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Tom Brady to MLB? Patriots QB jokes about career change on Twitter

Tom Brady to MLB? Patriots QB jokes about career change on Twitter

The retirement joke was one thing, Tom. Now you're starting to worry us.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his Twitter debut Monday with an April Fools' Day prank and has been on a roll ever since, going back and forth with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and sending love notes to his wife, Gisele Bundchen.

Brady's latest gag: quote tweeting Los Angeles Rams cornerback (and former Patriot) Aqib Talib about ditching football for a career in baseball.

There's context here: Brady was a stud catcher in high school, and the Montreal Expos actually selected him in the 18th round of the 1995 MLB Draft before he went to Michigan to pursue his quarterbacking dream.

(Here's a lovely Photoshop of his would-be Expos baseball card:)

Brady and Talib probably would earn more money as elite baseball players, too: Both Chris Sale and Xander Bogaerts, who were among the rash of MLB stars to sign lucrative extensions in recent days, have higher annual salaries than the two Pro Bowlers.

Maybe this is Brady's way of asking the Patriots for a bit of a raise?

Lest you're concerned about the 41-year-old Brady actually ditching the Patriots to play baseball ... The Expos don't even exist anymore.

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The Best at 32: Top NFL Draft picks taken with 32nd selection

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The Best at 32: Top NFL Draft picks taken with 32nd selection

The Patriots will have a long wait on Thursday night before they are on the clock for their first pick of the 2019 NFL Draft.

It's a position they've found themselves in before. This will be the fourth time in the last 15 years that they've owned the 32nd overall pick. (It would have been the fifth time, but DeflateGate cost them a first-round pick in 2017.)

Will Bill Belichick be able to find some top-tier talent? Tom E. Curran looked at past drafts, and found that some teams have managed to strike gold with pick number 32, though it's far from a sure bet.

Check out Tom's list of the Top 15 players taken at No. 32 overall.>>>>

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NFL draft rumors: Patriots have shown a 'ton of interest' in QB Will Grier

NFL draft rumors: Patriots have shown a 'ton of interest' in QB Will Grier

The New England Patriots currently are slated to close out the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft with pick No. 32, and after passing on Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson in a similar spot in last year's draft, could they use this season's first-rounder to select Tom Brady's eventual successor?

Grier is one of the top quarterbacks in the 2019 NFL Draft and could be selected anywhere from the mid-to-late first round to the early portion of the second round. What level of interest do the Patriots have in Grier with Thursday night's first round fast approaching? Tony Pauline of Draft Analyst reported an update Monday:

The New England Patriots have shown a ton of interest in Grier and could draft him as the first round closes out. The New York Giants also like Grier, and he could be their fallback plan if they don’t take a signal caller in Round 1. The Carolina Panthers also have an infatuation with Grier and will consider him in the second round.

Would the Patriots really take Grier in Round 1, or is this a smokescreen designed to trip up opposing front offices?

The Patriots do need a quarterback of the future. Contrary to what we've seen from Tom Brady in recent seasons, the 41-year-old quarterback will, at some point, start to break down and eventually retire. There aren't any great candidates already on the roster to play the role of Brady's successor, so drafting a QB this weekend makes a lot of sense for New England.

Grier played really well for the Mountaineers last season. He completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,864 yards with 34 touchdown passes and eight interceptions. He reportedly visited with the Patriots earlier this month, as did Duke quarterback Daniel Jones. Missouri quarterback Drew Lock could be available on Day 2 of the draft as well.

Click here for our final 2019 Patriots mock draft roundup>>>

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