New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s stolen game-worn jersey from Super Bowl LI has been recovered, the NFL confirmed Monday.
The league also announced another jersey worn by Brady in Super Bowl XLIX in 2015 was retrieved after an investigation led by the FBI — both found in possession of an international media member.
Multiple reports later Monday pointed to visual evidence that identified an employee of tabloid Diario La Prensa, Mauricio Ortega.
The jerseys were found in Mexico and are being authenticated by authorities, Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo said.
“Through the cooperation of the NFL and New England Patriots’ security teams, the FBI and other law enforcement authorities, the Super Bowl LI jersey worn last month by MVP Tom Brady has been recovered,” the NFL said in a statement. “Also retrieved during the ongoing investigation was the jersey Brady wore in the Patriots’ victory in Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks in 2015.
–The New Orleans Saints are close to a deal to acquire New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler.
The one stumbling block for a trade, according to Mike Giardi of CSN New England, is “some quibbling” over guaranteed money for Butler, a restricted free agent cornerback.
Otherwise, according to the report, the parameters for a deal between the teams are “mostly” in place.
Butler, 27, visited the Saints last week. He reportedly was irked by New England’s signing of free agent cornerback Stephon Gilmore to a five-year deal worth $65 million.
–Former Chicago Bears running back Gale Sayers, who became the youngest player ever inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 40 years ago, was diagnosed with dementia four years ago, according to a story in Sunday’s Kansas City Star.
Sayers, 73, barely spoke during a seven-hour visit by The Star last week. However, his wife, Ardie Sayers, says he can hold conversations at other times.
Ardie Sayers told the Star she believes the dementia began as far back as 2009, but she said Gale remains fine physically. She has been moving him home from a facility where he stayed the last few months.
–Dwight Clark, a former San Francisco 49ers receiver whose touchdown reception in the 1982 NFC Championship Game against the Dallas Cowboys is known as “The Catch” in the Bay Area, announced on his blog that he has ALS.
“I have ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease,” the 60-year-old Clark wrote. “Those words are still very hard for me to say.”
Clark wrote that he was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) in late 2015 after visits to six neurologists and three ALS specialists.
“The one piece of good news is that the disease seems to be progressing more slowly than in some patients,” Clark wrote. “While I’m still trying to wrap my head around the challenge I will face with this disease over the coming years, the only thing I know is that I’m going to fight like hell and live every day to the fullest.”
–The New York Giants signed former Jets quarterback Geno Smith to a contract.
New York also signed cornerback and special teams player Valentino Blake to a deal.
Smith visited with the Giants last weekend and the team agreed to terms on a contract Friday, pending him passing a physical. The deal reportedly is for one year and $2 million.
Smith was a second-round draft pick by the Jets out of West Virginia in 2013. He earned the starting job as a rookie and led the Jets to an 8-8 record.
–The Oakland Raiders added depth behind starting quarterback Derek Carr, signing former first-round pick EJ Manuel.
The Raiders also announced the signing of free agent linebacker Jelani Jenkins and re-signed veteran long snapper Jon Condo.
Manuel, the No. 16 overall pick by the Buffalo Bills in the 2013 draft, is expected to compete with Connor Cook as the primary backup for Oakland.
Jenkins spent the past four seasons with the Miami Dolphins, appearing in 53 games and starting 34, including 27 during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
–The Pittsburgh Steelers signed running back Knile Davis to a one-year contract and cornerback depth with Coty Sensabaugh to a two-year deal, adding depth at the positions from the unrestricted free agents.
Davis, the Kansas City Chiefs’ third-round draft pick in 2013 out of Arkansas, has played in 57 games in his four NFL seasons.
Sensabuagh, 28, is entering his sixth NFL season in 2017. The Clemson product originally entered the NFL as a fourth-round draft selection in 2012 by the Tennessee Titans. He spent the first four seasons of his career in Tennessee (2012-15), before joining the Los Angeles Rams (three games) and New York Giants (10 games) in 2016.
–The Dallas Cowboys re-signed Kellen Moore to address the team’s backup quarterback situation for the 2017 season.
The deal is for one year, ESPN reported.
Moore was expected to be Tony Romo’s backup last season before fracturing his fibula in the first week of training camp.
–The Cincinnati Bengals signed unrestricted free agent linebacker Kevin Minter to a one-year contract.
The deal could reach a reported $4.5 million.
Minter, 26, started every game for the Arizona Cardinals in the last two seasons and finished second on the team in tackles each year.
–The Los Angeles Chargers bolstered both lines of scrimmage, re-signing offensive lineman Kenny Wiggins and defensive tackle Tenny Palepoi.
Both players were signed to one-year contracts, the team announced.
The 6-foot-6, 314-pound Wiggins can play both guard and tackle. He appeared in 13 games with the Chargers in 2016, making one start.
Palepoi, an undrafted free agent out of Utah, also appeared in 13 games with the Chargers last season and register 23 tackles, nine quarterback hits and 20 QB pressures.
–The Washington Redskins re-signed offensive tackle Ty Nsekhe to a contract.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team for Nsekhe, who started four games at left tackle last season while Trent Williams served a suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Nsekhe, who was an exclusive rights free agent, appeared in all 16 games last season.
–The Indianapolis Colts officially signed unrestricted free agent inside linebacker Sean Spence.
Spence, who is expected to compete as a starter, received a reported one-year deal worth $3 million.
The Colts also signed unrestricted free agent tight end Brandon Williams.
The 6-7, 247-pound Williams played in 45 career games (one start) with the Seattle Seahawks (2016), Miami Dolphins (2015) and Carolina Panthers (2013-15), catching six passes for 80 yards. He also made nine special teams tackles.
–The Detroit Lions signed unrestricted free agent defensive tackle Jordan Hill to add depth at the position.
The 6-foot-1, 291-pound Hill enters his fifth NFL season after previous stints with the Seattle Seahawks (2013-15) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2016).
The 26-year-old Hill, who was selected by the Seahawks in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Penn State, owns totals of 50 tackles, seven sacks, one interception, five pass defenses and four fumble recoveries in 31 career NFL games. He also appeared in two postseason games with the Seahawks in 2015.
–The Carolina Panthers re-signed unrestricted free agent cornerback Teddy Williams to a one-year contract.
Williams, 28, played in three games in 2016 before finishing the season on injured reserve with a knee injury. He recorded seven tackles, one pass defense and one interception. Williams joined the Panthers in 2015 and contributed 10 special teams tackles that season.
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Williams entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent with Dallas in 2010 and spent time with the Cowboys (2010-11), Indianapolis Colts (2012), Arizona Cardinals (2013), Chicago Bears (2014) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2014) before arriving in Carolina.