Over the last 24 hours, Martellus Bennett has been quite active on social media.

On Tuesday night, following a report of Bennett being likely to leave New England via free agency, Bennett tweeted he hasn’t even thought about being a free agent.

Then on Wednesday, Bennett appeared upset with people speculating about his future and was especially upset with same fans tweeting at him to take a pay cut in order to stay with the Patriots.

Here’s a sampling of the tweets.

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Ryan Hannable
Maybe Jimmy Garoppolo will be returning to New England after all. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Maybe Jimmy Garoppolo will be returning to New England after all. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Maybe Jimmy Garoppolo isn’t going anywhere.

One of the biggest questions in the NFL this offseason is will Garoppolo get traded from the Patriots?

Bovada LV released the odds for where Garoppolo will play next season and the Patriots had the best odds, so they believe he will stay in New England.

Here are the complete odds.

New England Patriots: 2/1
Chicago Bears: 9/4
Cleveland Browns: 3/1
San Francisco 49ers: 9/2
Denver Broncos: 12/1
Houston Texans: 12/1
New York Jets: 12/1

Bovada also put out odds when it comes to Rob Gronkowski and the number of games he will play in 2017. It has set the over/under at 10.5 games.

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Ryan Hannable
If Martellus Bennett leaves via free agency, the Patriots will need to replace him. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

If Martellus Bennett leaves via free agency, the Patriots will need to replace him. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

There’s a chance Martellus Bennett could be done with the Patriots after one season.

On Tuesday night, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Bennett will test free agency, and based on his asking price along with likely offers, it’s a real possibility he leaves the team. He also notes the two sides have a “mutually respectful” relationship, but keeping Bennett will be hard.

(It’s worth noting Bennett responded to the report on Twitter and said he hasn’t even thought about free agency.)

If Bennett were to leave New England, the Patriots will need to replace him to have someone along with Rob Gronkowski at tight end.

Here are a few potential replacements for Bennett if he were to depart.

Michael Williams — Some people forget the Patriots still have Williams on their roster. The Alabama product tore his ACL in a June practice and was on injured reserve the entire season. He played in 15 games with the team in 2015 catching three passes, but he was primarily used as a blocker. Williams is an exclusive rights free agent and seems like a good candidate to return in 2017. If he does return, the Patriots will need someone else because he’s not known for his pass catching and the team may look to lighten the load on Gronkowski.

Rob Housler — The Patriots signed Housler to a futures contract after the season. The 28-year-old has been in the league for seven seasons and played for three teams. He didn’t play this past season after being released by the Bears at the end of training camp. For his career, he has 109 catches for 1,166 yards and a touchdown. It remains to be seen what exactly he will be, but he will be given a chance to perform during training camp and prove what he can do.

Jack Doyle — There aren’t too many free agent tight ends, but Doyle could be a good candidate for relatively cheap money. The 26-year-old is coming off his best season with Andrew Luck as his quarterback in Indianapolis. Doyle caught 59 passes for 584 yards and five touchdowns. For the first time in quite some time, the Patriots found a tight end to complement Gronkowski last season in Bennett, and it is possible Doyle could be next if Bennett leaves and the Patriots are interested.

Mychal Rivera — This is an under-the-radar tight end free agent, but he does have a connection to the Patriots and Tom Brady as they both have Don Yee as an agent. Riveria has played four seasons with the Raiders and has caught 146 passes for 1,143 yards and 10 touchdowns. He likely won’t cost much, so maybe the Patriots would take a flier on him and see what he can do.

2017 draft pick — The incoming tight end class is said to be among the best it has been in recent years, so expect the Patriots to draft one. If it is one of the first few picks the team makes, it could be viewed as the team’s tight end of the future. Some possibilities include Jake Butt, Jordan Leggett and David Njoku.

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Ryan Hannable

Everyone knows what Bill Belichick is like at press conferences, and now people may see what he’s like in a courtroom.

Bill Belichick may be asked to appear in court for the Aaron Hernandez trial. (Kelley L Cox/USA Today Sports)

Bill Belichick may be asked to appear in court for the Aaron Hernandez trial. (Kelley L Cox/USA Today Sports)

Everyone knows what Bill Belichick is like at press conferences, and now people may see what he’s like in a courtroom.

