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Thank you so much for tuning in and let's jump right into this here because I want to discuss the Patriots tight ends, and it's gonna take me a while to go through this.
And look, I've stood pretty firm this season that I believe that the Patriots need to address the tight end situation way more than they need to address the wide receiver spot.
I get that people believe a wide receiver is gonna solve all of the Patriots offensive deficiencies that they had last season.
But the missing Rob Gronkowski and missing solid starting tight ends was really a bigger problem now, adding a wide receiver wouldn't hurt the Patriots.
But it wouldn't fix all those problems, either.
And look, we really saw the lack of tight end production in 2019.
We saw it in the past game.
We saw it in the run game.
We kind of saw it the whole way around.
And Matt Dolan, from 98.
5 sports up, did a really deep dive on what the Patriots could do.
Now, usually in my show, what I normally do is I'll pull out little excerpts from articles and kind of give you my opinion on it.
But today we're going to do a good old fashioned read along, and it's been a while since we did that, because I think there's so much to take in.
We got to take this in to gather and really deep dive.
So it started like this. Quote.
No positional group on the Patriots is in greater need of reinforcements in the tight end.
That said, they do have the majority of the 29 depth chart under contract.
Matt Lacoste remains in the hold in the fold for just $1 million.
Ryan is those under team control for the next two seasons, but he struggled in a full time role and couldn't find the field.
Once the Patriots had two healthy tight ends by the end of 2019 it was clear that the group they feel that wasn't nearly good enough.
Good news, though.
There was some legitimate tight end talent readily available as easily on the open market, and the Patriots will have the opportunity to upgrade in other ways in that position.
So, like the Patriots are set up that they can address two of the three offensive deficiencies with wide receiver in the tight end position, and that could happen in many different ways.
The old offensive line how they can address that.
It'll probably be through the draft, but I'm still trying to figure that piece out.
I'm still doing what is called, but it's with the strong wide receiver draft coming up.
The Patriots can save that money instead of investing into a veteran receiver.
Put it in, take that money, then go for a tight end.
The tight end market is strong.
It's strong in the free agency, It's strong, It's strong in the draft, and it's also strong and trade candidates.
So don't really this quote because of this.
It's not out of the realm of possibility that the Pats enter the 2020 season with mostly, if not completely new, tight ends, because ideally, Lacoste is the number two or three options at best.
And there's a rookie or fresh addition pushing ISO for a roster point with a legitimate starters stacked on top.
Fortunately, the Patriots have multiple avenues to revamp the tight ends in 2022 of the better young tight ends and football are hitting free agency.
There's a handful of intriguing prospects in the 2020 NFL draft that won't necessarily cost the first round pick and they could always make a swap for the right player and contract based on their track record.
The Patriots bring in tight ends with, UH, prototypical size six foot five or taller and the upside of contributors, both the receiver and a blocker.
Now here's a closer look at all the Patriots options across the league and the opportunities um, they have to make to make major moves of the position and the talent.
So the first thing that he identifies is free agency.
Now the open market will be the Patriots best bet at adding an impact player, but it will cost them.
According to My Calvin Ends, a 2020 cap page of the Boston Sports Journal.
The Patriots have about $21 million in cap space.
If you count a $36.
75 million hit to keep Tom Brady.
Either way, they're likely need to spend in the range of 8 to 10 million per season on one of the best available tight ends.
It could be even Maur if tight ends George Earth, the 40 Niners tight and George Kittle sets a new market with the extension before free agency begins So while it could take sacrifices elsewhere in the roster to make a big move happen, the space is there.
So the first guy we're gonna look at his hunter, Henry, I guess.
Currently a Charger until his contract expires on March 18th.
To go like this, Henry would make an immediate impact as a pass catcher.
He runs solid routes, he gets separation and he catches the ball rather consistently.
He's also a skilled blocker and would be an upgrade in that department, too.
Coach Anthony Lynn describes Henry as one of the better combo tight ends in the game.
No doubt, he said, quote.
I like to be a guy who was able to block to, Henry told the L. A Times in December.
Some people don't take that into account.
I get excited to spring spring of big run and get those other guys open.
It's just how the flow, it's just how it flows.
Sometimes It's not a big deal to me.
The big concern with Henry is injuries.
In 2016 he suffered a concussion but didn't miss time.
In 2017 he lacerated his kidneys and week 15 and Mr Final two games and 2018 towards a C Algerian ot A's and missed the entire season.
And he started the 2019 season healthy but fractured his tibia plateau in his left knee and spent four weeks on the shelf.
But his injury history could also mean that he had had hey, had had just a bad one or two years.
Ah, and he's looking for a shorter time, a new deal now.
As long as he stayed on the field, he'd be a legitimate weapon, arguably the best available amongst the realistic options.
End quote to me, Hunter Henry is not my ideal candidate.
If the Patriots can have their pick at any tight end that they have an option for look, he's super talented, but his injuries are concerned.
And I think going into the 2020 season with an Agent Brady and a wide receiver corps, that's probably not gonna be a stack, as we hope for.
I'm not sure if the Patriots are in a position to deal with major injuries at that position this season.
