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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (14-5)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: K Stephen Gostkowski, P Ryan Allen, WR Cordarrelle Patterson, WR Chris Hogan, WR Phillip Dorsett, LT Trent Brown, RT LaAdrian Waddle, DE...
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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (15-4)
New faces: WR Cordarelle Patterson, RB Jeremy Hill, RB Sony Michel, QB Danny Etling, DE Adrian Clayborn, OT Trent Brown, CB Jason McCourty, DT Danny Shelton.
Key losses: Defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, WR Danny Amendola, WR Brandin Cooks, CB Malcolm Butler, CB Johnson Bademosi, RB Dion Lewis, OT Nate Solder, OT Cam Fleming.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Patriots are sporting a new look on defense and an attitude of leaving behind their lack of defense in the Super Bowl.
Former defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is now head coach in Detroit. Longtime assistant Brian Flores is running the defense in New England without the formal title of coordinator.
Danny Shelton didn't need very long to start toeing the New England Patriots' company line.
Less than a week after New England acquired Shelton in a trade with the Cleveland Browns, the defensive lineman is already singing coach Bill Belichick's praises and taking notice of the team's culture of success.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The McCourty twins are back together.
The Cleveland Browns traded cornerback Jason McCourty to the New England Patriots on Thursday, reuniting him with his brother Devin. The Browns also sent a seventh-round pick to the Patriots to get a sixth-rounder in return.
"Cleveland it's been real!" Jason McCourty wrote on the Twitter account the brothers share. "I wish nothing but the best to the guys in that locker room!"
CLEVELAND (AP) — Following four trades and a flurry of free-agent deals, the Cleveland Browns are looking better.
Maybe even good enough to win a game next season.
On the day one-of-a-kind left tackle Joe Thomas said goodbye after 11 stellar seasons, the Browns took the first steps without their perennial Pro Bowler, a player who might be replaced but never duplicated.
AP Source: Browns trade DT Shelton to Patriots
CLEVELAND (AP) — Danny Shelton always ended his interviews with a smile and saying, "Go Browns!"
It was the Browns turn to say, "Go Danny!"
New Cleveland general manager John Dorsey continued to wheel and deal on Saturday by agreeing to send Shelton, a former first-round draft pick, to the New England Patriots for a third-round pick in 2019, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.
Browns' players lose by deriding parade: Darcy cartoon
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns' players added to their losing record with a parade of tweets deriding Browns' fans 'Perfect Season Parade.'
In separate tweets, players Christen Kirksey, Emanuel Ogbah and Danny Shelton chastised the parade and those attending. "The parade is a joke," Ogbah tweeted.
Cleveland Browns’ Danny Shelton plays Santa Paws at Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter (photos)
Cleveland Browns' Danny Shelton plays Santa Paws at Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter (photos)
VALLEY VIEW, Ohio – Cleveland Browns lineman Danny Shelton donned a Santa Claus outfit and brought donations of holiday treats, food and toys for the dogs of the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter on Tuesday.
Shelton, a huge dog lover, is affectionately known as Santa Paws, as he visits the dogs and staff at the shelter. This is the second year Shelton has participated in the event.
Danny ‘Doggie Santa’ Shelton stops by the dog pound to bring toys and treats (video)
Danny 'Doggie Santa' Shelton stops by the dog pound to bring toys and treats (video)
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Danny Shelton visited the dog pound today, but it wasn't the one he usually plays in. Shelton was "Doggie Santa" to rescue dogs at the Cuyahoga Dog Shelter in Valley View today to bring treats and toys to the rescue dogs in the shelter.
Run on Washington DBs highlights 2nd round of NFL draft
The second round of the NFL draft became a showcase for the talent Chris Petersen is building at Washington.
Three defensive backs from the Huskies were taken in the first 11 picks in the second round of the draft on Friday night. Cornerback Kevin King was taken by Green Bay with the first pick of the second round and No. 33 overall; safety Budda Baker was nabbed by Arizona with the No. 36 overall selection; and injured cornerback Sidney Jones was taken at No. 43 overall by Philadelphia.
Los Angeles Rams’ Aaron Donald fined $42,540
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL fined defensive tackle Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams a total of $42,540 for his actions in a game against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 15.
Donald was flagged for grabbing a facemask in the fourth quarter of the Rams' 24-3 loss. He was then whistled for unsportsmanlike conduct for picking up the flag and throwing it back toward the official. The league fined Donald $18,231 for unnecessary roughness and $24,309 for the second infraction.
Browns still fighting despite prospect of winless season
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Not for lack of trying, but of talent, the Cleveland Browns aren't winning.
They aren't quitting, though.
Faced with the very real possibility of running the table and going winless over 16 games, it would be easy for them to wave the white flag, surrender with two games left, pack it up and be done with this miserable season.
Coach Hue Jackson has experienced that with players elsewhere.