According to Bob McGovern of the Boston Herald, Belichick has been added to the list of potential defense witnesses who could testify during the upcoming double-homicide trial of Aaron Hernandez.

Other people on the list include Josh McDaniels and Maurkice Pouncey, an offensive lineman for the Steelers.

The trial is scheduled to start next Wednesday, but just because Belichick is on the list, it doesn’t mean he will need to appear — the defense team would have to call on him.

Hernandez is accused of killing Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in a drive-by shooting on July 16, 2012.

The former NFL tight end was with the Patriots from 2010-12 before he was released immediately after he was connected to the murder of Odin Lloyd, which he is serving a life sentence for.

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Ryan Hannable

Tom Brady’s Super Bowl jersey is still missing and the quarterback took to social media on Wednesday to try and figure out who took it after the game.

Brady posted a “suspect board” with many people on it, including Julian Edelman and Lady Gaga. He had the caption: Hey @edelman11 “Ya suspect, yeah you! I don’t know what your reputation is in this town, but after that s@?# you pulled, you can bet l’ll be looking into you!

See for yourself.

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Ryan Hannable

Robert Kraft sat down with Andrea Kramer on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” for a wide-ranging interview the week after the Patriots won Super Bowl LI, which aired Tuesday night.

Robert Kraft noted President Donald Trump was there for him when his wife Myra passed away. (John David Mercer/USA Today Sports)

Robert Kraft noted President Donald Trump was there for him when his wife Myra passed away. (John David Mercer/USA Today Sports)

Robert Kraft sat down with Andrea Kramer on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” for a wide-ranging interview the week after the Patriots won Super Bowl LI, which aired Tuesday night.

Kraft touched on Deflategate and if he holds any grudges against the league for the way it was handled, and also among other things hit on his relationship with President Donald Trump.

The Patriots owner has been spotted numerous times of late with the president, including at his inauguration and most recently having dinner with Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and their wives at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida two weekends ago.

He noted Trump was there for him when his wife Myra passed away in 2011, calling multiple times a week to check in on him. And just because he’s friendly with him, doesn’t mean he agrees with all of his views.

“Do I agree with everything he says or espouses? No, but he’s a friend,” Kraft said.

Kraft added: “This country is awesome, and whomever is president of the United States, I will try to support. I’ve done that since the 1960s.”

The days around the Super Bowl were quite busy for Kraft with multiple events taking place before and after the game.

“Think about the eight days I had. We had Elton John perform at a party. We have the Super bowl where from the depths of depression we go to the elation of a victory,” Kraft said. “We have this trophy and on a snowy day in Boston we have over a million people. Then the president invites you to dinner with the prime minister [of Japan]. It’s a pretty cool week.”

Another noteworthy clip was Kraft recalling the days after the team drafted Brady in 2000 and how confident he was even as a rookie.

“I’ll always remember him coming down the stairs at the old stadium,” Kraft said. “He said to me ‘Hi. I’m Tom Brady.’ He looked me in the eye and said, ‘And I’m the best decision this organization has ever made.'”

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Ryan Hannable

It seems the Patriots will only trade Jimmy Garoppolo if they get a good enough reason to do so, and it appears that might actually happen.

Several teams reportedly are ready to make offers for Jimmy Garoppolo. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Several teams reportedly are ready to make offers for Jimmy Garoppolo. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

It seems the Patriots will only trade Jimmy Garoppolo if they get a good enough reason to do so, and it appears that might actually happen.

According to Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report, multiple league executives believe several teams are preparing to make blockbuster offers for Garoppolo.

They believe a draft shakeup is coming and that it will involve Garoppolo. The report adds many around the league believe Garoppolo can be a franchise quarterback and is worth at least a first-round pick.

Teams who likely are interested in Garoppolo include the Browns, Bears, 49ers and Texans.

With teams gathering at the NFL combine next week, Garoppolo could be a big topic with teams potentially discussing potential offers with the Patriots.

For more on Garoppolo’s future in New England, Ryan Hannable wrote about it today.

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