May 23, 2022; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Jakobi Meyers (16) catches the ball at the team's OTA at Gillette Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots sign RFA WR Jakobi Meyers, two others

The New England Patriots officially signed restricted free agent wide receiver Jakobi Meyers on Thursday.

Meyers was New England’s leading wide receiver in 2021, with 83 catches and 866 yards. He signed his one-year tender worth $3.986 million, which ESPN originally reported Monday.

Meyers will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2022 season unless he reaches a long-term agreement with the Patriots. Meyers, who signed as an undrafted free agent in April 2019, has 168 catches for 1,954 yards and the two TDs in 46 games (26 starts) for the Pats.

The Patriots made two other signings Thursday: free agent wideout Lil’Jordan Humphrey and fourth-round draft pick running back Pierre Strong Jr.

Humphrey spent his first three NFL seasons with the New Orleans Saints. In 18 career games (six starts), he has hauled in 16 receptions for 295 yards and three touchdowns. Strong was selected out of FCS South Dakota State.

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May 23, 2022; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Jakobi Meyers (16) catches the ball at the team's OTA at Gillette Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Pats WR Jakobi Meyers returns on 1-year deal

Jakobi Meyers, New England’s leading wide receiver in 2021, signed his one-year tender to return to the Patriots for the 2022 season, ESPN reported Monday.

The second-round tender is worth $3.986 million. Meyers became a restricted free agent in March.

Meyers, 25, led the Patriots in catches (83) and yards (866) in 2021 while adding two touchdowns. Meyers, who signed as an undrafted free agent in April 2019, has 168 catches for 1,954 yards and the two TDs in 46 games (26 starts) for the Pats.

Meyers’ agents continue to work on a long-term deal for the three-year player. Meyers becomes an unrestricted free agent after the 2022 season if a deal isn’t reached.

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Jan 3, 2022; Brooklyn, New York, USA;  Former NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown watches the game between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Antonio Brown says NFL not on his radar next season

Controversial free-agent wide receiver Antonio Brown, who earlier this month said he wanted to retire as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, now says he has no plans to play in the NFL next season.

“Don’t play yourself lookin’ to me to play,” Brown said Saturday during an interview at a Fan Controlled Football league game. Just before that, Brown said: “Obviously, we live the game, but you can’t play forever. I think I’m a great player that’s done everything in the game. “

In March, the 12-year NFL veteran expressed interest in joining the Cleveland Browns.

Brown, 33, most recently played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, catching 87 passes for 1,028 yards in his two seasons there (2020-21) but winning his only career Super Bowl with the team. He removed his pads and jersey and left the field during the third quarter of Tampa Bay’s Week 17 road win over the New York Jets.

A few days later, the Buccaneers released Brown, and the wideout claimed the team forced him to play hurt and covered up facts related to his injury. Then-head coach Bruce Arians denied the allegations.

Brown played for the Steelers from 2010-18, totaling 837 receptions for 11,207 yards and 74 touchdowns. He was named to seven Pro Bowls and four All-Pro teams during his nine seasons with the team. But after he got into an argument with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and was benched for an important Week 17 game for missing practices, he requested a trade after the 2018 season.

Brown then played in one game for the New England Patriots in 2019 before being released amid allegations of sexual assault. He joined the Buccaneers for the next two seasons after serving an eight-game suspension handed down by the league in a separate incident that involved an altercation with the driver of a moving truck. He entered a no-contest plea to charges filed in the case and received probation.

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Jun 10, 2021; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Jarrett Stidham (4) talks to offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels during OTAs at the New England Patriots practice complex. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Raiders to acquire QB Jarrett Stidham from Patriots

Jarrett Stidham was acquired by the Las Vegas Raiders to be the backup to Derek Carr in a swap with the New England Patriots, according to multiple reports.

Stidham and a seventh-round draft pick in 2023 would go to Vegas for a sixth-round pick, NFL.com reported.

Stidham would step into the No. 2 role vacated when Marcus Mariota joined the Atlanta Falcons. The Patriots drafted Bailey Zappe to become the backup in New England behind Mac Jones.

Stidham, 25, played collegiately at Baylor and Auburn, and has worked closely with new Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels. McDaniels was offensive coordinator of the Patriots and had input when Stidham was drafted in the fourth round of the 2019 draft.

The Raiders also have backups Nick Mullens and Garrett Gilbert on the roster.

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Dec 6, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New England Patriots defensive tackle Carl Davis (98) gestures to the crowd prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots re-sign veteran DT Carl Davis Jr.

Defensive tackle Carl Davis Jr. signed a contract with the New England Patriots on Thursday.

Terms of the deal were not announced by the team.

Davis, 30, recorded 19 tackles and one sack in 17 games (four starts) last season with the Patriots. He had become an unrestricted free agent as the new league year opened last month.

