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NFL trade deadline live: Latest news, rumors on A.J. Green, other targets

NFL trade deadline live: Latest news, rumors on A.J. Green, other targets

NFL teams have precious hours to solidify their rosters before the home stretch. Which clubs are willing to make a splash?

The NFL trade deadline is at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, and several teams already have made significant moves, most notably the undefeated New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers, who added wide receivers Mohamed Sanu and Emmanuel Sanders, respectively.

But reports suggest both clubs may not be done dealing, and there are a number of big names -- Cincinnati Bengals wideout A.J. Green among them -- who could be moved in the next 24 hours.

So, what's the latest trade deadline scuttlebutt? We'll track every notable rumor and deal in the live blog below. (All times Eastern.)

3:55 p.m.: No fireworks in store for the deadline.

3:51 p.m.: Which side will blink first?

3:45 p.m.: It doesn't sound like Robby Anderson will be traded.

3:00 p.m.: The Patriots are in the market for a kicker, per the MMQB's Albert Breer.

2:51 p.m.: So much for those Le'Veon Bell trade rumors?

2:49 p.m.: Here's the latest on the Jamal Adams-to-Dallas rumors as we approach one hour to go...

2:23 p.m.: Is Jamal Adams heading to Dallas? That's apparently where he wants to be.

2:18 p.m.: The Bucs reportedly aren't budging on O.J. Howard.

2:10 p.m.: It appears Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson is still on the trade block.

1:45 p.m.: Former Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib reportedly is coming back to the AFC East.

1:40 p.m.: Could we see a Jets fire sale before the deadline? Safety Jamal Adams reportedly is a possible trade candidate...

1:10 p.m.: An O.J. Howard trade is looking less likely, per NFL Media's Ian Rapoport ... but the Patriots reportedly are still in the hunt.

1:05 p.m.: The Patriots have their sights set on Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert, per The Athletic's Jeff Howe.

1:03 p.m.: According to The Athletic's Connor Hughes, the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans both have interest in Le'Veon Bell.

12:52 p.m.: In related news, the Falcons reportedly are replacing Bryant with Younghoe Koo, who spent time on the Patriots' practice squad earlier this season.

12:45 p.m.: We have kicker news! The Atlanta Falcons are releasing Matt Bryant, per ESPN's Adam Schefter:

11:50 a.m.: Here's a bombshell from the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta: The New York Jets reportedly are looking to trade running back Le'Veon Bell after handing him a huge contract this past offseason.

11:15 a.m.: ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio says he'd "keep an eye on" New England as a landing spot for Bucs tight end O.J. Howard.

   

11 a.m.: Our own Tom E. Curran is reporting the Patriots are unlikely to be very busy ahead of the 4 p.m. deadline. Unless...

8:15 a.m.: The Patriots are all set at cornerback, and it sounds like the Detroit Lions and New York Giants aren't budging on their own star corners, per NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 7:25 a.m.: Happy trade deadline day! CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora provides a handy look at the biggest names who could be traded Tuesday, as well as his predictions for where they'll end up. (O.J. Howard to the Patriots, anyone?)

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Monday, Oct. 28, 10:15 p.m.: Amid the Gordon rumors, the Chargers have cut bait with their offensive coordinator...

4:30 p.m.: Could the Los Angeles Chargers deal star running back Melvin Gordon? The Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions may come calling, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.

4:05 p.m.: The 49ers apparently had interest in Sanu before the Patriots traded for him, NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reports.

3:58 p.m.: Washington is seeking a first-round pick for Williams, according to the MMQB's Albert Breer.

3:10 p.m.: It appears Washington offensive tackle Trent Williams is on the market, after all... Might the Patriots have interest?

3:05 p.m.: We have another trade! The 2-5 Cleveland Browns are trading defensive end Genard Avery to the Philadelphia Eagles following their loss to the Patriots, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

2:30 p.m.: Here's the latest on Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end O.J. Howard, who could be a potential target for the Patriots.

1:45 p.m.: It's been a busy day for New England's competitors in the AFC East...

The Miami Dolphins have traded running back Kenyan Drake to the Arizona Cardinals, while the New York Jets are shipping defensive end Leonard Williams to the Giants, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The Dolphins and Jets are a combined 1-12, so it's no surprise they're both selling ahead of the deadline.

