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.

The person who stole Tom Brady's jerseys also reportedly took Von Miller's helmet. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

The person who stole Tom Brady’s jerseys also reportedly took Von Miller’s helmet. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

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.

A month and a half later, it’s been found thanks to the FBI, along with his Super Bowl XLIX jersey that was also stolen — by the same person posing as an international media member.

On Fox Sports’ “Undisputed” Jay Glazer explained exactly what happened.

“Well he doesn’t have to go on eBay anymore, because the investigation is leading to that jersey, as well as his Super Bowl jersey from a couple of years ago, going back to the New England Patriots and Tom Brady,” Glazer said. “So here’s actually what happened. The FBI and the NFL security, along with Patriots security and the Houston PD, they actually went through all this video to try and track somebody down, and they zeroed in on somebody, a person of interest.

“That person of interest, from what I’m told, is an international member of the media. I don’t believe he’s actually a member of the media, but he was posing as a member of the international media. Got credentialed, it’s been going on for quite some time.

“And he actually, from what I’m told, they have him going into the locker room right behind Bill Belichick as if he’s with the team. Goes in there, loiters around a little while and is seen leaving the locker room – this is the video they’re trying to look at right now – seen leaving a little bit later with something under his arm.

“He goes in without anything under his arm, just your normal media backpack, comes out later with the backpack plus something under his arm. They’ve all zeroed in now, and from what I understand, Houston PD just put out that they were found down in Mexico and had to deal with authorities there to get them back on American soil. They had to authenticate them, make sure these were actually Tom Brady’s jerseys, and in fact they were. From what I understand, they will be returned to the Patriots and Brady some time this week.”

It’s worth worth noting Glazer reported the same person that swiped Brady’s jerseys is suspected of taking Von Miller’s helmet after Super Bowl 50.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Tom Brady's two stolen Super Bowl jerseys have been found. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

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

Not only was Tom Brady’s Super Bowl LI jersey found, but also his Super Bowl XLIX jersey.

Both were stolen after his last two Super Bowl wins by someone posing as an international media member, the NFL confirmed Monday morning.

The statement reads: Through the cooperation of the NFL and New England Patriots’ security teams, the FBI and other law enforcement authorities, the Super Bowl LI jersey worn last month by MVP Tom Brady has been recovered.

Also retrieved during the ongoing investigation was the jersey Brady wore in the Patriots’ victory in Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks in 2015. The items were found in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media. Due to the ongoing investigation, we would refer any additional questions to the FBI.

Brady took home MVP honors in both Super Bowls.

NFL security is extremely tight at Super Bowls, so it’s worth wondering how exactly the person was able to take Brady’s jersey from the locker room not only once, but twice.

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Ryan Hannable

Not only was Tom Brady’s Super Bowl LI jersey found, but also his Super Bowl XLIX jersey.

Tom Brady's Super Bowl jersey reportedly has been recovered. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady’s Super Bowl jersey reportedly has been recovered. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Nearly a month and a half after Tom Brady’s Super Bowl LI jersey went missing, it appears it has been found.

According to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, the jersey has been found on “foreign soil.”

Here is what Glazer tweeted Monday morning: Breaking: FOX Sports has learned the FBI & NFL Security believe they have located Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jersey & in process of returning to Patriots. Wild story details coming up on FS1.

More details coming up later on @fs1 including FBI being involved bc jersey was on foreign soil, FBI and NFL Sec located Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jersey FOX Sports has learned.

Brady took home MVP honors in the Patriots’ 34-28 overtime win over the Falcons where the team overcame a 25-point deficit.

There are still many questions with this case, like who actually took it, which could be answered as the day goes on.

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Ryan Hannable

Darrelle Revis doesn't seem like a fit in New England (Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports)Bill Belichick and the Patriots are always searching for value in free agency and a lot of times this occurs with vet



As soon as charges were dropped against Darrelle Revis in a Pittsburgh court last week, many started to connect him t

There's been recent buzz of Darrelle Revis coming back to the Patriots. (Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

There’s been recent buzz of Darrelle Revis coming back to the Patriots. (Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

As soon as charges were dropped against Darrelle Revis in a Pittsburgh court last week, many started to connect him to signing with the Patriots as a way to get his career back on track.

It raises the question, why are the Patriots the team he’s connected to?

First off, he wouldn’t cost much at all considering the Jets have to pay him $6 million, so any team that signs him would not need to give him a big contract with what he’s already getting from the Jets. The Patriots and Bill Belichick love value and Revis’ situation certainly gives him good value to any team that potentially signs him.

Secondly, playing for the Patriots would likely get Revis’ career back on track.

Currently, the 31-year-old is at the lowest point of his career coming off his worst season ever and then having the legal situation hanging over his head. A productive season in New England, likely going deep into the playoffs, would get his career back on track and have teams wanting his services once again. Of course, this is all dependent on Revis putting the work in again (unlike last year with the Jets), which he says he is willing to do.

Also, by playing for Belichick and the organization in 2014, Revis knows the Patriots’ system well and Belichick knows how to use him best.

There’s nothing to suggest the Patriots are actually interested in Revis, but it can be seen why rumors are out there of him signing with the Patriots to get his career back on track.

