James White Signs Three-Year Patriots Contract Extension

But ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the Patriots won't trade him, and insists they won't budge regardless of the compensation, and despite the fact Tom Brady has said he wants to play for six or seven more years.

And with a development in Butler's situation yesterday, the Patriots can begin fielding trade offers. It puts the top two teams in the NFC a year ago in a marque matchup to start the season, allows the Falcons to show off their stadium, and it gives the league the chance to market Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott for the contest. He's getting better ever year, and he fits into the stable of backs with different skill sets that the Patriots now possess.

The 2017 regular-season schedule will be unveiled on Thursday, according to Detroit Lions president Rod Wood, who let it slip last week after the team unveiled the look of its new uniforms.

For the time being, Butler will continue working out on his own.

For the Saints to make a deal for Butler, they would have to concede the No. 11 overall pick to the Patriots.

Now locked into a long-term stay with the Patriots, White should continue to serve in his versatile role behind Brady.

In short, Butler to the Saints in 2017 is probably not going to happen. He wants to return to the Patriots and the Patriots reportedly want him back.

At least a half dozen team members are boycotting the event, though, with some saying they don't feel welcome so long as Trump is president. That's not going to change. Now, we will have to see if the team has any interest. However that manifests itself, not exactly sure, but that's where the focus is, trying to put together the best team possible for the 2017 season.

One fan says he was exhausted of the Patriots being labeled "alt-Right", which McCourty proposes they "switch the narrative".

"What I would say is, I mean, I'd say we're honored and humbled to be extended the invitation to the White House", Nick Caserio said Tuesday.

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