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Posts Tagged ‘Foxborough Events’

Patriots Interested in Michael Vick?

Posted by Ace Staff on July 29th, 2009

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has conditionally reinstated Michael Vick, though he will not be able to play in a regular season game until week six. Though twelve teams have publicly voiced that they are not interested in signing the QB, the Patriots seem to be kicking the tires. USA Today, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, and many other sources are all reporting that Bill Belichick would like to use Vick in a single-wing formation; a wildcat offense that would benefit more from agility than from throwing ability. ESPN’s Dan Shanoff goes as far as to speculate that the Pats could be using Vick to test the efficacy of a wildcat offense before going all-in on drafting Florida Gators QB Tim Tebow. Given the Patriots reputation for rehabilitating players’ images, New England could be a good fit; and Tom Brady could use 5-10 snaps off per game as he recovers from major surgery. New England Patriots tickets are available now!

Bruschi May Retire After 2009 Season

Posted by Ace Staff on July 6th, 2009

Long time Patriot and three time superbowl champion Tedy Bruschi is mulling retirement after the 2009 season. The 36 year old is heading into his 14th year, all with the Patriots, and his age might be catching up with him. With his contract ending this year and young linebackers on the verge of playing (Gary Guyton, rookie Tyrone McKenzie), the Patriots might not sign Bruschi following the season. Bruschi acknowledges the situation that he is in and wants to play hard this season and assess the situation in the next offseason. 2009 New England Patriots tickets are available now!

Patriots Safety Rodney Harrison To Retire

Posted by Ace Staff on June 3rd, 2009

Rodney Harrison, the only player in NFL history to have more than 30 interceptions (34) and sacks (30.5) is calling it a career. During his 15 year career he was one of the most feared defensive backs; making the Pro Bowl twice and winning two Super Bowls with the New England Patriots. Harrison’s physical play was as classified by “dirty” by many, but Harrison insists he was just trying to get the job done. “People have called me a dirty player,” Harrison said to ESPN. “I’m a very passionate player. I also understand that this is not volleyball. This is a very violent, physical game, and if you hit someone in the mouth, they’re not going to be your friend.” Harrison will join Tony Dungy as part of NBC’s NFL broadcast staff. New England Patriots tickets are available now!

Brady on Track to Start Season With Patriots

Posted by Ace Staff on May 27th, 2009

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady joined teammates for his first official practice with the team since suffering a knee injury in the first game of the 2008 season. After surgery to repair his ACL, and subsequent procedures to clean out an infection, Brady has been given a clean bill of health. The Pats QB participated in private throwing sessions with top targets Randy Moss and Wes Welker. Brady’s mechanics are said to be solid, and he is adjusting to playing with a knee brace on. New England Patriots tickets are available now!

Panthers Deny Peppers Trade Rumor

Posted by Ace Staff on March 17th, 2009

The Carolina Panthers have recently denied a report saying they have spoken with the New England Patriots about a possible trade for defensive end Julius Peppers.  NFL.com took the lead citing unidentified sources, stating the Patriots were close to a deal that would send Peppers their way for the 34th overall pick in the upcoming draft.  New England gained the pick a few weeks ago by trading Matt Cassel to the Kansas City Chiefs. Carolina general manager Marty Hurney explained that they are unable to speak about Peppers to other teams at the moment.  “Under the non-exclusive franchise tag, Julius and his agent, Carl Carey, are within their rights to talk to other teams about a potential contract,” said Hurney.  “However, at this point, we are not aware of any such conversations.” Peppers was the number two overall pick in the 2002 draft, and he is currently the Panthers all-time sacks leader.  He has announced this off season that he is looking to play elsewhere, and he would like to try moving to outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense (similar to what New England offers).  Nothing can happen unless Peppers signs a one-year $16.7 million tender for the Panthers, which goes against the teams salary cap and leaves no room to sign other free agents. Sign up to be notified as soon as New England Patriots tickets are available!

