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Tom Brady addresses rumor he was against Patriots releasing Antonio Brown

Tom Brady addresses rumor he was against Patriots releasing Antonio Brown

When the Patriots signed Antonio Brown earlier this month, it was reported Tom Brady told Robert Kraft he was "100 percent in" on bringing in the controversial wide receiver.

Eleven days later, Brown was released after intimidating texts sent by him to one of his accusers leaked to the public. That was the final straw for Kraft, who reportedly became "enraged" upon hearing about Brown's latest incident.

There has been some speculation the decision to part ways with Brown was Kraft's, and that both Brady and Bill Belichick disagreed with the Patriots owner's choice to cut ties with the star wideout. During his weekly interview on Westwood One with Jim Gray, Brady addressed that rumor.

"I think there's always reports and speculation about a lot of things that I have said or have not said or have been a part of," Brady told Gray. "The reality is I don't make any personnel decisions. I don't decide to sign players, I don't decide to trade them, I don't decide to release them, I don't decide to draft them. I don't get asked. I show up and I do my job. I'm an employee like everyone else.

"I'm gonna show up this week and do the best I can do as quarterback. Maybe one day I will be an owner and I can make all the decisions that I want, but I would probably have to play another 20 years in the NFL to be able to afford that."

Brady also noted his displeasure with his private "100-percent in" comment being made public.

With Brown gone, Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, Phillip Dorsett, and Jakobi Meyers will be Brady's go-to targets for the time being. If Edelman is forced to miss any time with his rib injury, the wide receiver position suddenly reverts to being an area of concern.

Brown tallied four catches for 56 yards and a touchdown in his lone game with the Patriots vs. the Miami Dolphins.

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Could we have predicted Michael Bennett's suspension?

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Could we have predicted Michael Bennett's suspension?

Should the Patriots have seen the Michael Bennett suspension coming? Josh McDaniels on N'Keal Harry, Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry break down WR trade targets and more...

2:18 - Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the one-game suspension the Patriots placed on Michael Bennett after an apparent "philosophical disagreement" the defensive end had with coaches last week. Did the Patriots know what they were getting into when they signed him?

16:27 - N'Keal Harry returned the practice field after sitting out the first six games of the regular season. Josh McDaniels answers Tom's questions about how much the Patriots are able to rely on the rookie receiver.

27:53 - Tom and Phil cycle through which receivers are out there that the Patriots are likely targeting before the trade deadline.

35:53 - Rob Gronkowski may have finally put an end to the possibility of his return with the comments he made on WEEI. Tom talks about why it's finally time for Patriots fans to let him go.

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Report: Jaguars trade CB Jalen Ramsey to Rams

Report: Jaguars trade CB Jalen Ramsey to Rams

One month after requesting a trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jalen Ramsey got his wish.

The star cornerback was traded to the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday for two first-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021 and a fourth-rounder in 2021, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The news comes on the heels of the Rams trading veteran CB Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens and placing Aqib Talib on injured reserve on Tuesday.

Ramsey's move to the NFC is great news for the Patriots, as New England won't have to worry about the two-time Pro Bowler helping out the Kansas City Chiefs' scuffling defense after they were rumored to be one of his suitors.

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