Heading into the offseason after yet another Super Bowl win, one of the biggest areas of concerns for the Patriots is wide receiver.
There were similar concerns this time last season. The team eventually shored up the position by trading for Cordarrelle Patterson and Josh Gordon, but Patterson is a free agent and Gordon's return to the team is still up in the air.
Neither move might've happened if the Patriots had succeeded in their pursuit of one star player in 2018.
On Pro Football Talk Live, Chris Simms reported that the Patriots were frontrunners to land star wideout Odell Beckham Jr. when the Giants were shopping him last offseason.
"From everything I know, from multiple sources, the thing that stopped the trade conversation with Odell Beckham Jr. is because the team that was most aggressive in pursuing him was the New England Patriots. The New England Patriots were trying to get Odell Beckham Jr. all last offseason."
If the trade went through, last season might've turned out quite differently for New England. Beckham Jr. would have been the most talented wideout Tom Brady had thrown to in years. Gordon put up 737 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games with the Patriots. What kind of numbers could Beckham Jr. have put up if he was catching passes from Brady over the course of a full season?
With receiver remaining a weak spot in New England and continued rumors that the Giants may move on from Beckham Jr. sooner rather than later, the Patriots may have another chance. He isn't a typical Patriot with his hefty contract and constant presence in the media, but Bill Belichick is trying to maximize the last leg of Brady's career. No one can predict what he's up to in Foxboro.
Time will only tell if the Pats take another swing at the supremely talented receiver.
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The San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs will square off in Super Bowl LIV on Sunday night in Miami, but before stepping on the field, they will meet the media Monday at Super Bowl Opening Night.
The event, which used to be called "Media Day", has produced many memorable moments, including some of the most bizarre questions imaginable and a wedding proposal involving New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
The Patriots aren't in the Super Bowl after making three consecutive appearances, but they might still be the subject of several Opening Night storylines.
49ers starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo won two Super Bowl titles as Brady's backup, and he's now aiming for his first championship triumph as a starter. His head coach, Kyle Shanahan, was the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons when they blew a 28-3 lead and lost Super Bowl LI to the Patriots in 2016. Shanahan has not been afraid to talk about that heartbreaking loss to the Patriots, and he likely will be asked about it again Monday night.
The Chiefs bounced back from an AFC Championship Game loss to the Patriots last season and now look like the next dominant team in the conference.
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The Los Angeles Chargers will be in the market for a quarterback this offseason, it appears.
The Chargers have "moved on" from quarterback Philip Rivers ahead of his pending free agency, FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reported Monday on "The Herd" with Colin Cowherd.
Rivers told ESPN last week he had "permanently" moved from San Diego to Florida to be closer to his family, a sign that his 16-year career with the Chargers may be coming to an end.
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That means Rivers will enter the free-agent market ... along with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who will be free-agent eligible on March 18 for the first time in his NFL career.
Los Angeles has been speculated as a possible destination for Brady, who often trains in Southern California during the offseason, has family, friends and business partners in the area and is interested in expanding his TB12 Sports brand.
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The Chargers also are set to move into the brand-new SoFi Stadium this fall and could create serious buzz around the franchise by signing Brady -- a six-time Super Bowl champion whose jersey still is among the most popular in the NFL after 20 years -- to take over for Rivers with Tyrod Taylor staying on as a backup.
Brady has played his free-agent cards close to the vest this winter, but the Chargers just became a legitimate option for the 42-year-old QB following Rivers' departure.