According to, Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather reached escalators in his contract that will raise the value of his 2011 contract from $650,000 to $1.65 million in the fifth and final season of the rookie contract he signed after the Patriots selected him with their first-round pick in 2007. According to the report, he could have raised his deal by as much as $2.75 million.


Mike Florio of joined the Mut & Merloni show Tuesday to provide an update on the collective bargaining agreement negotiations. Looking at the pace of negotiations, Florio said, "I still think they're eventually going to get a deal. I'm cautiously optimistic they will. I just don't think it's going to happen this week."


Patriots lineman Matt Light made an appearance on The Hill-Man Morning Show on WAAF radio Tuesday morning, and the team's union representative offered his thoughts on negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement.


Patriots owner Robert Kraft, on a trade mission to Israel with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, said he "personally [believes] it's possible" for the NFL owners and players to agree on a new labor deal before Friday's deadline, and that he "might have to leave [the trip] early" and return to the United States if an agreement between the two sides is close.

A Jets fan's class-action lawsuit against the Patriots and coach Bill Belichick for the 2007 "Spygate" scandal will not be heard by the Supreme Court. The high court determined Monday it won't review a decision thowing out the lawsuit, filed by lawyer and Jets season ticket-holder Carl Mayer.


Mayer sought $185 million in damages for Jets fans, but the suit had been dismissed by a U.S. District Court judge.


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The Patriots made official their deal with defensive lineman Marcus Stroud. Though the team did not disclose terms, reported earlier in the week that the deal was for two years.


The 10-year veteran, who is listed at 6-foot-6 and 310 pounds, was cut by the Bills last month, who preferred to go younger and less expensive on their line. Stroud was due to receive $10 million over the next two seasons, including a $1 million roster bonus in March.


The Patriots announced Thursday evening that they have extended tenders to restricted free agents BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Jarrad Page. In addition, the team said cornerback Kyle Arrington was tendered an exclusive rights free agent.

The tenders for Green-Ellis and Arrington were already reported, but the decision to tender Page is an indication that the Patriots like what they have in the defensive back, who was hindered by a calf injury for much of the 2010 season, his first in a New England uniform. In all, Page played in 10 games.

Multiple outlets are reporting Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and offensive lineman Logan Mankins have agreed to serve as plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the NFL if the players’ association decides to decertify. The duo, as well as quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, would lend their names to the suit similar to the one the NFL filed in 1993 that was headlined by former star Reggie White. (That suit, in many ways, paved the way for NFL free agency.)

Patriots offensive lineman Stephen Neal is listed as "reserve/retired" on the NFL's internal transaction report, an indication he is going to retire. The news, which was first reported by ESPN Boston, indicates Neal's career has likely come to an end.

According to a report from Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald, the Patriots have extended a restricted free-agent tender to running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis. The tender is at a second-round compensation level.