Um, especially with a weak in defence, we already know they're probably gonna lose some of their key players like Van Noy and Jamie Collins.
There's also a risk that Devon record is off the team, and I think that they need a guy who could stay healthy now the next free agent candidate that I have my eye on Dole of talks.
But that's Austin Hooper from the Falcons.
You may remember Hooper from his touchdown catch for the Falcons and Super Bowl 51 against the Patriots.
Or maybe you forgot about it because, well, yeah, but Hooper's legit.
Arguably the NFL's best catcher at the position.
Best catcher at the position, not named Kelsey Hooper is coming off a career best of 75 catches for 787 yards and six touchdowns and 13 games.
Ah, pretty pretty, pretty good.
92 for 9 69 7 touchdown line over a full season.
There are drawbacks beyond the price tag that could give the Patriots pause.
Hooper is known Maura's a receiving that is blocking, but Falcons had coach Dan Quinn loud id him as a guy who plays on all the downs and all the spots who had an excellent all around season.
The receiving part, though, is undeniable.
The other concern is the Falcons intend to make a real push to keep Hooper.
GM Thomas Dimitroff called him one of the next most important players on the line for an extension, but that could be an issue for them because they currently stand with only $6 million left in cap space.
And no matter where he hands up, Hooper is healthy and coming off a career year.
And he should be in line to get a big market money contract at the age of 25.
The Patriots would be in good hands if they somehow lured him away from Atlanta.
End quote, look.
And obviously money's gonna be a concern.
You're probably looking at the $10 million mark for a guy like him.
If Brady does take the proposed 30 million or 36 million, that we believe it's gonna take in the cap space, that doesn't leave a lot of cap space for the Patriots assigned other free agents.
As for Hooper's blocking, I think the Patriots can address that by getting a blocking tight end, and they can almost use him the same way that Kansas City used his Travis.
Kelsey, You don't see callously out on blocking plays a whole lot. And they can use Hooper.
Very similar 22 weeks ago, I spoke about rookies.
Um, you know, you got sad Moss and he got Jared Pickney.
You know, you could take that role, bring them in, bring them in his blockers or one of them in his blockers Have, uh, Cooper on the other side.
Of course, you're gonna have your tight ends back, And maybe you keep of Matt Lacoste, who was a decent blocker.
This you're not great, but decent.
And look, Hooper and Henry, Man, to me, those air like those are the two top free agents, and I consider them the Tier one players.
One thing that the Patriots can do is they can look at a tear to type of free agent.
And it can still work for the Patriots.
Especially if they look for a number.
Air still work for the pages number one, especially if they look for a tight end through the draft.
Um, but again, by bringing in a second to your guy, it does put more pressure on balance, check to score in the draft and get a guy that can contribute almost immediately.
And then the next guy that, um, Dole off looks at is Tyler Eifert, and he's been he's been associated with the Patriots for a long time.
That's a guy that that has been up in things.
We last year, the Bengals didn't want to move on from him, but to me, he falls in.
That second player now goes like this. Quote.
Eifert falls into that category of a player who has long established what he is.
A good pass catcher in a red zone target who has the ideal size of the position and won't come at a high price.
Unfortunately, an eye for its case.
That's because of injuries.
My God, the injuries.
He managed to play all 16 games for the first time in his career in 2019 but had been on a pitch count.
He averaged only 30.
7 offensive snaps per game.
That said Eifert still caught 43 balls for 436 yards and three touchdowns.
All of those numbers are better than all four Patriots tight ends who caught passes last season combined.
In fact, 18 tight ends across the league put up better numbers than all the Patriots tight ends.
Even with the limited snaps, he proves that when healthy, he can still get separation and make plays over the middle of the field.
This is to say that Eifert, along with other veteran options like Jason Witten and Greg Olsen, would be cost effective, proven commodities.
Their experience would bode well for them to click with Brady, who or whoever is that quarterback.
And there's still virtually a guarantee to produce better than everything they tried in 2019 end quote and look.
So I for would obviously be the most cost effective tight end that the Patriots could try to go after in free agency.
Um, and if you can stay healthy, he'd be a good piece for Brady to be a cheap piece.
The issue is, can he stay healthy? Can the Patriots afford to bring him in and bring him in on a snap count? Or do they need someone who can take up a lot of place when you think about guys like Henry and Eifert, if they go down like I said before, I don't know if the Patriots congee ll with that this time time of year, or if they need somebody who can give them the minutes, give them the count's give them the time and stay healthy.
Ideally, for me, though, they would sign a combo like a Henry Eifert combo or a Hooper haIf Eifert Bombo.
I don't think you're gonna get Hooper and Henry, but you could look and get Tyler Hyper and Austin Hooper.
Yes, that would be my ideal peace.
Then you can still use a draft pick to try to get your number three, and you have to.
Veterans who can come in contribute right away with a rookie who can come in and contribute when needed.
But you can also build him towards the future, basically completely retooled New England's tight ends and move on from Matt Lacoste and Ryan is Oh, now, look, loading up on tight ends doesn't just have to come from free agency, either.
Ah, one thing that I believe Bill Bounce I can do is he can go on.
He can explore the trade market.
