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Report: Deal offered by Florida prosecutors a 'non-starter' for Robert Kraft

Report: Deal offered by Florida prosecutors a 'non-starter' for Robert Kraft

Florida prosecutors reportedly offered to drop the charges against Robert Kraft, as long as the Patriots owner admits he would have been proven guilty at trial for soliciting prostitution. But the offer is a "non-starter" for Kraft, according to T.J. Quinn of ESPN.

Quinn says he expects "intense negotiations" between Kraft and prosecutors over the next week.

According to Quinn, Kraft's focus is on distancing himself from any trafficking allegations and keeping the surveillance video of himself at the Jupiter, Fla. spa sealed. No individuals involved in the case have been charged for trafficking thus far, and Kraft already has filed a motion to seal the video evidence.

During Tuesday's Early Edition, Dean of the Massachusetts School of Law Michael Coyne mentioned the video as a reason for why Kraft may still opt to take the deal offered to him by Florida prosecutors.

"The whole case turns on keeping that video out of public view, and that's why he may take the deal, because that's the safest bet to keep it out," Coyne said. "It is not foolproof, because Florida has an expansive law with respect to the public's right to know. But if he takes the deal, he's got a greater likelihood of suppressing it, and if they're able to keep that out of the public view, that's a win-win-win for Kraft and the Patriots."

Kraft's arraignment is scheduled for March 28.

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Lombardi doesn't see a 'Day 1 starter' at QB in this draft

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Lombardi doesn't see a 'Day 1 starter' at QB in this draft

If anyone could provide insight into what Bill Belichick and the Patriots might be thinking on the eve of the NFL draft, it's Michael Lombardi. The former Pats staffer and Belichick confidant once dubbed "one of the smartest people I know" by the coach.

Lombardi joined Phil Perry this week on "The Next Pats Podcast" to look ahead to a draft he doesn't seem enamored with - particularly at quarterback for those thinking the heir to Tom Brady might be selected this weekend.

Lombardi was on Belichick's staff the last time that attempt was made - when Jimmy Garoppolo was drafted in 2014.

"Tom has defeated Father Time," Lombardi told Perry. "When we drafted Jimmy Garoppolo in 2014, did anybody think Tom would last another five years?  Anybody who said yes, other than Tom, probably wasn't telling the truth. Tom's just remarkable..."

As for this draft class of QBs, Lombardi said: "I'm not sure there's a quarterback in this draft, [rumored No. 1 pick Kyler] Murray included, who doesn't have some kind of fault in them...I have a hard time looking at this draft and saying [of the QBs] this guy's a Day 1 starter or a Pro Bowl player. "

Lombardi echoed Belichick's comments at the coach's pre-draft meeting with the media about the difficulty involved in evaluating college passers because of the level of competition they're coming from.

"Nobody ever talks about the level of competition and that's really the challenge of evaluating college players," Lombardi said. "When you watch pro players it's easy because they're going against other pro players."

And what might the Pats be looking for tomorrow night with pick No. 32? Lombardi sees them leaning toward defense.

"I think the thing about the Patriots is they realize that they've got to get a good player at 32," he told Perry. "If it's a corner that they like, that can come in and play a role for them this year, I think they could pick the corner. If there happened to be a linebacker or a defensive end that could rush, they can do that. It's going to be what the player's skill set is, what he could do this year and what impact he could utilize within there. You know there's always the chance he [Belichick] could trade down for more second-round picks."

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Julian Edelman recruits Zion Williamson to be new Patriots tight end

Julian Edelman recruits Zion Williamson to be new Patriots tight end

Zion Williamson in all likelihood will be the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, but Julian Edelman still made his best pitch for the Duke standout to join the Patriots instead.

Edelman tweeted out a photoshopped image of Williamson holding up a Patriots jersey with Robert and Jonathan Kraft, and he let the 6-foot-10 18-year-old know about the Pats' open tight end position.

Edelman isn't the only Patriot recruiting athletes from other sports to take Rob Gronkowski's place at tight end. Tom Brady did the same Tuesday night with Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara.

As for how the Patriots are realistically filling Gronk's void, they signed both Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Matt LaCosse in free agency. They also could look to add more depth at the position via the NFL Draft, which begins on Thursday.

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