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Are Odell Beckham-to-Patriots rumors legit? These NFL odds suggest so

Are Odell Beckham-to-Patriots rumors legit? These NFL odds suggest so

We've seen some smoke around Odell Beckham Jr. and the New England Patriots over the years.

And one oddsmaker isn't ruling out some fire.

There have been rumblings that the Cleveland Browns could trade the star wide receiver next offseason if their 2-6 record doesn't improve and Beckham's unhappiness persists.

Amid those rumblings, the oddsmaker SportsLine put out odds Thursday night for which team will employ Beckham at the start of the 2020 season.

Guess who had the best odds outside Cleveland?

Beckham has a potential opt-out in his contract for 2020, but New England likely would need to acquire him via trade. He's owed $60 million over the next four years, so he wouldn't come cheap, but $15 million per year isn't breaking the bank for a player of Beckham's caliber.

As for the Patriots connection: The three-time Pro Bowler has gushed about Tom Brady and the Patriots since he entered the league with the New York Giants and gave the Patriots quarterback a pair of custom cleats following their Week 8 matchup.

Brady stuck around after that game to meet with Beckham, so the respect is mutual, and the 42-year-old QB obviously would love throwing to a dynamic playmaker like Beckham.

A lot would need to happen for a Beckham trade to the Patriots -- the Browns would have to be willing to deal with New England, and Bill Belichick would have to give up key assets -- but after the team signed Antonio Brown earlier this season, it seems all bets are off. (Or in this case, on.)

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Report: Pats' punishments for videotaping could include fines, draft picks

Report: Pats' punishments for videotaping could include fines, draft picks

While the investigation into the New England Patriots' illicit videotaping of the Cincinnati Bengals' sideline last weekend is ongoing, The Washington Post's Mark Maske is reporting that the punishment could be aligned in severity with similiar game-day violations committed by other NFL teams in recent years.

That means fines in the range of six figures and/or a reduced round value on a draft pick — or worse still, the loss of one altogether:

"The NFL is likely to penalize the New England Patriots for their admitted violation of league video policy last weekend and is contemplating disciplinary measures in line with those imposed on teams in recent seasons for infractions of game-day rules, according to people familiar with the deliberations.

That could mean a fine in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and potentially the loss or reduction in value of a draft choice, typically a lower-level pick."

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Looking for something similar to what the Patriots were levied for Spygate? Maske points out that punishment was clearly an exception, not a guardrail:

The Patriots have admitted wrongdoing in last Sunday's incident in Cleveland, in which a credentialed Patriots video crew member was caught filming the Bengals' sideline during their game against the Browns. New England has said the camera crew was there to feature a scout as part of their "Do Your Job" video series.

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Report: Julian Edelman, Ted Karras make trip with Patriots, Cowart out for Bengals game

Report: Julian Edelman, Ted Karras make trip with Patriots, Cowart out for Bengals game

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman and center Ted Karras, who were each listed as questionable with injuries, made the trip to Cincinnati with the team Saturday but backup defensive tackle Byron Cowart was downgraded to out with a concussion, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Edelman, the team's leading receiver, has been battling shoulder and ankle injuries. Karras, the starting center, missed the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday with a knee injury. Both were limited in practice this week. 

The Patriots (10-3), coming off back-to-back losses to the Houston Texans and Chiefs, play the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m.