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McGinest: McDaniels has no guarantee he'll succeed Belichick

McGinest: McDaniels has no guarantee he'll succeed Belichick

Josh McDaniels hasn't spoken publicly since he backed out of a deal to take the Indianapolis Colts head coaching job hours before his scheduled introductory press conference.

The Patriots offensive coordinator did, however, speak to ex-Pats linebacker Willie McGinest, now an NFL Network analyst. McGinest spoke about their conversation on "NFL Total Access" and said McDaniels told him there's "no handshake deal" that has McDaniels taking over for Bill Belichick when Belichick retires.

“No. Absolutely not," McGinest said when asked if McDaniels' new contract includes some kind of succession plan. “I listen to a lot of people talk about it like he’s taking over for Belichick in the next year or two. That’s Bill Belichick. Nobody’s just going to push him out of coaching. Ownership and Belichick have enough respect, especially Josh, for each other to know that that’s never going to happen. But there is a situation where at some point Belichick [who's 65] may retire, but it’s not going to be in the contract, and you’re not going to tell him when he’s going to retire. Too much respect and because he’s the greatest coach to ever do it, it’s never going to happen.”

McGinest said McDaniels told him, as has been reported, that the offensive coordinator came to his office at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday, two days after the Super Bowl 52 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, with the intention of packing up when "a conversation happened" with Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick and McDaniels.

"There's no handshake deal [with Kraft that McDaniels will eventually take over]," McGinest said. "The thing with Josh is that Josh wanted stability. The best place for him, where he wanted to be, where he wanted to stay, was in New England.”

The other issue about designating a successor to a head coach is that it violates the NFL's "Rooney Rule" that stipulates minority candidates must be considered for head coaching openings. 

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Stephen Gostkowski has made progress on new deal with Patriots

Stephen Gostkowski has made progress on new deal with Patriots

The only free agent of major consequence the Patriots still have dangling is kicker Stephen Gostkowski. And we've now got some clarity on his situation.

Gostkowski, 35, is not retiring. And while there has been outside interest, he and the Patriots have made progress toward getting him a new deal.

Gostkowski has never been an unrestricted free agent. He was given the franchise tag by the Pats in 2015 and then signed a four-year extension later that same year worth $17.2 million

Selected by the Pats in the fourth round of the 2006 draft as a replacement for Adam Vinatieri, Gostkowski is the Patriots' all-time leading scorer. His 41-yard field goal with less than two minutes to play clinched the Pats' 13-3 victory over the Rams in Super Bowl 53.

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NFL Rumors: Patriots met with these two West Virginia wide receivers

NFL Rumors: Patriots met with these two West Virginia wide receivers

The New England Patriots are making the most out of their trip to Morgantown, it appears.

The Patriots met with West Virginia wide receivers David Sills V and Gary Jennings on Wednesday ahead of the Mountaineers' pro day, NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala reported Thursday.

Sills and Jennings were the two leading receivers last season for quarterback Will Grier, who is one of the top QB prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft and reportedly also plans to meet with the Patriots.

Sills, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound converted quarterback, led the Mountaineers with 65 receptions for 986 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2018. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Jennings was right behind him, catching 54 passes for 917 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Both players projected as mid- to late-round draft picks, but that's around when the Patriots could target a wide receiver; NBC Sports Boston's Phil Perry has New England going wideout in both the third and fourth rounds of his latest Patriots seven-round mock draft.

The Patriots re-signed Phillip Dorsett and made a couple depth adds in Bruce Ellington and Maurice Harris, but they're still pretty thin at receiver behind Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman, so it makes sense they'd kick the tires on some pass-catchers who could fall to them in the middle rounds.

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