Ah, the Patriots gave up a second round draft pick for Mohammed Sunu at the trade deadline last year's we all know, but they still have a plethora of third rounders coming from com.
I can never say the word from Kant picks Um, in this year's draft.
Fortunate for the Patriots is littered with talent that the pages could pick up in the third round.
So the Patriots could still afford to trade away a first round pick for a tight end.
And it's kind of a good payoff, especially if the Patriots were considering bringing in a tight end in the first are with the first round, because I believe that a lot of the top the top tight ends will go on the second day, probably in the second round of the Patriots, might have been first to use the first might have been forced to use a first round draft pick in the first round.
But if you can trade away and get somebody who can come in and contribute immediately and be impactful, it's worth giving up that first round pick.
Now, some of the options that Dolan gave us our kind of intriguing.
So look, the most intriguing way the Patriots are quote the most in paid.
The most intriguing way for the Patriots to add a premium pass catcher is to recreate the Brandin cooks.
Trained from 2017 it would involve moving their number 23 pick in the 2020 NFL draft for a proven dynamic weapon like cooks was three years ago.
If you want to make something, if you were to make something close to an apples to apples comparison, a tight end how about Zach Ertz from the Eagles? Right.
Philly has satisfied their guarantees as he hits the back end of his five year extension.
The Patriots could pay him $8 million next season, an opt out in his final year if they wanted and urges the dynamic as anyone at the position.
However, the bolo options that we're gonna talk about are more realistic and may not cost.
The first rounder like Earth certainly would.
So why? Let's find a dream big.
These names are more sensible and could deliver tremendous value.
First guy we're gonna look at is somebody who has been tied to the Patriots in the past, O.
Howard, now the Patriots reportedly inquired on Howard before the 2019 trade deadline and were told no, they were likely looking to get him for a got a good price because he was not lived up to his status as a 2017 1st round pick.
But Howard does possess the physical traits that the Patriots look for at six foot six and £251 that still has untapped potential blocks.
Coach area Bruce Aaron's openly admitted that he wasn't terribly interested in tapping into the potential as a pass catcher.
He continued his usual style of the emphasizing tight ends in the passing game.
Tampa finished 12th in the NFL and tight end targets 117 despite having the third most total target 606.
Josh McDaniels, on the other hand, clearly wants to run a 12 21 and 22 personnel and Target tight ends through the air as evidence by the consistent attempts to do so.
Even with players who struggled to produce at high levels, Howard would be a far more athletic than anyone they had in their disposal.
Since the loss of Rob Gronkowski.
He can high point the ball and make contested catches when he has the when, when he's at his best.
ESPN is ****ytical department.
Also ranked him is the best pass blocking tight end in the NFL in 2019.
What could prevent the path from getting Howard is if they don't wanna part with that number 23 because Tampa could hold on Howard and get a comp third pick for him.
So the Pats, who already genocide or second round pick for Mohammed Sunu, would likely need to do better than just their own third number 87 to make that deal happen.
So, look, it's hard to make out why Tampa Bay is so has attend to move on from Howard.
He doesn't fit the offensive scheme, and he's probably he's definitely not gonna sign with Tampa Bay after becoming a free other.
Probably gonna go.
I don't know if they'll opt out now.
I believe he still has an option.
You're on his contract in 2021 now with the new rules that just put in place of you option out, you don't get a calm picks.
We may still have two more years to play with the Bucks, but if they trade him now, they can get something back for him.
I wonder, too, if Tampa Bay has missed the boat you know, Dole Ocelot talked about how the pages are going to pay a premium, but you know, this is his.
Last year was rookie deal, and he does.
It was 2021 option, but that drops the trade value from where he was in 2019.
Um, but he could still cost the New England Patriots of first round draft pick.
Here's an idea I came up with those.
Mohammad Sanu could be a good fit for Tampa Bay.
Could he not? And if you and I know that, we don't see a lot of player for player trades in the NFL.
But if you could package to new and maybe some lower picks like 1/5 round draft pick, I could see that being something you know.
And again, you don't see a lot of player player special big names like Howard.
It's the new involved, but I think that it could really be a good marriage between Tampa Bay and the Patriots.
If they were to make that swaps, the new could go start over with Jameis.
Winston probably, and O.
Howard could actually go to an offense that appreciates a tight end position and then look, Dole.
I've dropped a really interesting name after this.
It's a name that really could work out for the Patriots and probably wouldn't cost him a whole lot.
He's a veteran guy.
He's got his capital like eight million.
But the Titans Delaney really be an interesting piece for the Patriots.
And I'm also wondering, too, if ballots that could convince Tennessee has got some capital work with.
If they could convince them to eat some cash and maybe lower that salary cap it a bit appears with Dolan said Quote the Titans.
I've could create $6.
4 million in cap space by cutting Walker outright, so they're not going to get much for him in any potential trade with the Patriots.
Make him their newest veteran acquisition.
Threw a swap for lower draft picks, the same method that brought Jason McCord E. To New England.
There were complications with such a move.
Walker's undersized six foot 2 £248 compared to what the Patriots usually like in a tight end injuries were a real concern.
He broke and dislocated his ankle week one of the 2018 season and missed the rest of the season.
