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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!

Peppers to Patriots Rumors Return

Posted by Ace Staff on April 22nd, 2009

Rumors of a trade that would bring Julius Peppers from the Carolina Panthers to the New England Patriots have begun circulating again. Carolinian radio station WFNZ has apparently reported that the Panthers want Richard Seymour and a second round pick. With the NFL draft just around the corner, expect this rumor to be proven one way or the other shortly. New England Patriots tickets are available now!

Patriots Will Face Bills to Start 2009

Posted by Ace Staff on March 24th, 2009

The New England Patriots are set to kick off the 2009 regular season against the Buffalo Bills on September 14th at Gillette Stadium.  The Bills have made the AFC East more competitive with their recent acquisition of Pro Bowl wideout Terrell Owens.  It should be a true test for New England as Tom Brady is scheduled to be back and fully recovered from his knee surgery. The game will be part of a Monday night double header showcasing four AFC teams.  The Oakland Raiders will start their season campaign against the San Diego Chargers following the game in Foxborough.   Returning a strong roster once again, the Patriots look to stay healthy with hopes of making another run at a super bowl title. 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!

Cowboys Release T.O.

Posted by Ace Staff on March 5th, 2009

All-Star wide receiver Terrell Owens was recently cut last Wednesday night from the Dallas Cowboys.  This is the third team Owens has left on bad terms with, following the San Francisco 49ers and the Philadelphia Eagles.  T.O. will always be remembered as one of the greatest but most controversial wide outs of all time. After his highly publicized release from the Eagles, Owens scored 38 touchdowns, and caught 235 passes for 3,587 yards in three seasons for the Cowboys.  His most recent release came as a shock to most fans knowing his numbers were great aside from his off the field antics. fter leaving three teams on bad terms it is questionable what team can actually handle him. After letting go of Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel, the New England Patriots freed up almost $20 million in cap space.  They are currently on the look out for a third receiver to complement Randy Moss and Wes Welker.  Bill Belichick will more than likely pass on T.O., but this same thought was there a couple years back right before he traded for Randy Moss. Sign up to be notified as soon as Dallas Cowboys 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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Former Pats Coaches Fired After Tough Seasons

Posted by Ace Staff on December 29th, 2008

Former Patriots defensive coordinators Romeo Crennel and Eric Mangini have been fired from their respective head coaching jobs. Crennel left the pats to helm a rebuilding Cleveland Browns team, and led them to a 24-40 in his tenure. Mangini left for the rival New York Jets, making the playoffs in his first year but ultimately leading them to a 23-25 record. Crennel was dealt a difficult hand with a quarterback controversy (the rollercoaster Derek Anderson versus the seemingly underachieving Brady Quinn), and Mangini dealt with difficult turnover. Despite signing on legendary QB Brett Favre, the Jets lost tough games this season, including an uninspired week 17 loss to the division rival Dolphins. NFL Playoff Tickets are available now!