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Time to officially end the Odell Beckham Jr.-to-Patriots rumors?

Time to officially end the Odell Beckham Jr.-to-Patriots rumors?

Editor’s note: In the coming weeks our Patriots insiders will be speaking with beat writers from around the NFL to get an outside view on what the future holds for the Patriots. Today’s team: The Cleveland Browns with Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.

Over the last couple of years, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been a subject of New England Patriots trade rumors.

As crazy as that speculation may seem, it isn't unfounded. The Cleveland Browns superstar has been open about his admiration for Tom Brady, and the former Pats quarterback could have used an additional weapon or two toward the end of his tenure in New England.

But now that Brady has taken his talents to Tampa Bay, can we officially put the OBJ-to-New England talk to rest? Tom E. Curran asked Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com that question on the latest edition of Patriots Opposing Views.

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"Now that Tom Brady is gone, I'm pretty sure that it would be a dead issue," Cabot said. "I don't know that Odell is pining away to go to New England without Tom Brady there. I think that he is completely 100 percent enamored with Tom Brady. He has said as much ...

"I've talked to Odell myself just about how he feels about Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, so it was the combination of those two guys that he from afar always wistfully wished he could be a part of that. Now that Tom isn't there, I wouldn't necessarily think that this is something he would be clamoring after."

Rumors swirled during the Browns' disappointing 2019 campaign about Beckham telling opposing coaches to trade for him in the offseason. Of course, he hasn't been dealt and is preparing for a bounce-back season with a Cleveland team that has a new head coach in Kevin Stefanski.

In New England, it'll likely be Jarrett Stidham taking over for Brady at the quarterback position. While that may not seem so enticing for OBJ now, we'll just have to see how the 2020 season plays out. Perhaps a strong showing from Stidham and another down year in Cleveland would reinvigorate Beckham's interest.

Patriots TE Devin Asiasi joins Cam Newton, N'Keal Harry for workouts

Patriots TE Devin Asiasi joins Cam Newton, N'Keal Harry for workouts

Twelve days ago, Cam Newton was still a free agent looking for work.

But ever since he agreed to a one-year contract with the Patriots, he's been very busy trying to get ready for the 2020 season, learning the playbook and developing chemistry with his new receivers.

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In addition to N'Keal Harry, whose workout with Newton was captured on video, rookie tight end Devin Asiasi was also catching passes from New England's new quarterback. Twitter user amirmehrtash15 took pictures with both Asiasi and Newton at the UCLA practice session and posted them in reponse to the Providence Journal's Mark Daniels.

The workout wasn't limited to Patriots, as Browns wideout Odell Beckham Jr. was also in attendance.

Newton trying to fast-track a relationship with his new teammates makes perfect sense. He set up his first practice with Mohamed Sanu on the day he signed his Patriots contract, and in less than two weeks, he's already connected with three of the guys who will be among his top receiving options in 2020.

The Patriots certainly hope all that extra work pays off, as training camps could open as soon as the end of this month once the NFL and NFLPA can finalize preseason dates.

Jarvis Landry begs Tom Brady to speak up: 'We need to hear you'

Jarvis Landry begs Tom Brady to speak up: 'We need to hear you'

Tom Brady has lent his name, voice, and stature when players have had issues with the NFL in the past. In 2011, the then-Patriots quarterback was among 10 players who sued the NFL in federal court in an antitrust lawsuit asking to prevent a lawsuit.

And now, one of Brady's NFL brethren is asking the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback to step up again.

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Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry tweeted at Brady Thursday night, imploring the future Hall of Famer to step up and lend his voice on calls with the NFL.

While Landry didn't specify what he was asking Brady to speak up about, the NFL and NFL Players Association have been discussing a litany of issues regarding the upcoming 2020 season, which is only two months away.

A variety of medical and testing protocol questions amid the coronavirus pandemic have yet to be resolved, and the league's ban on postgame jersey swaps was widely lampooned by players on Thursday.

NBC Sports Boston's Tom E. Curran even suggested that the league should postpone the season by a month while it gets its business in order, but for now Landry wants one of the league's most prominent players to assist in the process.

He explained why he called out Brady specifically in a response to a tweet criticizing him for his original post. (Warning: NSFW language below.)

Whether or not Brady lends his voice, the time to figure out all of the roadblocks to a 2020 season is rapidly running out. Rookies are scheduled to report to training camps a week from Sunday.