And then the injury did linger into 2019 until he went back on injured reserve in November.
And at age 35 his best days are likely behind him.
4 million isn't exactly an attractive number for him, either.
Still, Walker has proven as any active tight end in the league.
From 2014 to 2017 he averaged 78 catches for 940 yards of five touchdowns.
He's also a capable blah blocker.
Despite his size, you have a good chance.
Is any tight end to pick up on offense and click with Brady if you stayed healthy.
And the question is whether they'd be willing to pay the 6.
4 mil and part with draft picks to see if that happens.
End quote All around.
He's a good tight end.
He would fit the Patriot system well again.
I categorize him.
Is that Tier two? Maybe even a Tier three player? I don't even know if he's comparable. The Eifert.
He probably sits below lifer.
I don't think Bala check would have a problem moving off in that low draft pick.
The money could be an issue But, like I said, if they were able to get Tennessee to eat a little bit of that money, then they could possibly bring them.
Tennessee could save some money and the pages to get a solid tight end.
I'm just saying that that's a possibility.
I'm not saying that Bilbao check is this wonder guy, Um, but 6.
4 million's a lot of money, and then you know what? And then Dolphins showed us some number ones.
He's brought his guys who could be number twos.
But the Patriots need to revamp the entire position 12 and three.
And right now, the Patriots while the Peaches number one tight end right now is Matt Lacoste.
If they bring in one of these other veterans that moves the cost down to two, Ryan is with three.
I'd be much more comfortable with Not Lacoste is our number three and Dole office wanting.
If the Patriots could make a trade with the Cleveland Browns for Dimitri's Harris, he says, quote, you may recognize the name Dimitrios hairs from the Patriots win over the Browns in Week eight of 2019.
Harris caught a touchdown in that game after Baker Mayfield found him matched up against Dante Hightower at the goal line.
He went up and he got the ball.
Like the former basketball player he is, Harris would be a more complimentary piece than someone who transforms the Patriotsoffense outright.
But and this Bears repeating his three touchdowns in 2019 were more than all the Patriots and the Patriots tight ends combined.
He stands a towering six foot seven, and while he's relatively slighted £230 his height is attractive.
After playing only basketball in college before switching the football, Harris has finally started to show improvement.
As a pass catcher in the past two seasons, his fifth and sixth in the league, the Patriots may need to make it worth it to the Browns.
Ah, wild apart with Harris and his $2.
5 million contract, but they may also get out of him more than the Browns and the Chiefs ever did.
And again, I think that if they were to bring Ah Harris in, he would be a solid number two for the Patriots.
He's not gonna be number one, but he could be a solid number two, he would doubt with that height, he would definitely be a red zone.
Threatened would be a fade machine for Tom Brady.
He'd be a complimentary piece of the Patriots.
Could sign in Austin, Hooper or Ah, Hunter.
Henry, right? He could also play that number two spot, and the Patriots tried to draft the number one.
Not my ideal way.
I'd rather is the Patriot.
Bring a veteran and as the number one, But that is an option.
No, we have to expect that regardless of what happens in free agency while the guard lists of all the trades of Patriots could possibly made.
We have to expect that the Patriots are going to draft a tight end regardless in the NFL.
And Dole of walks us through why the Patriots are in a position that they're in.
And basically it's because they haven't addressed the tight end situation in the draft.
Basically, since Gronkowski has been the man and he also goes through some of the pieces that balance that could go after now, he breaks it down like this.
One major reason that the paint quote one major reason the Patriots are in such a bind at the tight end position right now is that they've mostly neglected the position in the draft over the years.
Since drafting Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez in 2010 the Patriots haven't taken a tight and higher than the fifth round.
The ones they did pick is Oh, A J Derby and least Smith have combined for 106 catches in 154 games since 2011.
Meanwhile, the league's world class tight ends on some otherwise solid players are either locked up with the teams that drafted them or on their way to big paydays.
So guys like Kittle, Kyle Rudolph, Jack Doyle, Tyler Higbee, Ah and Cameron break realistically aren't on the table.
Bill Belichick isn't one to play.
A lot are to pay a long term deal that he didn't structure himself.
The good news, though, is that the Patriots prove with Gronkowski and Hernandez that there are they're capable of identifying immediately impacted, talented tight end.
They're not actually going to find the next Gronk, especially not the 2020 class.
It is generally not considered deep, but there are prospects that could fit well for the Patriots.
Typically seek at the position and could have the potential to make their Marcus soon as your one.
Now, the first guy that we're gonna look at is Adam Trotman out of Dayton that Trautman has the ideal size.
At six foot 6 £251 he showed abilities as both a receiver and a blocker at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, proving that he wasn't just a fluke against week competition at Dayton.
He played in a pro style offense and showed off his ball skills for date.
No, see Austin King.
And not only is he a former basketball player, he is a converted quarterback, right? Kids.
A lacrosse game away from being a Bill Bala.
Check shooing end quote.
Look the most successful players for the New England Patriots under Bill Belichick, regardless of what position they play for our multi dimensional players, the players that can do different things for the Patriots being superior, athletic, being a multi sport athlete, right? It's the kind of player that will excel under the bill Balance check system.
