FOXBORO -- Wes Welker, who has not played in the last two preseason games for the Patriots, spoke Monday morning before practice. Welker spoke in front of his locker. 

"A lot of it is personal issues, so I'll just leave it at that and let coach [Bill] Belichick take care of everything else," Welker said. "Just talk to coach on that."

Wide receiver Donte' Stallworth's bid to return to the Patriots appears to have ended unsuccessfully, as Pro Football Talk reported that Stallworth was cut by the team Monday morning.

Stallworth, who had 46 catches for 697 yards with the 2007 Patriots, bounced around to three teams the past four years before signing with the Pats in March. He had five receptions for 61 yards in three preseason games, including three for 40 yards in Friday's loss to the Buccaneers.

According to a league source, the Patriots have cut defensive lineman Tim Bulman.

The Boston College product signed a one-year deal with the Pats in July after spending the last six seasons seeing limited duty with the Texans. He broke into the NFL in 2005, spending one season with the Cardinals after signing as an undrafted free agent.

The Patriots still have seven cuts to make in order to get the roster to 75 by the Monday afternoon deadline.

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According to multiple reports, tight end Aaron Hernandez has agreed to a long-term contract extension with the Patriots. ESPN's Mike Reiss reports that the deal is for five years and will keep Hernandez with the Pats through 2018.

Hernandez, selected in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, has two years remaining on his four-year, $2.785 million rookie contract.

The 22-year-old has 124 receptions for 1,473 yards and 13 touchdowns in his two seasons, starting 19 of 28 games. He had 79 receptions for 910 yards last season.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady joined Dennis & Callahan for his weekly chat Monday morning, as the Patriots close in on the end of the preseason.

The Red Sox made a blockbuster trade over the weekend after having issues in the clubhouse. Asked why the Patriots never seem to have such problems, Brady said it's because Bill Belichick won't allow it.

The Patriots are set to release defensive tackle Gerard "Big Money" Warren, per a report from The Boston Globe. The 34-year-old Warren has played the last two years with New England, with his best season coming in 2010 when he finished with 28 tackles (17 solo) in 16 games, 10 of which were starts.

The Patriots reportedly have started the process of cutting their roster to 75 players, as they have released safeties Josh Barrett and Ross Ventrone.

Stevan Ridley is ready for his star turn.



After watching his star quarterback hit the turf six times in the first half, including a pair of crushing hits on the pass rush, Patriots coach Bill Belichick ripped his team after a 30-28 preseason loss to the Buccaneers Friday night in Tampa. Tom Brady was strip-sacked again and forced a pass into triple-coverage that was intercepted and returned for a touchdown.

Stevan Ridley ran 16 times for 87 yards and a touchdown Friday while Tom Brady was 13-of-20 for 127 yards with a touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski, but the Patriots lost their second straight preseason game, 30-28, to the Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Brady faced constant pressure all night and took several big hits as the Patriots' makeshift offensive line continues to struggle.