On Thursday, free agent running back Brandon Bolden signed a two-year, $47 million contract to return to the New England Patriots.
Bolden, originally signed as an undrafted free agent in 2012, spent 2018 with the Miami Dolphins after spending his first six years in New England primarily on special teams and emergency running back.
In 2018, Bolden played all 16 games for Miami and 65.9% of special teams snaps.
Bolden’s was limited on offense, but scored two of his three 2018 touchdowns against the Patriots during their “Miami Miracle” victory.
After the signing was official, Bolden took to Instagram with a post that read “Remember Me? I’m bbackkkkkk”
Linebacker Dont’a Hightower voiced his excitement a short time later.
On Tuesday, the New England Patriots formally placed an original-round tender on suspended/restricted free-agent Josh Gordon.
According to CBS Sports’ Tyler Sullivan, “Gordon will earn about $2.025 million in salary next season, if he’s not signed by another club. If a team does decide to come in and snatch Gordon away from the Patriots, inking him to a new deal, that team would then give up a third round draft choice to New England as compensation thanks to the tag. Despite being a former second round pick in the supplemental draft in 2012, the compensation for Gordon if signed to a new team would be a third.”
Gordon can only leave Foxboro if another team is willing to match the Patriots and trade the required draft pick.
If no team swoops in, the tender essentially guarantees Gordon can stay a Patriot for another season, pending NFL reinstatement.
Given Gordon’s track record and suspension history, its a long shot another team gives him a look.
The earliest Gordon can start the process for reinstatement is in May.
Gordon shared his excitement over the news with two Instagram posts.
The first posting was a thank you note to the Patriots featuring a quote by President John F. Kennedy and a photograph of himself with Tom Brady and Julian Edelman.
Brady was spotted commenting on the post, stating “You got that right Flash.”
Gordon also shared video of his daughter sporting his Patriots number 10 jersey in an Instagram story.
Friday marked International Women’s Day across the world, and to mark the occasion a few members of the New England Patriots and their families took some time over social media to show their appreciation for the most important women in their lives.
Quarterback Tom Brady, his wife Gisele, Adrian Clayborn, and Julian Edelman all shared family photos.
Winning a Super Bowl has a variety of special perks.
During Sunday nights 61st Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman and safety Devin McCourty were selected as the presenters to announce the winner for the “Best Pop Duo or Group Performance” category.
Lady Gaga won the Grammy Award for her song “Shallow”, sung by Gaga in the film “A Star Is Born” with actor Bradley Cooper.
McCourty and Edelman’s appearance garnered a few boo’s from the Los Angeles crowd, but Devin made light of the situation joking, “LA, thank you for your cheers. Also, thank you for your boos. I appreciate you supporting your community.”
After the show, Edelman shared photographs of himself with Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, actor Mark Wahlberg, musician Rob Thomas, and Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown.
The McCourty twins shared a backstage photo with former First Lady Michelle Obama and actress Jada Pinkett Smith.