2018 ScheduleAll times ET

2018 Schedule
11-5, 1st in AFC East

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

One potential holdup/slow-down with free-agent punter Ryan Allen (Patriots) from last week is that he changed agents. Allen's new agent is Chris Gittings of OneWest Sports. Perhaps that sparks some movement on Allen's free-agent status.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

OT LaAdrian Waddle has agreed to a one-year deal with the Bills, the club announced Saturday. Waddle was a valuable swing tackle for the Patriots each of the last two seasons. With the Patriots losing Waddle to the Bills, and Trent Brown to the Raiders, they have taken a multi-layered hit on the depth chart at a hard-to-fill position. Isaiah Wynn (2018 first-round pick) is the projected starter at left tackle but he is coming off a torn Achilles that landed him on IR for his entire rookie season. Practice-squad player Cole Croston is the top backup at this time, while Marcus Cannon, Dan Skipper and Ryker Mathews are on the right tackle depth chart. This now becomes a higher need position in the draft.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills on Saturday announced that they signed former Patriots offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle to a one-year contract. Waddle played in 31 games the past four seasons for New England, making seven starts. He projects to fill a similar swing tackle role in Buffalo behind 2017 second-round pick Dion Dawkins and Ty Nsekhe, who signed a two-year, $14.5 million deal this week from Washington. Waddle is the fifth free agent offensive lineman the Bills have signed this offseason, joining Nsekhe, center Mitch Morse, guard/center Spencer Long and guard/center Jon Feliciano as GM Brandon Beane attempts to address the team's biggest deficiency last season.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Veteran DE Adrian Clayborn tweeted that the Patriots have granted him his release, which was a move foreshadowed based on his rising salary-cap charge ($5.9 million) and niche role from 2018. Clayborn's release will save the Patriots about $3.5 million in cap space for 2019. He played 30 percent of the defensive snaps in the 2018 regular season, with his primary contributions coming as a rusher in obvious passing situations. Clayborn's uncertain future with the team came into focus late in the year when he was a healthy scratch for Patriots' final two games. Derek Rivers, Keionta Davis and Trent Harris are in-house candidates to fill Clayborn's role, while the draft is considered rich in that area.

Brady watches film to prep for ski trip (0:34)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots were busy on Thursday by signing some depth players in free agency, agreeing to deals with DT Mike Pennel (Jets), S Terrence Brooks (Jets), WR Maurice Harris (Redskins), WR Bruce Ellington (Lions) and TE Matt LaCosse (Broncos). The deals for Pennel, Brooks and LaCosse were all for two years, while Ellington's was a one-year pact. Pennel (6-4, 332) is a big-bodied run-stuffer who projects to help fill the void created by Malcom Brown's free-agent departure to New Orleans. Brooks is viewed as a strong special-teams player, while Harris and Ellington have experience in the slot and will vie for roles on a depleted receiver depth chart. The 6-foot-6, 255-pound LaCosse, whose deal has a maximum value of $4.8 million, has some upside at a spot where the club has moved on from Dwayne Allen in the No. 2 role. Add it all up, and Thursday was a day in which the Patriots focused on building depth at lower numbers on the salary cap.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Free-agent safety Terrence Brooks has signed a two-year deal with the Patriots, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Brooks (5-11, 196 pounds) has played for the Jets (2017-2018), Eagles (2016) and Ravens (2014-2015), appearing in 65 career regular-season games. He is known as a strong special teams player.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

With DT Malcom Brown agreeing to a three-year deal with the Saints, the Patriots say goodbye to their 2015 first-round pick (No. 32 overall) in a departure that was anticipated. Brown is more of a two-down player in the Patriots' scheme, but he could be viewed as more in New Orleans, which is what led him to land a deal that could average as high as $5 million per season (that is rich for a two-down lineman in New England). The Patriots currently have Lawrence Guy and Adam Butler as their top interior defensive linemen, and they hosted free-agent Allen Bailey on Thursday as they consider him as an option to fill the void.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills WR Cole Beasley, in his introductory news conference Thursday, said his decision as a free agent came down to Buffalo, New England and Dallas. "Really I just wanted to be in a place where I had more opportunities, and this seemed like the place to be," Beasley said. He signed a four-year, $29 million contract with Buffalo with $10.7 million fully guaranteed. "[Opportunities] are the main reason why I came here," Beasley said. "Money is important, but I just wanted opportunities. I felt like I could do more."

