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ESPN’s Schefter Says Patriots Want Answer From Tom Brady About Returning Before March 16

The Patriots biggest offseason in the last 20 years has started, and “Brady Watch 2020” has officially started.

This offseason is comparable to last year when the Patriots and their fans were patiently waiting to see if Rob Gronkowski would be back for the 2019 season. The tight end played coy following the Patriots Super Bowl win over Los Angeles.

Gronk then stayed quiet for all of January, February and the beginning of March. The problem, however, was that Gronkowski didn’t give the Patriots an answer until after the first two weeks of free agency went by. The Pats saw most of the top tight ends sign by the time Gronk announced his retirement on March 24.

That brings us to Brady. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Pats hope to have answer from Brady before free agency beings. Schefter said the Patriots actually want to know if Brady will sign with the team prior to the legal tampering period, which starts on March 16.

“Here’s the situation: I don’t believe the New England Patriots are waiting until March 16 to get an answer from Tom Brady,” Schefter said on ESPN’s Get Up on Thursday. “Last year, Rob Gronkowski wound up retiring in late March. I don’t know the conversations they did and didn’t have before, but New England missed the window on free-agent tight ends. So, I don’t think they’re going to let Tom Brady go to free agency, all of a sudden, sign with Team X, and then on March 20, say ‘Well, what do we do at quarterback now?’ That’s not the way that organization operates.”

‘Brady Watch 2020’ has had some interesting moments already. Look no further than Tuesday when a TMZ Sports employee chased Robert Kraft in the streets of New York to ask if the Patriots are going to keep Tom Brady. As the Patriots owner stepped into the back of a black Cadillac SUV, he said, “We plan to.”

Patriots WR Julian Edelman Undergoes Shoulder Surgery

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman underwent surgery last week to repair the separated AC joint in his left shoulder, a source confirmed to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald.

Edelman, who played with the injury over most of December, led the team with 100 catches for 1,117 yards. He should be ready for the team’s offseason program, which begins in April.

It was originally believed Edelman would also need a scope performed on his left knee, described as a “clean-out procedure” to take care of a loose flap. But there is no longer a need for that, according to a source.

Video: Patriots Toppled at Home by Titans in AFC Wild Card Game 20-13

The Patriots took on a more focused, motivated and prepared Titans team on Saturday night, and thanks to a huge performance by running back Derrick Henry the Titans are moving on, as they beat Tom Brady and New England 20-13.

Video: Patriots Set to Host the Titans in the AFC Wild Card Game Saturday

The Pats are in the rare position of being a wild card in 2019, and will start their defense of their Super Bowl title Saturday at home against the Titans in an AFC Title Game.

Video: Patriots End the Regular Season with a Week 17 Battle with Miami

The Pats are at home in week 17 as they will look for their 13th win of the year and the number two seed in the AFC as they host the Fins.

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Video: Make it 11 Straight, Patriots Clinch AFC East with 24-17 Win Over Bills

The Pats didn’t make it easy on themselves this season, but they are headed back for another shot at another title, as the team Saturday topped the Bills to win their 11th straight AFC East title.

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Video: Patriots Look to Clinch Another AFC East Title in Showdown with Bills

It’s the game of the year in the AFC East, as the Bills off their win in Pittsburgh are coming to New England to take on the Pats, as Tom Brady and company look to clinch yet another AFC East title.

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Video: Patriots Pound the Bengals in Cincinnati 34-13

The Patriots got back on track Sunday, as they pounded the Bengals in Cincy 34-13 to improve to 11-3 on the season.

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