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Today on Season Ticket, host Chris Gasper (@cgasper) welcomes NFL Network's Ian Rapoport to talk about the NFL trade deadline and surprising contenders around the league. Then, the Globe's Joe Sullivan joins to chat about Game 1 of the World Series and the Celtics' young guns, who put on an electric performance in a rout of the Knicks.
On whether Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler will re-sign with the team as a free agent in the offseason
Ian Rapoport: He certainly seems like someone where, he's going to hit the free agent market, and probably get paid somewhere else. They've already paid Gilmore. Rarely do [the Patriots] have two players at the same position who make among the highest [salaries] in the league. So I doubt the Patriots are going to pay two corners at more than $13 million a year. And, to me, that's okay. Butler will leave...They'll have turned an un-drafted free agent into four years of quality starts, a Super Bowl hero, and a third round compensatory pick. That's an incredible investment, to me.
"They do believe he is the future franchise quarterback. They love him."NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, on how the Patriots view backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo
On the Patriots' plans for backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo
Ian Rapoport: From what I know, the Patriots never seriously considered trading Garoppolo last year. They do believe he is the future franchise quarterback. They love him. To let him go would, to me, seem very, very far-fetched. It could happen theoretically...[but] I would be very surprised if they moved him at all...If they think he's a great quarterback then you just don't let him leave for anything.
On World Series Game 1 between the Dodgers and Astros
Chris Gasper: The best part of this game? Two hours and 28 minutes. The fastest World Series game since 1992. And, this postseason, no game had been under three hours. Good job, Los Angeles Dodgers! You're making baseball great again. Thank you.
"The future is so bright...even if this year is not quite gonna be the season people thought it was going to be."Chris Gasper, on the Celtics' outlook
On why Celtics fans should feel optimistic
Joe Sullivan: They sure looked great last night and it really has to give Celtics fans a lot of optimism. And Kyrie hasn't even played that great yet.
Chris Gasper: I really liked what I saw against the Knicks. And you have to take it with a grain of salt because it's the Knicks—they're one of the laughingstock franchises in the NBA and they're 0-3 this year. But, when you look at those young guys, the future is so bright...even if this year is not quite gonna be the season people thought it was going to be.
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