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What’s the latest with Malcolm Butler and the Saints?

03.20.17 at 2:06 pm ET
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Malcolm Butler and the Saints appear to still be working out a new contract. (Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports)

Malcolm Butler and the Saints appear to still be working out a new contract. (Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports)

Last week restricted free agent cornerback Malcolm Butler met with the Saints on Wednesday and Thursday as the two sides look to come to agreement on a long-term deal.

According to CSNNE’s Mike Giardi, the parameters of a deal are mostly in place, but there’s some quibbling over guaranteed money. The report adds compensation between the Patriots and Saints can’t be discussed until Butler signs his tender, but both sides know what it will take to get a deal done.

ESPN’s Mike Triplett, who covers the Saints, adds “it is a process that could go either way.”

Nothing can happen until the Saints and Butler agree on a long-term contract, which by having Butler in for a visit last week, means the interest is there.

It would appear Butler isn’t going to sign his first-round tender ($3.91 million) until he knows he can get a long-term deal with the Saints. That would then trigger a domino effect where the Patriots could then trade Butler because he’s under contract.

At this point it seems the No. 11 overall pick (if the Saints signed him as a restricted free agent and Patriots didn’t match) will not be happening.

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Details emerge of how Tom Brady’s Super Bowl LI jersey was stolen

03.20.17 at 11:58 am ET
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The person who stole Tom Brady's jerseys also reportedly took Von Miller's helmet. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

The person who stole Tom Brady’s jerseys also reportedly took Von Miller’s helmet. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

One of the bigger storylines following Super Bowl LI was not Tom Brady and the Patriots winning their fifth Super Bowl, but rather Brady’s jersey being stolen from the Patriots locker room after the game.

A month and a half later, it’s been found thanks to the FBI, along with his Super Bowl XLIX jersey that was also stolen — by the same person posing as an international media member.

On Fox Sports’ “Undisputed” Jay Glazer explained exactly what happened.

“Well he doesn’t have to go on eBay anymore, because the investigation is leading to that jersey, as well as his Super Bowl jersey from a couple of years ago, going back to the New England Patriots and Tom Brady,” Glazer said. “So here’s actually what happened. The FBI and the NFL security, along with Patriots security and the Houston PD, they actually went through all this video to try and track somebody down, and they zeroed in on somebody, a person of interest.

“That person of interest, from what I’m told, is an international member of the media. I don’t believe he’s actually a member of the media, but he was posing as a member of the international media. Got credentialed, it’s been going on for quite some time.

“And he actually, from what I’m told, they have him going into the locker room right behind Bill Belichick as if he’s with the team. Goes in there, loiters around a little while and is seen leaving the locker room – this is the video they’re trying to look at right now – seen leaving a little bit later with something under his arm.

“He goes in without anything under his arm, just your normal media backpack, comes out later with the backpack plus something under his arm. They’ve all zeroed in now, and from what I understand, Houston PD just put out that they were found down in Mexico and had to deal with authorities there to get them back on American soil. They had to authenticate them, make sure these were actually Tom Brady’s jerseys, and in fact they were. From what I understand, they will be returned to the Patriots and Brady some time this week.”

It’s also worth noting Glazer reported the same person that swiped Brady’s jerseys is suspected of taking Von Miller’s helmet after Super Bowl 50.

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NFL confirms Tom Brady’s 2 stolen Super Bowl jerseys have been found

03.20.17 at 9:50 am ET
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Tom Brady's two stolen Super Bowl jerseys have been found. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady’s two stolen Super Bowl jerseys have been found. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Not only was Tom Brady’s Super Bowl LI jersey found, but also his Super Bowl XLIX jersey.

Both were stolen after his last two Super Bowl wins by someone posing as an international media member, the NFL confirmed Monday morning.

The statement reads: Through the cooperation of the NFL and New England Patriots’ security teams, the FBI and other law enforcement authorities, the Super Bowl LI jersey worn last month by MVP Tom Brady has been recovered.

