Another former Patriots linebacker is back in New England.

Another former Patriots linebacker is back in New England.

After Brandon Spikes returned just over a week ago, Dane Fletcher has returned this week, as according to multiple reports Fletcher has signed a one-year deal and the free agent linebacker is present at Gillette Stadium for the start of OTAs.

Fletcher played the first three years of his career with the Patriots, serving as a backup linebacker and a core special teamer. He signed with the Buccaneers last year as a free agent, playing in all 16 games and finishing with 39 tackles.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Phase Three of the Patriots offseason program opens on Tuesday morning at Gillette Stadium with the first of three practices. According to Article 21, Section 2 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, here are the rules and regulations around Phase Three:

(iii) Phase Three. Phase Three shall consist of the next four weeks of the Club’s offseason workout program. Subject to the additional rules set forth in Subsections 5(a) and 5(c) of this Article and Appendix G to this Agreement, during Phase Three each Club may conduct a total of ten days of organized team practice activity (“OTAs” or “OTA days”). The restrictions set forth in Subsection 5(b) of this Article shall not apply to OTA days. The Club may conduct a maximum of three days of OTAs during each of the first two weeks of Phase Three. A maximum of four days of OTAs may be conducted during either the third week or the fourth week of Phase Three, with the Mandatory Veteran Minicamp (Article 22, Section 2) to be held during the other week. During weeks in which the Club conducts only three days of OTAs, the Club may also conduct a fourth day of non-OTA workouts, but such activities shall be subject to the rules governing Phase Two workouts, as set forth in Subsection 2(b)(ii) of this Ar­ticle. During Phase Three, all coaches shall be allowed on the field. No live contact is permitted. No one-on-one offense vs. defense drills are permitted (i.e., no offensive linemen vs. defensive linemen pass rush or pass protection drills, no wide receivers vs. defensive backs bump-and-run drills, and no one-on-one special teams drills involving both offense and defense are permitted). Special teams drills (e.g., kicking team vs. return team) are permitted, provided no live contact occurs. Team offense vs. team defense drills, including all drills listed in Appendix G to this Agreement, are permitted, provided no live contact occurs. Clubs may require players to wear helmets; no shells are permitted during Phase Three of the Club’s offseason workout program or any minicamp.

Rookies will be made available to the media this week, with first-round pick Malcom Brown set to meet with reporters on Wednesday, and some of the rest of the first-year players on Thursday. For the media, the lone access to OTA workouts will be on Friday at Gillette Stadium.

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

According to the Associated Press, Tom Brady‘s appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate won’t be heard by Wednesday, which was initially believed to be the 10-day dead

According to the Associated Press, Tom Brady‘s appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate won’t be heard by Wednesday, which was initially believed to be the 10-day deadline for the hearing to be held.

However, late Monday night, there was some confusion about the overall timeline. In an e-mail with WEEI.com, legal analyst Michael McCann said that May 27 deadline for the hearing that was reported is questionable for a few reasons, but is ultimately a “non-issue” and won’t have a sizable impact on the proceedings.

“I’m not sure May 27 is the deadline, when the appeal appears to have been filed on May 14, and 10 business days from that would be Friday, May 29 — since it doesn’t include the day it was filed, or Memorial Day,” said McCann, who is also the founding Director of the Sports and Entertainment Law Institute at the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

“Also, usually in an event like this when a party has a right to a deadline, that deadline is considered voluntarily waived or postponed when that party takes an action that could cause delay,” McCann added. “Here, the NFLPA petitioned commissioner Roger Goodell to recuse himself. That would seem to give him grounds to take longer than normal.

“My expectation is this deadline proves to be a non-issue.”

In addition to the four-game suspension for Brady, the Patriots were also fined $1 million and stripped them of a first-round draft pick next year and a fourth-rounder in 2017 for their role in Deflategate.

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Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

For Patriots fans, it was picture perfect weather to rally behind their picture perfect quarterback.

For Patriots fans, it was picture perfect weather to rally behind their picture perfect quarterback.

According to the “Free Tom Brady” rally Facebook page, over 600 people committed part of their Memorial Day Sunday to show their support for the embattled Patriots quarterback in Lot 4 of Gillette Stadium.

Fans showed their disgust for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and their support of Tom Brady. (Maggie Meyer/Getty Images)

Fans showed their disgust for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and their support of Tom Brady. (Maggie Meyer/Getty Images)

Fans Attend "Free Tom Brady" Rally

Fans show their support for Tom Brady Sunday at Gillette Stadium. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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Price tells Greg about what is in store for football fans and Patriots fans beyond Deflategate. We will, after all, move on at some point.
Greg and Chris discuss where we are with Tom Brady's fight against the NFL in the Deflategate suspension.

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[0:05:05] ... without extreme duress. You look at the track record of the National Football League when it goes into court. And you look at the track record in the National Football League when it goes up against someone like Jeffrey Kessler. You don't feel really good about your chances not to say Castro's undefeated in Nazi Kessler. You know it might move might not slip up in court here there but when you look at the overall body of work when you look at what he's been able to do for a number of people he's represented as part of the National Football League players association. You you know you speak to a case like this. If you're Tom Brady you feel good about going into court against the National Football League point. And it's as your mind or opinion changed at all. In regards to Tom Brady and what he would accept what he might except in terms of punishment because they are bigots that you. I've felt steadfast ...
[0:06:35] ... out in this case and he's going to fight going. I think Tom Brady would rather gnaw off his own right all government been miss a single snap. Regular season practice or otherwise I think he's going to go he's gonna go all out in this case I mean he's gonna continue to fight this. I also think that. The National Football League the players association in this. There role is going to become increasingly important we saw at the Smith on Friday outside the lines on Friday talk about this. And talk about how the world report that a great job for the climate delivered exactly what the client wanted. I think we are going to hear more and more from the National Football League players association. And I believe I saw this in a couple of places this week I believe this to be the case. ...






Trags calls the boys to discuss the latest on Deflategate, Kraft's decision to not continue the fight and where we go from here. He gets into the latest on Brady as well. Also, we get a battle between Trags and Greg on Led Zep vs the Beatles.