INDIANAPOLIS — The NFL is getting closer to wrapping up its investigation into the Patriots’ videotaping incident from December, league sources told the Globe at the NFL Combine.
The investigation has been ongoing since mid-December, shortly after the Patriots were caught illegally filming the Bengals sideline from the press box Dec. 8.
Last week, NFL Security completed what was believed to be the final interview with a Patriots employee. Now the security officials must write up their report, then hand it up the chain of command, where it will eventually land on the desk of commissioner Roger Goodell, who will approve of a final course of action.
There is still no precise timetable for a release of the findings, but it is drawing close. The NFL declined to comment on the investigation.
The Patriots have cooperated with the NFL, and stated that the incident was an honest mistake by a video producer working for Kraft Sports Productions. The producer, Dave Mondillo, has been suspended by the organization. The Patriots contend that Bill Belichick and the football operation did not have any involvement.
But many league observers still expect the Patriots to receive punishment — potentially a fine up to $500,000 and a loss of a mid- or late-round draft pick — because they have a history with illegal videotaping.
A Bengals source said the team is surprised that the investigation has taken so long. But Goodell said last month at the Super Bowl, “Our responsibility is to make sure we’re being extremely thorough.”
Giants clear space
The Giants released linebackers Alec Ogletree and Kareem Martin, clearing significant salary cap space Wednesday with the departure of their two most expensive defensive players.
Rebuilding anew under rookie coach Joe Judge, the Giants gained more than $13 million in cap savings by jettisoning Ogletree ($8.25 million) and Martin ($4.8 million).
Ogletree, who was a first-round draft pick by the Rams in 2013, was acquired two years ago in a trade for two third-day draft selections in 2018. Ogletree was twice elected a team captain and accumulated a team-high 173 tackles as the starter at inside linebacker over his two seasons with the Giants. In 2018, he tied the franchise record for linebackers with five interceptions. Ogletree missed three games each year because of injuries.
Martin signed as a free agent the day after the Ogletree trade, after playing his first four seasons with the Cardinals. He started seven games at strong side linebacker in 2018, but he played in only five games in 2019 because of a knee injury.
Former Seahawks quarterback Trevone Boykin was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to charges from the 2018 beating of his girlfriend.
Boykin and prosecutors agreed to the sentence in return for his guilty plea to aggravated assault and witness tampering charges. Boykin’s attorney said his client will be eligible for parole in less than a year.
Boykin had been in the Tarrant County Jail in Fort Worth since December after he ducked paying for a hotel room in nearby Arlington.
Shabrika Bailey alleged that Boykin broke her jaw in two places in the March 2018 beating. The Seahawks cut Boykin in the wake of the allegation.
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.