in 11 games last season and played in all of them, finishing with 1,008 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns.

In addition to signing Green-Ellis, the Patriots signed unrestricted free agent Chris Morris, veteran free agent Jonathan Compas, and undrafted free agent Richard Medlin.

Morris, 27, is a 64, 305 lb center who spent 2010 with the Carolina Panthers. He has started 11 of the 51 games in which he has appeared.

Compas, a 25-year-old offensive lineman, was released in September of last season after playing in two games with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Medlin, 24, is a running back who played in ten games as a senior at Fayetteville State University in 2010. He rushed for 772 yards and five touchdowns.

The terms of the contracts have not been announced.

The Patriots also released running back Thomas Clayton and rookie free agent offensive lineman Mike Berry.

Report: 3 owners unhappy with Kraft's amicus brief on behalf of Brady


Report: 3 owners unhappy with Kraft's amicus brief on behalf of Brady

Three NFL owners have expressed “extreme disappointment” in Robert Kraft and the Patriots filing an amicus brief on behalf of Tom Brady in the quarterback’s appeal of the Second Circuit Court’s reinstatement of his Deflategate suspension, according to Jason Cole of Bleacher Report. 

The Patriots filed the brief on Wednesday. 

The owners see the move as a publicity stunt done to appease Brady and the Patriots fans, Cole said, and they don’t believe Kraft did it any seriousness because the issue speaks to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s ability to punish players and undermines the league’s collective bargaining agreement with the players.

If Kraft thought it mattered, he wouldn't have done it, Cole said one owner told him. 

Collins, Hightower mum on contract talks


Collins, Hightower mum on contract talks

FOXBORO – A fleet of Patriots have expiring contracts after this season but Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins are the two most prominent on that list.

With the sport being the way it is – a nearly 100-percent casualty rate every season – it’s never comfortable for a player to enter a contract year without knowing his long-term future. And it’s especially uncomfortable for players whose first contracts are expiring because the second NFL contract is usually the bonanza.

Both Hightower and Collins can entertain thoughts of contracts worth more than $50M if good fortune sticks with them.

The question as it pertains to both of these players is whether they get contract extensions this summer or whether they go into the year with contract pressure bearing down and ultimately become free agents.

Neither player was very forthcoming after their OTA practice Thursday.

With Collins, that’s often the case. He’s never been expansive with media. It was very uncharacteristic for Hightower to be so clipped in his answers, though.

Every question posed to Hightower was met with a variation of, “I’m just trying to get better.”

Asked about his contract, Hightower replied, “I ain’t got nothing to do with none of that. I’m just out here trying to get better with my teammates.”

When it was pointed out that Hightower does indeed have say on his contract, he answered, “That might be. But there’s a time and place for everything and I’m just out here trying to get better.

“If I get better I feel like that’ll take care of everything else,” he added. “If I get better each and every day that’s all I can ask for.”

Asked whether he’s at all focused on his deal, Collins replied, “No, I come out here and I handle my business and I let the rest speak for itself … My first priority is me. So I’m gonna handle me."