Patriots sign QB Jacoby Brissett to rookie contract

Patriots sign QB Jacoby Brissett to rookie contract

The Patriots finally have all nine of their draft picks under contract. 

The team announced that it signed its third-round quarterback Jacoby Brissett on Thursday. The North Carolina State product inked a four-year deal worth $3,410,832, according to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe. That amount is more than 17 players drafted ahead of the No. 91 overall slot where Brissett was taken, Volin noted.

The 6-foot-4, 231-pound signal-caller is set to be the Patriots No. 2 quarterback for the first month of the season behind Jimmy Garoppolo should Tom Brady be forced to serve a four-game suspension for Deflategate. Brady is currently waiting to hear from the Second Circuit on whether or not that court will rehear his case.

Brissett's contract negotiations were unique on a few different accounts. First, he opted not to hire an agent during the pre-draft process. Instead, he was helped through the process by the NFLPA and by former NFL safety Abe Elam. 

Brissett's negotiations were also complicated by the fact that he was drafted in the third round. Though rookie salaries are slotted based on draft position, the CBA allows for more creativity in the deals for third-rounders. One agent told the Florida Times-Union that the third round is the "wild, wild West" for negotiations. 

Despite the fact that he was not technically under contract, Brissett was present for rookie minicamp, OTAs and mandatory minicamp. He showed a relatively accurate arm and good decision-making in team drills during practices open to the media, giving coach Bill Belichick two seemingly-capable young quarterbacks behind Tom Brady. 

Duron Harmon issues apology after his arrest

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Duron Harmon issues apology after his arrest

According to The Costa Rica Star, airport police at Juan Santamaria International Airport found two ounces of marijuana inside an iced-tea can alongside several different types of THC based paraphernalia within Duron Harmon's suitcase.

Tonight he issued an apology to the Kraft family, Patriots, and his own family.

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Harmon traveled into the country from Fort Lauderdale and was sent back after being briefly detained.

The Patriots organization acknowledged the arrest, “We are aware of the situation involving Duron Harmon Friday night in Costa Rica,” a Patriots spokesman said in a statement to multiple media outlets. “He has since returned to the U.S., and we are seeking to gain more information. At this time, we have no further update.”


Shaq carries Gronk at Miami dance-off

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Shaq carries Gronk at Miami dance-off

Remember when Brandin Cooks rode Rob Gronkowski around like a horse to celebrate a Patriots touchdown back in November?

Well, Gronk doing Gronk things in Miami managed to find about the only person he could ride. 

Shaquille O'Neal, at 7-foot-1, gave 6-7 Gronk a ride on his shoulders as they celebrated the debut of "Shaq's Fun House" as part of the three-day Ultra Music Festival in Miami.

So, who won the dance-off?

Shaq vs @gronk dance battle you tell me who won

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