There was a chance the McCourty brothers could join forces in the Patriots secondary with Devin’s brother Jason being a free agent, but it won’t happen.

Jason McCourty signed with the Browns this week. (Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports)

Jason McCourty signed with the Browns this week. (Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports)

There was a chance the McCourty brothers could join forces in the Patriots secondary with Devin’s brother Jason being a free agent, but it won’t happen.

Jason signed a two-year deal with the Browns this week, but appearing on Good Morning Football on Thursday, he said there was mutual interest between he and the Patriots. The only issue was it wasn’t a fit given the players the Patriots already have.

“I think there was definitely mutual interest,” McCourty said. “Me and Devin have never hid the fact that us playing together would be a dream come true. My mom kind of has hinted at that since we both got into the league. She knows it would be a lot easier only having to travel to one city during the season.

“I think there was definitely mutual interest, but to be honest, the Patriots are kind of set at cornerback. They have a lot of talent in that room. There really wasn’t room for me. Me and Dev talked about that and that’s just the way of the league. I’m excited about the opportunity I have in Cleveland to work with those guys.”

This could have been more likely if Malcolm Butler was not on the roster because as it stands now, at cornerback the Patriots have Stephon Gilmore, Butler, Cyrus Jones, Eric Rowe, Jonathan Jones and Justin Coleman.

Jason would be battling for the third cornerback spot, where in Cleveland he likely will be a starter.

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Ryan Hannable
Martellus Bennett explained the Super Bowl LI halftime scene in a recent interview. (Bob Donnan/USA Today Sports)

Martellus Bennett explained the Super Bowl LI halftime scene in a recent interview. (Bob Donnan/USA Today Sports)

It’s been over three months since the Patriots overcame a 25-point deficit to beat the Falcons, 34-28 in overtime of Super Bowl LI, but the halftime scene is still fresh in Martellus Bennett’s mind.

New England trailed 21-3 at the half, and then 28-3 in the early stages of the third quarter.

Bennett, who is now a member of the Packers, detailed the halftime scene in an interview with Inc.com.

“It took that collective group of guys to be together to come back,” Bennett said. “We came into the locker room at halftime, and there was no bickering, there was no bitching, there was no complaining, there was no moaning. There was no throwing chairs. There was none of this epic ‘We’re going to come back,’ Rudy, Remember the Titans-type speech. There was none of that TV [expletive]. But when you looked around the locker room, you didn’t see anyone that was discouraged. You didn’t see doubt in anyone’s eyes. And that’s like all 53 guys — you looked around and you could see that everybody was determined to figure out what they could do to help us win.”

Added Bennett: “So we went back out there at halftime — we got up, coach gave all the coaching points, all the changes. I was like, ‘Alright, coach. This is the plan you have, coach. I trust you. This is what you think is going to win. That’s exactly what we’re going to do.’ And I’m going to do my part, my small equation of the 11 that is on the field at the time. [We] put our hands up, [and said], ‘Hey, this is going to be written in the history books. Patriots on three. One, two, three, Patriots, break.’ And the rest is history.”

Bennett finished the game with five catches for 62 yards.

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Ryan Hannable

Tom Brady has been a fan of Isaiah Thomas and the Celtics of late, as the Celtics won every game against the Bulls after his social media post prior to Game 3 in the first round.

Before the Eastern Conference finals, Brady posted a similar post to social media except he didn’t just wish the Celtics luck. He wished the Cavs and LeBron James luck as well.

Tom Brady has been a fan of Isaiah Thomas and the Celtics of late, as the Celtics won every game against the Bulls after his social media post prior to Game 3 in the first round.

Before the Eastern Conference finals, Brady posted a similar post to social media except he didn’t just wish the Celtics luck. He wished the Cavs and LeBron James luck as well.

Brady posted a picture of Thomas and James with the caption: May the best team win! Good luck! You earned it! @isaiahthomas @kingjames @celtics @cavs @tb12sports

Interesting. Maybe the best players in each sport just root for one another regardless of who they are going up against.

