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Admit it Patriots fans, you would cheer for Adrian Peterson 03.06.17 at 10:58 pm ET
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Adrian Peterson (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA Today Sports)

Adrian Peterson (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA Today Sports)

“If Aaron Hernandez could be let out on work release and score a touchdown, I would probably cheer for him” — Steve, a “Mut at Night” caller.

And he wouldn’t be be alone.

According to the Boston Herald, Adrian Peterson would agree to a discounted rate on his next contract if the Patriots came calling. Admit it, that got you excited. Two seasons ago this was a guy who ran for 11 touchdowns and 1,485 yards, averaging 4.5 yards per carry.

Sure, he played in just three games last year, one two years before that and will be 32 years old this month. But, oh, that image of watching No. 28 run. This is Adrian Peterson, the guy who has averaged 4.9 yards every time he has touched the ball over the course of his career.

Bring him in, let’s see what he’s got, and maybe the Patriots can reel in a bit more upside than what they had in soon-to-be unrestricted free agent LeGarrette Blount.

But it’s not that simple.

This is a guy who was suspended for something that should make any human cringe — child abuse allegations. He claimed how he disciplined his 4-year-old — which included shoving leaves in his mouth, the use of a switch to various areas of his body, including the boy’s testicles — shouldn’t have been viewed as extreme. In fact, it was the running back’s lack of remorse to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell that ultimately sealed the suspension. (He still got paid $691,176 for every game he sat out.)

What Peterson did was brutal. Terrible. Despicable. (To read more about the case, click here.)

And if he signed with the Patirots, almost all of your would be cheering his every move. Sorry, that’s how professional sports works.

There will be some who will scream and yell about not wanting the Patriots to sign Peterson, and others who will insist they’ll sit on their hands as he’s running up and down the field. Sure.

It didn’t happen in Minnesota (where 9 months ago Peterson still had the NFL’s 48th-best selling jersey), and it wouldn’t happen here.

Name one pro athlete with a sordid past that has been booed out of town by their home fans while excelling for their respective team. Greg Hardy, the worst of the worst, was showered with cheers from the Dallas faithful with every one of his sacks for the Cowboys.

None of those Cubs fans were sitting on their hands when hoping Aroldis Champman, he of the 30-game suspension for domestic violence, was attempting to close out the World Series.

Sorry, there just isn’t any debate when it comes to if a productive Peterson will be rooted on in New England.

The only question when it comes to this potential acquisition is if Pats owner Robert Kraft will sign off on the acquisition. He’s done it before with questionable characters such as Corey Dillon, Randy Moss, Alfonso Dennard and Michael Floyd. But this involved a child and some pretty damning photographs.

The guess is that if Peterson showed the Patriots a tad more remorse than in years past, and and understanding that continued rehabilitation was necessary, Kraft and Co. could sell the signing. Plus, this is a guy who, unlike some of the more notable recent NFL villains such as Ray Rice and Josh Brown, has played a significant amount of games since his controversy.

Maybe Kraft doesn’t entertain the idea. But if he does, you’ll find far more excited Patriots fans than those who will turn in their tickets after a quick glance at Peterson’s Wikipedia page.

Michael Floyd makes a crushing block, he’s the best. He drops a pass and that jail sentence can’t come soon enough. This is how it works, and always has.

So don’t pretend Peterson would be any different.

Would you want the Patriots to sign Adrian Peterson?

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Michael Floyd caught heat for kissing Lombardi trophy, and now he’s responding in more than just 140 characters 02.12.17 at 9:38 am ET
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Michael Floyd’s saga has been well-documented. He was busted for drunk driving (again), released by Arizona, picked up by the Patriots and a couple of months later found himself as a world champion.

Because of the unsavory launching pad for Floyd’s journey, some fans didn’t take kindly to his tweet picturing the wide receiver kissing the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Patriots’ Super Bowl win.

About 16 hours after that post, Floyd felt obligated to respond to those critics.

Appearing on ESPN Radio Sunday morning, Floyd addressed the issue once again.

“Random people just say the most crazy things, probably most of them were Arizona people,” he said. “They just think I’m not sorry for what I did, or I disrespected Arizona. All I can say is I made a mistake. I’m sorry for what I did. I’m moving forward. I think some people didn’t want me to be successful. I think that’s just life. I think there are a lot of people out there that don’t want people to succeed. You just have to make the best of it. For me, I got on a team that loved me and I was actually successful.”

