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Manning: Addai to sign with Patriots

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Manning: Addai to sign with Patriots

Peyton Manning has breaking news related to the Patriots, and no, he's not going to be backing up Tom Brady.

According to No. 18, his good friend and former Colt, Joseph Addai is signing with the New England Patriots.

The Patriots had worked out Addai a few weeks ago at Gillette but nothing came of it leading up to the draft. New England focused much of the draft on the defensive side of the ball, but with BenJarvus Green-Ellis signing in Cincy, the Pats needed a veteran running back presence to complement Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen.

The Patriots also brought in Tim Hightower and Ryan Grant, but now it looks like Addai is their man.

A former first round pick, the 29-year-old Addai was released by the Colts last month as part of their rebuilding approach.

Addai scored the winning touchdown against the Patriots in the 2007 AFC Championship.

In six seasons with the Colts, Addai rushed for 4,453 yards and 39 touchdowns. He also has nine receiving touchdowns. He's never had more than two fumbles in a season - a nice statistic as he will fill a roster spot left by a man (Green-Ellis) who has never fumbled in his entire career.

Addai will join Anthony Gonzalez as the second Colt to sign with the Patriots this offseason.

Gostkowski named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week

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Gostkowski named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week

FOXBORO -- Stephen Gostkowski is almost 34 years old, but in Mexico City he provided a reminder that he's not slowing down in his 12th NFL season. 

After going four-for-four on field goals -- including a team-record 62-yarder, a 51-yarder and a 40-yarder -- and making all three of his extra points, Gostkowski was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for the sixth time in his career. 

During a press conference on Wednesday, Bill Belichick explained that someone in Gostkowski's situation probably isn't improving at this point in his career. But if he's maintaining a strong level of play, that's OK. 

"I don’t know how much real improvement you’re going to see from a player that’s been in the league 12 or 20 years in a case like Adam [Vinatieri] or somebody like that," Belichick said. "But, if the level they’re performing at is pretty good, if they can maintain that, then that’s certainly enough to help the team.

"Are there things that a player can do better? Yeah, sure, there always are technique things. I think Steve has really improved in some of his alternative kicks on kickoffs, as an example, instead of just kicking every ball as far as he can. He’s done a great job of that. I’d say it’s maintaining the timing and the overall leg speed and technique that makes kickers good at their job."

Ex-Pats Moss, Law and Seymour among Hall of Fame semifinalists

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Ex-Pats Moss, Law and Seymour among Hall of Fame semifinalists

Former Patriots Randy Moss, Ty Law and Richard Seymour are among 27 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

In January, selectors will reduce the list to 15 finalists, who will join seniors Robert Brazile and Jerry Kramer and contributor Bobby Beathard on the final ballot. The annual selection meeting will take place Feb.y 3, the day before Super Bowl LII.

Click here for the complete story from NBC's Pro Football Talk.