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Nick Caserio: Tom Brady’s age did not factor into Patriots trading draft picks for proven players 04.29.17 at 8:05 pm ET
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Tom Brady's age did not factor into the team trading draft picks for proven players. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady’s age did not factor into the team trading draft picks for proven players. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — One of the narratives surrounding the Patriots’ 2017 draft was they traded their top draft picks for proven players because they want to maximize Tom Brady’s window considering he will be 40 years old next season.

Speaking after the draft, director of player personnel Nick Caserio was asked if that was a factor and he shot it down.

“That has zero to do with it,” Caserio said. “I would say really the team-building process is very fluid. How it is going to go — there’s no template. There is no book with how it is going to go. There’s a lot of really good players that were in this draft that have been drafted and will help their respective teams. We understand that and understand we felt the same way. There were enough players up there that we felt good about. We take the resources that we have and we try and make the best decision for our team.

“It’s about putting the best team together and however we get to that end point — look, next year may be different than it was this year. This year is different than last year, so however we put the team together it is constantly evolving. It is very fluid. There’s no book or template to say this is what we’re going to do this year. That is how we approached it.”

The Patriots also held on to Jimmy Garoppolo despite reported attempts by the Browns to trade for him. Caserio didn’t want to get into the decision to keep their backup quarterback.

“Yeah, whatever teams do we can’t control that,” he said. “That is their decision. Ultimately it comes down to what do we think is best for the New England Patriots and that is what we go with.”

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Tom Brady shares encouraging message to NFL draft hopefuls on social media 04.27.17 at 8:51 pm ET
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It was 17 years ago when Tom Brady was drafted in the sixth round by the Patriots, so while it was a long time ago, he knows what players are going through.

On Thursday night, the 39-year-old quarterback gave some advice on social media to all NFL draft hopefuls this weekend.

Brady wrote: Remember: they can’t measure heart. Whether you’re picked first, last or not at all, YOU decide what happens next, every day. Good luck!!!

Here is the post.

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Potential 1st-round pick Deshaun Watson says he is coming after Tom Brady 04.25.17 at 12:09 pm ET
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Deshaun Watson wants to win six Super Bowls. (Brian Spurlock/USA Today Sports)

Deshaun Watson wants to win six Super Bowls. (Brian Spurlock/USA Today Sports)

Former Clemson quarterback and potential first-round pick Deshaun Watson certainly isn’t lacking confidence.

Appearing on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football Tuesday morning, Watson said he wants to be better than Tom Brady.

“If I’m blessed to stay healthy and play for a while, man, I’m chasing The GOAT,” Watson said. “I’m chasing Tom. I’m going six. That’s the big thing. I know it’s going to be tough, it’s going to be hard. I gotta have the right situation, have some luck on the way, but that’s what I’m chasing.”

This is a pretty big statement to make the week of the draft, but if a quarterback wants to truly be great, Brady certainly is the guy to chase.

During his career at Clemson he completed 814 of 1,207 passes for 10,168 yards with 90 touchdowns and 32 interceptions. Most have him pegged as the second-best quarterback coming out of the draft behind UNC’s Mitchell Trubisky.

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Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski among several current, former Patriots planning on attending Kentucky Derby 04.24.17 at 12:06 pm ET
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Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are scheduled to attend the Kentucky Derby. (Jamie Rhodes/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are scheduled to attend the Kentucky Derby. (Jamie Rhodes/USA Today Sports)

The Kentucky Derby will once again have several current and former Patriots in attendance.

The Barnstable Brown Kentucky Derby Eve Gala, the premier gala at the Derby, has released its celebrity guest list. Some notables include: Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Wes Welker, Matt Cassel, Mike Vrabel and Larry Izzo.

Brady has been attending the event for years and it appears he will be linking up with some old teammates and good friends.

Other celebrities on the list include Bill Belichick’s good friend Kid Rock, Tracy Morgan, Katie Couric and Aaron Rodgers.

