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Time to officially end the Odell Beckham Jr.-to-Patriots rumors?

Time to officially end the Odell Beckham Jr.-to-Patriots rumors?

Editor’s note: In the coming weeks our Patriots insiders will be speaking with beat writers from around the NFL to get an outside view on what the future holds for the Patriots. Today’s team: The Cleveland Browns with Mary Kay Cabot of

Over the last couple of years, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been a subject of New England Patriots trade rumors.

As crazy as that speculation may seem, it isn't unfounded. The Cleveland Browns superstar has been open about his admiration for Tom Brady, and the former Pats quarterback could have used an additional weapon or two toward the end of his tenure in New England.

But now that Brady has taken his talents to Tampa Bay, can we officially put the OBJ-to-New England talk to rest? Tom E. Curran asked Mary Kay Cabot of that question on the latest edition of Patriots Opposing Views.

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"Now that Tom Brady is gone, I'm pretty sure that it would be a dead issue," Cabot said. "I don't know that Odell is pining away to go to New England without Tom Brady there. I think that he is completely 100 percent enamored with Tom Brady. He has said as much ...

"I've talked to Odell myself just about how he feels about Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, so it was the combination of those two guys that he from afar always wistfully wished he could be a part of that. Now that Tom isn't there, I wouldn't necessarily think that this is something he would be clamoring after."

Rumors swirled during the Browns' disappointing 2019 campaign about Beckham telling opposing coaches to trade for him in the offseason. Of course, he hasn't been dealt and is preparing for a bounce-back season with a Cleveland team that has a new head coach in Kevin Stefanski.

In New England, it'll likely be Jarrett Stidham taking over for Brady at the quarterback position. While that may not seem so enticing for OBJ now, we'll just have to see how the 2020 season plays out. Perhaps a strong showing from Stidham and another down year in Cleveland would reinvigorate Beckham's interest.

Ex-Ravens scout unearths Bill Belichick's blueprint for ideal quarterback

Ex-Ravens scout unearths Bill Belichick's blueprint for ideal quarterback

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has done things by the book since his days as the Cleveland Browns head coach nearly 30 years ago. 

After a long wait, Belichick finally landed his perfect quarterback in 2000 (though he didn't start him until 2001). Well, at least in relation to a 1991 handout that detailed what he looks for and expects from the ideal QB in his system. 

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NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah, an ex-Baltimore Ravens scout, revealed a document he received in his time with the Ravens, who descended from the Cleveland Browns after the owner Art Modell moved the franchise to Baltimore. It details what Belichick's ideal offense looks like. Most notable was Belichick's description of what he's looking for in a QB: 

QB: #1 is to make good decisions -- then arm, size, physically tough, leadership, guys look up to and have confidence in, a real competitor. Accurate rather than guy with a cannon. Emphasis on our game will be on decision, timing, accuracy -- guy needs to be confident, intelligence is important but not as much so as field awareness and judgement. Can't be sloppy fundamentally unsound guy w/ ball handling, tech's, etc. Footwork, drops, release, etc. -- QB has to be able to throw the ball with accuracy. 

Sound like anyone familiar? After 10 years (remember, this document was from 1991), Belichick finally landed his guy in Tom Brady when he drafted the Michigan QB in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft and eventually replaced Drew Bledsoe with him the next season. What's more remarkable is he managed to hang on to his dream QB for 20 years before Brady decided to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency. 

Brady certainly fits Belichick's description: He makes extremely good decisions, has a strong arm and is a true competitor. While Brady doesn't necessarily have a "cannon" of an arm compared to other QBs, he's accurate and places a high value on the fundamentals. 

The descriptions in the document Jeremiah tweeted definitely still hold true to what Belichick maintains as his standards today. It'll be interesting to see if he does, in fact, draft a quarterback this year.

If he does, you can bet that guy will be someone who makes smart decisions above anything else. 

Source: Browns trading Odell Beckham Jr. would be a 'shock'

Source: Browns trading Odell Beckham Jr. would be a 'shock'

We're less than 24 hours into the NFL's legal tampering period, and wide receivers have already flown off the board.

Amari Cooper signed a massive contract to remain with the Cowboys. A.J. Green was given the franchise tag by the Bengals. Randall Cobb signed with the Texans.

But even receivers we didn't realize would be available have been moved. DeAndre Hopkins was traded from Houston to Arizona. Stefon Diggs went from Minnesota to Buffalo

So what does that leave the Patriots, who could be looking to bolster their wideout corps for 2020? 

Robby Anderson of the Jets is still available as a free agent. Same goes for Breshaud Perriman of the Buccaneers, Emmanuel Sanders of the 49ers and Nelson Agholor of the Eagles. (We discussed Perriman and Agholor as possibilities on the latest Next Pats Podcast.)

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Adding via trade is another way to go. It's what they'd have to do for a game-changing type of talent in a receiver market that wasn't all that strong to begin with and has now been depleted since noontime Monday.

One big name that's been mentioned consistently in trade rumors is Odell Beckham Jr. But from what I've been told, nothing imminent was in the works involving Beckham. Can't completely rule out deal coming together, but as one NFL source with knowledge of the situation explained it, it'd come as a "shock" if a Beckham trade came to pass. 

New head coach Kevin Stefanski and his staff -- who were busy Monday, coming to terms with tight end Austin Hooper, offensive tackle Jack Conklin and quarterback Case Keenum -- seem to want to make things work with Beckham in their offense. 

That means the Patriots will have to look elsewhere if they're looking for help. The pickings are relatively slim, though, to add to a group of pass-catchers that currently includes Julian Edelman, James White, Rex Burkhead, N'Keal Harry, Mohamed Sanu, Jakobi Meyers, Matt LaCosse and Gunner Olszewski.

Hooper was thought by most to be the best tight end remaining on the market after the Chargers placed their franchise tag on Hunter Henry. Neither player is a dominant run-blocker, but both have the ability to block while serving as excellent receivers at the position. 

Eric Ebron, formerly of the Colts and Lions, might be the next up on the list of tight ends, though those in the know view him more as a receiver than a true tight end. Because this is not a top-level class of draft-eligible tight ends, evaluators say, the Patriots could be faced with some tough choices in the next few days when it comes to improving their skill positions.

Will they be willing to spend on imperfect options, or hope to strike it rich during the draft?