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Ryan Hannable
Malcolm Butler is likely headed to New Orleans. (Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports)

Malcolm Butler is likely headed to New Orleans. (Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports)

1. With Malcolm Butler visiting the Saints last week as a restricted free agent with a first-round tender, many have speculated the Patriots should force the Saints into signing him as a restricted free agent so they could get the Saints’ No. 11 overall pick. This doesn’t seem likely, and is where a potential trade comes in, which could have already been discussed two weeks ago when the two teams made a deal for wide receiver Brandin Cooks. Cooks needed to get traded last weekend because he was due a roster bonus last Monday. While Butler was rumored to be part of the deal, he ultimately wasn’t. This could have been because he didn’t sign his first-round tender. It’s quite possible the two teams agreed on a trade involving Butler and Cooks, but could only include the Cooks portion last weekend because the Saints needed to meet and work out a long-term deal with Butler before that part of the deal is executed. Once a long-term agreement happens, Butler would sign his tender and the Patriots could send him to the Saints and get back their first-round pick. That would mean in the end the Patriots would get Cooks and the Saints’ fourth-round pick in exchange for Butler and the Saints’ third-round pick. Not a bad deal at all for both sides. Bottom line, if the Patriots don’t in fact get the No. 11 overall pick from the Saints for Butler, note the Cooks trade and realize the two sides could have already negotiated a Cooks for Butler trade and pick swap, and the Patriots’ first-round pick last weekend could have been just a place-holder.

2. It cannot be stated how important it was for the Patriots to re-sign Dont’a Hightower. Hightower is the undisputed leader of the defense and who the unit looks to most. The 27-year-old isn’t much of a “ra-ra” leader, but when something needs to be said, he says it and gets the full attention of the team. This is what makes him such a great leader. After the Jamie Collins trade this past season, Hightower was the one leading the way in keeping the unit together and getting back on track after the poor showing against Seattle in the game immediately following the trade. Also, look at who is behind Hightower on the depth chart: Elandon Roberts, Kyle Van Noy, Shea McClellin and Jonathan Freeny. Usually the Patriots have internal fallback options in place for free agents in case they leave, but in the case of Hightower they really didn’t, which was another major reason why it was imperative he returned in 2017.

3. One of the takeaways from Duron Harmon’s conference call on Friday was him noting he was going to experiment playing a couple of pounds heavier, going up from 205 pounds to 207 or 208 during OTAs and minicamp. “I would say the run area is a key [area] where I feel that I can grow in,” he said. “My tackling could be a little bit more aggressive and I think that’s going to come with putting on a little bit more weight, being able to bang down there. So I think that area is key, and could be an area I could grow a lot in, I believe so.” This could be a sign the team might use him more in a Patrick Chung role, where Chung plays closer to the line of scrimmage and is a major player in stopping the run.

4. While the Patriots are done with big moves following Hightower’s re-signing, there’s still more to be done. Even though the team brought in running back Rex Burkhead, there’s still a need for a No. 1 running back who can run in between the tackles on first and second down to wear out defenses. LeGarrette Blount remains unsigned and seems like a good option on a one-year deal. Also, with defensive ends Chris Long and Jabaal Sheard departing and only Kony Ealy joining the team thus far, look for another veteran to be brought in to be part of the rotation at defensive end. Another position to watch is cornerback. A veteran could be brought in to compete with Eric Rowe, Cyrus Jones, Jonathan Jones and Justin Coleman. A lot of the time these small moves get unnoticed during the offseason, but they could show up as being very important come October and November.

5. Along the lines of the team not being done with adding players via free agency, there are a couple of players who could see their current 2017 contracts get redone for a lesser salary. Danny Amendola is currently on the books for a cap hit of just under $8 million, which certainly won’t stand. If Amendola wants to return to the team, he will need to rework his deal, which he’s reportedly willing to do. Another player to keep an eye on is Nate Solder. The left tackle has the second-highest cap hit on the team of just over $11 million. He’s scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, so perhaps the Patriots sign him to extension now and have that serve as a way to lower his cap hit for the upcoming season.

6. According to Miguel Benzan (@Patscap), the Patriots have just over $26 million in cap space left for 2017. While this says they have a lot of money to spend, it’s worth looking ahead to 2018 and taking some things into consideration. Tom Brady’s cap hit goes from $14 million this year to $22 million next year, Rob Gronkowski’s goes from $6.75 million to $11 million and if the Patriots potentially place the franchise tag on Jimmy Garoppolo, his could go from just over $1 million to near $20 million. Obviously deals can be re-worked to manipulate the cap, but it is worth noting the dramatic increases next season and should be considered when it comes to spending the rest of the offseason. From this perspective, this is a major reason why the Patriots cannot sign Butler to an extension he wants.

7. Wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell will be back in New England this week promoting his children’s book “The Magician’s Hat.” He is scheduled to visit 12 schools all across the region where he wants to share his message of how important reading is to children pursuing their dreams. He will read excerpts from his book, and each child will receive a copy. For more information, visit www.readwithmalcolm.com.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Safety Duron Harmon was one of the most underrated players on the Patriots defense in 2016. While on a national level he doesn’t get noticed much, without him the Patriots may not have won Super Bowl LI.