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Michael Irvin backtracks after sparking Tom Brady-to-Cowboys rumors

Michael Irvin backtracks after sparking Tom Brady-to-Cowboys rumors

Michael Irvin is in damage control mode.

The NFL Network analyst and former Cowboys wide receiver raised eyebrows last Friday by lending credence to the theory that Dallas may consider signing Tom Brady in free agency if it can franchise quarterback Dak Prescott and trade him away.

"I am telling you right now, at the Super Bowl in Miami, some very significant people that I had conversations (with were) leaning in that same direction," Irvin told WEEI's "Dale & Keefe."

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Irvin's comments naturally lit a match to the "Brady-to-the-Cowboys" rumors over the weekend.

On Sunday, however, the Hall of Famer tried to douse the flames by claiming the "very significant people" he spoke to weren't associated with the Cowboys.

Irvin could be telling the truth here: He didn't explicitly mention speaking to anyone in the Cowboys' organization and instead may have been referring to discussions with high-ranking NFL officials, executives or scouts.

But Irvin clearly implied -- and re-emphasized Monday on Twitter -- that he spoke to some decision-makers who at least considered the possibility of Brady going to Dallas.

The Cowboys still seem pretty far down the list of potential Brady destinations when he hits free agency on March 18. They still warrant mention, though -- despite Irvin's best diversion efforts.

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Michael Irvin fuels speculation about Cowboys possibly signing Tom Brady

Michael Irvin fuels speculation about Cowboys possibly signing Tom Brady

Is it time to consider the Dallas Cowboys a serious suitor for Tom Brady in free agency?

While the Cowboys seem content to roll with quarterback Dak Prescott going forward, there's an interesting alternative route they could take.

Rather than paying up for Prescott, who reportedly wants more than $30 million per year, they could franchise tag the 26-year-old before trading him and replacing him with the 42-year-old Brady.

Seems like a wild idea, right? Well, apparently it's a realistic scenario.

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Appearing Friday on WEEI's "Dale & Keefe," NFL Network's Michael Irvin revealed he and "significant people" at the Super Bowl discussed the possibility of such a move.

“I am telling you right now, at the Super Bowl in Miami, some very significant people that I had conversations (with were) leaning in that same direction," Irvin said. "It was shocking. I had a vodka cranberry in my hand and when they said it to me I put the drink down and said, ‘Let’s talk a little bit more about this.’ I promise you, I had a conversation with people, I can’t tell you who, about that same scenario going down."

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Irvin added, "I just don’t know if there’s a real possibility of that happening," so this is all purely speculative. Still, Jerry Jones and the Cowboys can't be ruled out of the Brady sweepstakes until we know for sure where the six-time Super Bowl champion is heading. Or until they agree to an extension with Prescott.

Brady will officially become a free agent on March 18.

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Michael Bennett does a Bill Belichick impression when discussing trade from Patriots

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Michael Bennett does a Bill Belichick impression when discussing trade from Patriots

As he discussed his departure from New England in a midseason trade with the Dallas Cowboys, former Patriots defensive lineman Michael Bennett broke out his best Bill Belichick impersonation.


 
Bennett, along with his wife Pele, talked to 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Felger and Mazz" show - simulcast on NBC Sports Boston - from Radio Row at the Super Bowl. He said he wasn't upset with the trade, which came after Bennett had been suspended one game by the team for a "philosophical disagreement" with defensive line coach Bret Bielema.

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