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Patriots Talk: Speculation around the NFL

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Chandler Jones                   In this Jan. 1, 2017, file photo, Arizona Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones smiles in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, in Los Angeles. (Credit: John Cordes of AP Photo)

Patriots Talk: Speculation around the NFL

by Stephen Hilton

The clock is ticking now as Free Agency is officially here. But since players will not know when exactly they will get their offers, they know it will be by today at 4 PM. As of now, several surprising trades have been revealed with the New England Patriots trading their fourth round pick (137 overall) to the Indianapolis Colts for [Tight End] Dwayne Allen and an additional sixth round pick. Dwayne Allen is a surprise pick-up but Bill Belicheck has been on record praising Allen for his blocking ability rather than his ability as a receiver. With his addition to the roster, the Patriots will be paying 17.34 million for the final three years of Allen’s contract. An addition, it seems that Patriots [Outside Linebacker]  Jabaal Sheard might potentially be taken by the Colts as well according to some rumors.

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In other news, the Arizona Cardinals, according to the latest reports from Ian Rapoport, have now come close to a 5 year deal with former Patriots’ [Outside Line Backer] Chandler Jones. The news comes quite suddenly as Jones back in a few weeks ago received the franchise tag from the Arizona Cardinal, but it looks as though it was to extend the time of making a contract deal finalized.

As a fan of Chandler Jones during his time with the Patriots, this comes as good news since Arizona during the 2016 pre-season was hyped up as one of the most likely teams to go to the playoffs but instead only managed to go seven wins, eight loses and 1 embarrassing tie game in Week 7 against the Seattle Seahawks. Despite this season being a disappointment for Cardinals fans, there are still plenty of hope if they can retain Jones since he is one of the biggest premier pass-rusher  in the NFL. However, the deal has yet to be made but according to Bleacher Report writer, Jason Cole, it will be worth close to the eighty-five million New York Giants [Defensive End] Olivier Vernon received last year.


This is another case of Belicheck knowing when to call a trade because paying that amount to Jones would have eaten a ton of this year’s cap space for the Patriots. But it looks like they will need to use most of it soon. According to Dont’a Hightower‘s Instagram, he is already in Tennessee. Hightower was born in Lewisburg, Tennessee but some speculate that he will be meeting up with teams like the Tennessee Titans like ESPN’s Paul Kuharsty.

When that afternoon is the one before the afternoon when NFL free agency officially starts, and when his contract is about to expire and put him on the market, and when the Tennessee Titans have the money to afford him and the need for a player like him … well, it’s hard not to wonder.

I don’t seek to start rumors. Hightower doesn’t need to be in the city of the team he signs with if he, in fact, inks a quick contract Thursday. Him being in Nashville on Wednesday assures nothing about what will unfold for him Thursday

Well with how fast the day is approaching it is no wonder people would think that at all. (By the way, that was sarcasm) The reality is that in less then 10 hours, all NFL teams will be scrambling to get every possible player that they can. This includes the Patriots potentially going after Buffalo Bills [Cornerback] Stephon Gilmore.

Gilmore was selected to his first Pro Bowl last season and becomes a free agent officially this year. This news will potentially mean that Patriots’ [Cornerback] Logan Ryan will be officially gone since many speculated that he will be asking for huge money in the range of around 10+ million. This 2016 season officially ends by the end of today, Mar. 9th 2017, at 4 PM EST.

 

Edit: It appears that Stephon Gilmore and the Patriots have already finalized their contract today. He will be with the Patriots for five years worth over sixty-five million dollars (forty million is guaranteed).

 

In addition, it seems that Chandler Jones also has completed a deal with the Arizona Cardinals. Current details about the deal are unknown but it is estimated:

That deal is expected to average $16.5 million a year. It is worth a maximum of $82.5 million over five years, including $53 million in guarantees.

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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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