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QUICK SLANTS THE PODCAST: Is tenor around Pats in a bad place?

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QUICK SLANTS THE PODCAST: Is tenor around Pats in a bad place?

The first few days of NFL free-agency have seen the Patriots lose key players and sit on the sidelines, and Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss all the moves, plus reading into Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski weighing-in on social media on their teammates going elsewhere.

(1:25) Left tackle Nate Solder is headed to the New York Giants...could the Patriots have handled this key situation better? Tom says the Patriots weren't aggressive enough with their offer in recent weeks. (7:20) To no one's surprise, Malcolm Butler is also moving on, leaving a hole in the defensive backfield. (15:00) Curran and Perry get into a great discussion about how the Patriots winning Super Bowl 51, and Tom Brady getting his fifth Lombardi Trophy might have been the start of a new philosophy on "Brady The Brand" off the field. (20:30) Do Gotham Chopra's comments to Peter King signal this could be the last year for TB12?

(27:40) The Patriots were able to add to the defensive line by trading for Danny Shelton. (29:40) Is Eric Rowe capable of securing Butler's spot? Also, a trip around the AFC (32:00), how likely is it that Ndamukong Suh signs with the Patriots, and Gronkowski might need to be in-line for a pay bump...or else (36:25).

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Did Tom Brady fire back at 'dad bod' comments via Twitter?

Did Tom Brady fire back at 'dad bod' comments via Twitter?

Was Tom Brady, via his TB12 center Twitter account, firing back at those who took shots at his "dad bod" as seen in recent paparazzi photos?

Check out the pinned tweet at the top of TB12's Twitter 

It's no doubt in response to what GQ called "#TorsoGate"

He's come a long way from the 2000 NFL combine before he was made the 199th pick overall:

Brady's TB12 Method famously touts pliability, eschews weight training and promotes what some see as an untraditional diet for an elite athlete - remember him eating a strawberry with Stephen Colbert this past winter?

The soon-to-be-41-year-old (Aug. 3) Patriots quarterback will apparently have an early start on getting into football shape. He plans to be at training camp ahead of Wednesday's veteran reporting date. 

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Edelman won't take four-game PED suspension to court

Edelman won't take four-game PED suspension to court

We won't be following this four-game suspension through the federal court system the way we did another one.

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is not going to pursue an appeal of his four-game PED suspension in court and will sit out the first four games of the regular season.

Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network was first to report that Edelman wouldn't be going to court to appeal.

Edelman's teammate, Tom Brady famously took the appeal of his Deflategate four-game suspension through various federal court hearings before dropping the case before the 2016 season.

Edelman, 32, who missed all of last season recovering from ACL surgery, can participate in training camp and preseason games but will miss regular season games at home vs. the Texans Sept. 9, at the Jaguars Sept. 16, at the Lions Sept. 23 and at home vs. the Dolphins Sept. 30. 

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