Tension reportedly remains after meeting between Bill Belichick, Tom Brady

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft revealed earlier this week that he sat down for a meeting with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, and he implied that it had something to do with the faces of the franchise clearing the air. While the sit-down may have helped, it does not sound like it was a cure-all.

If Ryan Tannehill can stay healthy, I think he will. It feels like everything is up for grabs in Miami right now, but a fresh start at quarterback is unlikely. For two big reasons:

The Dolphins hold the 11th spot in a draft in which it’s conceivable that the four top quarterback prospects in this class — Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield — will be off the board in the first 10 picks. Hell, they could all be claimed after the Broncos pick at five. There are other enticing options beyond the Big Four — Louisville’s Lamar Jackson and Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph come to mind — but Miami brass will have to see something very special in that second tier to reboot the position.

Toilolo will join a revamped position group, which includes another free agent addition, Luke Willson, along with Michael Roberts, a fourth-round pick in 2017 returning for his second season.

On Tuesday, Lions coach Matt Patricia highlighted the team’s need for a tight end, foreshadowing the addition of a player like Toilolo.

I would say right now if we had to go line up and play, we’re probably short maybe at the tight end position, Patricia said when asked his team’s biggest need. Try to get another body in there if we can from a free agency standpoint.

The Lions released former first-round pick Eric Ebron earlier this month in a cost-saving move. He was due $8.25 million this season had the team retained him. Additionally, Darren Fells departed via free agency, agreeing to a three-year contract with the Browns.

West, take note: Utah Jazz punctuate dominant run since January with playoff berth

Not long after the Utah Jazz clinched a coveted spot in the Western Conference playoffs, Joe Ingles was asked how satisfying it was to prove people wrong who might’ve overlooked the Jazz after Gordon Hayward departed for the Boston Celtics in free agency last summer.

Roseman also is playing it smart with Foles, who has a year left on his contract, by keeping the QB as insurance behind Wentz. He will wait for a team to make an offer too good to decline, just like he did with the Sam Bradford trade in 2016. And if the offers don’t materialize, Roseman will sit tight with the league’s best backup QB.

Roseman won SN’s 2017 NFL Executive of the Year award over several quality candidates, including the Rams’ Les Snead, the Vikings’ Rick Spielman and the Jaguars’ duo of Tom Coughlin and David Caldwell. The Patriots’ in-effect GM Bill Belichick also should be considered a perennial candidate.

But for 2017, Roseman rightfully has won an award that is especially meaningful since it is voted upon by his NFL front-office peers. They respect the job that was done by a man who was close to walking the plank in Philadelphia.

Instead, Roseman soon will receive a Super Bowl ring on top of this award.

In three seasons, Boswell has made 85 of 95 field goal attempts. He made the Pro Bowl in 2017 after making 35 of 38 field goal tries.

Cueto is 11-3 with a 3.38 ERA in 15 career starts against the Diamondbacks.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy left AT&T Park on Monday night not 100 percent sure Cueto would be his starting pitcher Tuesday.

The Giants are planning to promote right-hander Tyler Beede from the minors for a start at some point this week.

That initially was supposed to happen Wednesday, but Bochy has since had second thoughts, thinking perhaps Cueto would benefit from another day’s rest.

The Giants are expected to announce their plans early enough on Tuesday so that Beede could join the team if called upon to make his major league debut the same day.

Arizona will feature a fast-starting pitcher of their own in left-hander Patrick Corbin, who threw 7 1/3 shutout innings, allowing just one hit, in a home start against the Dodgers last Wednesday.

49ers reportedly have’real interest’ in Odell Beckham trade

The same could pretty much be said for every team in the NFL. With the New York Giants looking to potentially trade star receiver Odell Beckham Jr., it’s not a surprise that a ton of other teams are interested in his services.

Playing to type, Belichick refused to shed light on the mystery at this week’s owners meetings in Orlando, cantankerously brushing off scribes to say: I’m not going to get into last year, I’m not going to get into next year or some other year. I talked to Malcolm. I wish him well in Tennessee.

During the SI feature, Butler admitted the demotion almost prompted him to take action during the Super Bowl.

There were times that I was on the sideline that I just wanted to go up and say to Belichick or [former Patriots coordinator] Matt Patricia and just say,’This is how we’re going to end this’ said Butler, whose last-second pick sealed New England’s victory in Super Bowl XLIX.

I grew up in the Patriots system, and I’m a well-mannered guy. I respect my authority. I just couldn’t ask them for something they didn’t want to do. I just was doing my job. I was close to going up there and saying what I wanted to say to Matt or Belichick, but I just stayed in my lane and just did my job, man.

Wright spent last season in Chicago, where he hauled in a team-leading 59 receptions for 614 yards and one score. The former first-rounder played himself out of a job in Tennessee, but gives Minnesota — and new quarterback Kirk Cousins — an affordable pass-catcher who can operate out of the slot.

Hunting for depth after losing Jarius Wright to the Panthers, the Vikings spread an impressively wide net to unearth a player with the identical surname. Minnesota currently boasts one of the league’s top duos in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, while hoping for a big third season from 2016 first-rounder Laquon Treadwell.

ESPN not conceding the NFL draft to FOX without a fight

When FOX announced that it would simulcast the NFL draft with NFL Network, it appeared to mark a major defeat for ESPN, whose draft broadcast would lose in the ratings race to the combined forces of a broadcast network and the league-owned cable channel. But ESPN isn’t going down without a fight.

I will still be watching the draft on NFL Network. I hope McShay goes to NFL Network someday

NFLN does a much better job covering the draft ESPN has been an afterthought for years in my house.

Of course, Luck absorbed about as much abuse as any quarterback in the NFL over the past half decade and that’s why he wound up sitting out the entire 2017 season recovering from offseason surgery to repair the torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.

Now, Luck is working his way back, reportedly throwing (miniature) footballs again, which is not good news, but great news, Hasselbeck said.

Whether they’d like to admit it or not, the time has come for the Arizona Cardinals to rebuild.

That doesn’t mean the Cards have to start from scratch without stars David Johnson, Chandler Jones and Patrick Peterson, and it doesn’t mean they have to commit to bad football for half a decade. Rebuilds can happen quickly in this league, but it does feel as though Arizona is in denial about its ability to contend.

Why else would you give Sam freakin’ Bradford a $20 million deal The 30-year-old has missed the majority of three of the last five seasons due to knee injuries, and Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer told NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero in March that Bradford’s knee condition is degenerative.