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Could Broncos foil Patriots plans to bring back Demaryius Thomas?

Could Broncos foil Patriots plans to bring back Demaryius Thomas?

Though they released him on Saturday, the Patriots fully intend to bring Demaryius Thomas back onto their roster, according to a source.

We’ll see if the Denver Broncos beat them to it.

Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk reported early this morning that Denver is interested in bringing Thomas back to the team he played nine seasons for before being sent to the Texans at the trade deadline last season.

Even though Thomas had a very impressive return to action last Thursday in the Patriots final preseason game (seven catches, 87 yards and two TDs), he’s still getting up to top form as he comes off his Achilles injury. But now that the league has seen how close he is to that top form, interest may have been piqued.

As a vested veteran, Thomas does not have to pass through waivers before another team can sign him so his services are currently up for grabs.

The Patriots planned to release rookie wideout Gunner Olszewski before a change of heart brought him back into the fold. His ability to return punts may have factored into that decision since Julian Edelman’s dealing with an injured thumb.

If the Patriots were weighing the pros and cons of Thomas compared to Olszewski and opted for the rookie, it will be a nut punch if Denver is able to convince Thomas to re-sign with them.

Even if he isn’t yet up to full speed, Thomas shows promise as a viable option for Tom Brady among a group of wideouts littered with uncertainties.

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DeAngelo Hall calls himself 'greedy knucklehead' for not joining Patriots in 2009

DeAngelo Hall calls himself 'greedy knucklehead' for not joining Patriots in 2009

DeAngelo Hall was one of the top cornerbacks of his era and earned a lot of money and individual accolades, including three Pro Bowl selections. One thing missing from Hall's résumé is a Super Bowl ring, and that might not have been the case if he joined the New England Patriots in the middle of his career.

Hall isn't shy about saying one of the biggest regrets of his career was re-signing with the Washington Redskins instead of joining the Patriots in free agency after the 2008 season.

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"When I signed to play half the season with Washington in 2008, there was a line in my contract that said the team could not franchise tag me that next season. I remember negotiations for a new deal with Washington weren't going well, and there were other teams in the picture, including New England," Hall said, per an NFL.com article posted Tuesday. "At that time, players didn't take short-term deals, but Randy Moss had just signed a three-year, $27 million deal with the Patriots. I couldn't believe it.

"In my own contract discussions with the Pats, I recall Bill Belichick telling me they couldn't give me the contract Moss signed. Being a young and greedy knucklehead, I chose to stay in Washington on a long-term deal (six years, $54 million), which ultimately had me making the same per-year salary as Moss. Over a few million, I could've changed my legacy by being part of that dynasty. That was on the table for me, and I wish I would've made the decision to take less money and play for Belichick."

Hall played for the Redskins through the end of the 2017 season before retiring. The Redskins made two playoff appearances in that span -- NFC Wild Card Round losses in 2012 and 2015. The Patriots, over that same span, played in four Super Bowls and won two. New England's active playoff appearance streak of 11 seasons began in 2009, and it's the longest such streak in league history.

There's no guarantee Hall would've won a Super Bowl with the Patriots. They didn't win another Lombardi Trophy until Year 5 of Hall's six-year extension with the Redskins. But Hall definitely would've been a nice upgrade for the Patriots defense in the second half of his career.

How Patriots' Cam Newton, Mohamed Sanu became instant workout partners

How Patriots' Cam Newton, Mohamed Sanu became instant workout partners

It all seemed to happen so quickly.

The New England Patriots came out of the blue two Sundays ago to reportedly sign free-agent quarterback Cam Newton to a one-year contract. Two days later, Newton was throwing passes to Patriots wide receiver Mohamed Sanu during a workout session in Los Angeles.

So, how did quarterback and wide receiver link up so quickly in this era of physical distancing? According to Sanu's trainer, Drew Lieberman, they got lucky.

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"The day Cam signed, they were FaceTiming each other just talking about how excited they were," Lieberman told CLNS Media's Evan Lazar. "And Cam was like, ‘What are you doing this week?’ Mo said he was going to L.A. for the week, and Cam said, ‘Oh shoot, I’m about to be in L.A. too! Let’s link up.' "

What followed were a series of intense workouts at UCLA in which Newton and Sanu built some notable chemistry, according to Lieberman, a 2013 Wesleyan graduate who founded "The Sideline Hustle" and has worked with Sanu during the last two offseasons. 

"The biggest thing I was looking for wasn’t even football stuff," Lieberman told Lazar. "It was more like how do they vibe together, what was the chemistry like, and what’s the overall energy? That part of it was awesome." 

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Newton and Sanu share plenty in common: Both have ties to Atlanta -- Newton is an Atlanta native, while Sanu spends his offseasons there after playing four seasons for the Falcons -- and both are aiming to bounce back from injuries that required offseason surgery (Newton's foot and Sanu's ankle).

If both players can stay healthy in 2020, the QB and wide receiver could form a potent duo in a Patriots offense that could desperately use a jolt following Tom Brady's departure this offseason.

As for the quarterback who was supposed to take Brady's job? Sanu and Jarrett Stidham "talk almost every day," according to Lieberman, but have yet to meet up for an in-person workout.