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Patriots fined $1.1M, lose draft pick in videotaping punishment, per report

Patriots fined $1.1M, lose draft pick in videotaping punishment, per report

It only took seven months.

The NFL finally punished the New England Patriots on Sunday night for an incident that happened back in December when a team staffer illegally videotaped the Cincinnati Bengals' sideline during a Week 14 game.

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Here's the Patriots' punishment, per ESPN's Mike Reiss:

- $1.1 million in club fines.
- Loss of 2021 third-round pick.
- Patriots’ TV crews not allowed to shoot games during 2020 season.

Additionally, Dave Mondillo, the supervising producer of the Patriots' in-house production team who was suspended by New England at the time, is "banned from NFL facilities until further notice."

The $1.1 million fine actually is more than the Patriots received for Spygate, in which Bill Belichick was fined $500,000 and the team was fined $250,000 for illegally videotaping the New York Jets' sideline in 2007.

The December incident actually occured during a Bengals-Browns game after a Cincinnati staffer spotted a Patriots employee filming the Bengals' sideline from the press box.

The Patriots said in a statement they were filming an episode of their "Do Your Job" documentary series that focused on the advance scout at that game, and that they simply had failed to notify the Bengals that the video crew would be there.

NFL rumors: Bengals shopped Andy Dalton to Patriots, Jaguars before release

NFL rumors: Bengals shopped Andy Dalton to Patriots, Jaguars before release

The Cincinnati Bengals weren't able to work out a trade for Andy Dalton, but that failure wasn't due to a lack of effort.

Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer reported Monday some details on the Bengals' effort to move Dalton before ultimately releasing him.

How this went should further color where the Jaguars and Patriots are at the position. Cincinnati shopped Dalton to both, and neither showed much interest. And that—after his release detached him from the $17 million base that made him impossible for the Bengals to keep—neither wound up with him, despite both teams offering a clearer path to playing time, and despite Dallas only having to pay $3 million in base to get him, should say what you need to know about where they stand. 

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported the Patriots and Jaguars both had interest in Dalton after he was released. Oddsmakers also pegged the Patriots as the betting favorite to land Dalton

Dalton ended up signing with the Dallas Cowboys, who now have a competent veteran behind starter Dak Prescott. His one-year contract with the Cowboys is worth $7 million, including $3 million guaranteed, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The Patriots don't have much salary cap space -- less than $2 million, actually -- so they weren't able to offer Dalton anywhere close to the $7 million he could earn from the Cowboys. 

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick seems content to enter the season with 2019 fourth-round draft pick Jarrett Stidham as the likely successor to Tom Brady. The Patriots didn't draft a quarterback despite making 10 picks, and they've only signed veteran Brian Hoyer in free agency. 

Dalton would've been a nice backup for the Patriots if Stidham suffered an injury or just wasn't ready to be a starter, but missing out on the former Bengals quarterback is by no means a bad situation for New England.

NFL Rumors: Andy Dalton signs one-year deal with Cowboys

NFL Rumors: Andy Dalton signs one-year deal with Cowboys

So much for that Andy Dalton-to-the-Patriots talk.

The former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback is headed to the Dallas Cowboys on a one-year deal worth $7 million, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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With only Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer on the Patriots' roster as starting QB options, there was plenty of speculation about Dalton signing with New England after he was released by Cincinnati on Thursday. The Patriots were pegged as odds-on favorites to sign Dalton, and the Cowboys weren't even listed.

Nonetheless, Dalton is set to serve as Dak Prescott's backup in 2020.

In 13 games last season, Dalton struggled mightily. The 32-year-old went 2-11, throwing for 3,494 yards to go with 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.