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Robert Kraft offers realistic take on Tom Brady's future with Patriots

Robert Kraft offers realistic take on Tom Brady's future with Patriots

Robert Kraft is approaching Tom Brady's next chapter like any other New England Patriots fan.

NBC Sports' Peter King asked the Patriots owner prior to Saturday's Wild Card loss to the Tennessee Titans what he thought the future holds for Brady, who becomes a free agent in March and turns 43 in August.

Here was Kraft's answer, via King's "Football Morning in America" column Monday:

Before the season started, it was very important to Tom that he be free to do whatever he wanted at the end of the year. You know what I said to myself? That any person who plays 20 years for this team and helps us get to six Super Bowls, and been really selfless, has earned that right. I love the young man like he’s part of my family. Blood family. Anyone who’s done that has earned the right to control his future after 20 years.

But does Kraft believe Brady will return to the Patriots in 2020?

"My hope and prayer is number one, he plays for the Patriots," Kraft continued. "Or number two, he retires. He has the freedom to decide what he wants to do and what’s in his own best personal interest."

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Kraft obviously will lobby for Brady to stay in New England and has the power to sway the six-time Super Bowl champion with a new contract that meets his demands.

But Kraft seemingly is being realistic that Brady may choose a different path, whether that's retirement or following in the footsteps of Joe Montana and Johnny Unitas by finishing his career with another team.

"I’m thinking of all that, of all the quarterbacks who went elsewhere, and I just hope and believe that Tom ... he is so special that he’s earned the right to do what’s best for him," Kraft added.

Watch Rob Gronkowski's wild intro as WrestleMania 36 host

Watch Rob Gronkowski's wild intro as WrestleMania 36 host

Rob Gronkowski may be done with football, but he continues to find ways to entertain us on our television screens.

The former New England Patriots tight end is hosting WrestleMania 36 this weekend alongside WWE star Mojo Rawley. And as one would expect, Gronk brought the energy to start off the two-night event.

“[WWE] picked the right guy [to host WrestleMania], because I know how to start a party on a Saturday night and end it 30 hours later," Gronk quipped in his introduction.

Watch below:

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Between the WWE and his various other ventures, Gronkowski seemingly has been everywhere these last few weeks. He appeared on SmackDown, was revealed as White Tiger in "The Masked Singer," and participated in a virtual beer pong tournament for coronavirus relief.

In other words, retirement seems to be treating the future Pro Football Hall of Famer well.

Stephon Gilmore seems to think covering new Bills WR Stefon Diggs will be 'light work'

Stephon Gilmore seems to think covering new Bills WR Stefon Diggs will be 'light work'

Does New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore think covering new Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs will be "light work?" 

It certainly seems that way. Gilmore defended Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper after former Bills and New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan called Cooper a "turd" on ESPN's "Get Up."

The 29-year-old called Cooper one of the "toughest receivers in the league to cover," but when a fan responded saying Diggs will be tougher, another fan said he'd be "light work" and Gilmore liked that tweet. 

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Will Diggs really be that difficult for the Defensive Player of the Year to handle? It's tough to say, but Diggs put up some impressive numbers with the Minnesota Vikings before being traded to the Bills.

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In five seasons with the Vikings, Diggs has 4,623 yards and 30 touchdowns -- he's had 1,000-plus yards receiving in back-to-back years and has never played a full 16-game season. On the other hand, Gilmore had six interceptions last season with two touchdowns, 44 solo tackles and a fumble recovery. 

With the Patriots and Bills set to meet at least twice next season, it'll be interesting to see how things shake out.