Trauma was not on my radar until I read Dole office article, I gotta admit, but doing my research since reading the article today, I can see why he would be a fit for the Patriots.
They wouldn't need to use a first rounder you, and possibly a second round if they can trade up for one.
The other three guys that we're gonna talk about that I've talked about in the past, right? So one of those guys is cold.
Comment out of Notre Dame, Dolan says Quote commits, draft stock is rising and he could end up being the first tight end off the board.
He has good size at six foot 5 £250 has played all over the field for Notre Dame offense.
He's not necessarily the fastest or the best separator, but he has good ball skills and can be a weapon up the ***** in the red zone.
Sound familiar? End quote.
And I know he's referring to Rob Gronkowski, but I wasn't overly impressed with commands blocking skills.
I said it before.
I don't think that he's the fit for the Patriots.
I also see him as a long term projects.
The last thing the Patriots need right now is a long term pot project.
Yes, rookies need to develop the ass.
Rookies need a couple of years toe form in the league, but they need a starter.
They need a guy who can learn as he starts.
Not a guy who's a project.
They don't have time to wait for a rookie to develop.
Unfortunately, we saw that with Nick Eel Harry last year.
The Patriots weren't prepared to develop him.
They needed him to react.
He needed him to play and it didn't happen.
One of the other guys that the Patriots look at is Colby.
Parkinson out of Sanford Dole office says quote opposed football mind Parkinson comes from a program that has produced legit pros like Earth's Hooper and Live in tow Toy Olo.
His combination of size six foot 7 £240 makes him a mismatch, is a downfield receiver.
He needs work on.
Getting leverage is a blocker and maybe Roz, a Route one runner.
But he has a proven ability to make contested catches, perhaps balletic looks at Parkinson and sees a talented prospect that he can coach up.
He's not polished.
He could have some of the strength the Patriots need.
He could be that red zone threat again.
I think he's a good pick if you can solve it up the number one and number two spot, and he could be a good number three for the Patriots.
I don't seem coming in is being a number to the Patriots at the minimum need to draft their number two receiver if they don't address number one number two.
It makes sense again if the Patriots consign and trade for established tight ends.
But I don't know about this guy, and the last guy that Dole I've talked about has been the most popular guy to talk about around Pats Nation.
That's the dais Moss.
We're going to call him fat because I don't want to keep saying his name. Wrong Fat Moss.
The name alone is worth a look.
Yes, that is the son of Randy Moss, one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history and a record center for the Patriots.
Dad played tight end for the National Champions L S u Tigers, though, and he was the most productive one in the school's history.
With 47 catches for 570 yards in four touchdowns, he's a bit under sized at six foot three and £249 has been criticized for lack of consistency.
But he has flashed abilities as both the past catcher and a blocker during his time with L S U.
And as the offspring of one of the most special talents in the league has ever seen, he'll make an intriguing prospect for whoever takes him, and he can probably be probably be on a day to guy end.
Now, look, Bala check would have to trade up and get a second round draft pick to pick him up, or I just don't see them using the first round pick to get Fat Moss.
But I've identified him as one of the players the Patriots should target, not because of his catching abilities, not because with production that way, but as a blocker.
I think that he's been more consistent as a blocker than a pass catcher.
I don't think that Dolan capture dot the way he needed to, and I think he could be an instant starter in the run game for the Pats.
You know, the only real problems with the Patriots tight end situation is that they aren't going to find anyone near Gronk in his prime.
And that's the best Guys in the league are locked into their current teams.
You'll have to settle for second tier options.
But guys who can still make a real impact on the offense immediately, regardless of who they end up, adding they will almost certainly improve upon their dismal 2019 production that they got from their tight ends.
I know that was a lot.
That was almost 30 minutes about just talking about the tight ends.
But I loved that article.
That goal I came up with today, I wanted to address it.
I wanted to go through it.
I do have one more Patriots thing to talk about here.
It shouldn't take long only a minute or so on.
I kept a short on purpose for my notes here before we get into the gridiron rant.
But pro football focus is predicting that Tom Brady returns to the Patriots.
So over the last couple of months, Tom Brady becoming a free agent has been the leading story across the National Football League media.
Brady even hijacks the Super Bowl week when he posted that cryptic black and white photo of him, you know, walking towards a football field.
And yes, he was walking towards the football field.
Ah, pundits and reporters everywhere they try to decipher what Brady's photo meant.
What message was he trying to tell the world? And as we know now, it was nothing more than a Hu Lu Super Bowl commercial.
Brady also dominated headlines on Super Bowl Sunday when Ian Rapoport reported that new in the New England Patriots were willing to pay Tom Brady up to $30 million per season to stay with the Patriots.
Now this has caused some debates amongst reporters, talking heads and Patriot fans.
We've also heard countless talk of Brady moving to the A F C West to join either the Las Vegas Raiders of the Alley, charges formally of the Oakland Raiders and formally in San Diego charges.
Then we heard that maybe George Brady will join the NFC East after former cat Dallas Cowboys legend Michael Irvin floated out a rumor that the Cowboys were thinking of trading Dak Prescott in signing Brady.