Also retrieved during the ongoing investigation was the jersey Brady wore in the Patriots’ victory in Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks in 2015. The items were found in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media. Due to the ongoing investigation, we would refer any additional questions to the FBI.

Brady took home MVP honors in both Super Bowls.

NFL security is extremely tight at Super Bowls, so it’s worth wondering how exactly the person was able to take Brady’s jersey from the locker room not only once, but twice.

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Tom Brady’s Super Bowl LI jersey reportedly has been found

03.20.17 at 8:32 am ET
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Tom Brady's Super Bowl jersey reportedly has been recovered. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady’s Super Bowl jersey reportedly has been recovered. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Nearly a month and a half after Tom Brady’s Super Bowl LI jersey went missing, it appears it has been found.

According to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, the jersey has been found on “foreign soil.”

Here is what Glazer tweeted Monday morning: Breaking: FOX Sports has learned the FBI & NFL Security believe they have located Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jersey & in process of returning to Patriots. Wild story details coming up on FS1.

More details coming up later on @fs1 including FBI being involved bc jersey was on foreign soil, FBI and NFL Sec located Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jersey FOX Sports has learned.

Brady took home MVP honors in the Patriots’ 34-28 overtime win over the Falcons where the team overcame a 25-point deficit.

There are still many questions with this case, like who actually took it, which could be answered as the day goes on.

[UPDATE 10 a.m.]: The NFL has confirmed Brady’s last two Super Bowl jerseys have been found and were stolen by someone posing as an international media member.

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Why is there buzz surrounding Darrelle Revis potentially signing with Patriots?

03.19.17 at 1:26 pm ET
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There's been recent buzz of Darrelle Revis coming back to the Patriots. (Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

There’s been recent buzz of Darrelle Revis coming back to the Patriots. (Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

As soon as charges were dropped against Darrelle Revis in a Pittsburgh court last week, many started to connect him to signing with the Patriots as a way to get his career back on track.

It raises the question, why are the Patriots the team he’s connected to?

First off, he wouldn’t cost much at all considering the Jets have to pay him $6 million, so any team that signs him would not need to give him a big contract with what he’s already getting from the Jets. The Patriots and Bill Belichick love value and Revis’ situation certainly gives him good value to any team that potentially signs him.

Secondly, playing for the Patriots would likely get Revis’ career back on track.

Currently, the 31-year-old is at the lowest point of his career coming off his worst season ever and then having the legal situation hanging over his head. A productive season in New England, likely going deep into the playoffs, would get his career back on track and have teams wanting his services once again. Of course, this is all dependent on Revis putting the work in again (unlike last year with the Jets), which he says he is willing to do.

Also, by playing for Belichick and the organization in 2014, Revis knows the Patriots’ system well and Belichick knows how to use him best.

There’s nothing to suggest the Patriots are actually interested in Revis, but it can be seen why rumors are out there of him signing with the Patriots to get his career back on track.

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Sunday 7: Why Patriots probably will not be getting Saints’ No. 11 overall pick for Malcolm Butler

03.19.17 at 6:00 am ET
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Malcolm Butler is likely headed to New Orleans. (Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports)

Malcolm Butler is likely headed to New Orleans. (Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports)

1. With Malcolm Butler visiting the Saints last week as a restricted free agent with a first-round tender, many have speculated the Patriots should force the Saints into signing him as a restricted free agent so they could get the Saints’ No. 11 overall pick. This doesn’t seem likely, and is where a potential trade comes in, which could have already been discussed two weeks ago when the two teams made a deal for wide receiver Brandin Cooks. Cooks needed to get traded last weekend because he was due a roster bonus last Monday. While Butler was rumored to be part of the deal, he ultimately wasn’t. This could have been because he didn’t sign his first-round tender. It’s quite possible the two teams agreed on a trade involving Butler and Cooks, but could only include the Cooks portion last weekend because the Saints needed to meet and work out a long-term deal with Butler before that part of the deal is executed. Once a long-term agreement happens, Butler would sign his tender and the Patriots could send him to the Saints and get back their first-round pick. That would mean in the end the Patriots would get Cooks and the Saints’ fourth-round pick in exchange for Butler and the Saints’ third-round pick. Not a bad deal at all for both sides. Think of if this way: Does a deal with the Saints getting Butler and the Patriots’ first and third-round picks in exchange for Cooks, their No.11 overall pick and a fourth-round pick make sense? No, they would be getting robbed. Bottom line, if the Patriots don’t in fact get the No. 11 overall pick from the Saints for Butler, note the Cooks trade and realize the two sides could have already negotiated a Cooks for Butler trade and pick swap, and the Patriots’ first-round pick last weekend could have been just a place-holder.

