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Sebastian Vollmer: Tom Brady is going to play until he’s 50 05.17.17 at 2:51 pm ET
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Sebastian Vollmer believes Tom Brady can play until he's 50. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Sebastian Vollmer believes Tom Brady can play until he’s 50. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Sebastian Vollmer played eight seasons in the NFL, but it appears he will be calling it quits.

Perhaps he could be going into the media now that his playing days are over (he’s attending the NFL’s Broadcast Boot Camp this week) and he appeared as a guest on Good Morning Football on Wednesday.

Vollmer was asked about Tom Brady being on the cover of Madden and if it’s a curse?

The former right tackle said if anyone can break the curse it is Brady, and Vollmer added he believes Brady can play until he’s 50.

“I mean, if you’re the GOAT, you have to go,” Vollmer said. “You got no choice. I mean, hey, the guy has done so many incredible things. If there is a guy to break the curse it is definitely him. I love the commercial he did. He may be tempting fate a little bit there, but I mean he is probably going to play until he’s 50. There may be a 10-year reunion and I am coming out in a suit and shaking hands and he is still warming up throwing the football. That is the type of guy he is.”

Vollmer never came off the PUP list last season with a few injuries and said being at Super Bowl LI was tough, but also he was very happy for his team.

“It’s a frustrating year,” he said. “You work all year to get to the point where you want to play. As a player, obviously you always feel like you can help the team. You always feel if you’re out there maybe things go differently. When the first half of the Super Bowl doesn’t go the way you had it envisioned, you had it game planned out, it’s a humbling experience. Then, I have been there before so you feel like halftime, you have 30 minutes, maybe a little more to really readjust. If there is a team to do it, it’s the Patriots and once again they showed they can do it.

“On a personal level, I was super happy for myself, my teammates, my friends and my family. On the other hand, I am bitter because I wanted to be on the field and help my team.”

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Patriots could benefit from LeGarrette Blount signing with Eagles 05.17.17 at 2:18 pm ET
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LeGarrette Blount signed with the Eagles on Wednesday. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

LeGarrette Blount signed with the Eagles on Wednesday. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

On Wednesday morning, running back LeGarrette Blount signed a 1-year-deal with the Eagles.

The Patriots reportedly were interested in Blount, but after signing Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee this offseason, there didn’t appear to be a need. The Cardinals and Giants reportedly showed interest as well.

Typically when teams lose players in free agency they count towards the compensatory pick formula, but the deadline for players to count towards it passed last week.

One would assume Blount signing with the Eagles on Wednesday wouldn’t count towards the formula, but thanks to the Patriots putting a seldom used tender on him last Tuesday, it appears he will count towards the formula.

This could net the Patriots an additional compensatory pick next year. They were projected to already receive two.

Teams likely were hesitant to sign Blount because he would count towards their comp pick formula, but the Eagles weren’t likely any getting comp picks anyway, so it didn’t matter to them.

Blount had a NFL-high 18 rushing touchdowns last season to cap a very productive career in New England.

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Gisele Bundchen reveals Tom Brady has had concussions, including last year 05.17.17 at 9:44 am ET
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According to his wife Gisele Bundchen, Tom Brady has had concussions. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports)

According to his wife Gisele Bundchen, Tom Brady has had concussions. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports)

On CBS This Morning, Gisele Bundchen may have revealed something about Tom Brady that no one has ever known before — he’s had concussions, including one last year.

It came up when the host, Charlie Rose, asked Bundchen about Brady saying he wants to play until his mid 40s, and if she is on board.

Bundchen immediately brought up concussions.

“You know, as a wife, I am a little bit — as you know it’s an aggressive sport,” she said. “Football, like he had a concussion last year. He has concussions pretty much — I mean we don’t talk about it, but he does have concussions. I don’t really think it is a healthy thing for your body to go through, through that kind of aggression all the time. That can’t be healthy. I am planning on him be healthy and do lots of things when we’re 100 I hope.”

Brady missed only two games last year besides his four-game suspension. Those games were in the preseason and one was said to be due to a family matter, and the other was because he reportedly suffered a cut on his finger before the game.

He was also never listed on the injury report with any kind of head or neck injury.

Bundchen also noted how much Brady’s plant-based diet has been working, and she is the one who got Brady on the kick.

“He said he’s been feeling so much better,” she said. “I have to say it is amazing the way he feels. He doesn’t feel achy. He feels so much more energy. … He loves it and wouldn’t want to feel any other way.”

