Former Patriots wide receiver Joey Galloway signed a one-year contract with the Washington Redskins, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter. Galloway, 38, started last season with New England but was let go after three games in which he had seven catches for 67 yards and no touchdowns. He joined the Pittsburgh Steelers but did not get into a game for them.

Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon received a reprieve from Major League Baseball, which had told him he could not wear his trademark hooded sweathsirt during games any more. Now, Maddon has another hoodie in his arsenal. That's because Patriots coach Bill Belichick had a personalized Patriots hoodie sent to the Rays boss.

 

“That was very nice of him,” Maddon told the Tampa media Wednesday. “We’re going to reciprocate. … That was very cool."

 

In response to a Boston.com story about him failing multiple drug tests for marijuana as a collegian, Patriots' draft pick Aaron Hernandez issued the following statement through the team Tuesday night:

Florida tight end Aaron Hernandez failed "multiple drug tests" while playing for the Gators as a collegian, according to a Boston.com story that quotes a league source. Hernandez, who was selected in the fourth round of last weekend's NFL draft by the Patriots, had been considered a second-round talent, but apparently slipped down draft boards because of the failed tests. Hernandez did pass his drug test at the combine in February, the source said, which means he won't be entered in to the league substance-abuse program.

Now that the NFL draft is (finally) over it's time for football to take a little hiatus from our day-to-day lives until training camp rolls around in a couple of months. 

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Bill Belichick called in to The Big Show on Monday to check in for his annual post-draft recap. The Patriots were very busy over the three days of the draft, and Belichick said the whole NFL draft process is highly unpredictable.

 

According to an ESPN report, the Patriots have notified linebacker Adalius Thomas that he will be released. Thomas underachieved and clashed with coach Bill Belichick during his three seasons in New England since signing as a free agent from the Ravens.

 

Check the It Is What It Is blog for more information as it becomes available.

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The Patriots have invited Illinois wrestler John Wise to attend minicamp, according to WGEM-TV in Quincy, Ill. The 24-year-old Wise played college football for two seasons with Western Illinois as a defensive tackle before transferring to Illinois and becoming part of the wrestling team. New England has taken chances on wrestlers before — offensive lineman Stephen Neal was a collegiate wrestling champion, while Jermail Porter had a brief stint with the Patriots last season.

North Dakota State running back Pat Paschall has signed a free-agent deal with the Patriots, the school announced Saturday night. Paschall, a 5-foot-11 1/2 senior from St. Louis, Mo., finished No. 1 in rushing in the NCAA Division I FCS, averaging 140 yards per game. Paschall finished the season with 1,397 yards and 16 TDs on 207 rushes for an average of 6.75 yards per carry, and became the first Bison player to earn first team Sports Network, Associated Press and AFCA Coaches Division I FCS All-America honors.