Brady’s missing Super Bowl jersey found
BOSTON — Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl jersey has been found in Mexico six weeks after it vanished from the Patriots’ locker room — but the mystery isn’t over.
The NFL said the jersey was found in “possession of a credentialed member of the international media,” and authorities were investigating Monday whether a former Mexican tabloid newspaper executive played a role in the theft.
It wasn’t the only piece of memorabilia recovered: Authorities found a Brady jersey that had gone missing after the Patriots’ 2015 Super Bowl win over the Seattle Seahawks. A helmet belonging to a Denver Broncos player was also discovered, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said.
The missing jersey — and the subsequent investigation that stretched from Texas to Boston — captivated Patriots fans and social media for several days after the Patriots’ 34-28 overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons.
“If it shows up on eBay or something, somebody let me know,” Brady said after the game.
Houston police investigators relied on a tip from an informant to trace the jersey, estimated to be worth about $500,000, to Mexico.
Longtime NFL officials retire
WASHINGTON — Three NFL officials with a combined 60 years of experience have retired.
Head linesman John McGrath, line judge Tony Veteri, Jr., and field judge Bob Waggoner are leaving the league. They will be honored next month at the NFL Referees Association’s annual meeting.
McGrath leaves the field after 15 NFL seasons, working one Super Bowl and 11 playoff matches. Veteri spent 25 NFL seasons as an official, worked one Super Bowl, a Pro Bowl and 17 playoff games. Waggoner was a 20-year NFL official who worked two Super Bowls.
Cowboys re-sign backup quarterback Moore
FRISCO, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys have re-signed backup quarterback Kellen Moore.
Before Moore broke his right ankle during the first week of training camp last year and missed the entire season, he had been expected to back up Tony Romo.
When Moore was hurt, rookie quarterback Dak Prescott got his chance after Romo got hurt in his first preseason game. Prescott, the fourth-round draft pick, became the starter and helped lead the Cowboys to the NFC East title.
Jets sign McCown to 1-year deal
NEW YORK — The New York Jets have signed veteran free-agent quarterback Josh McCown to a one-year deal.
The team announced the signing Monday night. Agent Mike McCartney announced on Twitter that the contract is for one season. Financial terms were not immediately available.
McCown met with the Jets over the weekend, but left Sunday without a deal. The sides agreed to a contract a day later.
The Jets had just the inexperienced Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg on their roster, and McCown provides a veteran presence who could potentially start and be a mentor to the youngsters.
Spike Lee calls lack of suitors for Kaepernick ‘fishy’
NEW YORK (AP) — Spike Lee says it’s “fishy” that former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick remains an NFL free agent.
Kaepernick’s season-long protest of “The Star Spangled Banner” ahead of 49ers games became a topic of national debate last season. Kaepernick was protesting police treatment of minorities in the country. He has indicated he plans to stand for the anthem next season.
Lee wrote on Instagram Sunday that he had brunch with Kaepernick in New York. The director questioned what crime Kaepernick has committed. He says the quarterback’s lack of suitors “smells mad fishy to me.”
Lee is suggesting his hometown New York Jets take a look at Kaepernick.