Stevan Ridley, Dan Connolly meeting with Florida teams

Running back Stevan Ridley (center) appeared in six games last season before he was sidelined by a knee injury.


Both players are free agents after spending the last several years with the Patriots.

Tom Brady impressed Keegan Bradley with his golf and basketball skills.

Tom Brady shows his game on basketball court, golf course

Brady won a bet on the links with PGA Tour pro Keegan Bradley, and held his own against Michael Jordan on the court.

ALTERNATE CROP - Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Rolando McClain, right, intercepts a pass intended for Seattle Seahawks tight end Luke Willson, left, late in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Seattle. The Cowboys beat the Seahawks 30-23. (AP Photo/Scott Eklund)


Patriots take a look at linebacker Rolando McClain

McClain had a solid season with Dallas last year after a stormy tenure with the Raiders.

NFL Notebook

// Falcons, Browns endure sanctions from NFL

The NFL announced Monday that it had fined the Falcons $350,000, taken away a draft pick. and suspended the team president.

//}.jpg Report: Patriots’ Chandler Jones rehabbing from unspecified surgery

An ESPN report said he has been at Gillette Stadium rehabbing, walking with the aid of crutches.

Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer listens to a question during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

NFL suspends Browns GM Ray Farmer 4 games for texting

Farmer, who has acknowledged sending the messages to the sideline during games, will not be paid during his suspension.

Atlanta Falcons president and CEO Rich McKay answers a question during an NFL football Competition Committee news conference at the NFL Annual Meeting, Monday, March 23, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Falcons fined, lose draft pick for pumping in fake noise

The league also suspended team president Rich McKay from the league’s Competition Committee beginning April 1st.


// Boston native Tannenbaum wheeling and dealing for the Dolphins

Tannenbaum made his signature move in Ndamukong Suh, $59.955 million guaranteed, a record for a defensive player.

Dont’a Hightower (No. 54, bottom) made a game-saving tackle on Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch in the Super Bowl.

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Dont’a Hightower out 6-7 months after shoulder surgery

The linebacker played with a torn labrum and is one of several Patriots who had offseason surgery.

FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2014, file photo, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam speaks during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. Michael Sam says there are

Michael Sam says there are a lot of gay players in NFL

Sam said some of the players have reached out to him and “there’s some famous people.”

Defenses will not be allowed to push their teammates into the opposing offensive linemen on field goals, extra points or punts.

A look at new rules adopted at NFL meetings

Several rules were added or amended at this week’s NFL meetings. Here’s a recap.

// There’s no timetable for ‘Deflategate’ report, Goodell says

If deemed guilty by investigator Ted Wells, the Patriots could lose a draft pick.

NFL passes rule aimed at Patriots’ ineligible receiver tactic

The rule makes what the Patriots did against the Ravens in the AFC playoffs a 5-yard penalty.


Answers aren’t on Bill Belichick’s breakfast menu

At a league-mandated media session Tuesday, the Patriots coach rebuffed his inquisitors.

// NFL passes ‘Julian Edelman rule’ for player safety

The new player safety rule would allow concussion spotters at each game to contact officials on the field and call for a medical timeout.

Belichick era database


// Patriots during the Bill Belichick era

Look back on the Boston Globe’s coverage of every game the Patriots have played since Bill Belichick became the head coach in 2000.

From the archives

Super Bowl XLVI

// Giants break Patriots’ hearts again

Look back at complete coverage of the Patriots' loss loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.

Past seasons

2013 season recap

// An ugly end in Denver

Track the high and low points of the Patriots’ 2013 season before their eventual loss to the Broncos in the AFC title game.

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