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Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore voted Defensive Player of the Year by NFL peers

Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore voted Defensive Player of the Year by NFL peers

Stephon Gilmore had a sensational 2019 season, and his NFL peers took notice.

The New England Patriots cornerback was voted by players around the league as Sporting News' Defensive Player of the Year.

Gilmore finished with 22 percent of the votes, beating out star Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald (13 percent).

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The three-time Pro Bowler's honor shouldn't come as much of a surprise. He recorded six interceptions, tying him for the league lead with Buffalo Bills CB Tre'Davious White and Minnesota Vikings safety Anthony Harris.

Gilmore anchored a Patriots defense that was elite for most of the season, leading the NFL with a +21 turnover differential. New England also led the NFL in total defense (275.9 yards per game) and scoring defense (14.1 points allowed per game).

If Gilmore does earn the Defensive Player of the Year award, it'll be the first of his eight-year career. NFL awards will be announced on Feb. 1.

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How Gisele handled inevitable Tom Brady discussion in Instagram Q&A

How Gisele handled inevitable Tom Brady discussion in Instagram Q&A

The fanbases of Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady don't have much overlap.

But when you hold a lengthy question-and-answer session on Instagram, it's only a matter of time before your New England Patriots quarterback husband gets brought up somehow.

As she fielded questions Thursday, the Brazilian supermodel first was asked where her and her family would be living next year. That question obviously is tied to where Brady decides to work in 2020 when he becomes a free agent on March 18.

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Here's Gisele's diplomatic response:

"I would love to know where I’m going to be living this year but I don’t know that yet. But hopefully somewhere nice. And wherever my husband is happy playing, so we will see."

If you want to over-analyze, Gisele's "hopefully somewhere nice" line suggests she would prefer Brady not re-sign with the Patriots in free agency and choose a warmer destination. (Tennessee, Las Vegas or Los Angeles, perhaps?)

But the Brazilian supermodel later was asked if she enjoys living in New England and responded with this:

"Yes, I love it. I’ve been living there for 12 years. My kids love it. They love the snow. As a Brazilian, I have a little harder time with the cold but I really can appreciate the beauty of the seasons there."

It sounds like Gisele wouldn't hate migrating south after over a decade in New England. And based on where things currently stand with Brady and the Patriots, there's a real chance she gets her wish.

Gisele has been supportive of her husband's career choices in the past, though, so it sounds like she'll be on board with whatever the 42-year-old QB decides.

Are Colts in contact with Tom Brady? Report refutes 'made up' rumor

Are Colts in contact with Tom Brady? Report refutes 'made up' rumor

The Tom Brady rumor mill is in full churn at the NFL Scouting Combine, but one interested party would like it to slow down.

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Brady's agent, Don Yee, is meeting with teams like the Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders and Indianapolis Colts at the Combine as the New England Patriots quarterback nears free agency.

Late Thursday night, however, The Athletic's Stephen Holder cited a source who refuted that the Colts were involved with Brady.

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But a league source strongly denied the Colts have engaged in any discussions with Brady’s camp. The source said such a story was "made up."

The Colts have current quarterback (and former Brady backup) Jacoby Brissett under contract for 2020, but could be looking for an upgrade after going 7-9 last season.

In fact, Holder also reported that Indy is vetting Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers ahead of his pending free agency.

The Colts would be a decent fit for Brady: They boast a strong offensive line, a talented defense and more cap space than every NFL team beside the Miami Dolphins.

The latest rumblings suggest the Tennessee Titans and Raiders both are ahead of Indy in the Brady sweepstakes, though, and it's notable that Holder's source so adamantly denied any contact between the Colts and Brady.

"Does that mean the Colts would be disinterested if Brady does, in fact, hit the open market?" Holder wrote. "That’s a very different question, one with an unclear answer."

For what it's worth, Colts general manager Chris Ballard gave a "no comment" when asked if his team would consider signing Brady on March 18.

"Great career, though," he added.