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Why we could know if Titans will pursue Tom Brady by end of the week

Why we could know if Titans will pursue Tom Brady by end of the week

All has been (relatively) quiet on the Tom Brady free agency front to this point.

But the New England Patriots quarterback's list of suitors could be whittled down this week.

As Adam Schefter explained Tuesday on ESPN's "Get Up!", NFL teams can begin placing franchise tags on players beginning this Thursday. Ryan Tannehill, who's also a pending free agent, is a candidate to receive the Tennessee Titans' tag if they don't offer the quarterback a long-term extension.

To connect a couple dots: If the Titans use their franchise tag on Tannehill on Thursday (or over the weekend), it all but rules out Brady signing with Tennessee.

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The longer the Titans go without tagging Tannehill between Thursday and when the window closes March 12, the more likely it becomes that they're serious about pursuing Brady.

Tennessee has been viewed as a top Brady destination for several reasons, notably the quarterback's connection with Titans head coach (and former Patriots linebacker) Mike Vrabel, who has assembled an upstart AFC contender with a strong defense and balanced offense.

But Tannehill went 7-3 as Tennessee's starter last season and helped guide the team to the AFC Championship Game, so it's possible the Titans could roll with the 31-year-old in 2020 and beyond rather than paying up for Brady.

Brady and his agent, Don Yee, are expected to kick off discussions with the Patriots this week at the NFL Scouting Combine, and their dialog could come around the same time Tennessee reaches a verdict at QB.

In short: Brady Watch could pick up by the end of the week.

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NFL Rumors: DE Derek Wolfe signs with Ravens after Patriots showed interest

NFL Rumors: DE Derek Wolfe signs with Ravens after Patriots showed interest

The Patriots reportedly pursued free-agent defensive end Derek Wolfe, but he won't be coming to New England.

Instead, the former Denver Bronco is headed to the Baltimore Ravens on a one-year, $6 million deal according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.


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It was reported last week the Patriots had discussions with Wolfe, who tallied a career-high seven sacks with Denver in 2019. The 30-year-old was selected by the Broncos in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft and has been a rock-solid contributor on their defensive line the past eight seasons.

New England could use a boost to its pass rush after losing several key defensive players to free agency. Notable departures include Kyle Van Noy (Miami Dolphins), Jamie Collins (Detroit Lions) and defensive tackle Danny Shelton (Lions).

Happy 3-28, Patriots fans! That could mean only one thing

Happy 3-28, Patriots fans! That could mean only one thing

While this quarantined life most of us have been living has some of us losing track of dates and even days of the week, here's a reminder that it is indeed March 28.

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That would be 3-28.

And in New England, 3-28 brings to mind one thing.

Super Bowl LI.

The Patriots, of course, were on the 3 end, and the Atlanta Falcons 28, when late in the third quarter, New England's comeback began. The rest is happy history for Patriots fans. 

So, on 3-28, guess what's trending on Twitter? It's Saturday, by the way. 

New Orleans Saints fans like to remind their NFC South rivals what day it is, too:

To get a good look at the comeback, you can tune into FOX Sunday at 3 when the Patriots' 34-28 victory is re-aired.