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Report: Patriots have 'had internal discussions' about reacquiring Jamie Collins

Report: Patriots have 'had internal discussions' about reacquiring Jamie Collins

A Jamie Collins-Patriots reunion?

The Athletic's Jeff Howe reports the Pats have "had internal discussions" about attempting to reacquire Collins from the Browns (subscription required), whom they dealt to Cleveland at the trade deadline in 2016 for a third-round draft choice.

This year's trade deadline is Tuesday at 4 p.m. EDT and the Pats -- who are said to be actively seeking help, though the names that have surfaced are on the offensive side of the ball -- may be looking to bolster the front seven on defense. 

Collins, 29, was a Pats' second-round pick in 2013 and played a key role in the 2014 Super Bowl championship. His trade sparked plenty of controversy hereabouts, but there's been other talk of his coming back recently. Just three weeks ago, ESPN's Bill Barnwell said that Collins-for-a-2019-seventh-round-pick was a "sensisble" midseason trade.

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Tom Brady recruits Zdeno Chara as Rob Gronkowski's replacement

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Tom Brady recruits Zdeno Chara as Rob Gronkowski's replacement

Tom Brady has an idea for Rob Gronkowski's replacement at tight end, and it doesn't involve free agency or the upcoming NFL Draft.

The Patriots quarterback had a light bulb go off above his head while watching the Bruins take on the Maple Leafs in Game 7. Why not have 6-foot-9, 256-pound defenseman Zdeno Chara give tight end a shot?

All jokes aside, Brady has been one of Chara's biggest fans during the Bruins' first-round series. He also left a motivational comment on Chara's Instagram post prior to Tuesday night's Game 7 matchup.

As for what the Patriots are really doing to fill Gronk's void at tight end, they signed both Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Matt LaCosse in free agency during the offseason. It remains to be seen whether they'll address the tight end position during the NFL Draft, which begins April 25.

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Next-Pats Podcast: Draft week is finally here; Mike Lombardi talks assessing talent

Next-Pats Podcast: Draft week is finally here; Mike Lombardi talks assessing talent

At last, the draft has arrived - almost. Phil Perry talks to former Patriots staffer Mike Lombardi as the annual selection of talent looms.

3:42 - Phil Perry is joined by former assistant to the Patriots coaching staff, football analyst and writer for the Athletic Mike Lombardi. The two begin by discussing the validity of certain reports on players in the upcoming draft.

7:44 - Are the Patriots in a position where they need to pick a quarterback this year? Lombardi explains how difficult it is to judge talent because of the difference in the level of competition in college football.

12:26 - Lombardi talks about how this year's draft could be weak compared to previous years' and how the Patriots should approach their selections because of that.

18:36 - Phil goes through his final mock draft, with the picks being decided by the fans via Twitter polls.


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