Brady ties Manning for most AFC Offensive Player of Week awards


Brady ties Manning for most AFC Offensive Player of Week awards

FOXBORO -- Sunday was not Tom Brady's best game, but he was good enough when it mattered. He was good enough to win. And he was good enough to earn his second AFC Offensive Player of the Week honor of the season.

The award gives Brady 27 such honors for his career, tying Peyton Manning for the most in NFL history.

In the Patriots' 30-17 win over over the 49ers, in front of Brady's friends and family from the Bay Area, he threw for 280 yards and four touchdowns on 24-for-40 passing. It was the 21st game in which Brady tossed four touchdown passes and did not throw a pick.

Brady earned the AFC's Offensive Player of the Week award back in Week 5, his first game back after a four-game suspension, and he was given the conference's Offensive Player of the Month award for October. 

Though he missed the first quarter of the regular season, Brady is still considered by to be among the favorites for the league's MVP award. (As of last week, his odds of winning MVP were set at 11/4, behind only Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliot at 5/2.) On the season, he's completing 70.4 percent of his passes at a clip of 7.8 yards per attempt, and he's thrown 16 touchdowns against 1 interception.

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.