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Are Colts in contact with Tom Brady? Report refutes 'made up' rumor

Are Colts in contact with Tom Brady? Report refutes 'made up' rumor

The Tom Brady rumor mill is in full churn at the NFL Scouting Combine, but one interested party would like it to slow down.

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Brady's agent, Don Yee, is meeting with teams like the Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders and Indianapolis Colts at the Combine as the New England Patriots quarterback nears free agency.

Late Thursday night, however, The Athletic's Stephen Holder cited a source who refuted that the Colts were involved with Brady.

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But a league source strongly denied the Colts have engaged in any discussions with Brady’s camp. The source said such a story was "made up."

The Colts have current quarterback (and former Brady backup) Jacoby Brissett under contract for 2020, but could be looking for an upgrade after going 7-9 last season.

In fact, Holder also reported that Indy is vetting Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers ahead of his pending free agency.

The Colts would be a decent fit for Brady: They boast a strong offensive line, a talented defense and more cap space than every NFL team beside the Miami Dolphins.

The latest rumblings suggest the Tennessee Titans and Raiders both are ahead of Indy in the Brady sweepstakes, though, and it's notable that Holder's source so adamantly denied any contact between the Colts and Brady.

"Does that mean the Colts would be disinterested if Brady does, in fact, hit the open market?" Holder wrote. "That’s a very different question, one with an unclear answer."

For what it's worth, Colts general manager Chris Ballard gave a "no comment" when asked if his team would consider signing Brady on March 18.

"Great career, though," he added.

Happy 3-28, Patriots fans! That could mean only one thing

Happy 3-28, Patriots fans! That could mean only one thing

While this quarantined life most of us have been living has some of us losing track of dates and even days of the week, here's a reminder that it is indeed March 28.

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That would be 3-28.

And in New England, 3-28 brings to mind one thing.

Super Bowl LI.

The Patriots, of course, were on the 3 end, and the Atlanta Falcons 28, when late in the third quarter, New England's comeback began. The rest is happy history for Patriots fans. 

So, on 3-28, guess what's trending on Twitter? It's Saturday, by the way. 

New Orleans Saints fans like to remind their NFC South rivals what day it is, too:

To get a good look at the comeback, you can tune into FOX Sunday at 3 when the Patriots' 34-28 victory is re-aired.

 

Report: Patriots do FaceTime interviews with NFL Draft prospects

Report: Patriots do FaceTime interviews with NFL Draft prospects

As a result of the coronavirus crisis, FaceTiming has become the way of the world for NFL teams interviewing college prospects ahead of the April 23-25 draft.

The Patriots are no exception. They've held FaceTime interviews with several players, Justin Melo of Draft Wire reports. Among them LSU guard Damien Lewis, Boise State offensive tackle Ezra Cleveland and Michigan State defensive line teammates Kenny Willekes and Raequan Williams.

Lewis, 6-foot-3, 322 pounds, was a second-team All-SEC selection and part of a unit for the national champion Tigers that won the Joe Moore Award as the nation's best college O-line. He projects as a "scheme-specific" starter by The Draft Network, better in a pass-heavy offense.

Cleveland, 6-6, 311, is projected as a mid-round pick. One of the draft's more athletic tackles, he ran a 4.93 40-yard-dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, the only O-lineman to crack 5.00. 

Willekes, 6-4, 252,  returned from a broken leg for his senior season and earned a second-team All-Big Ten spot after leading the Spartans with 16 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks and is projected as high as a late first-rounder. Williams, 6-4, 300,  is projected as Day 3 project type pick by NFL.com.