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Golden Tate would 'love' to end up with Patriots as a free agent

Golden Tate would 'love' to end up with Patriots as a free agent

Golden Tate knows he's closer to the end than the beginning. He won't put a number on how many years he has left, but he knows he only has so many cracks at winning another Super Bowl ring to go along with the one he collected as a member of the Seahawks in 2013. 

If winning is what he wants, he was asked on the "Prostyle Podcast," what about signing with the Patriots? Tate is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins in March. 

"Man, I would love it," the veteran wide receiver said. "I would love it. That organization, they've proven to be champions year in and year out. They work hard, for sure. But you know where you're going to be at the end of the season. You're going to be looking at not going to the playoffs, but you're going to be looking at maybe a first-round bye, which is key. 

"You gotta admire that organization. They do things right. They've been doing it for a long, long, long time. So, I'd definitely love to be a part of something like that and catch a few passes from ol' Tommy Boy. Julian is a buddy of mine. I'm real good buddies with him and I've heard good things. Kyle Van Noy, who got traded from Detroit and has been there and has been balling out since, has said great things about the organization. I definitely would not mind going over there for sure."

Tate, who turns 31 in August, heads a relatively thin class of accomplished pass-catchers on the free-agent market this offseason. In 15 games last season with the Lions and Eagles (he was traded mid-season), Tate caught 74 passes for 795 yards and four scores.  

He'd be of particular interest to the Patriots for his ability to play both inside and out as well as his experience returning punts. Others in this year's free-agent class who could interest New England include slot receivers Cole Beasley, Adam Humphries and Jamison Crowder, who were discussed as potential fits on the latest Next Pats Podcast. 

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Bill Belichick releases statement on Patriots WR Josh Gordon's reinstatement

Bill Belichick releases statement on Patriots WR Josh Gordon's reinstatement

Patriots coach Bill Belichick released a statement the day after the NFL reinstated wide receiver Josh Gordon.

In typical Belichick fashion, it shed little light on Gordon's immediate future as he returns to the Patriots. The statement: 

For the past eight months, Josh’s situation has been entirely a league matter. When Josh returns to our program, we will evaluate the entire situation and do what we feel is best for Josh and the team.

Gordon is eligible to rejoin the team Sunday and take part in meetings. He won't be able to play in the Patriots' third preseason game Thursday at Gillette Stadium against the Carolina Panthers and, per the NFL statement Friday, needs to "make appropriate progress on clinical care and other arrangements" to remain eligible.

When Gordon was again suspended back in December, Belichick opened his press conference the next day by wishing Gordon the best, saying, "It's an unfortunate situation. I hope he is able to deal with it successfully."

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Patriots WR Josh Gordon's fantasy value soars after his reinstatement

Patriots WR Josh Gordon's fantasy value soars after his reinstatement

Josh Gordon's reinstatement by the NFL and his return to the Patriots has not only given the New England's receiving corps a potential lift, but has risen his fantasy value as well.

Before the reinstatement, Gordon's average draft position, according to FantasyPros, was 176. His draft rank there now is 75, with CBSSports.com's Chris Towers moving him into the Top 30 and Tom Brady moving up draft boards now that he again has Gordon as a target. 

Still, there's always the risk for Gordon to be suspended again, as he has throughout his NFL career, including last season with the Patriots, when he missed the final two games of the regular season and three playoffs.

He played 11 regular-season games for the Patriots and made 40 catches for 720 yards. He led the NFL in yards per reception (18.0) among receivers who've played at least 50 percent of their team's snaps.

Still, in fantasy terms, he only cleared double-digit points four times with four five-catch games and two 100-yard games. 

The Sporting News had Gordon as the 33rd-best WR in fantasy points per game last season. His 40/720/3 TD season extrapolated to a full 16 games, per Towers, has him at 72/1300/9, which would've made him the No. 13 WR last season. 

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