Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez underwent offseason shoulder surgery, according to Ian Rapoport.
Hernandez, who has missed ten games over the last two seasons due to injury, will likely miss the team’s OTAs and minicamp, but is expected to be ready for the opening of training camp. Last season, the Patriots’ fourth-round pick in the 2010 draft recorded 51 receptions for 483 yards and five touchdowns.
The Patriots, who may be without Rob Gronkowski for the start of the regular season, currently have tight ends Daniel Fells, Michael Hoomanawanui, and Brad Herman on the roster.
The New England Patriots may be without Rob Gronkowski for their season opener if he requires another surgery to his forearm to clear up an infection, according to a report in the Boston Herald.
Gronkowski, who originally underwent surgery in November after breaking his left forearm, had a second surgery after re-injuring the arm in the playoff loss to the Ravens. Recently though, he has reportedly been dealing with an infection in an area where a second metal plate was placed to repair the arm.
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The New England Patriots are reportedly close to signing wide receiver Michael Jenkins. Jenkins was drafted by the Falcons in 2004 and has played for both Atlanta and the Vikings in his career. This is likely a depth signing for the Patriots but is just another weapon in Tom Brady’s arsenal.
Last season, Jenkins appeared in all 16 games for the Vikings and finished the season with 40 receptions for 449 yards and 2 touchdowns. In 130 career games, Jenkins has 354 receptions, 4,427 yards and 25 touchdowns.
The New England Patriots have locked up a key cog in their offensive line this morning.
The Boston Herald’s Karen Guregian reports the Patriots are expected to sign RT Sebastian Vollmer to a four-year deal on Monday, according to her source.
The Patriots have now locked up their entire starting line, which is certainly a good thing considering they’re tasked with protecting the team’s biggest asset, one Tom Brady.
Though Vollmer’s back has been a concern, the Houston alum made 15 starts last season and was voted to Pro Football Focus’s All-NFL 2nd team.
I haven’t hidden my disdain for the Patriots’ decision to move on from Wes Welker, and begin the Danny Amendola era. My hate grew further late last week when Jason La Canfora reported that in truth only $6 million of Welker’s new contract with Denver is guaranteed, and zero dimes of his 2014 salary are included in his overall guaranteed cash.
The total figure Welker agreed to was a two-year contract worth $12 million. Meanwhile, Amendola and his brittle skeleton signed on for $10 million guaranteed in New England. So please explain yourself, Bob Kraft. Were you simply chasing youth and willing to forsake the final years of Welker’s productivity?
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The New England Patriots continue to add to their defence, signing CB Aqib Talib to a one-year deal worth $5 million according to a tweet from Adam Schefter.
Talib joins Adrian Wilson and Kyle Arrington in the Patriots secondary. A relatively weak market for Corner Backs prevented the former University of Kansas star from getting a multi-year deal. That, and a troublesome past that has included several arrests.
New England acquired Talib in a trade with Tampa Bay last season. In six games for the Pats the 27-year old recorded 13 tackles and one interception.
Phoenix area reporter Mike Jurecki is reporting former Cardinals Safety Adrian Wilson has signed with the New England Patriots.
The Patriots had Wilson come into their facilities on Friday morning. The Pats had also been hosting John Abraham and Dwight Freeney.