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NFL rumors: Patriots free agent Phillip Dorsett drawing interest from multiple teams

NFL rumors: Patriots free agent Phillip Dorsett drawing interest from multiple teams

The New England Patriots could lose one of the their veteran wide receivers in NFL free agency.

Phillip Dorsett has garnered interest from multiple teams, according to reports.


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Dorsett was acquired by the Patriots during the 2017 season in a trade that sent third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett to the Indianapolis Colts.

The veteran wideout tallied 29 receptions for 370 yards with a career-high five touchdowns in 14 games last season. Dorsett also was effective in the 2018 playoffs, where he caught a touchdown in both the AFC Divisional Round against the Los Angeles Chargers and the AFC Championship Game versus the Kansas City Chiefs. The Patriots went on to win Super Bowl LIII over the Los Angeles Rams, but Dorsett did not tally a reception in that 13-3 victory.

The Patriots have several free agents, in addition to Dorsett, to consider bringing back. Starting quarterback Tom Brady is obviously the most important free agent for the Pats, but there's also a few key veterans on defense who need new contracts, including safety Devin McCourty and linebacker Jamie Collins.

Dorsett would be a nice No. 3 wide receiver in New England or on any other contender looking to bolster its pass-catching depth. Amari Cooper, A.J. Green and Emmanuel Sanders are the three best wide receivers in the 2020 free agent class. Dorsett is a solid second-tier option who would cost less than those three players to sign.

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Rob Gronkowski wins 24/7 title at WrestleMania 36

Rob Gronkowski wins 24/7 title at WrestleMania 36

Rob Gronkowski was a big winner during his NFL days, taking home three Super Bowl rings in his nine seasons with the New England Patriots.

And now, his winning ways have carried over to the ring.

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At WrestleMania 36, Rob Gronkowski was crowned the WWE's new 24/7 champion. The rules of the 24/7 belt are that it has to be defended at all times (hence the name, 24/7) and can be taken by anyone at any point, anywhere, so long as a WWE referee is present.

Gronk was able to take the title from his friend and fellow wrestler, Mojo Rawley. You can see the move he performed to land it via the WWE's official Twitter account.

Yeah, that was surely... something. And it sure seems like Gronk is on his way to becoming the WWE's next star given how quickly he has earned a title since signing a contract with the league in mid-March.

Gronk is actually the second player from a major Boston sports team to take home the title in the past year. Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter held the belt very, very briefly at Madison Square Garden after taking it from R Truth. Just minutes after Kanter won it, Truth took back the belt.

Bills WR gives Patriots bulletin-board material after Tom Brady departure

Bills WR gives Patriots bulletin-board material after Tom Brady departure

Is the AFC East officially wide open now that Tom Brady is no longer a member of the New England Patriots? At least one Buffalo Bills player thinks so.

Bills wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie was ecstatic to hear the news of Brady signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That comes as no surprise, as the ex-Pats QB is an absurd 32-3 against Buffalo in his 20-year career and New England has won 11 straight division titles with Brady under center.

During an interview with WROC in Buffalo last week, McKenzie expressed his excitement about Brady leaving while giving the Patriots some bulletin-board material.

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“The Brady situation, I cheered,” McKenzie said. “He’s a great player. Our team is stacked. The last two years we’ve been giving him a run for his money, but now that he’s gone, it’s going to kind of be the Bills’ time to take over.”

McKenzie's confidence isn't unfounded. The Bills made a big splash earlier this offseason by trading for star wide receiver Stefon Diggs, giving Josh Allen another dangerous weapon opposite John Brown. With Brady and several other key contributors leaving in free agency, the Patriots may have their work cut out for them next season.

Bills general manager Brandon Beane sang a much different tune than McKenzie on Thursday, saying it's "funny and comical how people are writing off the Patriots in the AFC East." Still, it's safe to bet McKenzie's words will be remembered in Foxboro when the 2020 campaign kicks off.