He has 54 tackles, three passes defensed and 1.5 sacks in 56 career games with the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars and Patriots. He was selected by the Ravens in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

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Jan 2, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick watches from the sideline as they take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Texans acquire fifth-round selection from Pats for two late picks

The 2022 NFL Draft begins on Thursday with the first round, but the Houston Texans and New England Patriots were ready to swap some Saturday picks.

The Texans acquired the No. 170 overall pick, a fifth-rounder, from the Patriots on Monday in exchange for No. 183 (sixth round) and No. 245 (seventh round).

The 170th pick originally belonged to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tampa Bay traded it to New England last month in exchange for guard Shaq Mason.

Now the Patriots have turned that single pick into two. They raised their total haul to nine picks with Monday’s trade, while the Texans still have 10 after packaging the two late-round choices for one.

Houston selects third and 13th overall in Thursday’s first round, the latter pick acquired from the Cleveland Browns in the Deshaun Watson trade. The Patriots’ first pick is at No. 21.

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Clayton Weishuhn grills food before the Angelo State University homecoming game Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019.

Former Patriots LB Clayton Weishuhn killed in crash

Former NFL linebacker Clayton Weishuhn was killed in a car accident, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. He was 62.

Weishuhn died Friday near his hometown of Wall, Texas, after being ejected from his pickup truck. According to the accident report, he drifted into a ditch and overcorrected into a dirt field and wasn’t wearing a seat belt.

Weishuhn was pronounced dead at the scene.

Weishuhn was a third-round draft pick of the New England Patriots in 1982 and set a franchise record with 229 tackles in 1983.

But he badly injured his left knee in the 1984 season opener against the Buffalo Bills and missed the rest of the season and the following campaign.

He played in just 13 more NFL games — four with the Patriots in 1986 when he dealt with hamstring and groin injuries and nine for the Green Bay Packers in 1987.

Weishuhn was a college star at nearby Angelo State University and had 523 tackles from 1978-81 and helped the school win the 1978 NAIA national title. He was inducted into the school’s athletic Hall of Honor in 2006.

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Jan 9, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) watches from the field during the second quarter of the game against the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots announce trade for WR DeVante Parker

The New England Patriots on Tuesday formally announced their trade for wide receiver DeVante Parker.

The Dolphins also paid tribute to Parker, who played seven seasons in Miami.

Terms were not announced. However, the Dolphins will send a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft to the Patriots in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, per reports from this past weekend.

Parker, 29, became expendable after Miami acquired All-Pro wideout Tyreek Hill in last month’s trade with the Kansas City Chiefs, and after a breakout season by 2021 rookie Jaylen Waddle.

A first-round pick in 2015 (14th overall), Parker caught 40 passes for 515 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games in 2021. Over seven seasons with the Dolphins, he logged 338 catches for 4,727 yards and 24 scores in 93 games (64 starts). His best season was 2019 with 72 receptions for 1,202 yards and nine TDs, all career highs.

Under the two remaining years on his contract, Parker is due a base salary of $5.65 million in 2022 and $5.7 million in 2023, per Spotrac.

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Jan 9, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) watches from the field during the second quarter of the game against the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Dolphins deal WR DeVante Parker to Patriots

The Miami Dolphins are trading wide receiver DeVante Parker to the AFC East rival New England Patriots, multiple media outlets reported Saturday.

The Dolphins also will send a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft to the Patriots in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, per the reports.

Parker, 29, became expendable after Miami acquired All-Pro wideout Tyreek Hill in last month’s trade with the Kansas City Chiefs, and after a breakout season by 2021 rookie Jaylen Waddle.

A first-round pick in 2015 (14th overall), Parker caught 40 passes for 515 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games in 2021. Over seven seasons with the Dolphins, he logged 338 catches for 4,727 yards and 24 scores in 93 games (64 starts). His best season was 2019 with 72 receptions for 1,202 yards and nine TDs, all career highs.

Under the two remaining years on his contract, Parker is due a base salary of $5.65 million in 2022 and $5.7 million in 2023, per Spotrac.

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Jan 2, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick watches from the sideline as they take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots to go without coordinators in 2022

The New England Patriots won’t have a coordinator on the offensive side of the ball either in 2022.

Speaking at the NFL league meetings in Palm Beach, Fla., Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said Monday he won’t officially name an offensive coordinator for this season. He hasn’t had a defensive coordinator since Matt Patricia left to become head coach of the Detroit Lions in 2018.

“I’m not big on titles,” Belichick said. “We don’t have to call any (plays) for a while.”

Belichick did not say who will call plays for the Patriots on either offense or defense. But he’s not replacing longtime OC Josh McDaniels, who left to become the new head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders.

Fired in Detroit, Patricia is back on Belichick’s staff, as is former New York Giants head coach Joe Judge. While Patricia’s background is on defense and Judge’s with special teams, Belichick said both of them will work on offense.

“It’s important that all our players get good coaching,” Belichick said. “And we plan on doing that.”

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