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Patriots reportedly will work out veteran LB Gerald Hodges Wednesday 05.16.17 at 5:05 pm ET
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The Patriots will reported workout LB Gerald Hodges on Wednesday. (Ken Blaze/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots will reportedly workout LB Gerald Hodges on Wednesday. (Ken Blaze/USA Today Sports)

It appears the Patriots are not quite satisfied with their linebacker depth.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Patriots will work out former Vikings and 49ers linebacker Gerald Hodges on Wednesday. He visited the Colts Tuesday and will meet with the Jaguars on Thursday.

Hodges was a fourth-round pick of the Vikings in 2013 and played his first three years in the league in Minnesota. In October of 2015, the Vikings traded Hodges to the 49ers for center Nick Easton and a sixth-round pick. After two seasons with the 49ers, the 26-year-old is now a free agent.

The Penn State product has totaled 224 tackles, three interceptions and 3.5 sacks in his career thus far in his NFL career. Hodges also has some special teams experience, which the Patriots highly value.

Currently at linebacker, the Patriots have Donta’ Hightower, Elandon Roberts, Shea McClellin, Kyle Van Noy and Jonathan Freeny.

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New Patriots DE Kony Ealy doesn’t know exactly what position he’ll play, but he’s ready to dominate 05.16.17 at 3:29 pm ET
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Kony Ealy is ready for anything with the Patriots. (Jeremy Brevard/USA Today Sports)

Kony Ealy is ready for anything with the Patriots. (Jeremy Brevard/USA Today Sports)

Defensive end Kony Ealy has only been a member of the Patriots for a few short months after being traded to New England from the Panthers on the second day of NFL free agency.

Ealy was primarily an edge rusher during his time with the Panthers, but could be asked to line up inside with the Patriots.

The Missouri product doesn’t care where he’s asked to line up, he just wants to contribute.

“I just want to dominate whatever position I’m in,” Ealy told reporters Tuesday at Gillette Stadium. “I think if you take that mind approach, good things will happen for you.”

His best game with the Panthers might have been Super Bowl 50 against the Broncos when he had three sacks, an interception and a forced fumble, but he’s already put that game in the past.

“That Super Bowl game is over, man,” he said. “I really don’t like to talk about the past. My job, like I said, is to come in here buy into the system and make the most of my opportunity here. Period. And let everything lie where they may. Just don’t worry about the future right now. Just worry about the present.”

After spending his first three seasons in the NFL with the Panthers, Ealy is hoping for a fresh start in New England, where he’s also in the final year of his rookie contract.

“[It’s] totally, totally different, but it’s a good different and I’m just enjoying the process as I go forward,” Ealy said.

Added Ealy: “I’m very excited. I love it here. I love the people, the program, as far as how Coach Belichick runs it. Everybody buys in. You can see the difference between that. I love it here and I’m going to continue to work my butt off and try to get better.”

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Former Patriots OT Sebastian Vollmer doesn’t plan on playing in NFL again 05.16.17 at 2:33 pm ET
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Sebastian Vollmer

Sebastian Vollmer

It was assumed, but now it’s pretty much official.

Former Patriots offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer has no plans on playing in the NFL again. The 33-year-old appeared on Sirius XM on Tuesday where he said he has no plans to play in the NFL again, and even has lost 75 pounds.

The Patriots selected him in the second round of the 2009 draft where he had a very solid career primarily playing right tackle and protecting Tom Brady. He didn’t play a single game last season due to a few injuries, including a back injury.

New England released him prior to the start of free agency and with his age and abuse to his body, many assumed he would in fact retire.

So, what will Vollmer do now?

It appears he might be trying to get in the media as he is currently at the NFL Broadcast Boot Camp at NFL Films.

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How Tom Brady has helped Phil Mickelson’s golf game 05.16.17 at 2:20 pm ET
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Tom Brady gave some advice to PGA Tour golfer Phil Mickelson. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady gave some advice to PGA Tour golfer Phil Mickelson. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback to ever play the game, and apparently his knowledge expands beyond the game of football.

ESPN’s Ian O’Connor had a wide-ranging interview with Brady earlier this week and learned an interesting tidbit as it relates to Brady and PGA Tour professional Phil Mickelson.

Brady told O’Connor that he’s shared ideas with Mickelson on how to improve his swing speed. Mickelson’s caddie Bones Mackay has apparently golfed with Brady and came away impressed with his swing speed.

The quarterback is a decent golfer in his own right, as he was a six handicap at one point. He doesn’t play as much as he did before he started his family.

Mickelson, 46, has four top 25s this season, but only two top 10s. Brady is also connected with golfer Jordan Spieth, as both represent Under Armour.

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