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Will Tom Brady ever retire? Gisele admits she's failed in swaying him

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Will Tom Brady ever retire? Gisele admits she's failed in swaying him

If Gisele Bundchen had her way, Tom Brady wouldn't be preparing to play the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend.

Bundchen has expressed her concern in the past for her husband's safety on the football field, and she reiterated that stance Wednesday during an appearance on "The 'Ellen' Show."

"I definitely wouldn't want to have his job, that's for sure," Bundchen said of the New England Patriots quarterback. "I think it's definitely something that you get concerned (about).

"But he loves it so much, and you've got to let him do what he loves."

 

A report from January revealed the Brazilian supermodel tried to convince the then-40-year-old Brady to retire from football. Bundchen suggested Wednesday she's given up on trying to sway him, though.

"I think you should talk with him about that," Bundchen said when host Ellen DeGeneres jokingly asked her to convince Brady to retire because she's a New Orleans Saints fan. 

"I haven’t been very successful. I want him to do whatever makes him happy, but maybe if you have a conversation with him — explain that you love the Saints."

Brady appears intent on playing until he's 45, though, and it sounds like even his wife's concerns won't stop him.

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2020 NFL Draft odds: Latest betting line on Patriots' first-round pick

2020 NFL Draft odds: Latest betting line on Patriots' first-round pick

The New England Patriots have 12 picks in the 2020 NFL Draft, which gives head coach Bill Belichick plenty of opportunities to plug the holes on his roster entering next season.

There are plenty of positions on the Patriots roster to address after free agency hit the team hard. Not only did the Patriots lose starting quarterback Tom Brady, many key defensive players also left New England as free agents, including Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins and Danny Shelton. Veteran safety Duron Harmon was traded to the Detroit Lions in a move that opened up salary cap space. Longtime starting kicker Stephen Gostkowski was released, too, creating a need on special teams.

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With several positional needs on both sides of the ball, it's not easy to predict whether the Patriots will go offense or defense with their first-round pick. Oddsmakers, however, are leaning one way.

Here are the latest odds on if the Patriots will choose offense or defense with their first pick (via DraftKings Sportsbook):

Offense: -134
Defense: +110

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Experts are pretty divided on which area the of the field the Patriots will target in Round 1. For example, our most recent 2020 NFL mock draft roundup had six experts predicting the Patriots would take a offensive player at No. 23, while five experts predicted an defensive player.

NBC Sports Boston Patriots insider Phil Perry has Baylor wide receiver Denzel Mims going to the Patriots in his latest first-round mock draft. Wide receiver is among the areas of need for New England, and the 2020 class of wideouts is being labeled as historically good by many experts.

There's always a chance the Patriots could trade down out of the first round and acquire more picks. It's hard to get a read on Belichick, which makes predicting whether the Patriots go offense or defense with their first pick harder than it would be for most other teams.

QB South? Saints' Drew Brees, Falcons' Dan Quinn react to Tom Brady joining division

QB South? Saints' Drew Brees, Falcons' Dan Quinn react to Tom Brady joining division

Don't look now, but the NFC South now has one of the NFL's best crops of quarterbacks.

The division obviously got a boost when Tom Brady left the New England Patriots in free agency to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

But the South has two incumbents with very strong pedigrees in New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees and Atlanta Falcons signal-caller Matt Ryan.

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And don't forget about former Saints backup Teddy Bridgewater, who replaces Cam Newton as the Carolina Panthers' high-upside starter.

"The NFC South is turning into QB South," Falcons head coach Dan Quinn quipped Wednesday, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's D. Orlando Ledbetter.

Quinn is well aware of what Brady brings, though -- his former team hasn't lost the AFC East since 2008 -- and knows the Bucs are an immediate threat with the six-time Super Bowl champion under center.

"I think that makes the division more competitive. It will be a battle, man," Quinn said, via ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure.

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Brees apparently agrees with Quinn's assessment.

"Yeah, well, the division just got a little bit better, didn't it?" the veteran quarterback told Ellen DeGeneres on Wednesday during an appearance on "The Ellen Show," via ESPN.com.

" ... Our division has Teddy Bridgewater, Tom Brady, Matt Ryan and myself with the Saints. It's always been a very challenging division, and it just kicked up a notch."

Brees' Saints still are the betting favorites to win their fourth straight NFC South title. Brady's Bucs are right behind them, though, and if the soon-to-be-43-year-old QB gets on the same page with offensive weapons Chris Godwin, Mike Evans and O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay could snap that streak.

As for the AFC East? With Jarrett Stidham (Patriots), Josh Allen (Bills), Sam Darnold (Jets) and whichever QB the Dolphins land on in the 2020 NFL Draft, it's safe to say they've slid in the Division QB Power Rankings.