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Curran: Pats talked to teams about trading Gronk in offseason

Curran: Pats talked to teams about trading Gronk in offseason

Although Friday's rumors involving Rob Gronkowski proved to be untrue, that doesn't mean the Patriots never considered parting ways with their prized tight end.

NBC Sports Boston Patriots insider Tom E. Curran stated on Boston Sports Tonight that the Patriots talked to teams about trading Gronk during the offseason.

"I do know that during this offseason the Patriots have talked to teams about dealing Rob Gronkowski," Curran said. "I have league sources who told me that. I've also been told locally that there are conversations between the Patriots and multiple teams throughout the offseason and they push back at the notion of Rob Gronkowski being 'shocked.'"

"However, he was absolutely spoken about in trade conversations...  At this juncture, the notion of an imminent trade which I reported 'zero chance of that happening' is where we are. So Gronk's not going anywhere, but that doesn't mean that the opportunity was not out there for that to have happened."

Mike Giardi echoed Curran's claim, adding that the Patriots "were intent on moving up the draft board" but Gronkowski's meeting with Belichick scrubbed any potential deal.

Despite the offseason talks and the chaos that ensued on Friday, all signs point to No. 87 staying in New England for the foreseeable future.

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New Jersey likes Patriots' chances to win Super Bowl LIII

New Jersey likes Patriots' chances to win Super Bowl LIII

New Jersey is officially open for sports betting, the third American state to do so, and if you're wondering how the oddsmakers are sizing up the New England Patriots, there's not much drama.

Taking in the scene at Monmouth Park on the first day of legalized sports betting in New Jersey, Sports Illustrated's Conor Orr relayed these odds for winning Super Bowl LIII next February in Atlanta.

Not surprisingly, the defending AFC champs lead the way at 6 to 1. But perhaps most surprisingly, the Browns don't have the worst odds in the NFL. Yes, despite an embarrassing 1-31 record over the last two seasons, the Browns currently have better odds than the Cardinals, Redskins, Dolphins and even the Bills, who are coming off their first postseason appearance in 18 years.

More Brady with Oprah: 'There's definitely an end coming...'

More Brady with Oprah: 'There's definitely an end coming...'

For those of you not spending your Father's Day watching Tom Brady's sit-down with Oprah Winfrey at 11 a.m. on Oprah's OWN channel, we have some more highlights that were released a day ahead of the show, including the Patriots quarterback seeing an end coming to his playing career "sooner, rather than later."

“I think about it more now than I used to,” Brady, who turns 41 Aug. 3, when asked about life after football.  “I think I’m seeing there’s definitely an end coming sooner, rather than later.”

"Is that end 43? 45?" Winfrey asks. 

As long as I’m still loving it,” he said. “As long as I’m loving the training and the preparation and willing to make the commitment. But it’s also, I think what I alluded to a lot in the docu-series [“Tom vs. Time” on Facebook], there’s other things happening in my life, too. I do have kids that I love, and I don’t want to be a dad that’s not there, driving my kids to their games. My kids have brought a great perspective in my life. Kids just want the attention. You better be there. And be available to them.”

Here's that clip:

In another excerpt, Brady bristles at being called the Greatest Of All Time - i.e. The GOAT.

"I don’t feel that way. I’m not attached to that feeling,” Brady said. “I don’t care whether people think that or not. I want to be the best that I can be. I know when I go out there, it’s not to compare myself to this guy or that guy. Everyone plays good.”

Brady, who skipped the voluntary portion of Patriots workouts in May, attended mini-camp June 5-7, then missed the abbreviated voluntary sessions last week, mentions that he was "practicing the last two days." 

“I still feel like I’m in it. I still feel like I’m doing it. There’s still more to be accomplished,” Brady said. “I was practicing the last two days, working on my technique, on my fundamentals, all the things with my training. I still feel like I can be better, be a percentage better. I’ve played a long time. It’s not like you go, ‘Hey man, I’m going to become something different.’ I am what I am. I know my strengths. I’ve improved on some of the weaknesses and I still think I want to go out there and compete and play with a bunch of 22-year-olds.”

For earlier highlights, where TB12 discusses the NFL players' protests during the national anthem, spirituality and his marriage to supermodel Gisele Bundchen, click here. 

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