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NFL Rumors: Patriots considered Sterling Shepard trade with Giants

NFL Rumors: Patriots considered Sterling Shepard trade with Giants

In case you haven't noticed, the New England Patriots are seriously interested in acquiring a wide receiver this offseason -- and not just through the draft.

The Patriots had interested in trading for wide receiver Sterling Shepard before the New York Giants gave him a new contract extension this week, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reported Thursday, citing a source.

Shepard, who drew comparisons to Julian Edelman ahead of the 2016 NFL Draft, would have been a nice fit in New England. The 25-year-old wideout tallied 66 receptions for a career-high 872 yards last season as New York's No. 2 option behind Odell Beckham Jr. and is a productive slot target with impressive agility and strong hands.

With Beckham off to the Cleveland Browns, though, the Giants (who play the Patriots this season) opted to lock up their de facto top receiver, agreeing to a reported four-year, $41 million contract extension with Shepard on Wednesday.

That means the wideout search continues for the Patriots, who have hosted several top wide receiver prospects ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft. New England lost Cordarelle Patterson to free agency and Josh Gordon to an indefinite suspension and also could be without Chris Hogan, a free agent who reportedly has drawn interest from the Giants.

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Patrons of Robert Kraft-linked spa file lawsuit to block video release

Patrons of Robert Kraft-linked spa file lawsuit to block video release

It appears Florida prosecutors have another legal battle on their hands relating to the recent prostitution scandal.

A group of men and women have filed a federal class action lawsuit claiming they were illegally videotaped receiving lawful messages at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Fla., where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is accused of soliciting prostitution.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of 31 unidentified John and Jane Does, none of whom were charged with a crime. The defendants claim that Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg and the Jupiter Police Department unlawfully obtained warrants to install video cameras at the Orchids of Asia spa then invaded their privacy by filming their spa visits in late January.

"It is horrific when you think about the scenario," said Joseph Tacopina, the attorney who filed the suit, via the Associated Press. "It is akin to going to a bathroom. You are in a state of undress and you are being surreptitiously recorded and that recording is now subject to disclosure and being disseminated around the internet.

"It is an abomination of any form of privacy rights and constitutional rights."

In addition to seeking unspecified punitive and monetary damages, the suit wants the video evidence blocked from public release and eventually destroyed.

Kraft's lawyers have the same desire to keep the videos under wraps. Aronberg's office said last week it was obligated to make the videos public, but a judge ordered to block their release until at least a hearing after Kraft's legal team accused the state attorney's office of prosecutorial misconduct.

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The Best at 32: Top NFL Draft picks taken with 32nd selection

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The Best at 32: Top NFL Draft picks taken with 32nd selection

The Patriots will have a long wait on Thursday night before they are on the clock for their first pick of the 2019 NFL Draft.

It's a position they've found themselves in before. This will be the fourth time in the last 15 years that they've owned the 32nd overall pick. (It would have been the fifth time, but DeflateGate cost them a first-round pick in 2017.)

Will Bill Belichick be able to find some top-tier talent? Tom E. Curran looked at past drafts, and found that some teams have managed to strike gold with pick number 32, though it's far from a sure bet.

Check out Tom's list of the Top 15 players taken at No. 32 overall.>>>>

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