Report: Patriots restructure Phillip Dorsett’s contract

Patriots receiver Phillip Dorsett agreed to a reduction in the roster bonus due the fifth day of training camp, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Dorsett’s roster bonus dropped from $450,000 to $150,000, but he now can earn $100,000 in per-game roster bonuses and $150,000 in reception incentives.

The Patriots declined Dorsett’s fifth-year option, making this a contract year for the former first-round pick.

Looking back on the most recent ownership changes with the Rams, Jaguars and Bills, key adjustments were necessary for the teams’ long-awaited playoff breakthroughs last season. The Browns finally look like they might be on track to join them soon. The difference between those teams and the Panthers is the fact that Carolina is more like a blue chip at the time of the acquisition.

Tepper is saying all the right things and bringing all the good vibes as all new owners do. Now comes the real challenge of improving on an impressive bottom line.

Bryant reportedly turned down a multi-year deal with the Ravens ahead of last month’s draft with the hope of instead securing a one-year “prove-it” deal. The Ravens are the only team known to have extended an offer to the All-Pro veteran.

Bryant, 29, spent his first eight seasons with the Cowboys but hasn’t been signed after Dallas released him in April. He remains the franchise’s all-time leader in touchdown catches.

“As has been said, I think we have spent a lot of time really, not just at this meeting, but really over the last year discussing the subject of the anthem and working with our players to try to make sure we could get to a place where all the different viewpoints could be respected. I think we’ve come out at a place that we as a group and the league are comfortable with. Obviously, we want to continue to work with our players and make sure that they feel that their point of view has been respected. I think the fact that those who are not comfortable standing for the anthem have the right to stay off the field. So, we’re not forcing anybody to stand who doesn’t feel that’s within the way they feel about particular subjects. But those who are on the field are going to be asked to stand.ravens_157