Now the Cowboys rumors were proven false when Irving tweeted that he had not spoken to anybody in the Cowboys organization.
And it was just chatter at the Super Bowl over ****tails yesterday, a new rumor swirling around L. A.
That the charges are seriously thinking about trading for Cam Newton.
And if the Chargers do pull off that trade, then obviously, that would leave one last team for Brady to sign with outside of New England.
Now the Raiders have emerged as the favorites.
The land Brady, um, you know, and if the six time Super Bowl champion does decide that he's done with the Patriots.
But the funny part about all of this, with all the speculations and teams that are getting dropped all over the media, people are forgetting that the New England Patriots are the best location for Tom Brady.
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Let's be realistic, though.
Is Las Vegas really an upgrade over New England removing quarterbacks? The Patriots had the most valuable roster in the NFL in terms of Pff war, and the Raiders were 29th.
New England drops to 12th in Las Vegas, jumps one spot the 28th when looking at the offensive side of the ball.
Not to mention he'd be in a division with the reigning Super Bowl M V P Patrick Mahomes, as opposed to Josh Allen, Sam Darnold and maybe Ryan fits Patrick or to a tangle Viola.
Is it possible that Brady is using this whole free agency stunt as leverage to get himself more money and as well as the scare New England into investing into his receiving ****nal? Maybe, maybe not.
As a Patriots fan, I have just decided to let whatever happens happen.
As somebody who writes and talks about the team, it's difficult to find topics people care about besides Tom Brady and where he's going to sign his contract.
We have just a little bit over a month, laugh or going somewhere else, and until then, speculation will continue, and I suggest that we take everything we hear with a grain of salt.
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Tonight I'm to be talking about the Minnesota Vikings trading our sorry.
The possibility of the Minnesota Vikings trading Stephan Biggs to the Baltimore Ravens of all themes and the XFL is one tough businessman, and I may be a little bit different, maybe a little tougher to survive in the XFL than it is toe survive in the NFL.
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So we're now a full week removed from the Super Bowl, and I think as fans, football fans, we kind of sit around.
We're waiting for football to return.
The NFL was a pleasant option on the weekend, and I was pleasantly surprised by how good it was.
But at the end of the day, it's not the National Football League.
Also, this time here, what happens is if we start getting rumors and speculation about player movement, its rapid.
The media has nothing to do but talk about garbage and talk about crap.
And then people like me come out here and regurgitate the crap the media is gonna protect, Protect, pretend, predict potential trades are gonna predict retirements.
Free agent signings, releases.
It's a never ending care cell of rumors and speculation about player movement.
So much of it is false.
So much of it is not ever gonna come close to happening.
No sources air saying it, but it's still fun to think about those scenarios now.
The headlines have obviously been dominated by Tom Brady, Greg Olsen lately and now Philip Rivers.
But rumors Air starting the swirl in Minnesota and the rumors air coming that the Vikings could actually pull the trigger and trade one of their star receiver stuff in digs.
That would be an absolute gigantic trade, as he's probably one of the best talents of football.
And I don't know, man, some Viking fans, they may not believe it.
I don't know if I believe it, so I'm not here telling you like a man I think is gonna happen.
I'm not trying to troll Minnesota fans.
I got no reason to troll Minnesota fans.
I'm just telling you, this is what I am.
I was reading this today, someone from one of your own bloggers.
So, um and maybe you don't want it to happen, man.
And if I Minnesota fan, I don't know if I want to, but I would expect these rumors to really start heating up anytime soon.
As special as we get closer to free agency in the draft now.
He's from fans, sided.
He writes for the Viking Age, and he thinks that it could happen and he actually talks about why it makes sense and I'll leave.
I'll read you an excerpt of his ah, of his article, and I suggest you go over and read it, but it goes like this. Quote.
Well, it might be hard for some to understand why Minnesota would move on from such a talented receiver like digs.
There are a number of reasons why it would make sense dealing.
The 26 year old would not only free up so much needed salary cap space for the Vikings, but it would likely result in a return that would include at least one early, a round draft pick with Minnesota not expected to have a ton of money to spend this offseason draft selections or even more valuable in their efforts to improve their roster in 2020 end.
Quote on look, the Vikings 2019 season.
I mean, has to be disappointed if you're a Vikings fan, right? And I think a lot of that actually comes down to Kirk Cousins.
Just being an overpaid quarterback, he's taking up a lot of money that you can't spend and put in other places.
And he has not lived up to the massive contract, the massive expectations that he brought to Minnesota with me.
They finished 10 and 6 10 and six on the year they had a crazy overtime win against the Saints and the 40 Niners really made the game look easy in the divisional round, and they need to improve their roster.
And you may be asking yourself, How does trading Biggs improve the roster? I'm not 100% sure, but I'm gonna try to break it down in a way that maybe makes sense.
But I may not make sense to me, man.
This is me just talking.
I'm a fan like the rest of your football fan.
A lot of Vikings fan, but I'm a family. The rest you, man.
We just try to break this down.
But look, it doesn't I don't know.
It doesn't in the sense of the rosters and get back in the sense of, you know, you're losing a premier receiver, but you're going to save a ton of salary cap.
