Dean Blandino is leaving his job as the NFL’s senior vice president for officiating to take a television analyst job.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network was first to report the news of Blandino's departure.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that Blandino will join Mike Pereira as FOX rules analyst.
Florio was among those originally reporting that Blandino, who was chief of officiating since 2013 and a key figure for the NFL in its case against Tom Brady in the Deflategate saga, was joining CBS, which quickly denied that.
More from Florio here.
The Patriots have acquired wide receiver and kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson in a trade with the Raiders, NBC Sports Boston's Phil Perry confirms.
Pardon My Take, a podcast by Barstool Sports, first reported the news.
Ian Rapaport of NFL Network reports the Patriots sent a fifth-round pick to Oakland and received a Raiders' sixth-rounder along with Patterson.
More to come...
There's one gigantic hole to fill on the Patriots offensive line.
Replacing Nate Solder is no easy task and it's not exactly clear how the Pats will yet.
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport was first to report the Patriots would like to bring back Waddle or Fleming.
It now appears that one of the former backup tackle is taking a serious look elsewhere, according to Ian Rapoport.
It's not the best offensive line free agency market this season, so the Pats may prefer to bring back a guy they are familar with.
If Fleming is off the board, Waddle still remains as an option for New England.