Belichick on how Brady's return will impact Patriots: 'I don't know'

Belichick on how Brady's return will impact Patriots: 'I don't know'

FOXBORO -- The assumption is that Tom Brady's return will be a good thing for the Patriots. The assumption is that on the practice field, in meetings, and against the Browns in Week 5, Brady's impact on his teammates and coaches will be a positive one. 

But Bill Belichick is not one to assume. Even when what comes may seem fairly obvious. 

Asked about Brady's return from a four-game suspension during a conference call on Monday morning, Belichick acknowledged that it is good to have Brady back, but he did not want to forecast how the team would react to the future Hall of Famer's homecoming.

"I don't know," Belichick said. "That'd just be speculation at this point. He hasn't done it. It's great to have Tom and Rob [Ninkovich] back, but I can't tell you [how the team will be impacted]. I can't answer the question. I haven't seen it. It'd just be pure speculation. It's good to have him back. I'm not going to speculate on what will and won't happen going forward because that's all it will be is just speculation."

With both Brady and Ninkovich back in the fold, the Patriots will have to knock their roster number down to 53 players eventually, but they are expected to be given roster exemptions in order to carry two extra players. How long those exemptions will last, though, is still up in the air -- even for Belichick.

As of Monday's conference call, he was unsure as to how long the team will be able to carry both Brady and Ninkovich before making roster moves to get back to 53 players.

"I don't have an exact answer for that right this second," he said. "Why don't you call the league and ask them? I'm sure they have the answers."

Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

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Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

Former Lions tight end Eric Ebron is signing a two-year deal worth $15 million with the Colts, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Ebron was rumored to be a potential target for the Patriots, especially after new Pats running back Jeremy Hill tried recruiting him to the team.

The 24-year-old had 53 receptions for 574 yards and four touchdowns a season ago with Detroit. 


Patriots release Shea McClellin

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Patriots release Shea McClellin

Shea McClellin will be blocking kicks for somebody else next season. 

The Patriots announced Monday they've released the veteran linebacker, ending his tenure with the team after two seasons.  ESPN's Field Yates broke the news.

The Pats signed McClellin to a three-year deal prior to the 2016 season, but that was the only season in which he played for the team. McClellin missed all of last season due to injury. Prior to coming to New England, McClellin played four seasons with the Bears, who chose him 19th overall in 2012. 

McClellin's biggest contribution with the Pats came when he blocked a Justin Tucker kick in Week 14 of the 2016 season against the Ravens.