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Patriots sign former Virginia Tech TE Dalton Keene

May. 15, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

The Patriots have signed tight end Dalton Keene, leaving only one member of their 2020 draft class unsigned. Keene, a third-round pick out of Virginia Tech, appeared in 39 games during three seasons with the Hokies, totaling 59 receptions for 748 yards and eight touchdowns. He represents the Patriots' latest...

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2020, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) is tackled by Houston Texans safety Justin Reid during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game in Kansas City, Mo. Kelce has two years remaining on a five-year, $46.8 million extension that he signed in 2016. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Tight end contracts could be next to see significant rise

May. 5, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

Several tight ends in the NFL are centerpieces of the offense. Now, it's time they get paid like it. Guys such as George Kittle, Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz and Rob Gronkowski — before he sat out a year — are more productive than many wide receivers but make far less money. The franchise tag for tight...

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2020, file photo, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick works along the sideline in the first half of the team's NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Tennessee Titans in Foxborough, Mass. This could be the year Buffalo, Miami or the New York Jets end New England's reign at the top of the division after winning 17 titles in 19 years with Tom Brady as quarterback. But Bill Belichick is still running things for the Patriots. That has all of their AFC East rivals still wary and not quite ready to say the division is up for grabs. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, FIle)

Big changes in AFC East, but Belichick the constant for Pats

Apr. 30, 2020 7:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — This could be the year. You know, when Buffalo, Miami or the New York Jets (finally) step up and (finally) overtake New England for supremacy in the AFC East — something the Patriots have had for most of the last two decades. Tom Brady has brought his six Super Bowl rings to Tampa...

Buccaneers exercise fifth-year option on TE O.J. Howard

Apr. 29, 2020 8:35 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have picked up the fifth-year option on the contract tight end O.J. Howard signed as a rookie in 2017. The move Wednesday came a week after the Bucs acquired four-time All-Pro Rob Gronkowski in a trade from New England, prompting speculation that Howard might be...

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2020, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady walks to the sideline after throwing an interception late in the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Tennessee Titans in Foxborough, Mass. Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn says the NFC South “is turning into Quarterback South.” Tom Brady's arrival has raised the stakes. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes, File)

Brees, Brady give 'Quarterback South' top 2 all-time passers

Apr. 29, 2020 12:20 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Dan Quinn says the NFC South has earned a new moniker. The Atlanta Falcons coach notes the division “is turning into Quarterback South.” Tom Brady's arrival has raised the stakes. “I think in this division, you had better be ready to bring it,” Quinn said. The...

FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2018, file photo, Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams (71) takes the field for warms up before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Landover, Md. The San Francisco 49ers have acquired the seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle from the Redskins. Two people familiar with the deal said Saturday, April 25, 2020,  the Niners will send a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft and a 2021 third-rounder to acquire Williams. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

49ers fill needs, Packers fall short on draft weekend

Apr. 26, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

The task for the San Francisco 49ers heading into the draft was straight forward. Find replacements for departed starters DeForest Buckner at defensive tackle and Emmanuel Sanders at receiver and then find a player to step in for longtime left tackle Joe Staley, who informed the NFC champions before the draft...

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2020, file photo, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick takes notes on the sideline in the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Tennessee Titans in Foxborough, Mass. The NFL Draft is April 23-25, 2020. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Patriots don't draft QB, but address several other needs

Apr. 25, 2020 9:42 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Patriots didn’t find a replacement for Tom Brady in the draft, if that was even possible. But they did address almost every other one of their needs. New England entered the draft with 12 picks and after making several trades over three days wound up selecting 10 players. Patriots...

ARCHIVO - En esta foto del 28 de febrero de 2020, el lineman defensivo Tristan Wirfs durante un ejercicio en el combine de la NFL en Indianápolis. (AP Foto/Charlie Neibergall, archivo)

Bucs confident they landed solid help for Brady in draft

Apr. 25, 2020 9:29 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers called it right, Tom Brady was a big winner in the NFL draft. The Bucs bolstered protection for the six-time Super Bowl champion, acquired a ball-hawking safety to improve an ascending defense, and even added a couple of more playmakers to an already potent...

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2020, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speaks to the media following an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Tennessee Titans in Foxborough, Mass.   Tampa Mayor Jane Castor is poking fun at last week's attention-grabbing incident involving Brady. Tampa didn’t exactly give Brady the best of welcomes when he was ejected from a downtown park while working out last Monday, April 20 .(AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Tampa mayor lightheartedly apologizes to NFL's Tom Brady

Apr. 25, 2020 2:38 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — When it comes to first impressions, Tampa didn’t exactly give the best of welcomes to one of its newest and most famous residents when NFL superstar Tom Brady was ejected from a downtown park while working out. Mayor Jane Castor tried to make amends by issuing a letter of...

In this still image from video provided by the NFL, Cole Kmet, wearing a Chicago Bears cap, celebrates after being selected by the Bears during the second round of the NFL football draft, Friday, April 24, 2020. (NFL via AP)

Bears open draft by taking TE Cole Kmet, CB Jaylon Johnson

Apr. 25, 2020 1:00 AM EDT

Cole Kmet grew up in the Chicago suburbs cheering for Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher and former star tight end Greg Olsen. His dad, Frank, played on the Bears' practice squad in the early 1990s. Now, Kmet gets to suit up for his hometown team. The Bears addressed one of their biggest weaknesses on a struggling...