FOXBORO — Veteran wide receiver David Patten announced his retirement Saturday.

The 35-year-old, who played with the Patriots from 2001 until 2004, re-signed with New England as a free agent this past February after being out of the league for the entire 2009 season. He said he felt good after a couple of days of training camp, but instead, it was the mental grind that he found himself unable to deal with.

“When you lose it mentally, you can’t play at this level,” Patten said. “You can’t play at a high level.”

FOXBORO — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says he’s not going to let his contract situation affect the way he goes about his business this season.

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady spoke to the media for just over 14 minutes on Friday morning at training camp and assured everyone that his ongoing contract talks with the Patriots will not be a distraction as he prepares for his 11th season with the team. 


Former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, now an NFL analyst for ESPN, joined the Dale & Holley show Friday morning to talk about the opening of training camp. Asked about Tom Brady's contract situation, he said, "It's going to get done. I think it's inevitable."


Speaking to the New York Times, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said that Tom Brady would return 'one way or another' and that he was confident the quarterback's contract would be extended beyond this season. "He's going to be here," Kraft told The Times Thursday. "I love the guy. We're so lucky to have him.

FOXBORO — Patriots coach Bill Belichick addressed the fact that outside linebacker Derrick Burgess was unexpectedly absent from the first day of training camp on Thursday.

Speaking at his Friday morning press conference, Belichick sounded like he was caught slightly off guard by the fact that Burgess wasn’t in attendance at either practice on Thursday. According to reports, the 31-year-old is contemplating retirement.

Starting over. New beginnngs. A clean slate. Those themes were everyone at Gillette Stadium, both literally and metaphorically, when training camp began on Thursday morning.

Multiple outlets are reporting that wide receiver David Tyree has signed a one-day contract with the New York Giants and will officially announce his retirement Friday morning.


Patriots outside linebacker Derrick Burgess is considering retirement, according to a report from ESPN. Burgess, who had five sacks last year in his first season with New England, was not present for the first training camp workout on Thursday morning. The 31-year-old signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the offseason with the Patriots. For more on this story, check out our Patriots team page,

FOXBORO -- Having successfully endured his own contract negotiation with the Patriots, Vince Wilfork showed some support for holdout Logan Mankins who, along with Derrick Burgess, did not report on the first day of training camp for veterans on Thursday at Gillette Stadium.