Patriots Trade Cassel to Kansas City

Posted by Ace Staff on March 3rd, 2009

Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel will be joining teammate Mike Vrabel in Kansas City after dealing with the Chiefs.  New England gave them away for just the #34th pick in the draft, knowing they were able to free up approximately $20 million in cap space. Last season Cassel stepped in after Tom Brady went down with a season ending knee injury in their first game.  From there he was able to lead the Pats to an 11-5 record while throwing for 21 touchdowns and earning an 89.2 QB passer rating.  After seven years as a back up with Southern California and the Patriots, Cassel finally got his chance to prove he was first string quality. After a more than successful season, to keep Cassel the Patriots would have to offer at least $14 million his way to keep him on the roster. New England decided to give him a possible starting opportunity elsewhere, knowing their star Tom Brady is fully expected to be recovered by the start of next season.  “I’m feeling great.  I’m feeling really good,” said Brady. “Everything is progressing just as I expected.” Sign up to be notified as soon as New England Patriots tickets are available!

Patriots Trade Mike Vrabel to the Chiefs

Posted by Ace Staff on February 27th, 2009

The New England Patriots have traded outside linebacker Mike Vrabel to the Kansas City Chiefs for a draft pick. Details are sparse, and the whole deal is still pending a physical. The new “chief” in KC, former Patriots personnel guru Scott Pioli seems to have gotten his favorite defensive player back. The consensus seems to be that the Patriots will receive a 3rd-4th round draft pick as compensation. The Patriots free up roughly $3 million in cap space with the move. Sign up to be notified as soon as New England Patriots tickets are available!

Patriots to Franchise Tag Cassell

Posted by Ace Staff on January 5th, 2009

With Tom Brady’s 2009 season still a question mark, the New England Patriots are looking to get some insurance at the quarterback position. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that the Pats will franchise tag Cassell. This will guarantee him $14 million next year (just $1 million less than Tom Brady). The NFL salary cap is set to be raised, so the Pats will still have $94 million to work with for the rest of the team. Cassell had a solid season, who threw for 3,693 yards, 21 touchdowns and only 11 interceptions while leading the Patriots to a 11-5 record; barely missing the playoffs. Sign up to be notified as soon as 2009 New England Patriots Tickets are available!

Jerod Mayo Wins Defensive Rookie of the Year

Posted by Ace Staff on December 31st, 2008

The Pats may have temporarily taken some heat when they selected Jerod Mayo with the 10th pick in this year’s NFL Draft, but it certainly paid dividends. Mayo led the team with 137 tackles, and was a constant presence on a depleted New England defensive unit. “He’s smart, makes a lot of defensive adjustments and calls for us there” Pats coach Bill Belichick told the AP’s Barry Wilner.  “He runs well. He’s tough. He’s a good all-around football player, very mature, very professional. For a rookie, he’s probably as professional as anybody I’ve coached.” Mayo had an experienced group of veterans to learn from, including fellow linebacker Tedy Bruschi. “Ever since I came in on the first day Tedy has taken me under his wing and showed me the ropes,” Mayo said. “He’s like an older brother to me.”

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Patriots Dominate Cardinals

Posted by Ace Staff on December 21st, 2008

For the second consecutive week, the New England Patriots played like the 2007 squad. The Pats held veteran QB Kurt Warner to just 30 passing yards (186 total yards for the team) while racking up 514 yards of their own. Matt Cassell had another impressive outing, going 20-36 for 345 yards and 3 touchdowns. Randy Moss, Wess Welker, and Kevin Fault all caught TD’s, while LaMont Jordan had both of New England’s rushing TD’s. The Patriots playoff hopes are still alive. If the Patriots can win their final game of the season, here are the playoff scenarios: If the Ravens lose in week 17, the Patriots would take the AFC Wild Card. If the Jets beat the Dolphins next week, the Patriots would win the hotly-contested AFC East. New England Patriots Tickets are available now!