New Pats tackle criticized Solder during Super Bowl

New Pats tackle criticized Solder during Super Bowl

FOXBORO -- The NFL draft has gotten worse since Roger Goodell came in and moved it to prime time. Between the timing, the extra day and it being outside for some reason, it's not what it used to be. 

Here's one interesting (though silly) wrinkle that has been introduced of late, and it applies to all drafts: Whenever someone is drafted, somebody finds an old tweet of theirs and retweets it. Nothing will beat Charlie McAvoy's "I hate the Bruins so much" tweet. 

For new Patriots offensive tackle Antonio Garcia, it was a tweet sent out during Super Bowl LI in which a compliment for then Falcons defensive end Dwight Freeney ended up being a criticism of the man Garcia could one day replace. 

The tweet doesn't seem malicious at all, but it's hard to imagine Garcia thought while watching the Super Bowl that he'd end up playing with the guy. 


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.