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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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Peyton Manning claims Giants beating Patriots as 'favorite Super Bowl memory'

Peyton Manning claims Giants beating Patriots as 'favorite Super Bowl memory'

Peyton Manning either is a very supportive brother or delights in seeing his long-time rival fail. Or a little of both.

In a tribute to younger brother Eli Manning, who announced his retirement from the New York Giants on Friday, Peyton insisted his "favorite Super Bowl memory" was watching Eli defeat the undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

"I think people don't really believe me or are surprised [when I say] my greatest Super Bowl memory is watching my little brother take the New York Giants down the field in a two-minute drill and beat the undefeated Patriots and all that came with that," Peyton said in an interview with Broncos.com's Aric DiLalla.

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"Maybe I wasn't as happy as the '72 Dolphins, who I promise you were celebrating and they're on record saying that, but I was pretty close."

Let's get this straight: Peyton enjoyed watching someone else win a Super Bowl (during a season in which his Indianapolis Colts were bounced early in the playoffs) more than he enjoyed winning two Super Bowls for two different teams (with the Colts in 2006 and the Denver Broncos in 2013)?

"It was just pride and he's five years younger than me and you kind of reflect on the times growing up," Peyton said, adding that his memories of Eli as a "quiet, calm and cool kid" made it "surreal" to watch Eli lead an upset of one of the greatest teams of all time.

"That's my greatest Super Bowl memory without a doubt, even more than the ones I was able to participate in," Peyton said. "He did it."

That Eli's first Super Bowl win came over Tom Brady and the Patriots probably made it that much sweeter for Peyton, who was 6-11 against Brady during his career.

Super Bowl XLII was one of Brady's most painful memories, so maybe this was Peyton's way of getting revenge for Tom calling him out on "Peyton's Places" earlier this month.

Ex-Patriots WR Danny Amendola gives his take on Tom Brady's NFL future

Ex-Patriots WR Danny Amendola gives his take on Tom Brady's NFL future

Danny Amendola is the latest NFL player to weigh in on the future of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Brady is able to become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career in March unless he and the Patriots come to a contract agreement before that point. The 42-year-old quarterback has spent his entire 20-year career in New England, but nothing lasts forever and you can bet most teams would love to add Brady to their roster if he ever chose to leave the Patriots.

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Amendola appeared on ESPN's "SportsCenter" on Friday, where he was asked about Brady's upcoming decision. He doesn't know exactly what will happen, but he noted family definitely will play a factor.

"It's going to go however he wants. He's the ultimate competitor," Amendola said. "I think as his kids get older, he wants to spend time with his family. I think that's going to weigh heavily on his decision and where he goes, and he can set that up the way he wants. His competitive nature, his ability is still through the roof. And whatever team gets him -- if he stays in New England or if he goes somewhere else -- he's going to bring a high level of football there."

When asked about the Los Angeles Chargers being a potential destination for Brady, Amendola admitted it's difficult to see the six-time Super Bowl champion in a different uniform.

"It's hard for me to see him in any other jersey than a Patriots jersey, so I'm holding on just like everybody else is," Amendola said.

Patriots fans obviously would love for Brady to return for at least one more season in New England, and most of them probably wouldn't mind Amendola coming back as well. The Patriots need to upgrade their depth and talent at wide receiver before the 2020 season, and Amendola will be a free agent in March.

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