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Robert Kraft reportedly rejects prosecutors' plea offer; what comes next?

Robert Kraft reportedly rejects prosecutors' plea offer; what comes next?

Robert Kraft isn't interested in declaring his guilt.

The New England Patriots owner has rejected an offer from Florida prosecutors that would have had his two charges of soliciting prostitution dropped if he admitted he would have been proven guilty at trial, a "Kraft ally" told The Boston Globe's John R. Ellement on Wednesday.

ESPN's T.J. Quinn pushed back against the notion that Kraft already has rejected the offer, however.

Regardless, few expected Kraft to accept the plea offer, which was extended to all 25 men charged in Jupiter, Fla., as part of an investigation into a human trafficking ring.

According to Ellement, Kraft's legal team believes the offer went beyond what is "routinely expected" in misdemeanor cases by requiring Kraft to publicly admit he committed a criminal act, something he denied in an earlier statement.

Kraft's reported rejection would mean prosecutors plan to take the case to trial, with the Patriots owner's arraignment set for March 28.

Per Ellement, however, Kraft's legal team is negotiating with Florida State Attorney Dave Aronberg's office (which extended the plea offer) to try to reach a "mutually agreeable resolution" before trial.

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Tom Brady shares heartfelt message for his parents on their 50th anniversary

Tom Brady shares heartfelt message for his parents on their 50th anniversary

Tom Brady took a break from the humorous social media posts to share something more sentimental on Friday.

Brady wrote a heartfelt message on Instagram for his parents on their 50th anniversary. In the post, Brady explains the core values he's learned from his mother and father.

50 years ago today, my mom and dad were married and began the journey to start their own family. The strength of their marriage has always been an inspiration and the best example to me and my sisters of what true love, respect and commitment mean. 
Life always has its ups and downs and their togetherness in good and bad taught us teamwork. Their trust, love and dedication as parents taught us how to become the parents we are today. They have always put our family first and instilled in us the values they were taught from their parents, which we now carry on and teach our own kids. They have always encouraged us to attain milestones and we’re honored to celebrate this one they’ve achieved. We love you so much, mom and dad. Happy anniversary!!!

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50 years ago today, my mom and dad were married and began the journey to start their own family. The strength of their marriage has always been an inspiration and the best example to me and my sisters of what true love, respect and commitment mean. Life always has its ups and downs and their togetherness in good and bad taught us teamwork. Their trust, love and dedication as parents taught us how to become the parents we are today. They have always put our family first and instilled in us the values they were taught from their parents, which we now carry on and teach our own kids. They have always encouraged us to attain milestones and we’re honored to celebrate this one they’ve achieved. We love you so much, mom and dad. Happy anniversary!!!

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The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

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Prototypical Patriots: Looking at the future for interior of offensive line?

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Prototypical Patriots: Looking at the future for interior of offensive line?

One of the more unheralded positions of strength on the Patriots has been the interior of their offensive line.

Put dependable guys like David Andrews, Joe Thuney, and Shaq Mason under the leadership of one of the best positional coaches in the game — Dante Scarnecchia — and that's unquestionably a recipe for success.

But that triumvirate isn't going to be around forever (Thuney is set to hit free agency in 2020), and at some point, the Patriots have to plan for the future of the position.

Could this be the year that Bill Belichick looks for a succession plan in the Draft?

If so, Phil Perry has broken down which candidates in the draft pool fit the criteria that past Patriots linemen have exhibited.

Here are Phil's Prototypical Patriots for the interior of the offensive line.>>>>

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