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What Vikings GM's comments tell us about Stefon Diggs-to-Patriots speculation

What Vikings GM's comments tell us about Stefon Diggs-to-Patriots speculation

The NFL Scouting Combine is a great place for head coaches and general managers to squash rumors.

Or attempt to squash them, anyway.

Minnesota Vikings GM Rick Spielman was asked Tuesday about the status of wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who recently deleted all Vikings-related content from his Instagram amid speculation that he's unhappy in Minnesota and may want a trade.

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"He's not only a major part of our offense and a major part of our organization winning games, but he also does a lot of things for this organization off the field as well," Spielman responded, via NFL.com.

"There is no reason ... to anticipate that Stefon Diggs is not going to be a Minnesota Viking."

That settles that, right? New England Patriots fans can give up on the dream of Bill Belichick trading for the talented wideout, right?

Not quite.

Recent history tells us an NFL GM refuting a rumor doesn't preclude it from coming to life. Just ask Giants general manager Dave Gettleman, who was adamant New York wouldn't trade Odell Beckham Jr. ("We didn't sign him to trade him") last January before promptly dealing him to the Cleveland Browns two months later.

You can also ask Spielman himself: The Vikings GM said in 2013 the team had "no intent" to move wideout Percy Harvin, only to flip Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks that March.

The takeaway? Even if the Vikings say Diggs is a part of their future -- the 26-year-old has four years remaining on his five-year, $72 million contract -- a lot can change between now and the beginning of the new league year in March.

If the Vikings-Diggs relationship does sour, there's reason for the Patriots to be interested: New England lacked a top-flight wide receiver outside Julian Edelman last season, and adding an elite offensive weapon perhaps could convince Tom Brady to stay in Foxboro.

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WATCH: Rob Gronkowski serves as grand marshal for eNASCAR race

WATCH: Rob Gronkowski serves as grand marshal for eNASCAR race

Rob Gronkowski hasn't exactly kept a low profile since retiring from the NFL a year ago.

The former New England Patriots tight end recently signed a WWE contract and has spent the weekend hosting WrestleMania 36. Earlier in the week, he was revealed as White Tiger in the singing competition TV show "The Masked Singer".

Then on Sunday, Gronk made an appearance on FOX’s broadcast of NASCAR's iRacing Pro Invitational Series race at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway. He and WWE star Mojo Rawley served as co-Grand Marshals for the race and told drivers to start their (virtual) engines.

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Gronk never fails to bring the energy, and the same certainly can be said for Rawley. The duo will host the second and final night of WrestleMania 36 starting at 6 p.m. Sunday.

NFL Rumors: Patriots held video conference with QB prospect James Morgan

NFL Rumors: Patriots held video conference with QB prospect James Morgan

The New England Patriots once again may be looking to add a quarterback who isn't near the top of many 2020 NFL Draft boards.

According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, the Patriots recently held a video conference with Florida International quarterback James Morgan. New England reportedly has been one of many teams eyeing the under-the-radar prospect.

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Reiss writes:

With only 2019 fourth-round pick Jarrett Stidham and veteran Brian Hoyer on the depth chart, the Patriots almost certainly will add a rookie quarterback. The question is when.

They will cast a wide net, as usual. One example: League sources say Florida International quarterback James Morgan had a videoconference meeting with the team. Morgan, who grew up in Green Bay and naturally modeled his game after Pro Football Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre, is an intriguing prospect who scouts say performed well in the East-West Shrine Game.

Morgan spent two years at Bowling Green State University and his next two at FIU. In 2019, he completed 58 percent of his passes for 2,585 yards, 14 touchdowns, and five interceptions. In his previous season, he set a school-record with 26 touchdown passes.

While the Patriots selecting Morgan wouldn't be the sexiest pick of the draft, it wouldn't be a huge surprise. After all, they have some experience drafting under-the-radar QBs in the later rounds. That strategy has worked out OK for Bill Belichick and Co. in the past.

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