Found March 23, 2012 on Larry Brown Sports:
Between being pictured dancing shirtless after the Super Bowl, and funneling a drink this week, Rob Gronkowski comes across as a young athlete who likes to have some fun and party. But the Patriots tight end knows when to set limits on his off-field involvements. Appearing on the SI Hot Clicks podcast, Gronk was asked if he and his brothers (two are professional football players) have been approached to do a reality show. “Yeah, we’ve been approached but the timing’s not right,” he told host Jimmy Traina. “It’s just kind of hard, too. The football season is so long we’re just trying to live a normal life in the offseason.” Gronk did the interview to promote a video game and he was extremely guarded. He would not talk about the post-Super Bowl dancing incident despite being pressed a few times, and you could tell he was limiting his responses when it came to most other questions. Even though his willingness to be photographed having a great time seems to be strong, he’s still a Patr...

Report: Brady restructures contract to aid in free agency

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady restructured his contract last week in an attempt to assist the team in free agency, the Boston Herald reported on Thursday. Brady's decision last Friday freed up approximately $7.2 million, the newspaper noted, citing NFL Players Association documents. The veteran quarterback, who inked a four-year, $72 million extension in 2010,...

Schefter: Ochocinco will ‘absolutely’ be back with Pats

After a forgettable first season with the Patriots and an influx of talent — both new and old — at the position, the writing is on the wall for Chad Ochocinco. Right? He’s definitely a goner. Right? Wrong and wrong, says ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter. Appearing on SportsCenter, Schefter says he thinks the receiver formerly known as Johnson will “absolutely” be back with...

Patriots officially sign QB Hoyer, WR Stallworth

The New England Patriots on Friday signed restricted free agent quarterback Brian Hoyer, and officially announced the addition of receiver Donte' Stallworth. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed. Stallworth, 31, who agreed to the deal earlier in the week, spent the 2007 season with New England and finished with 46 receptions for 697 yards and three touchdowns. Hoyer, 26...

Pats re-sign WR Branch, add 2 fullbacks

The New England Patriots have re-signed wide receiver Deion Branch and signed free agent fullbacks Tony Fiammetta and Spencer Larsen. Branch had 51 catches for 702 yards and five touchdowns last season. He was drafted by the Patriots in 2002, traded to Seattle in 2006 and re-acquired in 2010. He is part of a wide receiver corps that includes recently signed free agents Brandon Lloyd...

Matt Light's Potential Retirement Looking Like a Real Possibility

FOXBORO, Mass. -- It really sounds like Patriots left tackle Matt Light has played his last down in the NFL. Light, the Patriots' second-round pick in 2001, has one year remaining on his contract, but there's been plenty of speculation that he'd retire this offseason. The Patriots have a pair of young tackles in Nate Solder and Sebastian Vollmer, and while they needed...

Patriots Mailbag: Shane Vereen, Stevan Ridley Expected to Step Up With Departure of BenJarvus Green-Ellis

It's only Friday, and the NFL has already had one of its craziest weeks in the history of crazy week. And in reality, you could have probably said that by midday Wednesday. As such, this is one of the most jam-packed mailbags I've ever had, and we'll hit on most of those issues. Yeah, it centers around the Patriots, but the Saints' scandal kicks it off. Can you talk...

Bill Belichick, Patriots Got Off Easy With Spygate Penalties in Comparison to Sean Payton, Saints

It was Week 1 of the NFL season in 2007, when the view of the Patriots' pristine dynasty first began to crumble. Tom Brady and the Pats were paying a visit to the division rival Jets that week, and the reloaded roster was about to embark on one of the single-greatest seasons in sports history. But before the near perfect season was underway and even prior to all those broken...

Spencer Larsen signs with the Patriots

The Broncos versatile fullback, Spencer Larsen, has signed with the New England Patriots. Larsen is now reunited with New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. This report is per Greg A. Bedard. Was close, now the Patriots and FB/LB Spencer Larsen have agreed on a two-year deal, a league source said. — Greg A. Bedard (@GregABedard) March 22, 2012 Larsen has been a...

Tom Brady restructures $72 million contract

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Rob Gronkowski or Wes Welker Falling Victim to Madden Cover Curse Could Be Exactly What Jets Need

The New York Jets are no strangers to making headlines, and they've done it quite frequently this past week after swinging a trade for the always polarizing Tim Tebow. But it will take the Jets a little more than Tebow to overcome the Patriots in the AFC East. Perhaps the "Madden Curse" could do the trick. Over the years, a number of players that have appeared on the...

Brady’s backup Brian Hoyer signs tender, back for another year

League sources have confirmed that QB Brian Hoyer has signed his tender and will be back with the team, signing a 1-year deal worth a guaranteed $1.92 million. He’ll become an unrestricted free agent in 2013. New England placed a 2nd round tender on Hoyer, meaning that if another team signed him to an offer sheet, and if the Patriots did not match the offer, that team gives...

Rush to nowhere: Mark Anderson’s exit leaves hole in the pass rush department

Mark Anderson and Andre Carter changed the dynamic of the New England Patriots defense in 2011. In previous years, the Patriots defense had lacked pass rushing in the deepest way possible. Fans screamed after draft, ‘”they didn’t get one again!”. However, in 2011 they had two. Carter is a free agent and could still sign, but Mark Anderson is gone, receiving a 4-year, $27...
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