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[March 24, 2017]
March 23 (The Sports Xchange) -
The stolen Super Bowl jerseys belonging to quarterback Tom Brady
were returned to the New England Patriots on Thursday, the FBI
Jerseys worn by Brady in the 2015 and 2017 Super Bowls arrived at
the team's headquarters at Gillette Stadium.
The uniform top Brady wore in last month's Super Bowl victory over
the Atlanta Falcons disappeared shortly after the game and it set
off an investigation led that to both jerseys being recovered in
The Super Bowl champion Patriots will make their fifth trip to the
White House on April 19, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer
Their come-from-behind victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super
Bowl LI has set up a date with President Donald Trump.
Tight end Martellus Bennett, now with the Green Bay Packers, joined
running back LeGarrette Blount, defensive tackle Alan Branch,
linebacker Don't'a Hightower, defensive end Chris Long and defensive
back Devin McCourty in stating that they will not attend. Brady is a
friend of Trump and coach Bill Belichick sent a congratulatory
letter to Trump in the final days of his campaign.
Packers tight end Martellus Bennett isn't a fan of the NFL's plan to
instruct players how to properly celebrate on the field in an
Bennett vented his displeasure in a series of messages on Twitter
that were directed at the NFL and Troy Vincent, the executive vice
president of football operations. Bennett said the NFL wants players
to be robots, not individuals.
"An educational video on appropriate celebrations. Not signing up
for that class," Bennett wrote.
The Packers addressed their limited backfield by re-signing running
back Christine Michael to a contract.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Michael joins converted wide
receiver Ty Montgomery as the lone running backs on the roster. He
finished with 31 carries for 114 yards and a touchdown in 2016. He
has 254 carries for 1,080 yards and seven rushing touchdowns in 37
The New York Jets added depth at wide receiver by agreeing to terms
with Quinton Patton.
Patton, who visited the Jets last Saturday, had career highs with 37
catches and 408 receiving yards in 14 games last season with the San
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The Los Angeles Chargers re-signed running back
Branden Oliver to a one-year contract and safety Adrian Phillips
signed his exclusive rights free agent tender to remain with the
Financial terms were not disclosed by the team for Oliver, who will
battle Kenjon Barner, Kenneth Farrow and Andre Williams behind
starter Melvin Gordon.
Senior vice president of NFL officiating Dean Blandino could be in
for a few hectic Sundays at replay headquarters. Commissioner Roger
Goodell said all NFL replays will be subject to approval by
Blandino, not the referee on the field.
How the league will handle the circumstance of simultaneous replays
in separate games is uncertain.
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and Johnny Manziel were
discussing a return to the league for the embattled quarterback
during last month's Super Bowl, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported.
Payton also was interested in Manziel possibly joining the Saints in
the future, according to the report. Manziel has struggled with
substance abuse and legal issues since being picked by Cleveland
with a first-round pick in 2014.
Former NFL quarterback Bernie Kosar wrote on Twitter that he meant
"no disrespect" to Dwight Clark after making a comment on Cleveland
radio about the ex-tight end's ALS diagnosis.
Clark, 60, served as the Browns' director of football operations
when the franchise resumed operations. He was with the club from
1999 to 2002.
Kosar, who received many requests for an apology, took to Twitter to
address the comment. "I absolutely Ment (sic) no Disrespect to
Dwight! I Spoke strongly about the need for prevention & care before
U Get to This Sad Point!"
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