Polian claims Colts had a first-round grade on Brady in 2000 draft

Polian claims Colts had a first-round grade on Brady in 2000 draft

It's been a big week for Patriots revisionist historians. First, we had the Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell claiming if that he hadn't gotten hurt, his Steelers would've beaten the Pats in the AFC Championship Game. 

Now, comes long-time Patriots hater, and Hall of Fame executive, Bill Polian saying that if it weren't for that Peyton Manning guy, the Indianapolis Colts would've been all over Tom Brady in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft.

The claim that the Colts, run by Polian at the time, had a first-round grade on Brady was actually made by Polian to Sports Illustrated in 2015: "...Tom Brady would have been a guy, and we were very high on him," he said. "Our guys really loved him, but we weren’t in the quarterback market, obviously. Those would be the guys I remember us giving solid, first-round, can-lead-you-to-a-championship grades.”

Polian reiterated it last week at the NFL Scouting Combine, telling USA Today that Brady was one of the best passers he ever scouted while preparing for the draft.

So, even if the Colts "weren't in the quarterback market," why not take a shot at a QB his team had graded in the first-round before the Patriots now famously grabbed him in the sixth round at No. 199 overall? Especially with an aging Mark Rypien as Manning's backup in 2001?

Whatever the answer, Patriots fans apparently can thank Bill Polian for steering clear of TB12. 

Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

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Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

Former Lions tight end Eric Ebron is signing a two-year deal worth $15 million with the Colts, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Ebron was rumored to be a potential target for the Patriots, especially after new Pats running back Jeremy Hill tried recruiting him to the team.

The 24-year-old had 53 receptions for 574 yards and four touchdowns a season ago with Detroit. 


Patriots release Shea McClellin

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Patriots release Shea McClellin

Shea McClellin will be blocking kicks for somebody else next season. 

The Patriots announced Monday they've released the veteran linebacker, ending his tenure with the team after two seasons.  ESPN's Field Yates broke the news.

The Pats signed McClellin to a three-year deal prior to the 2016 season, but that was the only season in which he played for the team. McClellin missed all of last season due to injury. Prior to coming to New England, McClellin played four seasons with the Bears, who chose him 19th overall in 2012. 

McClellin's biggest contribution with the Pats came when he blocked a Justin Tucker kick in Week 14 of the 2016 season against the Ravens.