Rob Gronkowski announces he will return for 2018

We can tell you White is going over 10.5 wins for the Patriots, laying -145 (bet $145 to win $100).

Conversely, it could mean using a first-rounder on tailor-made Solder replacement Kolton Miller. Notre Dame's Mike McGlinchey is another projected first-round pick. They also need another dependable option at linebacker to help Dont'a Hightower and Kyle Van Noy.

The Patriots opted not to overpay the likes of left tackle Nate Solder and receiver Danny Amendola, added reasonably priced veterans like defensive end Adrian Clayborn and cornerback Jason McCourty, and, most importantly, positioned themselves to do nearly anything they want when the 2018 NFL Draft gets underway Thursday night. Among the issues were Belichick's preference not to trade quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and his difference of opinion with Brady on the quarterback's body coach and business partner, Alex Guerrero.

If Jackson falls past Arizona at No. 15 and Baltimore at No. 16, the Patriots could be in play to take the dynamic former Heisman Trophy victor. And it should be a linebacker.

Per ESPN, on draft days the Patriots have moved down 21 times, have made 20 trades to move up in the draft, and made 21 moves for players or future picks.

Only two of New England's 16 opponents next season are projected to go above.500: the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers.

He turns 29 in May, but has had several injury setbacks in recent years. I still think it was genuine (and maybe morphed into hope that he'd get a new deal).

Cornerback is another position I can see them taking in the first round.

His health might have been on his mind after Super Bowl LII when he was asked about possibly retiring. Put simply, they offer a bit of value right now.

Belichick has been trying to prevent his players from going to Guerrero, instead putting his faith in the team's trainers, which is why he admonished Gronkowski in front of his teammates for getting treated at Guerrero's TB12 Therapy Center, according to the Boston Herald.

For Chubb, yes. Even Edmunds. Can they get him at 23? But so are players expected to be available later such as Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph, Richmond's Kyle Lauletta and Toledo's Logan Woodside.

  • Julie Sanders