Running back Tyler Gaffney has been in the NFL for three seasons, but has yet to find a role for himself while battling injuries. In fact, he’s yet to get a carry in a regular-season game.

Tyler Gaffney

Tyler Gaffney

Running back Tyler Gaffney has been in the NFL for three seasons, but has yet to find a role for himself while battling injuries. In fact, he’s yet to get a carry in a regular-season game.

Gaffney’s career could now be with another team, as he was released by the Patriots on Monday.

After suffering a knee injury during training camp with Carolina in 2014, Gaffney was claimed off of waivers by the Patriots. He was then placed on season-ending injured reserve, and also spent the 2015 season on injured reserve.

Last year he suffered a foot injury in the final preseason game and was released when the team cut their roster down to 53 players. Gaffney was re-signed to the practice squad in October and spent a few weeks on the active roster, but didn’t appear in any games. He signed a futures contract after the Super Bowl.

With Gaffney now out of the picture, the Patriots have Dion Lewis, James White, D.J. Foster and Rex Burkhead on the depth chart.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Tom Brady is hoping to turn a negative into a positive.

On Monday, it was learned with the help of the FBI, Brady’s stolen jerseys from Super Bowl XLIX and LI were found in Mexico.

Tom Brady released a statement on his jerseys Monday. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Tom Brady released a statement on his jerseys Monday. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Tom Brady is hoping to turn a negative into a positive.

On Monday, it was learned with the help of the FBI, Brady’s stolen jerseys from Super Bowl XLIX and LI were found in Mexico.

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the alleged thief is Mauricio Ortega, a former Mexican newspaper executive, who pretended to cover the games and then stole the jerseys in the locker room afterwards.

A video of Oretga walking out of the Patriots locker room was also surfaced on Monday.

Courtesy of NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo, Brady released a statement though his agent Don Yee.

“I am happy my jerseys from SB 49 and 51 have been recovered, and I want to thank all of the law enforcement agencies involved,” the statement read. “I know they worked hard on this case — and it is very much appreciated. Hopefully when I get the jerseys back I can make something very positive come from this experience.”

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Tom Brady's missing Super Bowl jerseys are back in Boston. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl jerseys are back in Boston. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

A man who was posing as an international journalist was able to get credentialed for Super Bowl LI and make off with Tom Brady’s jersey after the game. The NFL has some explaining to do.

In a statement Monday, the league announced the more than six-week hunt for the missing piece of memorabilia is over. According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the alleged thief is Mauricio Ortega, a former Mexican newspaper executive. He was found in Mexico, thanks to an effort spearheaded by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, who was the first person to report the jersey had been recovered, released a video of Ortega seemingly leaving the Patriots’ locker room with Brady’s uniform top tucked underneath his arm.

This doesn’t appear to be one-time incident with Ortega. He also reportedly swiped Brady’s jersey after Super Bowl XLIX and may have taken Broncos linebacker Von Miller’s cleats following Super Bowl 50. Both items were found Monday.

In a press conference, Houston police chief Art Acevedo blasted the NFL’s security protocols.

“I just hope the NFL security takes a look because they are the one’s responsible for securing the locker rooms,” he said. They really need to check their protocols and their efforts because there are these two jerseys we are aware of and required a response from the Houston Police Department and other partners to recover them,” he told reporters. “Quite frankly, they are going to end up in the hands that they belong as in Mr. Brady and his family.”

At this point, it’s unclear how Ortega was credentialed for Super Bowl LI. He may have legally obtained press passes, or more  troublingly, falsified documents in an effort to pose as a working member of the media. Either way, the NFL must reassess its credentialing policy. It’s an embarrassment for a $14 billion industry to experience a security lapse of this magnitude at its biggest event of the year. This episode makes the league look like a Mickey Mouse operation.

While it’s amusing to think about the FBI dedicating resources to find a missing jersey, the item has been valued at $500,000. Last month, Patriots owner Robert Kraft compared the heist to to the robbery of a “great Chagall or Picasso.” And it happened moments after the Super Bowl, where a finite number of people, such as friends and family members, are allowed to be in the locker room.

It appears as if Ortega was able to steal valuable Super Bowl memorabilia from the winning team for three straight years. In a world of near constant surveillance, that seems to be impossible.

The NFL is wearing egg on its face. Big time.

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer

Tom Brady’s Super Bowl LI jersey has been found, and also his Super Bowl XLIX jersey, both of which were stolen.

Tom Brady's Super Bowl jerseys have been found. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady’s Super Bowl jerseys have been found. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady’s Super Bowl LI jersey has been found, and also his Super Bowl XLIX jersey, both of which were stolen.

They were apparently stolen by the same man — Mauricio Ortega — a former executive with Diario La Prensa, a newspaper in Honduras, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. Ortega posed as someone covering the Super Bowl for an international media outlet and took the jerseys following both games.

Video surfaced Monday of Ortega walking into the Patriots locker room after their win over the Falcons and then walking out 10 minutes later with something under his arm (apparently Brady’s jersey).

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The Houston Police department held a press conference Monday where Art Acevedo, the chief of police, urged the NFL to change its protocols because they are the ones in charge of security inside the locker room.

“I just hope the NFL security takes a look because they are the one’s responsible for securing the locker rooms. They really need to check their protocols and their efforts because there are these two jerseys we are aware of and required a response from the Houston Police Department and other partners to recover them,” he told reporters. “Quite frankly, they are going to end up in the hands that they belong as in Mr. Brady and his family.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Last week restricted free agent cornerback Malcolm Butler met with the Saints on Wednesday and Thursday as the two sides look to come to agreement on a long-term deal.

Malcolm Butler and the Saints appear to still be working out a new contract. (Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports)

Malcolm Butler and the Saints appear to still be working out a new contract. (Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports)

Last week restricted free agent cornerback Malcolm Butler met with the Saints on Wednesday and Thursday as the two sides look to come to agreement on a long-term deal.

According to CSNNE’s Mike Giardi, the parameters of a deal are mostly in place, but there’s some quibbling over guaranteed money. The report adds compensation between the Patriots and Saints can’t be discussed until Butler signs his tender, but both sides know what it will take to get a deal done.

ESPN’s Mike Triplett, who covers the Saints, adds “it is a process that could go either way.”

Nothing can happen until the Saints and Butler agree on a long-term contract, which by having Butler in for a visit last week, means the interest is there.

It would appear Butler isn’t going to sign his first-round tender ($3.91 million) until he knows he can get a long-term deal with the Saints. That would then trigger a domino effect where the Patriots could then trade Butler because he’s under contract.

At this point it seems the No. 11 overall pick (if the Saints signed him as a restricted free agent and Patriots didn’t match) will not be happening.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

One of the bigger storylines following Super Bowl LI was not Tom Brady and the Patriots winning their fifth Super Bowl, but rather Brady’s jersey being stolen from the Patriots locker room after the game.