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If Dez wants the Pats, shouldn't the Pats want him?

If Dez wants the Pats, shouldn't the Pats want him?

Dez Bryant might not be a superstar anymore. His per-game numbers have been on the decline since his injury-shortened 2015 season. He can be a pain in the ass. 

But he wants to play for the Patriots and maybe for cheap*. That's good enough for me. Sign the guy and find the answers to those questions later. 
 

As you no doubt have heard by now, the nearly 30-year-old free agent receiver tweeted this Sunday: 

There were also several other tweets suggesting he's still not over the whole Cowboys thing, but let's focus on the Patriots. 

If a veteran signs after Week 1, only 25 percent of his salary is guaranteed. That could be appealing to the teams that opted not to knock his socks off with an offer prior to the season. 

Which brings us to money and the asterisk I tossed into that earlier graf. Bryant reportedly rejected a three-year, $21 million contract from the Ravens and later passed on a pact from the Browns reportedly worth under $5 million a year. A couple of weeks ago, Mike Florio reported that Bryant was "believed by some to be waiting for a better team." 

You can't take that last part, add in Sunday's tweet and not think the Pats have a chance of getting this guy on a one-year deal with little guaranteed money. Bryant's at least interested in the team, money aside. The Patriots, coming off a game in which only one wide receiver had more than one reception(!), could clearly use a body at the position, especially if it comes with Bryant's talent. 

And the talent's been there throughout Bryant's career. Hell, Belichick should know more than most how good Bryant is. The Pats drafted his college quarterback Zac Robinson back in 2010 and he was rough. Couldn't complete passes. Didn't make it out of camp. Know what probably got Robinson drafted? Bryant being able to catch his not-so-great passes. If Bryant still has it, imagine him with Tom Brady throwing him the ball. 

There are obvious reasons to be wary, but Belichick has proven fearless when it comes to acquiring wideouts. He's shown with Phillip Dorsett, Cordarrelle Patterson and Michael Floyd that they're interested in first-round receivers even if they weren't "hits." He certainly showed with Randy Moss that he'd take on a "diva" receiver if the price was right. Hell, he traded a first-round pick for a ball-hungry wideout less than two years ago. 

Signing Bryant would fall in line with a lot of those moves. He'd be taking advantage of an opportunity to add talent on the cheap, and if the guy proves to be a nuisance, he'll be gone with the Pats having lost nothing but a relatively small amount of money. It's worth the risk. 

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Roger Goodell gives update on Patriots investigation, Antonio Brown and more

Roger Goodell gives update on Patriots investigation, Antonio Brown and more

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell met with reporters Wednesday at the league meeting in Dallas and provided updates on several different topics, including the ongoing investigation into the New England Patriots.

Here are the answers to some of the questions Goodell was asked.

On the Patriots-Bengals investigation...
The New England Patriots are being investigated by the NFL after a video crew taped the Cincinnati Bengals' sideline at last Sunday's Week 14 game in Cleveland. The Patriots said in a statement that the video crew was set there to shoot footage for an upcoming episode of their "Do Your Job" web series. 

There is no set timetable for when the investigation will be concluded, according to Goodell.

"I've actually been down here almost the entire time," Goodell said. "I only had an opportunity to spend some time with a couple of our staff. Obviously, it's under review. We're going to be thorough. We'll take our time and make sure we look at everything that's pertinent here, and then we'll make a decision."

Will the Patriots' history of illegal videotaping (a.k.a. Spygate) play a factor in this current investigation?

“Of course. That's a factor,” Goodell said. “But I think the key things are the new information that we have — that (old) information, we obviously already had. I think the issue is what information do we have from this incident.”

Does Goodell anticipate a conclusion to the investigation by the end of the season?

"I don't have any anticipation," he said. "We're going to be thorough. We're going to get all the facts. We'll go from there."

On the Antonio Brown investigation...
The investigation into the allegations made against former Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown has not concluded. Goodell noted investigators still have more work to do before giving the league an update.

“They still have not completed the investigation,” Goodell said. “The investigators did; I did not meet with Antonio. They have more work to do. They are following up on that. I will get an update when they have more information.”

Brown was released by the Patriots on Sept. 20 after a brief 11-day tenure in New England.

On the possibility of reseeding in the playoffs...
It's looking increasingly likely that the winner of the NFC East -- the Dallas Cowboys or Philadelphia Eagles -- will finish with a losing record, but based on the current playoff format, that division winner probably will host a team with 10-plus wins (likely the NFC West runner-up) in the Wild Card round. Should the league reseed in the playoffs to not give teams with losing records a home playoff game just because they won their division? Goodell admitted it's not something being discussed right now.

"This is not the first time this conversation has occurred, or the situation has occurred," Goodell said. "Teams go into the season and the first objective is to win the division. That's what they work on -- we win the division and we get in the playoffs. That is something that we've considered over the years. I have not heard that this year. I don't anticipate hearing it again. It's been discussed in the past, but I don't see that as an issue. If it comes up, we'll certainly have the conversation. I don't anticipate it."

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Patriots add kicker, two other new players to practice squad

Patriots add kicker, two other new players to practice squad

The NFL's roster merry-go-round never stops, and the Patriots kept busy on the transaction wire Wednesday by signing three players to their practice squad: DE Eric Lee, DB Adarius Pickett, and K Josh Gable.

Gable's addition is the most out-of-the-box, as Phil Perry explained earlier Wednesday afternoon.

The 28-year-old never played college football, but made a name for himself with compilations of trick shot videos on YouTube. Gable most recently played for the Tucson Sugar Skulls of the Indoor Football League, where he went 6-for-16 on field goals and 50-for-57 on extra points.

The Patriots had brought him in for a workout earlier this season, but ultimately signed Mike Nugent, who only lasted four games.

As for Lee, this marks his second stint in Foxboro. New England signed the 25-year-old late in the 2017 season, and he racked up 2.5 sacks, four quarterback hits, and an interception in his first two games.

He played in Super Bowl LII against the Eagles, but didn't survive roster cuts for the 2018 season. He bounced on and off the Lions active roster and practice squad over the last two seasons.

Pickett, the final practice squad addition, is an undrafted rookie out of UCLA who spent some time with the Bears and Chargers earlier this year.

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