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Cole Beasley defends decision not to join Patriots in tweet response to Cowboys fan

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Cole Beasley defends decision not to join Patriots in tweet response to Cowboys fan

Cole Beasley revealed Thursday the New England Patriots were one of three teams he considered before making a final decision on where to sign in NFL free agency.

He ultimately chose the Buffalo Bills, which was a strange decision to some fans. How so? Well, the Bills had one of the league's worst passing offenses last season under rookie quarterback Josh Allen. The Patriots are coming off a sixth Super Bowl championship and quarterback Tom Brady shows few signs of slowing down. These teams are clearly at opposite ends of the NFL spectrum.

A Cowboys fan recently tweeted at Beasley his disbelief over the wide receiver not picking the Patriots. Beasley responded by challenging the notion that going to the Patriots would guarantee a championship.

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Beasley's right, the Patriots are not a guaranteed ring, but you still have a better shot to win a Super Bowl in New England than anywhere else. The Patriots have won a third of all Super Bowls in the last 18 years, and they have played in the AFC Championship Game 13 times over that same span.

Beasley reached the playoffs three times in seven seasons with the Cowboys and never made it past the divisional round. 

The veteran wideout did well in free agency, signing a four-year contract worth $27 million with Buffalo. But it's hard to imagine him ever winning a Super Bowl with the Bills, but as we've seen numerous times in free agency, winning isn't always the No. 1 priority for these players, and there's nothing wrong with that.

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Lombardi doesn't see a 'Day 1 starter' at QB in this draft

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Lombardi doesn't see a 'Day 1 starter' at QB in this draft

If anyone could provide insight into what Bill Belichick and the Patriots might be thinking on the eve of the NFL draft, it's Michael Lombardi. The former Pats staffer and Belichick confidant once dubbed "one of the smartest people I know" by the coach.

Lombardi joined Phil Perry this week on "The Next Pats Podcast" to look ahead to a draft he doesn't seem enamored with - particularly at quarterback for those thinking the heir to Tom Brady might be selected this weekend.

Lombardi was on Belichick's staff the last time that attempt was made - when Jimmy Garoppolo was drafted in 2014.

"Tom has defeated Father Time," Lombardi told Perry. "When we drafted Jimmy Garoppolo in 2014, did anybody think Tom would last another five years?  Anybody who said yes, other than Tom, probably wasn't telling the truth. Tom's just remarkable..."

As for this draft class of QBs, Lombardi said: "I'm not sure there's a quarterback in this draft, [rumored No. 1 pick Kyler] Murray included, who doesn't have some kind of fault in them...I have a hard time looking at this draft and saying [of the QBs] this guy's a Day 1 starter or a Pro Bowl player. "

Lombardi echoed Belichick's comments at the coach's pre-draft meeting with the media about the difficulty involved in evaluating college passers because of the level of competition they're coming from.

"Nobody ever talks about the level of competition and that's really the challenge of evaluating college players," Lombardi said. "When you watch pro players it's easy because they're going against other pro players."

And what might the Pats be looking for tomorrow night with pick No. 32? Lombardi sees them leaning toward defense.

"I think the thing about the Patriots is they realize that they've got to get a good player at 32," he told Perry. "If it's a corner that they like, that can come in and play a role for them this year, I think they could pick the corner. If there happened to be a linebacker or a defensive end that could rush, they can do that. It's going to be what the player's skill set is, what he could do this year and what impact he could utilize within there. You know there's always the chance he [Belichick] could trade down for more second-round picks."

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Julian Edelman recruits Zion Williamson to be new Patriots tight end

Julian Edelman recruits Zion Williamson to be new Patriots tight end

Zion Williamson in all likelihood will be the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, but Julian Edelman still made his best pitch for the Duke standout to join the Patriots instead.

Edelman tweeted out a photoshopped image of Williamson holding up a Patriots jersey with Robert and Jonathan Kraft, and he let the 6-foot-10 18-year-old know about the Pats' open tight end position.

Edelman isn't the only Patriot recruiting athletes from other sports to take Rob Gronkowski's place at tight end. Tom Brady did the same Tuesday night with Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara.

As for how the Patriots are realistically filling Gronk's void, they signed both Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Matt LaCosse in free agency. They also could look to add more depth at the position via the NFL Draft, which begins on Thursday.

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