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What story does Kraft-Belichick dinner picture tell?

What story does Kraft-Belichick dinner picture tell?

If Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft wanted privacy on Tuesday night, they could have easily found it. Instead, the two men dined at Davio’s in Patriot Place. Not in a booth. Not in a private room. At a table in the dining room.  

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Predictably, they were spotted and photos of the dinner confab were shared on social media.

With everyone blinking in disbelief at news Josh McDaniels was remaining with the Patriots, the import of the public dinner meeting was overlooked.

Both men know the speculation that’s swirled about their relationship over the past few months. There’s always going to be a natural tension with Belichick. Part of his brilliance is being unconventional yet decisive. I wouldn’t ever dispute the appreciation he has for Robert and Jonathan Kraft in allowing him to run the team as he sees fit -- as I’ve heard them say, “He’s earned that right . . . " -- but his interest in explaining every move is minimal and he gives off that vibe. Especially during the season and -- speculating here -- especially during this particular season.

Kraft, meanwhile, owns the business (which he reminded reporters of last week). And while he gives Belichick the latitude to run the football team as he sees fit during the season, he’ll going to have questions  and want answers.

I won’t guess what was discussed over the warm and delicious Davio’s spring rolls. Could have been Malcolm Butler sitting for the Super Bowl. Could have been Belichick’s exit strategy in a couple of years. Could have been getting a new rug in the locker room (that thing is dank).

But the fact they met in the open implies they wanted the public to see there is no fissure. Or at least that promised postseason conversations between all Patriots principals -- Kraft, Belichick and Tom Brady -- are underway.

Sources explained to me that Josh McDaniels’ decision to stay was tied entirely to clarity about the direction of the Patriots.

He didn’t know where his future stood with the team. He didn’t know what Belichick’s future plans were. He didn’t know if he was first in line, somewhere in line or in line at all in a possible succession plan.  He’d asked for a status report prior to the end of the regular season and felt it was ambiguous. Which is why he decided to move on.

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The unified Kraft-Belichick front that spent Monday and Tuesday convincing McDaniels to stay (and making sure it would be worth it for him to take the heat he’s currently taking) is an excellent sign for the franchise in the wake of a tension-filled, drama-stuffed 2017 season.

The painful loss to the Eagles in a game that was there for the taking is a cut that’s still fresh. Belichick will have to sort through that with his players.

But the image of Kraft and Belichick breaking bread in public tells a story of air being cleared and tension being addressed.

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David Harris retires after 11 seasons with Jets, Patriots

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David Harris retires after 11 seasons with Jets, Patriots

David Harris's 11-year run in the NFL has come to an end. 

On Friday, the linebacker announced his retirement from the game of football after spending 10 seasons with the Jets and one with the Patriots. 

The Jets drafted Harris with the 47th pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. In his rookie season, he racked up 5 sacks and 127 total tackles. His breakout rookie season was an clear indication of the solid player he would become over the course of his career. 

Although he neither won a Super Bowl, nor made it to a Pro Bowl, the linebacker served as a focal point on a Rex Ryan defense that appeared in two AFC Championships in 2010 and 2011. 

When he was released in 2017, the 34-year-old made a career choice to sign with the Patriots to compete for a Super Bowl.

He didn't go out a champion, but a trip to the Super Bowl was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for one of the most underrated linebackers of the past decade. 

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What was Odell Beckham Jr. telling Kyrie Irving?

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What was Odell Beckham Jr. telling Kyrie Irving?

Admittedly, the audio is poor but the idea is no less intriguing.

Was Odell Beckham Jr. telling Kyrie Irving at NBA All-Star Weekend that he's trying to go to the Patriots? Or to Boston? Or New England? 

It's 23 seconds into the video below: 

Isaiah Houde of USA TODAY's PatriotsWire interprets it as: "You went to the Celtics and I’m trying to go to New England."

Beckham has had a few Instagram posts about Brady recently, including an exchange of rap lyrics back in December. 

🐐chasin.

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Unless there's a trade between the Patriots and Giants, Beckham, 25, the three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, won't be free to join Kyrie in New England - or was it Boston? - until the four-year deal he signed in 2014 ends after this season. Oh, and as he enters that 2019 season, Tom Brady will be 42. 

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