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Listen to Antonio Brown discuss Patriots' trade interest with agent in behind-the-scenes audio

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Listen to Antonio Brown discuss Patriots' trade interest with agent in behind-the-scenes audio

The New England Patriots, at least according to NFL agent Drew Rosenhaus, were interested in trading for Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown before he was ultimately dealt to the Oakland Raiders earlier this month.

Brown, during the first episode of his own podcast, "The Boomin Experience Podcast", shared audio of a conversation he had with Rosenhaus before the Steelers-Raiders trade went down. The New England Patriots, as well as their head coach Bill Belichick, quarterback Tom Brady and owner Robert Kraft all were mentioned.

Here's part of that conversation. Click here to listen to the full clip.

Rosenhaus: "If it's not the Raiders, then we'll make it work with the Eagles, or the Patriots, or the Titans.

Brown: "Are the Patriots ready, too?"

Rosenhaus: "The Patriots are in the mix. I put Belichick in touch with (Steelers general manager) Kevin Colbert today."

Brown: "How is a decision going to come down? Is it going to come down to what club is willing to give up the most?"

Rosenhaus: "From the Steelers' standpoint, that's what they want. They want the most compensation. I really want you to have a good quarterback ... and a winning environment. New England and Philadelphia, these are two of the last Super Bowl champs. ..."

The Patriots came up again later in the conversation.

Rosenhaus: "The Steelers have been big communicators with me. We've talked a couple times everyday about the teams. They know (playing in a winning environment is) important to us, and that's why they opened it up for the Patriots as well. That's a good development for us. They're now willing to trade you to New England. So, now it's a process of New England stepping up. That's not great business for the Steelers to trade you to the world champs in the same conference."

Here's another part of the convo where the Patriots came up. 

Rosenhaus: "And I think the Steelers are taking it very seriously and trying to get it done. And that's why they're willing to consider even New England. Think about that, think about playing with the greatest quarterback in NFL history, and he's a cool guy."

There are other parts of the conversation that involve the Patriots as well. Rosenhaus expressed confidence in being able to get a contract done with the Patriots if it came to that point, saying "I don’t think we’ll have any problem getting a deal done with these guys."

Brown also at one point called Kraft "a cool guy, too." 

Rosenhaus listed teams that wanted Brown, including the Patriots, Eagles, Titans, Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills and the Raiders. Oakland ultimately stepped up and paid a small price (third- and fifth-round draft picks) to get a deal for Brown done.

The Patriots certainly need a player of Brown's caliber, especially after losing tight end Rob Gronkowski to retirement earlier this week. New England has made no major upgrades at tight end or wide receiver in the offseason so far, but they still have 12 picks in next month's 2019 NFL Draft, and some of those selections could be used in a blockbuster trade if Belichick finds a deal to his liking.

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Could Colin Kaepernick make NFL comeback? Ex-Patriot Chris Long weighs in

Could Colin Kaepernick make NFL comeback? Ex-Patriot Chris Long weighs in

Colin Kaepernick hasn't played in the NFL since 2016, but the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback will be given a chance to showcase his talents in front of scouts on Saturday.

The Patriots will be one of the multiple teams doing their due diligence by attending Kaepernick's private workout arranged by the league in Atlanta. But will Kaepernick actually end up on an NFL roster?

Appearing on the latest episode of Tom E. Curran's Patriots Talk Podcast, former Pats defensive end Chris Long shared his thoughts on the whole Kaepernick situation.

"I think he could still play in this league," Long said. "I've never contended at the end of his rope there he was a top 15 quarterback. I mean, he was bottom third. But if you're a bottom third starting quarterback in this league, there's a job.

"The problem with this Kaep thing is that everybody is so worked up, and that's OK, but people are really binary and they can't think in any nuance or gray area. So if you hate Kaep, he's Johnny Manziel, which is untrue. And if you love Kaep, he's Joe Montana, which is untrue. He's a guy who was a starting quarterback, 20th... in that range his last year across the board, which means he's a good quarterback. Which means he can help a team."

Curran and Long also discuss whether they believe the NFL is giving Kaepernick a legitimate shot at making an NFL team, or if this seems like more of a PR stunt.

Other topics on the show include Long's upcoming media company, "Chalk Media," how athletes deal with social anxiety, differences between the 2016 Patriots and 2017 Eagles, and Long's new NBA "side team."

Listen to the full episode below (Kaepernick talk begins at 12:26):

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Patriots Week 11 injury report: Julian Edelman not listed for first time since Week 3

Patriots Week 11 injury report: Julian Edelman not listed for first time since Week 3

FOXBORO -- The bye week did the Patriots some good, it seems.

On the health front, the Patriots are looking better than they've looked in some time. When injury reports for New England and Philadelphia were released Wednesday ahead of their Week 11 game, the list for Bill Belichick's club was relatively short.

Absent from the injury report were Julian Edelman (who's dealt with a chest injury for most of the season), Tom Brady (who was on the injury report with a shoulder issue back in Week 9), Shaq Mason (who has dealt with an ankle injury), Rex Burkhead (limited by a foot injury two weeks ago) and Gunner Olszewski (who's had ankle and hamstring injuries of late).

The Patriots had only four players on the injury report Wednesday: Patrick Chung (heel/chest), Danny Shelton (ankle) and Matt LaCosse (knee) were all limited in practice; Nate Ebner (ankle/back) did not participate.

The fact that Edelman is healthy enough to be a full participant is key, of course. Outside of Brady, he may be the most vital cog in the offensive machine here. And because his job asks him to operate in the middle of the field, he's prone not only to getting injured, but to aggravating injuries that don't have a chance to heal. The last time Edelman was off the injury report was Week 3.

The Week 10 bye gave him and others a chance to recover, and they'll face this weekend's challenge a little bit healthier than they were a few weeks ago.

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