2. It cannot be stated how important it was for the Patriots to re-sign Dont’a Hightower. Hightower is the undisputed leader of the defense and who the unit looks to most. The 27-year-old isn’t much of a “ra-ra” leader, but when something needs to be said, he says it and gets the full attention of the team. This is what makes him such a great leader. After the Jamie Collins trade this past season, Hightower was the one leading the way in keeping the unit together and getting back on track after the poor showing against Seattle in the game immediately following the trade. Also, look at who is behind Hightower on the depth chart: Elandon Roberts, Kyle Van Noy, Shea McClellin and Jonathan Freeny. Usually the Patriots have internal fallback options in place for free agents in case they leave, but in the case of Hightower they really didn’t, which was another major reason why it was imperative he returned in 2017.

3. One of the takeaways from Duron Harmon’s conference call on Friday was him noting he was going to experiment playing a couple of pounds heavier, going up from 205 pounds to 207 or 208 during OTAs and minicamp. “I would say the run area is a key [area] where I feel that I can grow in,” he said. “My tackling could be a little bit more aggressive and I think that’s going to come with putting on a little bit more weight, being able to bang down there. So I think that area is key, and could be an area I could grow a lot in, I believe so.” This could be a sign the team might use him more in a Patrick Chung role, where Chung plays closer to the line of scrimmage and is a major player in stopping the run.

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Why returning to New England wasn’t a hard decision for Duron Harmon

03.18.17 at 11:24 am ET
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Returning to the Patriots wasn't a hard decision for Duron Harmon. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Returning to the Patriots wasn’t a hard decision for Duron Harmon. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Safety Duron Harmon was one of the most underrated players on the Patriots defense in 2016. While on a national level he doesn’t get noticed much, without him the Patriots may not have won Super Bowl LI.

The 26-year-old was a free agent for the first time this offseason, but ultimately re-signed with the Patriots for a reported four-year and $20 million deal.

Speaking Friday on a conference call, Harmon explained why it wasn’t that tough of a decision.

“The free agency process, it was a good process,” Harmon said. “You got to go out there, you got to be a free agent, you got to see where people value your skills at, what you put on tape for the first four years of your career. I would say in the end, I mean coming back to New England – that’s ultimately what I wanted to do. I love it here.

“I’ve built a lot of relationships here with people outside of football. My kids go to school here and just being a part of this organization – it means a lot to me. I really love playing for this organization. I love playing for Coach [Bill] Belichick. I love being a part of Mr. [Robert] Kraft’s team. In the end, just coming back here really wasn’t a hard decision. It was something that I ultimately wanted to do.”

Harmon is one of three safeties on the Patriots roster, along with Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung, and last year he was used more in the nickel. The way he’s used in New England was one of the biggest reasons for him coming back.

“It was definitely enjoyable,” he said of his role last year. “I mean that’s one of the reasons why I wanted to come back. They know how to use me. They know how to really get the best out of me and I want to continue to grow being a part of this defense. Just being able to play more, being in more situations, being out there more, being relied on more is something that I really prided myself in last year to just let me know that I was becoming a better football player that Coach [Bill] Belichick and Matty P [Matt Patricia] would put me out there a lot more.”

Selected in the third round of the 2013 draft, Harmon has seven interceptions in four seasons.

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