Patriots rumor roundup: The latest on who’s leaving and who’s coming to New England

Matthew Slater in 2017. AP Photo/Darron Cummings

With the departures of four key contributors — Danny Amendola, Malcolm ButlerDion Lewis, and Nate Solder — the Patriots are expected to make some offseason moves to address their growing roster needs.

NFL contract discussions and negotiations are well underway, as free agency officially kicked off at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Here’s the latest buzz around the league:

Monday, March 19

The Patriots have reportedly released linebacker Shea McClellin:

The Patriots are among the teams interested in Marcus Easley: 

The Cowboys are reportedly hosting LaAdrian Waddle:

Sunday, March 18

The Patriots are reportedly trading for wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson:

The Cowboys are reportedly hosting Cameron Fleming for a visit: According to the Providence Journal‘s Mark Daniels, Dallas is Fleming’s only scheduled visit.

Saturday, March 17

Matthew Slater is reportedly visiting the Steelers:


The Patriots are reportedly signing Patrick Chung to a contract extension: 

Friday, March 16

The Patriots are reportedly signing offensive tackle Matt Tobin:

The Patriots are reportedly signing running back Jeremy Hill:

The Patriots are reportedly signing defensive end Adrian Clayborn:

Offensive tackle Matt Tobin is reportedly visiting the Patriots today:

Cornerback Delvin Breaux is reportedly visiting the Patriots today: Breaux played his first two NFL seasons with the Saints. The 28-year-old’s last season was cut short due to a broken fibula that required surgery.

Johnson Bademosi is reportedly signing with the Texans:

Thursday, March 15

Running back Jeremy Hill will reportedly visit the Patriots: Hill’s fourth, and most recent, season with the Bengals was cut short due to an ankle injury. He opted to pursue surgery in mid-November.

Tight end Eric Ebron could reportedly be visiting the Patriots next week: Ebron was released from the Detroit Lions Wednesday.

Adrian Clayborn is reportedly flying to Boston Thursday night for a scheduled visit with the Patriots: 

The Browns have confirmed their trade with the Patriots:

The Browns have reportedly traded Jason McCourty to the Patriots: There has been a change in plans. Despite earlier reports stating Jason had been released by the Browns, releases are not official until 4 p.m. — allowing for New England and Cleveland to complete a trade, according to ESPN’s Pat McManamon. The Patriots will receive Jason and a seventh-round draft pick in exchange for a sixth-round pick.


The Browns are reportedly releasing cornerback Jason McCourty — twin brother of Patriots safety Devin McCourty: 

The Patriots have reportedly contacted running back Danny Woodhead: Woodhead played three seasons in New England. He was released by the Ravens Tuesday.

The Raiders are reportedly going to finalize a deal with Jordy Nelson: Nelson was initially targeting the Patriots, according to Jordan Schultz of Yahoo! Sports.

The Patriots reportedly would like to bring back at least one of their current available tackles, Cameron Fleming or LaAdrian Waddle: NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports Austin Howard is another possibility.

The Patriots are reportedly hosting tight end Asante Cleveland on a visit: Cleveland’s only NFL catch to date came in 2015 when he was a member of the Patriots. He spent the entirety of last season on the Chargers’ injured reserve with an undisclosed injury.

The Providence Journal‘s Mark Daniels corroborated Volin’s report, adding that Cleveland arrived Thursday morning.

Linebacker Jonathan Casillas is reportedly visiting the Patriots: The 30-year-old started eight games for the Giants last season, recording 34 tackles. He was placed on injured reserve in December after a lingering neck injury became more serious.

Casillas played briefly in New England during the 2014 season.

Wednesday, March 14

Could the Patriots pursue Ndamukong Suh? “There’s no way we can talk about a veteran big name player at the end of his career without talking about the Patriots, so of course, the Patriots are going to be in the mix as well,” NFL insider Ian Rapoport said on NFL Network Wednesday night.


Rapoport’s colleague, Mike Garafolo, said Suh to the Patriots makes sense, but the decision will likely come down to how much money the 31-year-old wants to take.

The Bills have reportedly agreed to terms with A.J. McCarron: 

Earlier reports about the Patriots offering A.J. McCarron a contract are false, according to the Boston Globe‘s Jim McBride:

The Patriots have reportedly agreed to a multi-year contract with Rex Burkhead: 

The Dolphins are reportedly releasing defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh:

The Boston Herald‘s Jeff Howe corroborated an earlier report that the Patriots are interested in Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn:

Paul Worrilow reportedly is not expected to sign with the Patriots: Although New England was interested in signing the linebacker, he is expected to sign elsewhere, according to WEEI’s Ryan Hannable.

Trent Murphy, a reported Patriots target, has reportedly signed with the Bills:

Patrick Robinson, another reported Patriots target, has reportedly signed with the Saints: 

The Cardinals have released safety Tyrann Mathieu: Arizona and Mathieu are parting ways because they could not agree to a new contract, the team announced Wednesday afternoon. The 25-year-old played his first five seasons with the Cardinals. He recorded one sack and 74 tackles last year.

The Patriots have reportedly reached out to James Harrison, who wants to play next season: The 39-year-old linebacker is interested in extending his 15-season NFL career, according to the Boston Globe‘s Nora Princiotti. Harrison signed a one-year contract with the Patriots in December.

The Patriots are reportedly one of five teams interested in Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn: New England, Indianapolis, Tampa Bay, Cleveland, and Atlanta are all potential destinations for the 29-year-old pass rusher, according to ESPN’s Vaughn McClure. Clayborn led the Falcons with 9.5 sacks last season.


Jordy Nelson is reportedly visiting with the Raiders, Seahawks, and Saints:

The Patriots are reportedly a finalist to land Redskins linebacker Trent Murphy: New England is one of three finalists for Murphy, according to ESPN’s Jenna Laine. The Bucs are also in the mix, per Laine.

The Giants are reportedly expected to sign Nate Solder:

Offensive tackle Nate Solder is reportedly unlikely to return to the Patriots: Solder’s decision is seemingly down to two teams, NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday morning.

“From what I understand — and this can always change, as you guys know it is very fluid — it sounds like he is down to two teams: the Giants and the Texans,” he said on NFL Network. “It just does not sound to me like the Patriots really think they are going to be able to keep him.”

The Patriots have reportedly made a contract offer to quarterback A.J. McCarron:

Tuesday, March 13

Linebacker Marquis Flowers has reportedly gained interest from other teams:

The Patriots have shown interest in linebacker Paul Worrilow and cornerback Patrick Robinson, according to the Providence Journal‘s Mark Daniels: Worrilow, 27, started his NFL career with the Falcons before signing with the Lions after four seasons. He made 30 tackles in 10 games last season.

Robinson, 30, started his career with five seasons in New Orleans before year-long stints with the Chargers, the Colts, and the Eagles. He had 18 pass deflections and four interceptions en route to a Super Bowl ring with Philadelphia last season.

The Patriots and Nate Ebner have reportedly agreed to a two-year deal:


The Packers have released Jordy Nelson: According to Jordan Schultz of Yahoo! Sports, Nelson knew he was going to be cut and was “already targeting” the Patriots as his potential next team. The 32-year-old wide receiver has also generated interest from several other teams, per Schultz.