Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski has agreed to a four-year deal worth about $17 million, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss.

With the league awaiting Roger Goodell’s ruling on Tom Brady‘s appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate, the NFL Players Association apparently is preparing for its next move.

Patriots linebacker Dont’€™a Hightower told ESPN.com Monday that his shoulder recovery is ahead of schedule and that he hopes to play in New England’€™s season-opener.

Another former teammate is backing quarterback Tom Brady for his role in Deflategate. This time it is former wide receiver Randy Moss.

CINCINNATI — Like every NFL quarterback, Andy Dalton has been following the Tom Brady saga this offseason closely.

Greg Hardy was originally suspended ten games his role in a 2014 domestic violence incident, but the NFL announced Friday arbitrator Harold Henderson reduced the suspension to four games.

Rob Gronkowski‘s new book, “It’€™s Good to be Gronk,”€ comes out Tuesday, but some quotes from the book were revealed via the Boston Herald on Thursday.

A photo posted by CNBC sports business reporter and field producer Jess Golden on Twitter of Patriots owner Robert Kraft and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell walking at a billionaires getaway is making the rounds.

The occasion?

The two presumably are attending an annual tech and media conference hosted by investment bank Allen & Co. in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Tom Brady was good enough to overcome the Deflategate controversy, win his third Super Bowl MVP and capture his fourth Super Bowl title but that was only good enough to ho

Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell had one of the better first seasons in New England of any wide out in recent memory, catching a career-high 74 passes for 953 yards and seven touchdowns to go along 13 catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns in the postseason.