The Patriots have reached an agreement with free agent wide receiver Brandon Lloyd on a contract, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. (UPDATE, 9:22 p.m.: Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network reports the deal is worth three years and $12 million.)
The 30-year-old Lloyd, who has averaged 74 catches a season the last two years, has been connected to the Patriots throughout the free agent process for several reasons, not the least of which included his well-known fondness for Josh McDaniels, the New England offensive coordinator who had worked with Lloyd in Denver and St. Louis.
Over the course of his nine-year career in the NFL, the Illinois product has caught 311 passes for 4,784 yards and 31 touchdowns. His best season came in 2010 when he pulled in 77 passes for 1,448 yards and 11 touchdowns with the Broncos.
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The Patriots have signed free agent pass-rusher Trevor Scott to a one-year contract, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. A 6-foot-5, 255-pound defensive end/outside linebacker who was taken in the sixth round of the 2008 draft out of Buffalo, his best season came in 2009 when he had 43 tackles (38 solo) and seven sacks for the Raiders. In all, he has 13.5 sacks in four seasons with Oakland, but had a torn left ACL in November 2010 that ended his year. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
The Patriots announced Saturday they have signed free agent wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez.
The 27-year-old Gonzalez was drafted by Indianapolis in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft out of Ohio State. In five seasons with the Colts, the 6-foot, 193-pound wide receiver started 12 of 40 games and has 99 career receptions for 1,307 yards and seven touchdowns. He started nine of those games as a rookie and averaged 15.6 yards per reception on 37 catches and scored three touchdowns. In 2008, he played in every game for the Colts, starting two, and recorded career highs with 57 receptions for 664 yards and four touchdowns.
Gonzalez is a native of Cleveland, where he was a two-sport standout at Saint Ignatius High School in football and track. While playing at Ohio State, Gonzalez teamed with two other wide receivers who were drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft (Santonio Holmes and Ted Ginn, Jr.). He was an all-conference...
According to a report from TSN's Bob McKenzie, the Bruins and forward Shawn Thornton have agreed to a two-year deal worth $1.1 million a year. Thornton was set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
The 34-year-old Thornton has been with the Bruins since the 2007-08 season and has four goals and eight assists for 12 points on the season. He had a career year last season, registering 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points.
Thornton is a two-time Stanley Cup champion, winning with the Ducks in 2006-07 and Bruins last season.
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Tim Thomas stopped Danny Briere while David Krejci, Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron all scored in the shootout to lift the Bruins to a 3-2 win over the Flyers in a thrilling St. Patrick's Day matinee at TD Garden. The Bruins gained two points and have 85 on the season, putting them momentarily a point ahead of Ottawa for the Northeast Division lead.
Showing a sense of urgency from the opening drop, the Bruins came out hard against the Flyers. They recorded the first five shots of the game, including the first goal, a score by Chris Kelly on the rebound of a Benoit Pouliot shot at 6:23 to put the Bruins up, 1-0. It was the first time the Bruins had scored first since March 3 against the Islanders - a span of seven games.
Thomas, who has struggled of late, then made a pair of momentum-saving stops, turning away Eric Wellwood on a short-handed slap shot after an Andrew Ference giveaway in the neutral zone. Moments later, with Jaromir...
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Danny recaps the Red Sox 7-2 win over the Orioles
Danny Picard recaps the Red Sox 5-3 win over the Blue Jays.
Who is to blame for the Red Sox 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays? Danny points the finger.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
John, Gerry and Kirk discuss the Red Sox win over Baltimore on Memorial Day Monday and the team's surge to a two game lead in the AL East
Gerry, John and Kirk are astounded at Howard Bryant's latest effort in ESPN the Magazine. Are patriotic displays at ballparks stifling athletes? What?
John, Gerry and Kirk discuss the killing of Harambe the gorilla to save a four-year old boy. Was there another option besides shooting? Should the boy's parents be held accountable?
With Malcolm Butler, Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins all emerging as stars, it's time for the Patriots to decide who they need to make a priority. Giardi and Bradford give their take on who should be the first to resign.
Giardi and Bradford debate why kids are more into the NBA and will be watching the Golden State vs. OKC game 7 tonight, and why no young fans will watch a neutral baseball game.
Mike Giardi and rob Bradford were in on Memorial Day and Bradford had a problem with how Mut, Meter and Butch took his comments out of context on the morning show. Also, Giardi and Bradford talk about what it would take to get Kevin Durant in Boston.
Laroy Streat keeps setting fire to the airways and talks people singing his Freestyle Fridays to him when they see him on the street! Catch our guy every friday via final drive! He's must listen radio!
We end the week with the best in sound Laroy Streat continues to set fire to the airways with his music.
The guys talk Red Sox pitching and the problems that could arise with Buchholz struggles.
Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.
Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.
The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.
Mike Mutnansky, Butch Stearns, and Jon Meterparel discuss the absence of Malcolm Butler at last week's OTAs and replay a sound byte of Butler from May 21st on WEEI not wanting to discuss his contract. Is Malcolm Butler headed for a contract dispute, and how valuable is he?More from this show
Mike and Rob discuss how OTAs are not the forum to make decisions on the future of the team and how fans on Twitter can't accept that. They also get into the contract situations for Malcolm Butler and Dont'a Hightower.More from this show