On the latest episode of Quick Slants the Podcast, we went back and forth on the merits of a partnership between the Patriots and free-agent running back Adrian Peterson.
Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran thought the team should kick the tires. Peterson was only a year removed from a rushing title, after all.
I wasn't quite as on board. Peterson's age, injury history, and ball-security issues would have been enough for me to steer clear.
Turns out that discussion might have been a gigantic waste of everyone's time.
According to Pro Football Talk, the Patriots have not yet discussed a deal for Peterson and it's safe to assume that they won't pursue him at all.
Last week the Boston Herald reported that Peterson would be open to playing for the Patriots at a reduced rate. This latest news would seem to serve as an indication that Bill Belichick and his front office don't care.
The Patriots could very well be in the market for running back help, however. They appear set at the sub-back spot with James White and Dion Lewis under contract for 2017, but if LeGarrette Blount departs via free agency then they could be looking for another bruising back to take his place.
Indications suggest that won't be Peterson.
Martellus Bennett is moving on from the game of football.
The former Patriots tight end announced his retirement Friday night on Twitter, stating he is shifting his focus to his multimedia production company, The Imagination Agency.
Bennett, 31, had 55 receptions for 701 yards and seven touchdowns in 16 games during the 2016 season with New England. After rejoining the Patriots in 2017, Bennett battled hamstring and shoulder injuries but did play in two games, catching six passes for 53 yards.
Bennett also played with the Cowboys, Giants, Bears, and Packers over the course of his 10-year career.
An arrest has been made in the Super Bowl week burglary at Rob Gronkowski's house.
Foxboro police announced Friday they have arrested 31-year-old Anthony Almeida, who has been charged with breaking and entering, receiving stolen property and malicious destruction of property.
The police also said they are searching for two other suspects, 26-year-old Shayne Denn and 28-year-old Eric Tyrrell.
Items taken from Gronkowski's house in the burglary included an Apple Watch, Rolex, and rare coins from the 1800s. Fortunately, those items have been recovered and Gronk will be getting them back. Police are still searching for the guns that were stolen from the house.