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Bruce Arians: Tom Brady, Antonio Brown reunion with Bucs 'not gonna happen'

Bruce Arians: Tom Brady, Antonio Brown reunion with Bucs 'not gonna happen'

Tom Brady likes the idea of playing football with Antonio Brown. He's kept in touch with the one-time (a very brief time) Patriot since Brown was released by New England last season. The two connected with each other as recently as Super Bowl week, according to our Tom E. Curran. 

But Brady and Brown will not be making any on-the-field connections any time soon. Bucs coach Bruce Arians told the Tiki and Tierney Show in no uncertain terms that Brown will not be joining his team.

"Yeah, it's not gonna happen," Arians said. "It's not gonna happen. There's no room. And probably not enough money. It's just not gonna happen. It's not a fit here."

Show host Brandon Tierney pressed Arians on the subject, asking him whether he'd have the same opinion of Brown if the wideout was willing to take a league-minimum salary. 

"No," Arians said, flatly. "I just know him, and it's not a fit in our locker room."

Arians and Brown crossed paths in Pittsburgh during the 2010 and 2011 seasons -- Brown's first two in the NFL -- when Arians was the Steelers offensive coordinator. 

Brady, of course, will have plenty of talent at his disposal in 2020. Even if Brown has no shot of reuniting with the future Hall-of-Fame quarterback. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin have an argument as the game's most dynamic receiving duo, and tight ends O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate are more than capable options at that position. 

The Bucs own the No. 14 pick in the draft and could have their choice of one of the top receivers in the draft class if they were insistent upon surrounding Brady with as much pass-catching talent as possible this year. 

Brown, though, it's clear, is not going to be part of that plan.

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Patriots WR Julian Edelman won't be prosecuted for vandalism charge

Patriots WR Julian Edelman won't be prosecuted for vandalism charge

It looks like Julian Edelman got a little lucky.

The Patriots wide receiver will not be prosecuted for the misdemeanor vandalism charge filed against him in January, according to a report shared by ESPN's Mike Reiss. 

Edelman was arrested in Beverly Hills for jumping on the hood of a car one week after the Patriots 20-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans in wild-card action. 

The 33-year-old was scheduled to appear in court on April 13, but the owner of the vehicle stated that all damages had been paid for and he doesn't wish to press charges.

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"The owner of the vehicle has informed the DA's Office that he does not want the arrestee to be prosecuted for the proposed vandalism charge," the official filing said, according to Reiss. "The arrestee has no known criminal history. Case filing declined in the interests of justice."

Edelman had been out to dinner with former Patriot Danny Amendola and former Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce before the incident occurred. 

 

2020 NFL mock draft roundup: Latest Patriots first-round pick predictions

2020 NFL mock draft roundup: Latest Patriots first-round pick predictions

The New England Patriots roster has taken a few hits in free agency, and the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft will allow head coach Bill Belichick to address those roster weaknesses. 

Legendary quarterback Tom Brady headlines the list of Patriots departures this offseason, but many other players have departed New England as free agents over the last month. Included in that group are a few important defensive players, such as linebackers Jamie Collins and Kyle Van Noy.

Replacing these players won't be easy, but fortunately for the Patriots, they own 12 picks in the 2020 Draft. We're only about two weeks away from the beginning of the draft, so let's take a look at which players experts predict the Patriots will target with the 23rd pick in Round 1.

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