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Antonio Brown-to-Bills trade is officially dead, Buffalo GM says

Antonio Brown-to-Bills trade is officially dead, Buffalo GM says

We finally have clarity on the Antonio Brown/Buffalo Bills saga, and it comes straight from the source.

Bills general manager Brandon Beane said in a statement Friday morning that trade discussions involving Brown ultimately "didn’t make sense for either side" and that Buffalo has "moved on" from the star Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver.

Beane's statement comes after a confusing night of conflicting reports. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported late Thursday night the Bills were "closing in" on a trade with Pittsburgh for Brown, a report Brown himself denied on Instagram.

Schefter and The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci followed up with reports that the trade appeared "unlikely," with Schefter citing a source saying the trade was never close to happening.

Friday morning, though, Rapoport insisted the Bills' talks with the Steelers intensified late Thursday night before finally falling through.

Got all that?

New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who would have squared off against Brown twice per season had the wideout come to Buffalo, seemed amused by the whole situation on Twitter.

Alas, it appears Brown still isn't going anywhere, as Pittsburgh seems intent on trading the All-Pro receiver but now is back to square one with free agency beginning a week from Friday.

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The Best at 32: Top NFL Draft picks taken with 32nd selection

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The Best at 32: Top NFL Draft picks taken with 32nd selection

The Patriots will have a long wait on Thursday night before they are on the clock for their first pick of the 2019 NFL Draft.

It's a position they've found themselves in before. This will be the fourth time in the last 15 years that they've owned the 32nd overall pick. (It would have been the fifth time, but DeflateGate cost them a first-round pick in 2017.)

Will Bill Belichick be able to find some top-tier talent? Tom E. Curran looked at past drafts, and found that some teams have managed to strike gold with pick number 32, though it's far from a sure bet.

Check out Tom's list of the Top 15 players taken at No. 32 overall.>>>>

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NFL draft rumors: Patriots have shown a 'ton of interest' in QB Will Grier

NFL draft rumors: Patriots have shown a 'ton of interest' in QB Will Grier

The New England Patriots currently are slated to close out the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft with pick No. 32, and after passing on Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson in a similar spot in last year's draft, could they use this season's first-rounder to select Tom Brady's eventual successor?

Grier is one of the top quarterbacks in the 2019 NFL Draft and could be selected anywhere from the mid-to-late first round to the early portion of the second round. What level of interest do the Patriots have in Grier with Thursday night's first round fast approaching? Tony Pauline of Draft Analyst reported an update Monday:

The New England Patriots have shown a ton of interest in Grier and could draft him as the first round closes out. The New York Giants also like Grier, and he could be their fallback plan if they don’t take a signal caller in Round 1. The Carolina Panthers also have an infatuation with Grier and will consider him in the second round.

Would the Patriots really take Grier in Round 1, or is this a smokescreen designed to trip up opposing front offices?

The Patriots do need a quarterback of the future. Contrary to what we've seen from Tom Brady in recent seasons, the 41-year-old quarterback will, at some point, start to break down and eventually retire. There aren't any great candidates already on the roster to play the role of Brady's successor, so drafting a QB this weekend makes a lot of sense for New England.

Grier played really well for the Mountaineers last season. He completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,864 yards with 34 touchdown passes and eight interceptions. He reportedly visited with the Patriots earlier this month, as did Duke quarterback Daniel Jones. Missouri quarterback Drew Lock could be available on Day 2 of the draft as well.

Click here for our final 2019 Patriots mock draft roundup>>>

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