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Super Bowl Hero RB James White Gets a Three-Year Extension with Patriots

Patriots running back James White, who played the best game of his career in Super Bowl LI, has reached a three-year
contract extension with the team, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports via Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston . This according to sources.

White, who was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2017 season, is now inked through the 2020 season.

The extension comes on the same day the Patriots extended a two-year, $6.4 million offer sheet to restricted free-agent running back Mike Gillislee. The Bills have until Monday to decide to match that offer.

As for the 5-foot-10, 205-pound White, he fills the “passing back” role in the Patriots’ offense, which is significant given how often the team throws the football. His strong pass-catching skills and willingness to pick up the blitz are part of what makes him an asset to the team in that role.

The 2016 season was White’s first full year as the team’s front-line “passing back” and he finished second on the team with 60 receptions for 551 yards and five touchdowns, while adding 166 yards rushing on 39 carries.

Agent for Former Patriots TE Hernandez Says ‘No Chance’ He Took His Own Life

If you listen to Aaron Hernandez’s agent, he’s totally not buying the fact that the former Pats tight end hung himself early on Wednesday morning in prison.

Brian Murphy sent out the following tweet about the turn of events for the former Patriots pass catcher.

Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction, was found dead about 3am this morning and according to Department of Correction spokesman Christopher Fallon he hung himself using his bed sheet.

“Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population unit,” the statement said. “Mr. Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bedsheet that he attached to his cell window. Mr. Hernandez also attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items.”

He was pronounced dead at UMass Memorial-HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster about an hour later.

Former Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez Found Dead in Prison Cell

Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who was a rising star in New England, died after hanging himself in his prison cell early Wednesday, Massachusetts prisons officials said.

Hernandez was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction and just days ago was acquitted of a double murder.

Department of Correction spokesman Christopher Fallon said in a statement that Hernandez was found by guards in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley just after 3 a.m.

“Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population unit,” the statement said. “Mr. Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bedsheet that he attached to his cell window. Mr. Hernandez also attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items.”

He was pronounced dead at UMass Memorial-HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster about an hour later.

The 27-year-old was in a single cell in a general population housing unit in the maximum security state prison. He hanged himself using a bed sheet that he attached to a cell window, Fallon said.

Hernandez tried to block the cell door from the inside by jamming the door with various items, Fallon said. The spokesmen said he was not aware of any suicide note written by Hernandez.

The ex-Patriot was moved to tears on Friday after he was acquitted of the 2012 fatal shootings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in Boston. Just before his acquittal, Hernandez was seen blowing kisses to the little girl he fathered with fiancee Shayanna Jenkins. Cameras captured the tender exchange.

But, Hernandez was still serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for his conviction in the 2013 shooting of Odin Lloyd, who was dating his fiancee’s sister.

Brady and Butler Absent From First Day Workouts; Should Be Back Tuesday for Pats

The Patriots are among several NFL teams that started offseason training activities today. Traditionally the team has outstanding attendance at these workouts, Tom Curran of CSN New England reports.

Tom Brady is expected to be at the facility on Tuesday. He’s returning to town after a family vacation.

Malcolm Butler, meanwhile, is heading back up to New England later this week after celebrating a family birthday.

Butler has not yet signed his first-round tender with the Patriots, which would pay him $3.91 million for 2017. The restricted free agent corner has the ability to discuss offer sheets with other clubs, but the final day for him to sign elsewhere is April 21.

Patriots Have An Offer on the Table to RB LeGarrette Blount

LeGarrette Blount is still out there looking for a team to pay him, but it sounds like he might not have to go very far.

The Patriots, where Blount played for the last season and a half, reportedly have a deal on the table for him to remain with the Super Bowl Champions, but it will be up to him if he wants to stay or not.

New England is known for not overly investing at running back, it preferring to allow even its most productive veterans walk via free agency. Blount currently has an “offer on the table” from the Patriots, Mike Giardi of CSN New England reported Friday. That he’s yet to accept it may indicate the deal’s numbers and/or structure do not meet his expectation.

Blount at the right price seems the preferred option. The 30-year-old set career highs in 2016 with 299 carries for 1,161 yards and 18 touchdowns. He plays the wrong position at the wrong age to be compensated in respect to that production. His limitations in the passing game and an April draft class considered to be deep also curtail his value.

New England isn’t exactly scrounging for bodies, either. It signed Rex Burkhead last month to accompany Dion Lewis, James White, DJ Foster, Brandon Bolden and James Develin.

Blount is really the best option for the Pats, and unless a team swoops in and blows him away, he should do the right thing and take the deal.

Missing Super Bowl Jersey of Patriots QB Tom Brady Recovered in Mexico

It’s been an ongoing and flat out bizarre case since the moment the Patriots wrapped up one of the biggest (okay it was the biggest) win in the Super Bowl, that being what happened to the jersey belonging to quarterback Tom Brady.

The case for the missing jersey spread far and wide, and now the FBI and NFL security believe they have found the stolen jersey.

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports broke the story that the jersey, along with. a jersey missing from Super Bowl XLIX, were found in Mexico, and that they were being authenticated by authorities

The jersey was valued at $500,000, which makes this potential crime a first-degree felony.

At the time, Brady said he placed his jersey in a bag in the locker room. When he returned, it was no longer there, and thus the search began.

Because the game was in Houston, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick enlisted the Texas Rangers to help find it. They were unable to do so, but the FBI apparently was.

“I am happy my jerseys from SB 49 and SB 51 have been recovered, and I want to thank all of the law enforcement agencies involved. 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,” Brady said in a statement released via his agent, Don Yee.

Jimmy Garoppolo Gets Compared to Packers QB Aaron Rodgers by Julian Edelman

In an offseason where a potential trade of New England Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is a notable storyline, veteran receiver Julian Edelman paid him a high compliment by comparing his approach to that of two Packers greats, Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston reports.

“The guy is a stud. He went out and played in the regular season and played very well. He has that kind of gunslinger-like confidence, that Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers kind of confidence,” Edelman said Tuesday night on NFL Network.

Garoppolo, whom the Patriots selected in the second round of the 2014 draft out of Eastern Illinois, is entering the final year of his contract.

What Till You See the Epic Shirt Patriots DC Matt Patricia Wore When He Got Off the Plane in Boston

Matt Patricia, Patriots defensive coordinator, celebrated the teams’ Super Bowl win in a Super way on Monday upon the teams’ return back to Boston.

Check out the shirt that Patricia is wearing as he gets off the plane – that being a shirt of NFL Commish Roger Goodell looking like – yes- a clown.

One has to wonder where Patricia would even get a shirt like that, and of course his actions in wearing it are not going to sit very well with those in New York.

Nevertheless, it’s an epic shirt, and another indication that no matter what Goodell says, Patriots fans, coaches and players are all still very much in no way fans of the guy who runs the NFL.