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NFL rumors: A.J. Green, Tyler Eifert among potential Patriots trade targets?

NFL rumors: A.J. Green, Tyler Eifert among potential Patriots trade targets?

The New England Patriots need better production at wide receiver and tight end, and could the answer to one or both of these positions be found on the Cincinnati Bengals roster?

The Bengals are 0-4 and likely headed for a rebuild/retool. Some of their veteran players, including wide receiver A.J. Green and tight end Tyler Eifert, could be enticing targets for contending teams ahead of the trade deadline.

How do the Patriots factor into the mix? Here's what CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported Sunday morning:

The Patriots have issues at the offensive line, tight end and receiver, and are expected to push for players like Bengals receiver A.J. Green and/or tight end Tyler Eifert; those players also appeal to the Saints, sources said, who made a real effort to land Denver's Emmanuel Sanders a year ago and likely would again.

Green and Eifert are both in the final year of their respective contracts, so there would be no financial risk to New England beyond this season. However, each of these players have battled injuries of late, so that risk is present for the Patriots.

LaCanfora also listed the Patriots among the teams "most active" ahead of the trade deadline, which is set for Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. ET. One player LaCanfora did not link to the Patriots is Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs. Our own Tom E. Curran reported earlier this week that Minnesota has "no plans" to trade Diggs.

The Patriots are a bit thin at wide receiver with Antonio Brown gone, rookie wideouts Jakobi Meyers and N'Keal Harry either injured or not contributing, and veterans Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon getting a bit banged up over the first four weeks of the season.

New England is 4-0, but its offense has scored only 19 points over the last six quarters of action. The Patriots scored only one offensive touchdown in their 16-10 Week 4 road win over the Buffalo Bills. The team's rushing attack, led by second-year running back Sony Michel, also has struggled to find any consistent success.

Acquiring a player of Green's or Eifert's caliber would be a nice upgrade for the Patriots offense, but according to this report, it sounds like they'll have plenty of competition for the top targets available.

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NFL Twitter explodes with reaction to Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes' reported contract

NFL Twitter explodes with reaction to Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes' reported contract

Patrick Mahomes has fully committed to the Kansas City Chiefs.

The superstar quarterback, who led the Chiefs to a Super Bowl LIV triumph last season, reportedly has agreed to a massive 10-year contract extension worth $450 million. ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the news.

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Mahomes is the best player in the NFL and, at only 24 years old, could lead the Chiefs on a dominant run of success over the next decade. In his two seasons as the Chiefs' starting quarterback, Mahomes has a 24-8 record, a 4-1 playoff record and a Lombardi Trophy. He also won Super Bowl LIV MVP and the 2018 NFL MVP.

Given his age, talent and potential, it's not surprising that NFL Twitter was pretty fired up about Mahomes and the Chiefs extending their partnership through 2031 (he has two more years remaining on his current contract).

Here's some of the best Twitter reaction to Mahomes' massive contract extension.

NFL rumors: Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes agrees to huge 10-year contract extension

NFL rumors: Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes agrees to huge 10-year contract extension

The Kansas City Chiefs are going to be a tough opponent for the New England Patriots and the rest of the AFC for many years to come.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes reportedly has agreed to a massive 10-year contract extension, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Mahomes has two more years left on his current deal with Kansas City, so this extension would keep him with the Chiefs for 12 more seasons.

The Chiefs won their first Lombardi Trophy in 50 years last season when Mahomes led a fourth quarter comeback against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV. Mahomes won Super Bowl MVP, adding to the NFL MVP he won during the 2018 campaign. The 24-year-old quarterback has thrown 76 touchdown passes with only 17 interceptions in the last two seasons (30 games played).

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Mahomes is the best quarterback in the league, and his résumé through three pro seasons -- the last two of which he's been the full-time starter in Kansas City -- is absolutely astounding.

What does this news mean for the Patriots?

Well, the Chiefs aren't going anywhere. Kansas City will continue to be a top contender in the AFC as long as Mahomes is healthy. He has a 25-8 record as a starter in the regular season, in addition to a 4-1 playoff record that includes a Super Bowl title.

The Chiefs also have been one of the league's highest-scoring offenses (32-plus points per game) in the league over the last two seasons, and no lead is safe when Mahomes has the ball. The Patriots found that out first hand during the 2018 AFC Championship Game in Kansas City. New England held a 14-0 halftime advantage, and it also led 24-21 and 31-28 late in the fourth quarter before losing both and having to play overtime. Former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady won the game in the OT period with an incredible touchdown drive on the first possession.

The AFC title win in 2018 was one of two victories for the Patriots in three matchups versus Mahomes. New England beat him twice in 2018 and lost in the 2019 regular season when the Chiefs earned a 23-16 Week 14 win at Gillette Stadium.

The Chiefs will play the Patriots again in the 2020 regular season in a Week 4 matchup at Arrowhead Stadium. You can bet the Patriots and Chiefs will play plenty more times throughout the length of Mahomes' reported extension, and it would be pretty fun if some of those games came in the playoffs.