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Panthers TE Greg Olsen says Bears nearly traded him to Patriots in 2010

Panthers TE Greg Olsen says Bears nearly traded him to Patriots in 2010

In an alternate universe, Greg Olsen is a New England Patriot.

The veteran Carolina Panthers tight end nearly was traded back to the Pats back in 2010 when he played for the Chicago Bears. What caused the deal to fall through was the Patriots selecting Rob Gronkowski in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Olsen discussed the story of the near-trade Thursday on The Dan Patrick Show.

"Jerry Angelo brought me into his office and he's like 'hey, I'm just going to be honest with you, we have a trade in place with you contingent on how the draft falls tomorrow night,'" Olsen said. "Come to later find out through some guys I knew in the organization it was with the Patriots and it was them assuming [Gronkowski] was going to be taken in the first round.

"That year, the Patriots had three second-round draft picks and they were going to trade one of those for me if Gronk was already taken in the first round. He fell to the second round, they took him with their second-round pick, Belichick called back the Bears and said 'we're going to take Gronkowski and the trade is now off.'"

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Olsen has told the story before, but this sheds more light on how trade talks between the Bears and Patriots went down prior to New England opting to go with Gronkowski instead.

While we can't help but wonder "what if?", it's safe to say things worked out just fine for both sides. Gronkowski developed into one of the best tight ends of all time and helped the Patriots to three Super Bowl titles, and Olsen has enjoyed a stellar career in Carolina where he's clearly cherished playing for the last eight years.

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Tom Brady's father can't envision QB playing anywhere else, but 'Joe Montana went to KC'

Tom Brady's father can't envision QB playing anywhere else, but 'Joe Montana went to KC'

Tom Brady's future with the New England Patriots is uncertain and the quarterback has confirmed that consistently throughout the 2019 campaign.

While it would be hard to watch Brady play anywhere else besides New England, Tom Brady Sr. suggested there's a life for his son beyond the lights at Gillette Stadium, and he mentioned the quarterback's childhood idol in doing so.  

“If Bill [Belichick] says he doesn’t want Tommy, and Tommy wants to play, well, Joe Montana went to Kansas City … just because Bill decides he wants to move on, that won’t dictate Tommy’s future," Brady Sr. told Karen Guregian in a feature piece for the Boston Herald. "I’m sure there are a few other teams in the league that would want him.”

Brady Sr. went on to say that his son's future in New England ultimately is Belichick's decision, and emphasized that he doesn't know what's going to happen. Regardless, though, it sounds as if he'll respect Belichick's decision.

“I just know Tommy loves playing football," Brady Sr. said. "He loves everything about it. He loves his teammates. I don’t think anyone knows right now what’s going to go on, Bill may know. Bill doesn’t make a decision he hasn’t thought long and hard about. We’ll see what he wants to do at the end of the year."

Belichick and the Patriots parting ways with Brady used to be unthinkable, but our Tom E. Curran laid out a case for an amicable separation in a column this week. 

As the Pats are preparing to host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, the QB and coach have said that the upcoming game is all they're focused on. Following their loss to the Houston Texans last weekend, the Brady and struggling offense will need to be on their game when Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs come to town for a rematch of the AFC Championship Game. 

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Know everything about the Patriots? Jeopardy! dedicates category to them

Know everything about the Patriots? Jeopardy! dedicates category to them

Do you know everything about the New England Patriots? Well, the contestants on "Jeopardy!" Thursday night certainly didn't.

The widely popular TV show dedicated a whole category to the Patriots, and the contestants didn't even know that Robert Kraft bought the team in 1994. They also had a great question about Tom Brady, which a contestant thankfully got correct. 

The question read: "In his NFL debut in 2000, this Pats QB completed 1 of 3 passes in a 34-9 loss to Detroit; He got better." 

The six-time Super Bowl champion certainly improved since his debut nearly 20 years ago. Despite the offensive struggles that New England has endured this season, the 42-year-old has the Patriots, at 10-2, poised for another playoff run and possibly another Super Bowl appearance.

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Coming off a loss in Houston, Brady and the Pats will look to turn things around against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday afternoon, but the rematch of the AFC Championship Game certainly won't be easy. The 8-4 Chiefs have also struggled at times this season, but pose a threat to New England's bid for the No. 1 seed in the AFC.

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