According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, restricted free agent Malcolm Butler concluded Thursday’s meeting with the Saints without agreeing to a deal.
A source close to Rapoport told Rapoport that the meeting went well, however, with Rapoport adding that both sides are “motivated to get it done.”
The Patriots gave Butler a first-round tender, meaning that if another team signs Butler and the Patriots don’t elect to match, New England would receive that team’s first-round pick. Though the Saints own New England’s first-round pick (No. 32 overall) from the Brandin Cooks trade, the Pats would get New Orleans’ pick (No. 11) in such a scenario.
If Butler signs his tender with New England and returns for the final year of his contract, the 27-year-old will make $3.9 million.
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.
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.