Patriots teammates react to news of Will Smith's death


Patriots teammates react to news of Will Smith's death

Will Smith, who spent 10 seasons with the Saints and the 2014 offseason with the Patriots, was killed Saturday night in New Orleans in an apparent road rage shooting. 

Smith played for the Patriots briefly in 2014. He signed with the team after being released by the Saints but was let go at the end of training camp.

Though Smith didn't spend much time in New England, it's clear that he made an impact on the franchise during his few months in the locker room. The Patriots organization, several of Smith's former teammates and Patriots team chaplain Jack Easterby all reacted to the news of Smith's death with heartfelt messages on social media.

Praying for strength for The Smith Family. #ripwillsmith91

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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.