Easley thanks Belichick, Kraft after release from Patriots


Easley thanks Belichick, Kraft after release from Patriots

Though Dominique Easley reportedly wanted out of New England as badly as the Patriots wanted him out, the third-year defensive lineman took to Instagram on Wednesday to thank coach Bill Belichick one day after Belichick released him.

Easley, the No. 29 overall pick in 2014 who landed on season-ending injured reserve during each of his first two professional seasons, hit waivers on Wednesday. Whether or not he has been claimed by another club remains to be seen.

Easley's outgoing message for the organization is an interesting one given some of the reporting that emerged soon after his release.

He wasn't always "on the program" with the Patriots, according to Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran. Curran also explained that Easley would disappear for long periods of time after being injured, choosing to rehab his injuries outside of the team's facilities. 

Comcast SportsNet's Mike Giardi heard from one of Easley's former teammates recently, who said, "Easley never fit. Never tried to fit." 

The Boston Globe's Ben Volin also heard from one of Easley's teammates who said, "Saw that coming. Injuries and locker room cancer."

In Easley's Instagram post, he wrote, "no matter what everyone says I'm glad I was a part of the patriot nation." But according to Volin, Easley told people privately that he wanted to be traded during his rookie year.

The Patriots salary cap took an additional hit by releasing Easley. If he's claimed on waivers Thursday, part of that hit will be alleviated. 

Here's a look at how the Patriots defense may adjust with Easley no longer in the picture for the 2016 season, and a peek at some of the top defensive tackle prospects in this year's draft

Ex-Patriots TE Martellus Bennett announces retirement

Ex-Patriots TE Martellus Bennett announces retirement

Martellus Bennett is moving on from the game of football.

The former Patriots tight end announced his retirement Friday night on Twitter, stating he is shifting his focus to his multimedia production company, The Imagination Agency.

Bennett, 31, had 55 receptions for 701 yards and seven touchdowns in 16 games during the 2016 season with New England. After rejoining the Patriots in 2017, Bennett battled hamstring and shoulder injuries but did play in two games, catching six passes for 53 yards.

Bennett also played with the Cowboys, Giants, Bears, and Packers over the course of his 10-year career.


Arrest made in burglary at Rob Gronkowski's house

Arrest made in burglary at Rob Gronkowski's house

An arrest has been made in the Super Bowl week burglary at Rob Gronkowski's house.

Foxboro police announced Friday they have arrested 31-year-old Anthony Almeida, who has been charged with breaking and entering, receiving stolen property and malicious destruction of property.

The police also said they are searching for two other suspects, 26-year-old Shayne Denn and 28-year-old Eric Tyrrell.

Items taken from Gronkowski's house in the burglary included an Apple Watch, Rolex, and rare coins from the 1800s. Fortunately, those items have been recovered and Gronk will be getting them back. Police are still searching for the guns that were stolen from the house.