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2016 Schedule
14-2, 1st in AFC East

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Free-agent-to-be Alan Branch told Sirius XM NFL Radio on Friday morning that his love for football has been "revamped" since joining the Patriots in 2014. It sounds like he prefers a return to New England in 2017 but also said in the interview, "If it's a significant difference (financially), sometimes it's hard to say no."

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Gronk wouldn't recommend a Goodell trip to Foxborough (0:27)
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Gronk: 'No doubt' ready after 3rd back surgery

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, who has had eight surgeries during his NFL career, including three on his back, has no plans to quit and says "no doubt" he will be ready for the 2017 season.

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Gronk doesn't think Goodell can come back to Foxboro soon (3:33)
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Max to Patriots: 'Get over yourselves!' (1:47)
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3dBrian Burke

Jimmy Garoppolo's edge on the rookie QBs

Jimmy Garoppolo threw 63 passes in 2016, a small sample to evaluate for those who might seek to acquire him. Would teams be better off rolling the dice on a dazzling first-round QB?

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Brady lists Lady Gaga on jersey theft 'suspect board' (2:03)
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Sando: What is Jimmy Garoppolo worth?

ESPN.com's Mike Sando weighs in on Jimmy Garoppolo's value, the market for Jay Cutler, the Patriots' plans for Garoppolo and potential landing spots for Tony Romo.

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R&K: Skeptical of Magic & Sando on NFL QBs

The guys are surprised so many people approve of Magic Johnson taking over the Lakers, plus they chat with Mike Sando about where certain NFL quarterbacks will end up.

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Browns, Bears best fits for Garoppolo? (2:09)
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Should Garoppolo go for the money grab? (2:03)
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Garoppolo should want to be starting QB (2:05)
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Just how good can Jimmy Garoppolo be?

Garoppolo threw only 59 passes as the starter in 2016, which presents a challenge to teams considering a trade for the QB. Here's what the tape says about how Garoppolo projects as a player.

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Sizing up potential Garoppolo trade offers

Which teams should be interested in trading for Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo, and what should their offers be? NFL evaluators weigh in on how six QB-needy teams should proceed.

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QB Jimmy Garoppolo & WR DeSean Jackson

Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo discusses potential trade rumors and if he'd rather stay in New England until Brady retires or go somewhere else to be the starter. Plus, Redskins free agent WR DeSean Jackson on what he's looking for in a team and if he'd welcome a return to Philly.

Team Stats

Passing Yards269.34th
Rushing Yards117.07th
Points For27.43rd
Points Against15.61st