Ah, I was on over the cap dot com today when I was preparing for this show and the Vikings were projected.
I've just over $11 million left in salary cap trading.
Big saves the Vikings about $11 million per season on go.
It's a financial trade.
The Vikings would still be on the hook for about $12 million spread out over the next three years because of signing bonuses.
But it makes way more sense financially to move on from digs and saved the cap room, especially if you're able to improve the Ross in other ways and get some solid draft picks for him.
Now, Biggs could make or break a roster somewhere else.
I because of Kurt cousins, I don't believe that Biggs, I don't think that he makes or breaks a roster with the Vikings, and I think that the Vikings or Justice good or just bad without him.
But the Vikings could cash in with some draft picks that they are able to move them on now.
The assumption with a player of digs caliber would be that Minnesota would want to trade him out of the NFC.
That would make the most amount of sense to me.
Brent's a Boesky of the Bleachers report.
He believes that the Ravens could actually be the best team to trade for Digs on Got the full article.
It's like 32 trades there that every team could make.
Remember, It's an interesting article from the stuff, but here's exactly how he breaks it down, he says. Quote.
The Baltimore Ravens have never been afraid to make a splash move.
A year ago, the organization signed safety Earl Thomas the 3rd 2 years ago, the front office traded up for the quarterback, Lamar Jackson, and so on and so forth.
Baltimore is quite aggressive when it wants to get something done.
The next step is a continuance of building around Jackson.
The Ravens developed the greatest gown ground game of all time last season.
There, Wide receiver corps needs a little bit of work, though.
The Viking stuff and digs wasn't happy in Minnesota.
Then he waas or was he pig? Still didn't seem content with the team's offensive approach well into the offseason.
Whatever the case, the Vikings have a premium trade chip with General uh, if general manager Rick Spielman decides to pull the trigger.
Digs is 26 coming off consecutive 1000 yard campaigns.
Minnesota does not need to clear, significant or does need to clear, significant cap space.
Maybe the Maryland native would finally be happy returning home to play for the Ravens in the trade potential that he puts out is the Ravens acquired Digs from the Vikings for a first round draft pick.
Now it's all in end quote.
Now, look, a trade of this magnitude would be absolutely huge.
It would be heard it would be felt around the NFL, but it really wouldn't be surprising.
Now what it right.
Rumors already started coming around the trade deadline last season that Digs isn't happy in Minnesota, and, of course, the Vikings tonight.
It digs kind of denied the rumors.
Or do you change his mind? I'm not 100% sure exactly what that all went down.
But you gotta believe where there's smoke, there's fire.
And at some point, at least, there's something was brewing.
Ah, and summon ease was brewing in Minnesota.
Look, it's unclear if the Viking for just unwilling to trade him at that time or if they're even still willing to trade him for the right price.
Maybe they're hoping they can still work things out.
Or now they realize they can't.
And maybe this means absolutely nothing.
But I did a lot of reading on articles on digs today.
I was looking at some of the fan chats, and a lot of people believe that digs could be out of Minnesota, and financially they may have no choice but to move him.
The Ravens, on the other hand, landing digs interesting and really guys scary as hell at the same time, right? And it kind of sounds stupid, but stuff in digs would legitimize, legitimize, and already explosive offense in Baltimore digs the marquees.
Brown could push the Ravens to crazy ass levels, right? The Ravens they have a tonic cap space, they could make the straight happened.
I think they'd happily give away a first round draft pick to get a player like that.
And really, the Patriots are the Patriots.
The Ravens needed team like digs.
You mean a player like it's been a long night, Guys, the divisional round recitations was really a telling sign of who the Ravens are.
And there was a big, big tell in that game, because if you take away the run, I almost want to say that the Titans exposed a deficiency on the Baltimore offense.
And if you gotta put the game in Lamar Jackson's arm and not because the boy can't throw because he can, the man could play ball.
But you could see that he really didn't have anywhere to move the ball.
And once the threat of the run was gone, they were just smothering and covering up those receivers.
Digs would make the Ravens almost borderline unstoppable.
Now, of course, guys like everything.
This is all speculation.
There's been no hard reporting or evidence that this is gonna happen.
You know, we're going to hear Ah, whole lot of different things throughout this offseason, as we always do, We always hear all these crazy ass crazy, just rumors and all this kind of stuff.
It's it's the way it is.
But, you know, this is something that hasn't got a lot of play outside of sort of the Minnesota Circle.
But I think it's something that could pick up speed eventually.
I think that right now, honestly, I believe that Tom Brady just dominate to me.
The headlines of some of this stuff is going underneath the rug a little bit.
I know if I was the Vikings GMO man, I would be nervous to pull the trigger on a trade this big.
I mean, you're changing the landscape of two different franchises.
It's really it's It's a legacy type betrayed for Minnesota, and and people are gonna hate the trade.
They're gonna love the trade regardless, Whether or not it makes sense, that doesn't matter.
You know, even reading Adam and Brent and everything they wrote.
I don't know if it's a good idea for Minnesota to move on, even if they're going to save a bunch of money as someone who's not a Viking fan, it's a fun idea to think about for somebody's Gotta play the Ravens in the A f C.
