The Quest for 7: Patriots news, Brady rumor debunked? Shocking retirement, links 1.16.20

Morning! Welcome to The Quest for 7, where volunteer writer, Steven Viner, scours the net for seven Patriots related articles from other sites offering different points of view on the six-time champs. Paid subscribers not only get to read all seven, but they also get to check out his always fiery "Steve's Soapbox" at the end.

1. This award is more like catching Jaws instead of Moby Dick, but find out why Stephon Gilmore winning this honor all but assures the Patriots' corner will capture his White Whale: AP Defensive Player of the Year. Zack Cox of NESN has the details on this award with bite. Gilmore's gonna need a bigger trophy case. (Get it? Anyone?)

2. Speaking of cornerbacks, Tre Roberson is the Stephon Gilmore of the Canadian Football League, and Oliver Thomas of Pats Pulpit reports that the Patriots gave him a free agent workout. New England has as many good cornerbacks as Kyrie Irving has mood swings, so could Belichick be considering what I've been campaigning for: moving Joejuan Williams to safety?

3. Reports of Tom Brady cleaning out his locker and moving were everywhere. Chris Rosvoglou of The Spun tells everyone to calm down, and read which Patriots insider shot down the latest Brady rumor.

4. In my Salty Tears Take of the day, Jaclyn Hendricks of the New York Post spilled her coffee while sprinting to her laptop to report Tom Brady's latest move fuels Patriots' endgame speculation. Awwww! Did that false report get every Patriots-Hater hopes up? So sorry you were disappointed. Hee, hee, hee, hee.

5. Even though Brady ended all speculation of retirement, that doesn't mean there aren't other big names on the verge of calling it a career.