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Belichick to ESPN this morning: "We will not trade Graham this year. End of story."

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  1. pats1

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    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2485406&campaign=rss&source=NFLHeadlines

     
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    i was sure 100% that this would have been the result...
     
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    Really, who the hell would want Lelie? And who would give up a solid all around TE who's an excellent blocker with a relatively cheap contract for him? This story was idiotic from the beginning, the ramblings of a lazy, unimaginative sports writer.
     
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    I had thought from the onset that this was an function of downtime & the internet in the NFL, I think Graham is too big a part of the plans for this team to just let him go.
     
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    Actually it wasn't made up. It was an offer to the Patriots from the Denver Broncos. The Patriots said "NO THANKS".
     
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    It was made up. Writing that there's a possible three team trade implies interest by three teams. Just because the Broncos do something stupid and the Pats say no thanks, does not mean there were any real legs to the story.
     
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    What are you talking about. BB actually commenting on it and denying it means the trade is imminent. ;)
     
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    I knew we weren't trading him it was obvious. Not a player like that. I just can't believe that that many people were buying into it. several on here that i talked to made it sound lke they wanted him traded.
    what a joke.
     
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    I guess the rumors were getting pretty loud... especially after San Francisco went out of their way to deny a trade but BB was silent.

    I wasn't keen on the Lelie trade either but am surprised that BB would fully pull Graham off the table regardless of what the offer was
     
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    Does this mean we will not have anymore Daniel Graham trade threads?

    We will probably have a few more.
     
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    I hope BB is fed up with the Denver Broncos at this point - I know I am. Lelie for Graham straight-up is an insult to us, Lelie for Graham and draft picks is insane.

    I hope BB shows Denver how important Graham is to our team in September.
     
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    I was actually a little surprised that BB would even address this "trade". I agree w/ jspat here that he would "pull Graham off the table" doesn't really
    seem like a BB move ("I thought that it would make the team better..."). What do I know?
     
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    I suppose that all depends on whether the rumors stop. After all, nearly every player ultimately is available - if the price is right - no matter what the coach might say today.

    And if the Denver Post publishes another Graham trade story - sorry - someone's going to talk about it.

    Anytime you have a player who is in the last year of his contract, and local newspapers are speculating isn't going to be re-signed, you shouldn't be surprised to see trade rumors start.
     
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    I think the original story was what ended up on paper when the sportswriter thought, "Boy, Lelie sucks. And we don't have a good tight end. Daniel Graham is a very good tight end. I'd rather have him on the Broncos than Lelie. Oh, and it would be cool to have some more draft picks, too."
     
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    Sounds likely...
     
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    How I read BB's comments was there was NO discussion at all. That to me implies not even an offer from the Broncos as that is a form of "discussion"
     
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    The Broncos were trying to pull the same game agents do for their clients around the draft.

    You link the Pats to them to drum up interest. The Pats are considered elite talent evaluators and NEVER speak publicly. You throw the rumor out there, maybe some people buy it and start to think if the Pats want him maybe I should look closer, and since the Pats don't deny it there is no risk.

    The only difference here is BB obviously got annoyed with it and decided to tell everyone the Broncos floated bogus info.
     
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    I saw that, too, but I don't think it means a whole lot. BB would never lock himself into a corner by saying he would never, ever trade a player. I'm surprised he didn't just say, "at this time" but I think he was annoyed at all the goofy speculation that made zero sense.
     
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    Re-read the article:

    "We have not had a single discussion about trading Daniel Graham," Belichick told ESPN.com Thursday morning.

    Replying to an offer, even in the negative, is still discussing it. Just ask Ty law and the Postons :D
     
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