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Patriots Talk: Is A Malcolm Butler Trade Worth the Saints’ 11th Pick?

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Patriots Talk: Is a Malcolm Butler Trade Worth the Saints’ 11th Pick?

Last week, we discussed about the possibility of what type of trade the New England Patriots could agree to in order to trade [Cornerback] Malcolm Butler. Due to to Butler being a restricted free agent that is under a first-round tender, many have stated that the cost would take the New Orleans Saints‘ 11th overall pick in order to make the deal workable. However, it would seem that last week’s negotiations went well as both Butler and the Saints have warmed up to the possibility of having him under their roster in 2017.

However, the possibility of this happening was never likely and its seemingly more evident that the Saints will possibly try to negotiate the 32nd pick back to the Patriots with an additional pick instead to make up for it. This deal would have been more valuable had Butler signed the first round tender earlier before the finalization of the trade for [Wide Receiver] Brandin Cooks.

 

There were many rumors about Butler being involved in the trade but they ultimately turned out to be false. The only reason why Butler has yet to sign his first round tender is because he has yet to agree to a long-term deal with either team. But when him and his agent do come to agreement and sign the tender, then the Patriots could get him sent to the Saints for the first round pick. If this happens the Saints would have given the Patriots Brandin Cooks, their first and fourth round picks in exchange for Malcolm Butler, the Patriots’ first and third-round picks.

 

On paper, that deal would seem actually worse for the Patriots because it means the Patriots lose more overall draft capital in the end by losing their third round pick. But considering that Bill Belichick always trades down, that pick would likely be gone anyway to get more picks in the second round. Till then, the Patriots have Butler under a first round tender no matter what happens and the Saints will try the hardest to make sure that 11th first round pick will not be moved.

The talks will last for roughly a month till we know where the chips will fall. However, to give a reminder: Butler was an un-drafted free agent, he has won two Super Bowls in his career, has been to a Pro-Bowl already. Butler has proven he is a great cornerback in the NFL (potentially top 10 easily) if he can work to his strengths as he has covered players like Pittsburgh Steelers [Wide Receiver] Antonio Brown or New York Giants [Wide Receiver] Odell Beckham Jr. Butler is a high value player for any defense if he is in the right system, and I believe the Patriots should consider keeping him if they fail in getting anything but the 11th overall pick.

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Patriots Talk: Josh McDaniels And The Colts Wouldn’t Have Worked Out

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A Case of Behind The Scenes

 

 

Josh McDaniels and the Patriots thought their time to depart after their tough loss in Super Bowl 52 was unavoidable. However, not only did Josh McDaniels get extended, but its been many rumors that Robert Kraft had contacted McDaniels literally hours before he was suppose to take off Tuesday for Indianapolis.

 

It’s difficult to know anything within the Patriots’ organization as they have remained firm in not explaining what goes on behind closed doors. However, multiple sources over at ESPN for the past week since the story broke out about McDaniels’ abrupt decision to not become the Indiapolis Colts Head Coach. The way things broke down was that Kraft and Bill Belichick got together and sat down with McDaniels. With Defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia going to Detroit, this seemed like a desperation move to maintain the coaching staff from the previous season.

 

However, according to ESPN writer Mike Reiss, there was more to the situation then just that. In one of his articles regarding the McDaniels’ decision, he stated:

 

Belichick offered to include McDaniels on more of the inner workings of the organization, from roster construction to financial/salary-cap related considerations. That was viewed as “extremely valuable” to McDaniels. Ownership also endorsed it as a way to extend Belichick’s influence on the organization in future years, although no assurances were given to McDaniels that he would succeed Belichick. McDaniels, who a source confirmed got a significant raise, has privately said in the past that he did not want to be the coach who succeeds Belichick. Although he since may have changed his mind, McDaniels knows Belichick, after five Super Bowl victories, will be a hard act to follow.

Beyond financial and professional stability, McDaniels also was thinking of his family. He wanted a long-term commitment from the Patriots so his four children, ages 12 to 3, would be able to attend the same schools over the next several years. The transient life of a coach doesn’t always make that possible.

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Former NFL Official Claims Eagles Used Illegal Play To Win Super Bowl

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Did you have doubts that the Eagles lined up correctly on the Nick Foles touchdown catch?

Well, you are not the only one with a former analyst now claiming that Philly was indeed lined up illegally on the play.

Appearing on the Talk of Fame Network, former head of officiating and FOX rules analyst Mike Pereira said the Eagles were in fact lined up illegally.

“I know the league came out and said that it’s a judgment call, which it is,” Pereira said, via Pro Football Talk. “The down judge, who was the one that [the play] was on his side of the field, they felt that it was his judgment, and [receiver Alshon Jeffrey] was close enough. Well, he wasn’t. They lined up wrong.

“Not only that, it’s a trick play. And if you’re going to run a trick-type play, then you have to be lined up properly. You could either have six men on the line, or you could have an ineligible number lined up at the end of the line, which was the case. I know what the league has said, but they would have been a lot more comfortable if they would have called an illegal formation.

“We always use a yard [within the line of scrimmage], maybe a yard-and-a-half. But that’s two [yards], and even a little bit beyond two. It’s kind of one of those that has no effect on the play. I get it. But they didn’t line up properly. And it really should’ve been called.”

Bottom line is it was simply a judgment call be the officials, might have been the completely wrong judgment, but based on what we know about Super Bowl LII the New England Patriots were never going to win the game. The Malcolm Butler benching paired with Doug Pederson‘s mindset of keeping his foot on the gas and exposing New England’s weaknesses were the reasons the Patriots lost the game, not this particular play.

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Boston Herald Runs Ron Borges’s Tom Brady Hoax Story

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Thursday night Boston Herald reporter Ron Borges penned a story with this headline “Tom Brady wants to get paid like Jimmy G, or he’ll skip OTAs”. A headline and a story that was uncovered as a hoax on Friday.

The Kirk and Callahan show on WEEI revealed that one of their texters pretended to be Tom Brady’s agent Don Yee when texting Borges. The texter dubbed “Nick in Boston” informed Borges that Tom Brady intended to sit out New England’s preseason workouts unless he was paid like Jimmy Garoppolo who signed the largest deal in NFL history on Thursday.

K&C tweeted out the screenshots of texts with Borges outing the story as a complete and utter hoax.

Borges story was actually refuted right off the bat on Thursday night with both NBC Sports Boston and NESN claiming the story held no truth.

As for Borges, this is not his first major failure as a reporter. Since the Herald ran the story they are now looking into the matter.

Overall tricking Borges isn’t a great thing to do. Lying about someone’s identity is never nice with some reporters coming to the defense of Borges. But it is hard to have sympathy for a “journalist” that failed to check his sources and run with a story with only one source confirming of a major story.

Either way, there is no truth to a Brady holdout.

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