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Patriots release Brandon Spikes

By The Sports Network, 1 year 3 months ago
Foxboro, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - The New England Patriots released Brandon Spikes on Monday, just hours after Massachusetts State Police began an investigation into an abandoned car belonging to the linebacker. According to a Massachusetts State Police release on Sunday, troopers responded to a report of a vehicle in the median strip of Route 495 in Foxboro and were notified by a...

New England Patriots Have Never Invested in Cornerbacks

By Mike Dussault, 1 year 4 months ago
The headline of the New England Patriots' offseason, if you're not including "Deflategate" of course, has to be their decision to decline expensive options on cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, while also cutting fellow corners Kyle Arrington and Alfonzo Dennard. A Super Bowl-winning team completely jettisoning their top-four covermen is unheard of, but given...

What Will Deflategate Mean for the Final Act of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick?

By Mike Dussault, 1 year 4 months ago
The fourth Super Bowl victory was supposed to be the one that put the controversies behind the New England Patriots. For eight long years since the tide turned against them after 2007's Spygate, the Patriots and their fans were subjected to the incredibly simplified "they haven't won anything since Spygate," which summed up a popular general...

Kraft says Patriots won't appeal penalties

By The Sports Network, 1 year 4 months ago
San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - In the interest of moving on, the New England Patriots are moving on. Patriots owner Robert Kraft announced Tuesday that the team will "reluctantly" accept the penalties handed down by the NFL in the deflated footballs scandal. During an unexpected 5 1/2-minute address at the NFL owners' meetings, Kraft said "DeflateGate" has already taken up too...

Extra Points: Kraft's bark had no bite

By The Sports Network, 1 year 4 months ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - Robert Kraft had the big bark, but history will confirm there was no bite as the New England Patriots owner tapped out on Tuesday, deciding his team will "reluctantly" accept the NFL penalties handed down in the deflated footballs scandal. "I don't want to continue the rhetoric," Kraft said at the NFL's spring league meeting. "I'm going to accept, reluctantly, what (the...

Union asks for Goodell recusal in Brady appeal

By The Sports Network, 1 year 4 months ago
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The NFL Players Association said Tuesday it has formally asked NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to recuse himself and allow Tom Brady's appeal to be heard by a neutral arbitrator. The NFL said last week that Goodell would personally hear Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension over "DeflateGate." The union says a neutral arbitrator should hear the...

Kraft believes in Brady's innocence

By The Sports Network, 1 year 4 months ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft apparently believes quarterback Tom Brady did not have footballs altered in the AFC Championship Game four months ago as alleged in the Wells Report. Kraft, in an interview with the Monday Morning Quarterback written by Peter King, said he believed Brady was innocent. "We had the discussion -- if you did it, let's just deal...

Pats bring back LB Spikes

By The Sports Network, 1 year 4 months ago
Foxborough, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - The New England Patriots have brought back Brandon Spikes, signing the linebacker to an undisclosed contract on Monday. Spikes spent his first four seasons in the league with New England before going to Buffalo for the 2014 season. A second-round pick in 2010 out of Florida by the Pats, Spikes has played in 67 career games and has 340 tackles, two...

Extra Points: Pats' rebuttal appears deflated

By The Sports Network, 1 year 4 months ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - You've probably heard it a million times ... If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? That's the classic philosophical reflection designed to provoke thought on the observation of our own reality and the possibility of unperceived existence. It's also stuff that's far too heady for the people running the NFL and its Super Bowl...

Patriots offer response to Wells Report

By The Sports Network, 1 year 4 months ago
Foxboro, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - The New England Patriots have released a response to the Ted Wells report concerning the deflated balls scandal from the AFC Championship Game and said the conclusions of the investigation are basically insufficient. The report, which indicated that New England quarterback Tom Brady was "generally aware" that locker room attendant Jim McNally and equipment...