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Robert Kraft: Patriots’ intention isn’t to trade Malcolm Butler 03.27.17 at 4:21 pm ET
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Robert Kraft said the Patriots' intention isn't to trade Malcolm Butler. (Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports)

Robert Kraft said the Patriots’ intention isn’t to trade Malcolm Butler. (Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports)

A lot can happen with Malcolm Butler given his restricted free agent status, but Patriots owner Robert Kraft hopes he plays his 2017 season with the Patriots.

“We have an offer sheet out to him and we know he has the ability to go out in the market and get someone to sign him, and then we either match it [or] get the first-round draft pick,” Kraft said to reporters at the NFL owners meetings in Arizona Monday. “I’m rooting — I hope he’s with us and signs his offer sheet and plays for us.

“I have a great affection for him, and he actually was part of probably the greatest play in the history of our team. But there are a lot of people involved in that on both sides.”

The Patriots placed a first-round tender ($3.91 million) on Butler, which means if another team signs him to an offer sheet and the Patriots don’t match, then they would get that team’s first-round pick in return.

If Butler signs his tender, at that point he could get traded, which has been rumored following his visit with the Saints, but Kraft said the Patriots’ intention is not to trade the 27-year-old. He could also just play the 2017 season out with the Patriots for $3.91 million and become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

“No,” Kraft replied when asked if the Patriots wanted to trade him.

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Robert Kraft: A few days ago Tom Brady told me he wants to play 6, 7 more years 03.27.17 at 4:06 pm ET
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Tom Brady wants to play six, seven more years. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady wants to play six, seven more years. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

It looks like Tom Brady will be around the game a good amount longer.

After the Super Bowl, Brady told Peter King of MMQB he wanted to play until he was in his mid-40s and as of a few days ago, he told Robert Kraft he wants to play six or seven more years.

Kraft shared those comments speaking to reporters at the NFL league meetings in Arizona on Monday.

“I think Tommy’s sustained excellence is just unbelievable and it’s a lifestyle,” Kraft said to reporters. “He’s in training now, it’s not like he stopped. He works out — I remember after our first Super Bowl won going down in the training room of the old Foxboro Stadium three days after we won and he’s in there with the music blaring working out. He’s really dedicated.

“The thing that is amazing about him, to this day he hasn’t changed as a human being in terms of how he relates to people, but also how he works out. The only thing that has probably changed is how he eats, how he diets. I am not sure avocado ice cream is right for me, but if I could look like him and perform as half as well, I guess I would do it.”

Brady will turn 40 before this next season, so it appears he wants to play until he’s 46 or 47.

This also could impact Jimmy Garoppolo’s future with the team, which is an entirely different story.

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Tom Brady plays Augusta National with Jordan Spieth 03.27.17 at 12:21 pm ET
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Tom Brady and Jordan Spieth are among the best at what they do and are connected through endorsement deals with Under Armour.

The two text from time-to-time and most recently the pair were part of a foursome at Augusta National, the site of the Masters, which will be played in two weeks.

Brady posted a picture on social media with the caption: Trying to beat @jordanspieth in golf is like trying to arm wrestle @therock… #DreamBig #NeverGiveUp

Trying to beat @jordanspieth in golf is like trying to arm wrestle @therock… #DreamBig #NeverGiveUp

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Rob Gronkowski: ‘Can’t wait to compete again and play ball’ 03.27.17 at 11:52 am ET
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Even though the Patriots won the Super Bowl last season, it wasn’t the most memorable year for Rob Gronkowski as the tight end played in just eight games and no playoff games due to injury.

Following back surgery in early December, Gronkowski seems excited to get back on the field.

“Having fun and all these days but literally can’t wait to compete again and play ball,” he wrote on Twitter Sunday night. “Miss it. Been to long.”

Gronkowski will team up with a new tight end this season with Martellus Bennett signing with Green Bay, as the Patriots traded for Dwayne Allen.

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Report: Patriots’ game vs. Raiders in Mexico City will be played in mid-November 03.27.17 at 11:07 am ET
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The Patriots will play in Mexico City next season. (Erich Schlegel/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots will play in Mexico City next season. (Erich Schlegel/USA Today Sports)

The NFL schedule will not officially be released until next month, but Patriots fans who want to attend the game in Mexico City against the Raiders may want to clear their calendars for mid-November.

A source told ESPN’s Mike Reiss, the game is expected to be held “somewhere around Thanksgiving” and another source added the target is the “Sunday before Thanksgiving,” which would be Nov. 19.

This will be the second year in a row the Raiders have played in Mexico City, as they hosted the Texans the Monday before Thanksgiving this past season.

At the Super Bowl, Roger Goodell said the game this year will be on a Sunday.

“I think right now we’re leaning toward a Sunday game on the basis that playing on Monday night on a holiday weekend,” Goodell said. “It was Thanksgiving week – it was difficult for the teams getting home that late at night on a short week. So, we’re reconsidering that and seeing if there’s a better alternative for our teams.”

The NFL usually releases its full schedule in mid-April.

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Steelers don’t seem too upset missing out on Dont’a Hightower 03.27.17 at 10:20 am ET
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The Steelers don't seem too upset losing out on Dont'a Hightower. (Dan Powers/USA Today Sports)

The Steelers don’t seem too upset losing out on Dont’a Hightower. (Dan Powers/USA Today Sports)

The Steelers were one of the teams in on linebacker Dont’a Hightower, but they don’t seem too upset he re-signed with the Patriots.

Speaking to reporters at the NFL league meetings in Arizona on Sunday, Pittsburgh general manager Kevin Colbert said they are “fine” without Hightower.

“We made an attempt [with Hightower], it didn’t work,” Colbert said. “We’re fine. We move on. Vince Williams, we were very confident in Vince. That’s why we signed him to the extension last year. So that if we got to this point and Lawrence [Timmons] had left us, and we didn’t sign anybody from the outside, Vince was certainly capable of stepping up and being the next guy.”

Both the Steelers and Jets reportedly offered more money to Hightower than the Patriots, but ultimately the linebacker signed a four-year, $35.5 million deal to remain in New England.

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Bill Belichick reportedly will not attend AFC coaches breakfast Tuesday 03.26.17 at 9:31 am ET
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Bill Belichick reportedly will not attend the AFC coaches breakfast. (Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports)

Bill Belichick reportedly will not attend the AFC coaches breakfast. (Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports)

There’s always one or two lasting moments from Bill Belichick’s appearances at the AFC coaches breakfast at the NFL owners meetings typically held in late March.

Last year it was his entrance clearing the recorders out of the way and then there’s also been the viral picture of him drinking orange juice.

It doesn’t appear Belichick will be taking part in the event this year (Tuesday in Arizona), as according to the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe, Belichick has a “scouting conflict” and will not meet with reporters.

It isn’t a requirement, just NFL coaches are strong encouraged to attend.

There are a number of big schools hosting pro days on Tuesday, including Florida, Florida State and Texas, which could be where Belichick will be.

Regardless, the NFL probably isn’t too thrilled with the decision.

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