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Patriots Agree to Terms with DT Danny Shelton

The Patriots have reportedly come to terms on a new deal with 25-year-old run stopper Danny Shelton, a player who last season played in 13 games, starting one.

Shelton was credited with 21 tackles last season, including one tackle for loss.

Patriots Ink First-Round Pick N’Keal Harry to Rookie Deal

The Patriots have reached an agreement with their 2019 first-round pick, N’Keal Harry, on the terms of his rookie contract, Nick Goss of NBC Sports Boston reports.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter, citing a source, reported Tuesday the former Arizona State wide receiver and the Patriots have agreed to a four-year, $10,098,348 contract with a $5,364,252 signing bonus.

Third-round picks Chase Winovich and Damien Harris are the only players from the Patriots’ 2019 draft class still unsigned, per ESPN’s Mike Reiss.

Harry was selected by New England with the 32nd pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He’s the first wide receiver drafted in the first round by Patriots head coach Bill Belichick since he took over the team in 2000.

Patriots Waive Slot Veteran Wide Out Bruce Ellington

The Patriots released veteran slot receiver Bruce Ellington on Wednesday, further thinning the depth at the position, Kevin Duff of the Boston Herald reports.

Ellington, who played for the Texans and Lions this past season, had been signed by the Pats during the opening week of free agency.

His release clears a roster spot for veteran offensive tackle Jared Veldheer, who is expected to sign later this week.

Following the Ellington move, New England’s receiver depth chart is led by Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett, rookie N’Keal Harry, second-year pro Braxton Berrios, and Maurice Harris.

Josh Gordon remains indefinitely suspended by the NFL. Demaryius Thomas could become a factor at some point, but he’s just over four months removed from an Achilles tear.

A shifty 5-foot-9 slot receiver, Ellington figured to be on the roster bubble in training camp. He caught 31 passes for 224 yards in the 2018 season.

Patriots Pick Up Arizona State WR N’Keal Harry with Pick 32 in the NFL Draft

The Patriots added a big target for Tom Brady at the end of round one of the 2019 NFL Draft, snagging Arizona State wide out N’Keal Harry with the 32nd pick of the draft.

Harry at 6’2, 228 pounds is a big target with good body control, and he consistently rewards his quarterback for throwing him 50-50 balls.

He doesn’t have an elite second gear, but his size-speed combination and ball skills make him a threat in the vertical passing game.

He flashes the ability to make the first defender miss and is an above-average threat after the catch for a player his size.

Patriots WR Josh Gordon Signs RFA Tender

Josh Gordon’s future in the NFL remains uncertain, but if he’s playing in 2019 it’ll be as a member of the Patriots, Kevin Duffy of the Boston Herald reports.

The talented receiver signed his restricted free-agent tender, according to the league transaction wire.

Gordon, who remains indefinitely suspended by the league, will earn $2.025 million on the one-year deal.

The 28-year-old Gordon emerged as a difference-maker with the Patriots a year ago, destroying defenses after the catch. He became the first New England receiver to average 18 yards per catch since David Patten in 2004. Gordon’s season was cut short in late December when he was suspended for violating the terms of his reinstatement under the league’s substance abuse policy.

The NFL has not yet announced if Gordon’s suspension will carry over into the 2019 season.

Check out the Complete 2019 New England Patriots Schedule

The 2019 NFL Schedule is out – and Patriots fans you can start to look at what trips you want to take and days off as well!

Here it is – the complete 2019 Patriots slate!

Sept. 8 Pittsburgh Steelers 8:20
Sept. 15 at Miami Dolphins 1:00
Sept. 22 New York Jets 1:00
Sept. 29 at Buffalo Bills 1:00
Oct. 6 at Washington Redskins 1:00
Oct. 10 New York Giants (Thu) 8:20
Oct. 21 at New York Jets (Mon) 8:15
Oct. 27 Cleveland Browns 4:25
Nov. 3 at Baltimore Ravens* 8:20
Nov. 17 at Philadelphia Eagles 4:25
Nov. 24 Dallas Cowboys 4:25
Dec. 1 at Houston Texans* 8:20
Dec. 8 Kansas City Chiefs 4:25
Dec. 15 at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00
Dec. 21 or 22 Buffalo Bills TBD
Dec. 29 Miami Dolphins 1:00

Tom Brady and Michael Bennett Both Skip the First Day of Pats Workouts

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and veteran defensive end Michael Bennett were not among those in attendance for the start of the team’s voluntary offseason program on Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Brady did not take part in last year’s workouts, and the expectation was that this would become his regular routine in an effort to spend time with his family.

Bennett has almost always trained away from his team during the offseason, making his offseason home in Hawaii.

Calling it a Career: Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski Announces Retirement on Instagram

A weapon who might go down as the greatest tight end of all-time, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is saying ‘so long’ after nine memorable NFL seasons.

Sunday afternoon Gronkowski, owner of three Super Bowl rings, announced on his Instagram account that he is retiring, wrapping up a career that eventually will reward him with a lifelike bust of himself in Canton, Ohio at the Hall of Fame.

“It all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true, and now here I am about to turn 30 in a few months with a decision I feel is the biggest of my life so far,” Gronkowski wrote on his Instagram. “I will be retiring from the game of football today.”

“Thank you for everyone accepting who I am and the dedication I have put into my work to be the best player I could be,” the 29-year-old added. “But now its [sic] time to move forward and move forward with a big smile knowing that the New England Patriots Organization, Pats Nation, and all my fans will be truly a big part of my heart for [the] rest of my life.”

Gronk’s 79 receiving touchdowns ranks third all-time at the position, and he was also named to the Pro Bowl five times and first-team All-Pro on four occasions.

Over the course of his nine seasons, Gronkowski caught 521 passes for 7,861 yards and 79 scores, and he also scored a touchdown rushing.

Overall his 80 TD’s puts him at 62nd place all-time, and he also scored 12 playoff touchdowns, which is second only to Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice.

As one would expect after a stunning announcement, Tom Brady, his QB for all nine years of his NFL life, commented on Gronk’s Instagram post about the decision.

“Love you man!!” Brady stated. “The [goat emoji]!! Couldn’t be a better person or teammate!!!!”

Injuries likely had a lot to do with the decision to end his career at age 29, as Gronkowski played in just 31 games the last three seasons, and over the nine years of his career only played in 16 regular season games twice, his first two years of his career.

In the Super Bowl win over the Rams, Gronk caught six passes for 87 yards to go out on top as a champion.