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Kyle Rudolph 'wants to be in Minnesota', trade chances look slim

Kyle Rudolph 'wants to be in Minnesota', trade chances look slim

After selecting Irv Smith Jr. in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings were reportedly considering trading their long-time starter at tight end, Kyle Rudolph. And when Rudolph's name was mentioned on the open market, teams naturally connected him to the New England Patriots.

The Patriots lost Rob Gronkowski to retirement, and the veteran Rudolph would certainly qualify as a solid replacement. There were reports that the Patriots discussed Rudolph with the Vikings, but nothing ever came of that. And now, it seems that Rudolph and the Vikings are determined to make things work.

"Yeah, no question," Rudolph said to Scott Hanson on NFL Total Access. "Throughout all of this, that's been the easiest thing. We want to be in Minnesota. We want to make sure we exhaust every possible option to make sure that we stay in Minnesota.

"With that being said, the Vikings feel the same way. They want to keep me in Minnesota. They want me to finish my career in Minnesota. So we're both on the same side of things. It's just a matter of finding a way to get it done within the salary cap."

This further quashes the notion that Rudolph could come to New England. The chances were already slim after the team signed Ben Watson to a deal and after the Vikings and Rudolph reportedly were working on an extension, so this isn't much of a surprise.

That said, with Watson suspended for the first four games of the season, the Patriots could have struck up a renewed interest in negotiations had Rudolph still been available. Instead, it seems that they will roll with what they have at the position. Currently, that includes Watson, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Matt LaCosse, Ryan Izzo, Stephen Anderson, and Andrew Beck.

Jakob Johnson is also currently on the roster, but as part of the NFL's International Pathway's Program, the Patriots can stash him in a special 11th spot on the practice squad for the 2019 campaign. Expect Bill Belichick to take advantage of that unless Johnson has a terrific showing during the offseason.

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Patriots fans may bristle at Chris Jones' reaction to Chiefs extension

Patriots fans may bristle at Chris Jones' reaction to Chiefs extension

Did the 2001 New England Patriots believe they were launching a dynasty after winning Super Bowl XXXVI? Probably not.

But the defending Super Bowl champions appear a bit more confident.

Days after signing quarterback Patrick Mahomes to the richest contract in North American sports, the Kansas City Chiefs agreed to a four-year, $85 million contract extension with defensive tackle Chris Jones, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday.

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So, how did Jones celebrate his new deal with Kansas City? By declaring an apparent continuation of the Chiefs' "dynasty."

Jones has every reason to be confident in his team, which kept its core intact after winning Super Bowl LIV and is the current Super Bowl LV favorite.

But Patriots fans who watched Bill Belichick and Tom Brady lead New England to six championships over two decades might view Jones' "dynasty" talk as premature.

After all, no team has won back-to-back titles since the Patriots in 2003 and 2004, and no team aside from New England and Seattle (2013 and 2014) has even reached the Super Bowl in back-to-back years since 2000.

And after signing Cam Newton, the Patriots may believe their own dynasty isn't dead yet despite Brady's departure to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

History won't stop Jones and the Chiefs from setting lofty goals, however, as Mahomes said recently he's eyeing Brady's record of six Super Bowl titles. Better get started soon.

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Hypocrisy for Patriots fans to root for Tom Brady, but not Cam Newton

Hypocrisy for Patriots fans to root for Tom Brady, but not Cam Newton

If you rooted for Tom Brady and don’t root for Cam Newton, you are a hypocrite. 

In 2014, the Patriots started the season 2-2 and after a humiliating loss on Monday Night Football in Kansas City, some idiot — that would be me — declared that the Pats had lost their soul.

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Of course, I was wrong, as the greatest quarterback ever went on to the lead the Pats to their fourth Super Bowl win with a big assist from Malcolm Butler. 

That was Part 2 of the "Tom Brady: Me Against the World" trilogy.

Of course, the original was getting drafted as a sixth-round pick out of Michigan. Part 3 was Deflategate when Brady won his fifth Super Bowl after he was suspended for four games.

For the purpose of this writing, we focus on Part 2 because some thought Brady’s best days were behind him. (Many feel the same about Cam Newton now.) Even Bill Belichick said Tom was getting older and the plans for his successor in Jimmy Garoppolo were laid out before us ... and Brady.  

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But once again, Brady defied the odds and forced Belichick to trade Jimmy G. to San Francisco. Needing to prove he still had "it," Brady reinvented himself and became a physical specimen, defying Father Time.

Can Cam Newton do the same? He is not as old now as Brady was then, but this guy was left for dead by the rest of the NFL and has even more to prove than Brady ever did.

If you backed Tom Brady, how can you not do the same for Cam?

Look, I love Tom Brady the football player. Off the field, I think he’s lost his mind, but there has been no better player in the history of sports than TB12. (See Tom, I used your logo. Happy?)

However, right now I am in Cam’s corner like I was in Brady’s when he was a Patriot. And you should be too.