Here is the post.

May the best team win! Good luck! You earned it! @isaiahthomas @kingjames @celtics @cavs @tb12sports

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On CBS This Morning Wednesday, Gisele Bundchen, the wife of Tom Brady, revealed the quarterback has had concussions over the course of his ca

The NFL says they have no record of Tom Brady having a concussion. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports)

The NFL says they have no record of Tom Brady having a concussion. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports)

On CBS This Morning Wednesday, Gisele Bundchen, the wife of Tom Brady, revealed the quarterback has had concussions over the course of his career, including one last season.

The only issue with this is Brady has never been listed on any injury report with a concussion in his 17-year career.

The NFL responded to Bundchen’s comments with a statement. It said the NFL has no record of Brady having any sort of concussion, but will continue to gather more information from the team and Brady.

The statement reads: We have reviewed all reports relating to Tom Brady from the unaffiliated neurotrauma consultants and certified athletic trainer spotters who worked at Patriots’ home and away 2016 games as well as club injury reports that were sent to the league office.

There are no records that indicate Mr. Brady suffered a head injury or concussion, or exhibited or complained of concussion symptoms. Today we have been in contact with the NFLPA and will work together to gather more information from the club’s medical staff and Mr. Brady. The health and safety of our players is our foremost priority and we want to ensure that all of our players have and continue to receive the best care possible.

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Ryan Hannable

The Patriots are always looking to find depth no matter what time of the year.

The Patriots reportedly worked out WR Andrew Hawkins on Wednesday. (Scott R. Galvin/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots reportedly worked out WR Andrew Hawkins on Wednesday. (Scott R. Galvin/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots are always looking to find depth no matter what time of the year.

According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Patriots worked out former Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins on Wednesday. He recently got his Master’s degree from Columbia University.

Hawkins is 31 years old and has played for three teams — the Bengals and Browns — in his six years in the NFL.

His best season came in 2014 with the Browns when he had 63 catches for 824 yards and two touchdowns. Last year he hauled in 33 passes for 324 yards and three touchdowns. It was also the only season he played in all 16 games.

The Patriots don’t appear to have room on the roster for him, but Hawkins could be a player to bring in for training camp and have around in case any of the top receivers were to get injured.

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Sebastian Vollmer believes Tom Brady can play until he's 50. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Sebastian Vollmer believes Tom Brady can play until he’s 50. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Sebastian Vollmer played eight seasons in the NFL, but it appears he will be calling it quits.

Perhaps he could be going into the media now that his playing days are over (he’s attending the NFL’s Broadcast Boot Camp this week) and he appeared as a guest on Good Morning Football on Wednesday.

Vollmer was asked about Tom Brady being on the cover of Madden and if it’s a curse?

The former right tackle said if anyone can break the curse it is Brady, and Vollmer added he believes Brady can play until he’s 50.

“I mean, if you’re the GOAT, you have to go,” Vollmer said. “You got no choice. I mean, hey, the guy has done so many incredible things. If there is a guy to break the curse it is definitely him. I love the commercial he did. He may be tempting fate a little bit there, but I mean he is probably going to play until he’s 50. There may be a 10-year reunion and I am coming out in a suit and shaking hands and he is still warming up throwing the football. That is the type of guy he is.”

Vollmer never came off the PUP list last season with a few injuries and said being at Super Bowl LI was tough, but also he was very happy for his team.

“It’s a frustrating year,” he said. “You work all year to get to the point where you want to play. As a player, obviously you always feel like you can help the team. You always feel if you’re out there maybe things go differently. When the first half of the Super Bowl doesn’t go the way you had it envisioned, you had it game planned out, it’s a humbling experience. Then, I have been there before so you feel like halftime, you have 30 minutes, maybe a little more to really readjust. If there is a team to do it, it’s the Patriots and once again they showed they can do it.

“On a personal level, I was super happy for myself, my teammates, my friends and my family. On the other hand, I am bitter because I wanted to be on the field and help my team.”

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Ryan Hannable