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Odds of Kyle Rudolph joining Patriots take hit with latest contract development

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Odds of Kyle Rudolph joining Patriots take hit with latest contract development

Kyle Rudolph is about to enter the final year of his contract with the Vikings, and while there's been speculation that Minnesota could trade the veteran tight end, it sounds like progress is being made to keep him with the franchise long-term.

Rudolph revealed Wednesday he has been offered an extension from the Vikings. 

The New England Patriots need to upgrade their talent and depth at tight end after the recent retirement of Rob Gronkowski, and Rudolph certainly would be a strong replacement for the future Hall of Famer. The Patriots and Vikings reportedly have had discussions on Rudolph, too. 

Rudolph has spent his entire eight-year NFL career with the Vikings. The 29-year-old tallied 64 receptions for 634 yards and four touchdowns last season. He's also been quite durable, having not missed a single game in the last four seasons. The Vikings, however, selected Alabama tight end Irv Smith Jr. in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, so they do have a replacement if they decide to part ways with Rudolph.

If the Patriots don't acquire Rudolph or any other tight ends between now and training camp, they'll enter camp with Ben Watson, Matt LaCosse, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Ryan Izzo, Stephen Anderson, Andrew Beck and Jakob Johnson at the position.

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Julian Edelman puts percentage on chance Rob Gronkowski returns to Patriots

Julian Edelman puts percentage on chance Rob Gronkowski returns to Patriots

Rob Gronkowski says he's done with football, but his pal Julian Edelman isn't 100-percent convinced.

Edelman discussed Gronk's retirement on Barstool Sports' "Pardon My Take" podcast and was asked to give a percentage on the former tight end returning to the Patriots somewhere down the line.

"I’d say, maybe, an 11 percent chance,” Edelman answered.

Sure, that may be a cop-out response considering 11 happens to be Edelman's jersey number, but Patriots fans can at least find solace in the fact he didn't say "zero."

Edelman also says while he hasn't had a conversation with Gronkowski about the injuries taking a toll on the 30-year-old throughout his career, he could tell Gronk was banged up last season.

”When you’re banged up, football’s not always fun," Edelman said. "I can speak for myself on that. When you’re dealing with things — ankle, foot, back … Football is amazing when you feel great. … But it’s not easy, especially when you get older and have accumulated a lot of injury. So, you started seeing that it was tougher [for Gronkowski]. It gets tougher for everyone."

Gronkowski seems adamant he's staying retired, but he's certainly gotten a kick out of trolling those who believe he'll eventually return to the gridiron.

Time will tell whether the future Hall-of-Famer will change his mind. Until then, you can bet Gronk will continue living every moment of retired life to the fullest.

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Tom Brady posts selfie with rival Peyton Manning: 'We were friends this whole time'

Tom Brady posts selfie with rival Peyton Manning: 'We were friends this whole time'

The NFL might never again see a quarterback rivalry as awesome as the one between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

Brady's New England Patriots and Manning's Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos teams squared off in many classic regular season and playoff battles, including a few AFC Championship Game matchups.

Despite the intense on-field rivalry, these legendary NFL QBs are friends off the field, as Brady reiterated in a tweet posted Wednesday featuring a selfie of him and Manning.

It's not often you see arguably the two-best quarterbacks in NFL history in one photo. 

Brady is coming off his sixth Super Bowl title, and oddsmakers like the Patriots' chances of winning a record seventh championship next season. Manning didn't enjoy the same postseason success as Brady, but he did win one Super Bowl each with the Colts and Broncos, in addition to many regular-season records that still haven't been broken.

The Brady-Manning rivalry was similar to the Larry Bird-Magic Johnson rivalry for the NBA in the 1980s -- both players pushed each other to new heights, and made their respective sports more exciting in the process.

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