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Bill Belichick lauds retiring Urban Meyer as 'great man' and 'good friend'

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Bill Belichick lauds retiring Urban Meyer as 'great man' and 'good friend'

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick and Urban Meyer are still close, in case you were wondering.

Belichick hasn't drafted a player coached by Meyer since 2014, when he dipped into the pool of available Florida Gators twice to take first-round defensive lineman Dominique Easley and sixth-round offensive lineman Jon Halapio. 

But on Wednesday, one day after Meyer's final game coaching Ohio State -- Meyer is stepping down, citing health reasons -- Belichick praised the Buckeyes boss.

"Go back a long way with Urban," Belichick said. "Talk to him multiple times every season. Have great respect and appreciation for what he's done -- the national championships and the programs that he's built . . .

"Great man. Has had tremendous success. Has been a good friend. Have great admiration for what he's done."

Belichick is of course keenly aware that Meyer's name has been in the news for the better part of the last six months because of how he handled domestic abuse allegations against a former assistant coach. Meyer was suspended for the first three games of the season after an investigation into the situation. 

But Belichick's loyalty to his friend was apparent at his most recent press conference. 

There was a time when Belichick seemed to be ushering Meyer-coached players to New England on a semi-annual basis. Nate Ebner, Jermaine Cunningham, Brandon Spikes, Aaron Hernandez, Chad Jackson and Jeremy Mincey were all drafted by Belichick in a seven-year span.

Though it's been years since Belichick selected one of Meyer's players in the draft, he has attended the Ohio State pro day, and he spoke at the school's coaching clinic last year. There Belichick discussed, among other things, how having role players like Ebner can help build a successful program.

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Could we have predicted Michael Bennett's suspension?

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Could we have predicted Michael Bennett's suspension?

Should the Patriots have seen the Michael Bennett suspension coming? Josh McDaniels on N'Keal Harry, Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry break down WR trade targets and more...

2:18 - Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the one-game suspension the Patriots placed on Michael Bennett after an apparent "philosophical disagreement" the defensive end had with coaches last week. Did the Patriots know what they were getting into when they signed him?

16:27 - N'Keal Harry returned the practice field after sitting out the first six games of the regular season. Josh McDaniels answers Tom's questions about how much the Patriots are able to rely on the rookie receiver.

27:53 - Tom and Phil cycle through which receivers are out there that the Patriots are likely targeting before the trade deadline.

35:53 - Rob Gronkowski may have finally put an end to the possibility of his return with the comments he made on WEEI. Tom talks about why it's finally time for Patriots fans to let him go.

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Report: Jaguars trade CB Jalen Ramsey to Rams

Report: Jaguars trade CB Jalen Ramsey to Rams

One month after requesting a trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jalen Ramsey got his wish.

The star cornerback was traded to the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday for two first-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021 and a fourth-rounder in 2021, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The news comes on the heels of the Rams trading veteran CB Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens and placing Aqib Talib on injured reserve on Tuesday.

Ramsey's move to the NFC is great news for the Patriots, as New England won't have to worry about the two-time Pro Bowler helping out the Kansas City Chiefs' scuffling defense after they were rumored to be one of his suitors.

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