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End of an era: Dante Scarnecchia to retire having made immense impact on Patriots dynasty

End of an era: Dante Scarnecchia to retire having made immense impact on Patriots dynasty

MIAMI — It's the end of an era in New England. While there is still no determination on Tom Brady's future whereabouts, we do know that another Patriots staple will not be roaming the sidelines at Gillette Stadium in 2020.

Dante Scarnecchia is retiring. 

The longtime offensive line, who will turn 72 next month, has been with the team in a variety of capacities since 1982. He began as a special teams and tight ends coach, departed briefly for a stint in Indianapolis, and has been back since 1991.

He's coached all three phases, and even taken on head-coaching duties when he was asked late in the 1992 season. But Scarnecchia has developed what might one day be considered a Hall of Fame résumé as the offensive line coach in New England. 

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Since 1999 — first under Pete Carroll, then under Bill Belichick — Scarnecchia has directed the offensive line group in Foxboro. He retired following the 2013 season and stayed away from the game for two years before getting back into it in 2016. He's won five Super Bowl rings coordinating the blocking schemes that protected Tom Brady. 

Throughout his career, he's been lauded by players and fellow coaches alike for his unyielding work ethic and his attention to detail. The hours he's put in — oftentimes on off days or after practices — have helped mold everyone from first-round picks to undrafted free agents into championship players.

It was under Scarnecchia that Stephen Neal went from a wrestler who'd never played offensive line to a Super Bowl-winner. Both Nate Solder and Trent Brown have fallen into record-setting free-agent contracts in recent years after working with Scarnecchia.

"You really see that and how detail-oriented he is, and how much he puts into it each week," center David Andrews told me back in September. "It's really impressive. He makes sure, for us, there's no stone unturned. That's what makes us go out there and play really confident. We feel so prepared. 

"Whatever they throw at us is nothing we're not prepared for. Maybe we haven't seen it. Maybe it's a new wrinkle. But somewhere, somehow we've been prepared for it. Whether it's the techniques we've learned, or the communication, or just the overall schemes and how we want to run our offense."

Andrews added: "He's definitely a demanding coach for sure. But I think there's two sides of him, and I think that's what makes him so special and loved and respected by not only us as players but the whole team. 

"He cares for us. He has our back. He sticks up for us. We're all in it together . . . He includes himself in that. I think that means a lot to you as a player."

Scarnecchia has had a pair of assistants in recent years who've helped him coach his linemen. Coaching assistant Cole Popovich has worked with that group, but more recently those duties fell to Carmen Bricillo, who was in his first year with the Patriots in 2019. The Patriots typically like to promote coaches from within, making Bricillo and Popovich among the leading candidates to fill Scarnecchia's role. 

No matter who it is, it is the end of an era for the Patriots. 

Rob Gronkowski: Patriots QB Tom Brady 'deserves' chance to test free agent market

Rob Gronkowski: Patriots QB Tom Brady 'deserves' chance to test free agent market

The New England Patriots suffered a huge loss on offense after Super Bowl LIII when future Hall of Fame tight end Rob Gronkowski retired, and they might have to deal with a similarly impactful exit this offseason.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's contract expires in March, at which point he would be able to hit unrestricted free agency for the first time in his 20-year NFL career.

Gronkowski thinks Brady deserves the chance to test the free agent market and see what kind of offers are available.

"I really haven't talked to Tom like that. I did talk to him, though, after the game, just talked, it wasn't even all about football," Gronkowski told reporters Tuesday in Miami, via NESN.com's Zack Cox. Some of it was about life and all. I truly believe that he deserves the opportunity to go explore and see what's out there. He's been playing for so long. Just the way that he's been playing, the level he's been playing at, he definitely deserves an opportunity to go out there and test the market. Why wouldn't you? You've never done it before in your career.

"He's going to be a free agent for the first time ever. Good for him. Test out the market, and then do what's best for himself. That's the decision he has to make -- what's best for himself, what's best for his family, what he feels like he's going to love."

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Would it be strange to see Brady in a non-Patriots jersey?

"It's always strange, no matter who the player is," Gronkowski said. "If you see a player play on a team for 10 years and then go to another team, it's always strange at first. Everyone gets used to it after a little bit. It would definitely be strange, I would say, if that happens, for a couple weeks it may be strange. Everyone adapts, like any other time it happens."

Brady has won a record six Super Bowl titles in New England since the team drafted him 199th overall in 2000. He's absolutely earned the right to see what rival teams are willing to offer him, but Gronnkowski is right, it would be strange to see him wearing a jersey in 2020 that doesn't say "Patriots" on it.

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