Earlier in the interview, which included his former Notre Dame teammate Mike Golic Jr., Floyd also reiterated his the drunk driving arrest that put his story in motion.

“I made a dumb decision to drive,” Floyd said. “I thought I was OK and I fell asleep and I think the whole world knows what happened after that. It’s a dumb decision by an individual, you learn from it and move on.”

Tom Brady calls into Kirk & Callahan, offers update on mother’s health, what was said to Roger Goodell 02.06.17 at 9:33 am ET
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After getting just a few hours of sleep following his latest Super Bowl victory (having gone to bed about 3 a.m.), Tom Brady called into Kirk and Callahan Monday morning to give a few updates:

– Brady said he had not received a congratulatory phone call from President Donald Trump.

– Regarding what was said when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell came over to shake his hand following the win over the Falcons, Brady said, “He just said congratulations, good game and I said, ‘Thank you.'”

– Brady also talked about the health of his mother, who was in attendance at the Super Bowl after not being able to make the AFC championship game.

– Brady insinuated he would be giving the car presented to the NFL Super Bowl MVP to running back James White. “What a [expletive] game he had,” added the quarterback.

– Brady insinuated his game jersey was still missing, revealing he also lost it after the Patriots’ last Super Bowl win. “That sucks, but oh well,” he said.

TO LISTEN TO THE ENTIRE TOM BRADY INTERVIEW, CLICK HERE

New York Post gets one last shot at Tom Brady, Patriots 02.06.17 at 12:07 am ET
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A fifth Super Bowl win by the Patriots wasn’t about to put some of their critics in retreat, as was evident by Monday’s New York Post …

Clear your calendar: Patriots parade to be held Tuesday morning 02.05.17 at 11:44 pm ET
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The execution should be flawless.

Another season, another parade. For the Patriots, it will be No. 5.

After the Pats’ improbable, 34-28, overtime win over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI, Boston mayor Marty Walsh announced the traditional celebratory parade — with the team being carted through the streets of the city on Duckboats — is scheduled to be held Tuesday, starting at 11 a.m.

The only fly in the ointment is the weather forecast, which is calling for snow right around the time the parade is scheduled. That, however, doesn’t seem to be a deterrent for the city and its planners.

After congratulating Tom Brady, Robert Kraft, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell showered with boos 02.05.17 at 11:12 pm ET
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The Patriots’ fans got their wishes.

First their team claimed in improbable, 34-28, overtime win in Super Bowl LI, and then they got their shot at Roger Goodell.

The NFL commissioner was caught on camera immediately after the comeback win going over and shaking the hand of Tom Brady. He then took to the podium, where the Patriots fans in attendance in Houston drowned out Goodell’s congratulatory speech with boos until he finally handed the Vince Lomboardi Trophy over to Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

Once he had the Lombardi Trophy in hand, Kraft called the Patriots fifth Super Bowl win, “unequivocally the sweetest.”

Sean Salisbury throws out not-so-crazy idea of J.J. Watt, Texans’ No. 1 pick for Jimmy Garoppolo 02.01.17 at 10:34 am ET
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This might have been the best Jimmy Garoppolo trade proposal yet.

Appearing on the Kirk & Callahan show from Radio Row in Houston, Sean Salisbury dropped this idea when it came to finding fair value for the Patriots’ backup quarterback …

The Texans send defensive lineman J.J. Watt and their No. 1 pick to the Patriots for Garoppolo.

“I can go 2-14 with J.J. Watt. You’re never going to go 2-14 with a Tom Brady, Matt Ryan or Jimmy Garoppolo,” Salisbury said. “Now you get a disrupter on defense who is coming off injury and you’re not really sure. [Jadeveon] Clowney has become the best defensive player on the Texans, at least that’s the way people are talking. They need a quarterback and [Houston head coach Bill] O’Brien knows Jimmy. … You’re going to get to the playoffs because of your defense and lose because of your quarterback.” (Garoppolo trade talk is at 24 minute mark of audio posted below.)

TO LISTEN TO THE ENTIRE SEAN SALISBURY INTERVIEW, CLICK HERE

Watt, who is coming off of back surgery and missed most of 2016, is signed through 2021, with cap hits of $14 million in 2017, $15 million the next three seasons, and $17.5 million in 2021. The dead cap number, however, is just $6 million in 2018 and $2 million in ’19. (For all the contract details, click here.)

The Texans own the 25th overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft.

After soaking in the initial shock and awe of the idea, it might not be all that crazy.

What do you think about Sean Salisbury's proposed trade?

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