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Ex-Patriots OT Trent Brown wants Tom Brady to join him on Raiders

Ex-Patriots OT Trent Brown wants Tom Brady to join him on Raiders

The Las Vegas Raiders have been considered one of the front-runners to sign Tom Brady when the New England Patriots quarterback becomes a free agent next week.

That excites one of Brady's former Pats teammates.

Ex-Patriots offensive tackle Trent Brown, who signed a record-setting $66 million deal with the Raiders last year, made it clear he'd love to reunite with Brady in Vegas.

“Who wouldn’t?” Brown told Bill Williamson of “He’s the greatest quarterback of all time."

When asked a general question about the Raiders' moves in free agency, Brown told Williamson, "You know who I'm talking about." When asked whether he was referring to Brady, he laughed and admitted he was.

If the Raiders are going to make a push to sign Brady as the rumors suggest, they'll have some competition. The Tennessee Titans, Los Angeles Chargers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and of course the Patriots all are expected to be in the mix for the six-time Super Bowl champion when he officially hits the market March 18.

As for how negotiations between Brady and the Patriots are going, reports say that haven't been all that productive. Brady and head coach Bill Belichick recently had a phone conversation that "didn't go well," and that may be because the Patriots extended a lowball offer to their 42-year-old QB.

As long as the NFL doesn't move the start of free agency amid the coronavirus pandemic, we'll learn much more about the Brady sweepstakes over the next week or so.

As he retires, Dante Scarnecchia lauded for the careers he impacted with Patriots

As he retires, Dante Scarnecchia lauded for the careers he impacted with Patriots

MIAMI -- No matter which player you ask, regardless of position, the respect with which Patriots players speak about Dante Scarnecchia is ubiquitous. 

In the wake of the news that the legendary assistant coach will retire, one player made it clear: There will never be another "Scar."

"It's part of this business," the player said. "Coaches change. Players change every year. It's just something you have to deal with. It is what it is. There'll never be another Dante Scarnecchia. The next coach doesn't need to be Dante Scarnecchia, they need to be themselves."

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The Patriots have a couple of in-house candidates to fill Scarnecchia's offensive line coach shoes in coaching assistant's Cole Popovich and Carmen Bricillo. Popovich has assisted Scarnecchia in previous seasons, but it was Bricillo who took on those duties in 2019. Bricillo joined the team prior to the start of last season. 

Bricillo spent the previous nine seasons coaching offensive linemen at Youngstown State. Popovich has been with the Patriots for four seasons and served as assistant running backs coach in 2019. 

No matter who is the "next man up," as goes one of the team's mottoes, Scarnecchia has been irreplaceable for the Patriots. 

"I think he's done so much for the game he deserves some credit," the Patriots player said. "Number one, I think he was a great coach. His record, his career, his history, the success of the teams, lines, players under his [guidance] speak for himself. More importantly, I think he cared about each one of his players on a personal level. That made a player want to buy in. 

"Two, I think he was just a great ambassador of the game. I think being able to talk to him and hear him and get to play for him, he loves the game more than anything and is an ambassador."

Scarnecchia has long been a hard-driving coach on the practice field. He's meticulous about the way in which his players carry the blocking pads in drills. After practices, he wanted his players to place their helmets in a perfectly straight line on the turf during cool-down stretching periods. 

There were rules to adhere to, standards to uphold. If they weren't, Scarnecchia wasn't above raising his voice to a decibel level that could be heard by most training camp attendees at open summer practices. 

Players tried to do things Scarnecchia's way. They tried to live The Gospel of Scar. They tried because they valued their jobs. But they also tried because they wanted to make Scarnecchia happy. He showed them that he cared for them, and they tried to pay him back with their effort. 

"I think people forget at the end of the day, we're people," the Patriots player said. "There's a personal aspect to this game. You're not just collecting a paycheck every week. There's a personal aspect to it, there's more to it why we all play. 

"We all believed in him. We believed what he was telling us was for our benefit. He wanted the team to succeed, but he [wanted his players to succeed] when someone's putting that much time and effort into it." 

Scarnecchia's compiled what could be considered a Hall of Fame resume over his five decades of coaching. He won five Super Bowls in New England. He helped Nate Solder and Trent Brown pull in record contracts as free agents. He helped tutor Stephen Neal, turning him from a college wrestler into a Super Bowl champion. 

"You can't take away from what the athletes went out there and did at the end of the day, under his teaching and his leadership," the Patriots player said. "Players were able to develop themselves and make a career for themselves. A lot of that credit does go to [Scarnecchia]. Getting them to buy in and believe not only in him but in themselves, teaching them the right way of doing things."

Trent Brown tries to recruit Patriots WR Josh Gordon to Raiders in Instagram comment

Trent Brown tries to recruit Patriots WR Josh Gordon to Raiders in Instagram comment

The New England Patriots placed Josh Gordon on injured reserve Wednesday, and his career with the team could be ending in the near future.

Gordon has a knee injury, but NFL Media's Mike Garafolo reported Wednesday the veteran wide receiver "believes he's close to returning to play." What would happen when Gordon is ready to play? A return to the Patriots doesn't seem likely, as NFL Media's Ian Rapoport explains:

If Gordon is waived, the worst teams in the league would be able to claim him first, starting with the winless Miami Dolphins. If the Oakland Raiders find themselves in a position to acquire Gordon, one of his former teammates would approve. Raiders left tackle Trent Brown, who played with Gordon on the Patriots last season, tried to recruit the 28-year-old wideout to the Raiders in an Instagram comment Wednesday.

The Raiders are among the teams most in need of additional talent and depth at wide receiver. They traded for Antonio Brown in March, but his tenure with Oakland didn't even make it to their regular season opener. The Raiders released Brown on Sept. 7, leaving  Tyrell Williams as the team's top wide receiver. Williams has tallied 216 yards in four games played, and he ranks second on the Raiders in receiving yards behind tight end Darren Waller.

Oakland has a 3-3 record and sits just a half-game behind the Houston Texans for the No. 6 seed in the AFC playoff race entering Week 8.

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