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Long asked Jones for blessing to wear No. 95 with Patriots

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Long asked Jones for blessing to wear No. 95 with Patriots

Chris Long has gotten a head start on one of the many processes that come along with joining a new team: jersey number selection. 

The new Patriots defensive end, who signed with the team last week, has worn No. 91 over the course of his last four seasons in St. Louis. However, that number is currently in use by Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins. That means it's time for Long to seek out some new digits. 

One of the numbers eligible for someone who plays Long's position is No. 95, which was worn by Chandler Jones since 2012. Now that Jones has been dealt to the Cardinals, however, it's up for grabs. 

Long, who has gone back and forth with fans on Twitter on the number he should choose, said that he asked Jones if it would be all right for him to take Jones' old number. Even though Long has spent more years in the league, and even though Jones is in Arizona, he still felt as though he should ask for permission. 

 


Long could also potentially seek out his dad's old number. Hall of Fame defensive lineman Howie Long wore No. 75 during his 13-year career with the Raiders in the 1980s and 1990s. That number was most recently worn in New England by Vince Wilfork, and Long showed some hesitancy in making that his choice. 

 

Tom Brady had a great retort for 'Madden NFL 20' over high-five snub

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Tom Brady had a great retort for 'Madden NFL 20' over high-five snub

Tom Brady's social media game hasn't lost a step this offseason.

EA Sports released a teaser video for its "Madden NFL 20" video game that incredibly featured footage of the New England Patriots quarterback getting snubbed on a high-five attempt.

That's a pretty savage move ... and one that didn't go unnoticed by Brady, who fired back the perfect retort on his Instagram story.

Well played, Tom.

The "Madden Curse" used to be a real thing, as players like Rob Gronkowski and Peyton Hillis either got hurt or fell into obscurity after gracing the "Madden" cover. (Yes, Peyton Hillis was on a "Madden" cover.)

But Brady smashed the curse in 2017, winning NFL MVP honors after landing on the "Madden NFL 18" cover.

The 41-year-old QB also left a zinger for EA Sports in the Instagram comment section, where teammate Julian Edelman came to his defense, as well.

This is the second day in a row Brady has fired off a Madden-related barb on social media, so if you're going to take a shot at the GOAT, be prepared for battle.

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Report: 40% chance of Rob Gronkowski 'unretirement'

Report: 40% chance of Rob Gronkowski 'unretirement'

Rob Gronkowski and Brett Favre don't have much in common...yet. 

Pro Football Talk reporter Mike Florio compared the two on Tuesday after a source close to the retired tight end told Florio there's a 40% chance of Gronkowski coming back in 2019. Florio noted that a possible appeal from Tom Brady and an itch to get back to playing football could eventually sway Gronkowski out of retirement. Florio also speculates that Gronkowski may come back for the "good stuff," the end of the season and playoffs.

"For now, Gronk isn’t thinking about football," Florio writes. "He’s enjoying his life, he doesn’t need the money, and he’s having a blast. The question becomes whether Gronkowski misses his teammates and/or the games after August becomes September. While he won’t miss dealing with training camp and the preseason, he could miss the game once they start playing games that count."

Since retiring from the NFL, Gronkowski has posted cryptic messages about coming back on social media, chatted up Drew Brees at the ESPYs about apparently coming back, and caught passes from Tom Brady at UCLA, fueling comeback speculation. 

Separately, sources have told Florio that New England head coach Bill Belichick has been supportive of Gronkowski, and has developed a softer, more "player-friendly" approach as his Super Bowl rings pile up. 

Still, until Gronkowski decides definitively one way or another, the Brett Favre-esque retire-unretire speculation will continue. 

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