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Michael Bennett: I used to hate the Patriots

Michael Bennett, who officially joined the team on Thursday, says he used to hate the Patriots, Brady's hair and Belichick's sweaters. "Now that I'm here," he said, "I love you."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots left guard Joe Thuney earned $352,578 in performance-based-pay for the 2018 season, which was the seventh highest total in the NFL. Patriots CB Jonathan Jones, at $323,294, was 12th. Thuney also collected $120,697 from the "veteran's pool" for a total of $473,275. Jones collected $100,135 from the "veteran's pool" for a total of $423,429 This money is part of a fund -- collectively bargained between players and the NFL -- to supplement compensation based on a comparison of playing time and salary.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots are scheduled to host free-agent wide receivers Bruce Ellington and Maurice Harris on Thursday, according to ESPN's Field Yates. The 5-foot-9, 200-pound Ellington has most recently been with the Texans (2017-2018) and Lions (2018), two teams with head coaches with strong Patriots ties. He is more of an inside receiver who also has experience as a punt and kickoff returner. Ellington totaled 31 receptions for 224 yards and one touchdown in seven games last season. As for the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Harris, he wasn't extended a qualifying offer by Washington, which made him a free agent. In 12 games last season (7 starts), he totaled 28 catches for 304 yards. Both players don't figure to command big salaries in free agency.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots are scheduled to host free-agent TE Matt LaCosse today, a source confirms. LaCosse (6-6, 255) broke through in 2018 with the Broncos, playing in 15 games (5 starts) and totaling 24 catches for 250 yards and one TD. He entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Giants in 2015 out of Illinois. LaCosse has two other visits scheduled after his stop in New England.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots are scheduled to host free-agent DL Allen Bailey today, a source confirms. Bailey (6-3, 288) has played his entire career with the Chiefs (2011-2018). He could pair with Lawrence Guy as an interior DT in New England's scheme with Malcom Brown and Danny Shelton currently free agents. The Chiefs are switching to a 4-3 defense, and that might have lessened Bailey's value to them as he was a 3-4 end in their prior scheme. Bailey, 29, has played in 102 career regular-season games.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Wide receiver remains a top position of need for the Patriots, and bringing back Phillip Dorsett on a 1-year deal adds a well-known and reliable piece to the mix. But the team's work isn't done at the position, as the only receivers currently under contract for 2019 are Julian Edelman, Dorsett, Braxton Berrios, Damoun Patterson and Matthew Slater. So there should be more movement at receiver, with veteran Golden Tate one of the top players available on the free-agent market. The Patriots made a hard push for slot receiver Adam Humphries, but he ended up agreeing to a deal with the Titans.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater had his 2019 option picked up by the team, according to ESPN's Field Yates. Entering his 12th NFL season, Slater earns a $400,000 roster bonus today as well. While some had questioned if Slater might consider retirement after Super Bowl LIII, that was never part of his mindset.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots did not extend a qualifying offer to WR Cody Hollister, an undrafted free agent in 2018 who spent his rookie season on the non-football injury list. This makes Hollister, who is the twin brother of third-year Patriots TE Jacob Hollister, a free agent. Hollister played in college at Arkansas and was viewed as a strong special-teamer.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

With Jason McCourty agreeing to a two-year deal to return to the Patriots, it keeps a solid veteran and locker-room presence with the team at arguably its deepest position. The Patriots have the following CBs under contract for 2019: Stephon Gilmore, Jason McCourty, J.C. Jackson, Jonathan Jones, Duke Dawson, and Keion Crossen. That is a solid of mix of experience and promising youth. Specific to McCourty, it was telling that in Super Bowl LIII, he got the start opposite of Gilmore, which reflected how the Patriots valued his steady approach and ability to perform under pressure.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots and RB Brandon Bolden have reached agreement on a two-year deal, a source confirms. This is a homecoming for Bolden, who played for the Patriots from 2012-2017 before spending the 2018 season in Miami after being cut by New England right before the season. Had Bolden not left for Miami, he probably would have returned to the Patriots one week later after RB Jeremy Hill tore his ACL in the season-opener and New England needed reinforcements. Bolden, 29, is more of a reserve and strong special teams and locker-room presence. His return should be well received by teammates from a culture standpoint. NFL Network first reported the agreement between the Patriots and Bolden.

Team Stats

Passing Yards266.18th
Rushing Yards127.35th
Points For27.34th
Points Against20.37th

2019 Draft Picks

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