The Derby is set for May 6.

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Years ago, Tom Brady told Tim Tebow he was concerned about Aaron Hernandez 04.20.17 at 2:46 pm ET
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Tom Brady played with Aaron Hernandez for three seasons. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady played with Aaron Hernandez for three seasons. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

While it’s apparent the Patriots were largely ignorant of Aaron Hernandez’s turbulent off-field life, Tom Brady expressed concern about the deceased NFL star years ago.

In an NFL SoundFX video from 2011, which the New York Post recently unearthed, Brady is seen talking with Tim Tebow at the conclusion of a Broncos-Patriots matchup that year. At one point, Brady brings up Hernandez and linebacker Brandon Spikes, both of whom played with Tebow at the University of Florida.

“I’m trying to watch over Aaron and Brandon,” Brady said to the Heisman Trophy winner.

“I appreciate that, too, man,” Tebow replied. “They’re good guys.”

Before they separated, Brady said the two troubled players were “a lot to handle.”

While he was playing in college, Hernandez was questioned in connection to a shooting in Gainesville, Fla. He also allegedly punched a bouncer, despite Tebow’s reported efforts to stop him.

After falling to the fourth-round in the 2010 NFL Draft, Hernandez enjoyed three successful seasons in New England, landing a $40 million contract extension. But then it all went south.

In June 2013, Hernandez was taken into custody for the Odin Lloyd shooting. He was convicted of first-degree murder in the case and sentenced to life in prison. On Wednesday, five days after Hernandez was acquitted of a separate double murder charge, he was found dead in his prison cell due to an apparent suicide. In a statement, the Massachusetts Department of Correction said Hernandez hanged himself with a bed sheet attached to his window.

An investigation into Hernandez’s death is ongoing.

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Tom Brady named to Time’s list of ‘100 most influential people’ at 12:53 pm ET
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Tom Brady has been named to Time's list of 100 'most influential people.' (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady has been named to Time’s list of 100 ‘most influential people.’ (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady is on the receiving end of another accolade.

Time released its annual list of the 100 most influential people Thursday, and Brady is one of six athletes to make the cut. He joins LeBron James, Colin Kaepernick, Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, FC Barcelona soccer star Neymar, and UFC fighter Conor McGregor. Cubs president and former Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein is on the list as well.

Kaepernick is perhaps the most controversial selection, considering he was chosen solely for his social activism. Jim Harbaugh wrote Kaepernick’s forward, praising the quarterback for his national anthem protest.

Brady’s introduction, meanwhile, is penned by comedian Conan O’Brien –– and it’s terrible. O’Brien, a Harvard graduate who once wrote for “Saturday Night Live,” writes a lame quip about how a sports fan in a Dorchester bar is stumped when he’s asked which NFL quarterback “has the most Super Bowl wins, touchdowns, appearances and passing yards, plus the most overall victories in NFL history, plus a Brazilian supermodel wife?”

Instead of giving an answer, he calls the person who asked the question a “Chowderhead.” How Boston!

While the article isn’t worth reading, it’s a nice honor for Brady nonetheless. In the “Titans” section, he’s listed alongside dignitaries such as Washington Post owner and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos as well as Rebekah Mercer, the daughter of Donald Trump’s biggest financial backer, mysterious hedge-fund tycoon Robert Mercer.

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Tom Brady Instagram post offers hint as to why he isn’t attending White House ceremony 04.19.17 at 11:48 am ET
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Earlier Wednesday morning Tom Brady released a statement saying he isn’t attending the White House ceremony due to “personal family matters.”

Later in the morning he posted an Instagram with a picture of his parents with a caption noting it is their 48th wedding anniversary, adding “it’s so special to celebrate together.”

Based off this, and the report his mom is in Boston, it appears Brady is spending the day with his parents instead of visiting the White House.

The full caption read: For 48 years, my sisters and I have had the best example of love, friendship and compassion in our lives! And it’s so special to celebrate together! I love you mom and dad!

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