And it's not fun to think about as a football fan.
It's super, super fun to think about, Um, I don't know.
It's a fun idea, man.
And, ah, it's just something that it's something that I wanted to talk about.
It something I read today.
I did a lot of research on it and thought, Ah, man, I gotta talk about this like there's something There's something real about this I don't know In the last piece of this today, they want to talk about the XFL and how the L.
A Wildcats fired the defensive coordinator today.
Now I had no plans on really making this show about the XFL.
I didn't want to talk about the XFL.
I just noticed that I'm live on YouTube right now.
What's going on YouTube? I wasn't supposed to be live with you.
This was supposed to be a recording.
So what's happening? Diseases.
Oh, what those nights? Um but I don't know.
I saw a story today, and I just I had to laugh so hard when I read it, and you know, and and if you thought the NFL was a tough businessman.
The XFL just brings us to new levels.
The guy's got 20 years of coaching experience that as a head coach, but his or coordinated with, like a positional coach, he gets the honor of being the first coach fired in the history of the XFL.
And if things like this happen this quick, I can't wait to see what week to brings.
Because after one game in the franchises existence, after one game in the league's existence, they Wildcats have fired their defensive coordinator.
Look, it's coming off a 37 to 17 loss to Houston.
The man with only one game play there's like There's no comparables.
I don't know if it's the Playersfault.
I don't know if it's the coach's fault.
It's really tough to give an opinion, too.
There's nothing to base that on.
Uh, the Wildcats gave a statement.
It really didn't make science and said, Quote, We were worried, didn't mix. I made sense.
It didn't really tell us. Anything is a quote.
We recognize that there are issues we need to address for the 2020 season.
Head coach Winston Moss on a statement.
While these decisions are difficult, we have given this significant thought.
We're here to put the best possible product on the field for our fans.
We thank Pepper for his contributions to the Wildcats, and we're looking forward to our home opener this weekend.
I mean to me, I don't know.
There had to be issues before this game since C one game dictating a decision like this and then, like, I will actually watch that game and the Wildcats.
This coaches made a lot of mistakes, not just defensive coaches.
They absolutely butchered the end of the first half on and walked away and miss points out of mismanaged the clock, just a bunch of stuff.
But, I mean, I don't think after Game one that this is really some sort of scapegoats scenario.
Um, and again, it's to me.
There had to be stuff going on in the locker room.
Now this could be a chance for Johnson to get himself back in the NFL in 2020.
I mean, he was like it.
Diffuse, a linebackers coach of defensive line coach from 4016 spent the ton of time with the Patriots.
He was also with the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets.
I'm sure he'll land on his feet somewhere.
But what was even more surprising after hearing that the defensive coordinator was released, they released Anthony Johnson, who was a defensive captain on the Wildcat.
And I mean, things have to be really bad that you cut a defensive captain after one game in the league like this goes beyond football.
Something was happening in that locker room, and I don't know.
You know, the XFL, in my opinion, not a pretty decent and impressive debut.
I mean, they definitely got the ratings they want, and you had to expect high ratings.
But I think like something was reading today somewhere that, like 3.
3 million people, viewed the inaugural game of the Seattle Dragon vs DC defenders.
Um, actually, I watched two games this weekend.
It was pretty good football and had some interesting rules.
I like the kickoff rule.
Um, I don't like the two time out rule I had to get used to hearing.
The coach is calling in the signals.
I mean, there's some gim****y stuff in there that I had to get used to, but all I know it was pretty good.
I think the whole game I was waiting for some, like W W We ask stuff to happen, you know, I was like, Okay, when is this like turn into sports entertainment? It really didn't.
There was something that the interviews on the sidelines and all this.
There's gim****y stuff, but I didn't really find it to be that I don't know over the top.
So I thought it was pretty okay, but, you know, firing a defensive captain after one game to fight.
I'm firing a D. C.
I guess that's what it kind of feels a little gim****y.
Maybe McMahon was upset by his poor performance, called the L.
A Wildcat GM and said, Let's let's finish this stuff.
You know, I think for entertainment value, what should have happened was they should add both those guys in the middle of the ring on Monday night, raw tonight and fired him then and then they could have, like, had a tag team match the Johnson vs.
I don't know what's a tighty the new day.
You don't try to win your jobs back.
Uh, can the Wildcats bounce back next week? I don't know.
I've seen them play one game in their entire existence.
I'm not ready to really break down, um, performances yet when they have nothing, there's no comparables march more jobs on the line, Maybe.
I mean, what an opening week? You're one game into the history of your league.
You've had your first touchdown, your first tackle, your first kick off, your first coin toss, your first cut and your first firing all before you went too weak, too.
By default, I became an L.
A Wildcats fan because, um, I forced people who follow me on Twitter to choose XFL themes.
And I picked the Wildcats, who seem to be the Dumpster fire of the XFL.
They're like the Cleveland Browns of the XFL.
We found them after week one.
We're already starting to see it.
And again, don't expect me to be talking a whole lot about the XFL during the gridiron rant, which shouldn't be live on YouTube right now, but is live on YouTube.
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