January 2019 - New England Patriots Wiretap

Patriots Open To Extending Tom Brady's Contract

Jan 30, 2019 3:57 PM

Tom Brady, who turns 42 in August, is only under contract through the 2019 season.

Robert Kraft says the New England Patriots have no reservations about extending the quarterback's contract.

Brady has repeatedly said he plans to play until he's 45.

"Think about it: The last three years we've been privileged to go to the Super Bowl with a quarterback in place. I would be quite surprised if he didn't continue for quite a while as our quarterback," Kraft said.

Brady is scheduled to count $27 million against the salary cap.

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Tags: New England Patriots, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Devin McCourty May Retire If Patriots Win Super Bowl

Jan 30, 2019 9:34 AM

Devin McCourty hasn't ruled out retirement after Super Bowl LIII if the New England Patriots win.

"I don't know for sure, man. But I do look at it -- if we can win this game, winning with my brother [Jason], I don't know what else I could do that could top that," McCourty said. "So I'm just trying to make sure I enjoy this season and enjoy these last couple days with these guys."

McCourty, 31, is finishing his ninth season with the Patriots and is an eight-time captain. He has played in 139 career regular-season games, starting all of them, in addition to 21 playoff games.

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Rob Gronkowski Will Take Some 'Downtime,' Then Mull Future

Jan 29, 2019 8:23 AM

Rob Gronkowski isn't ready to talk about retirement yet, but the New England Patriots tight end did offer a timetable regarding a decision on his playing future.

"As of right now, those are the last things I'm thinking of. ... I love playing the game," he said when asked about his future. "After a long season, after the [Super Bowl], a few weeks down the road, you sit back, you relax, you get some downtime, enjoyment time. And you just see where you want to go with it."

Pressed on whether he wants to play beyond this season, Gronkowski replied, "That's a tricky question. You're trying to get around me. You're just trying to get you some answers over there, baby. But, like I said, I don't know. I haven't done that sit-down yet. I've got to do that sit-down. About two weeks after [the season]. Then I'll know."

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Americans Expected To Bet $6B On Super Bowl LIII

Jan 28, 2019 8:39 AM

An estimated $6 billion will be wagered by Americans on Super Bowl LIII, according to survey results released Monday by the American Gaming Association.

The game between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams will be the first NFL title game since legal sportsbooks began popping up in states outside of Nevada.

Nearly 10 percent of American adults plan to bet on the Super Bowl in one way or another.

David Purdum/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

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'Zero' Chance Tom Brady Retires After Super Bowl LIII

Jan 27, 2019 7:31 PM

Tom Brady is playing in yet another Super Bowl at 41, but the New England Patriots quarterback has no plans to retire.

Brady was asked whether there is any chance he'll retire after Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Rams.

"Zero," he told ESPN's Jeff Darlington.

He turns 42 in August and has repeatedly said he plans to play into his mid-40s.

Jeff Darlington/ESPN

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Jamal Adams Sent Patriots Mascot To Hospital With Tackle

Jan 25, 2019 8:18 AM

New York Jets safety Jamal Adams tackled Pat the Patriot on the sidelines during Pro Bowl practice on Thursday.

The hit resulted in the New England Patriots mascot being sent to the hospital.

The exchange began as a joke, but took a turn with the apparent injury.

Adams says the NFL has been calling him about the incident.

"He [the mascot] was running around and everybody was booing him, so I said, 'You know what? Let me go tackle him,'" Adams said. "I didn't hit him that hard, man. All jokes aside, I didn't hit him that hard. I don't know what's really going on, but they did tell me he's in the hospital. My intention was never to hurt him. it was all about just a joke but I definitely want to check on him and make sure everything is good. At the end of the day we were out here just having fun and it wasn't nothing intentionally to try to hurt the guy."

Will Brinson/CBS Sports

Tags: New York Jets, New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

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NFL Investigating Laser Pointed At Tom Brady During AFC Title Game

Jan 22, 2019 8:36 AM

The NFL is investigating video that surfaced appearing to show a green light on Tom Brady's face during Sunday's AFC Championship Game in Kansas City.

Kansas City police haven't received a complaint, but will investigate if they do.

Laser pointers are often banned at sporting events because they can be distracting.

Boston Herald

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Late Window Ratings Up, Early Game Down For Championship Sunday

Jan 21, 2019 3:33 PM

The early window Conference Championship game had its lowest television rating since 49ers-Falcons had a 26.1 in 2013.

The Rams' win over the Saints had a 27.1 rating on Fox, which was up from last year's Vikings-Eagles game in the evening window.

New England's win over the Chiefs had a 31.2 overnight rating, which is the highest overnight rating for the evening game since the Giants' win over the 49ers in 2012.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints

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Tom Brady On Bill Belichick: We've Always Gotten Along Great

Jan 21, 2019 3:24 PM

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick shared an emotional embrace following their AFC Championship win on Sunday over the Chiefs.

Cameras on the field picked up Belichick saying, "Love ya," to Brady, and Brady made a similar remark back to Belichick.

Brady was asked if the exchange is reflective of how well the two are currently getting along.

"We've always gotten along great," Brady said. "We've worked together for 19 years. So we've had the same goals in mind for 19 years. He's been just a great, great mentor in my life, a great coach. He's taught me more than anyone ever could about the game of football. I've always just loved playing here, and playing for him. He's the greatest coach of all time and we've just had some incredible moments together."

ESPN

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Rams To Wear Blue And Yellow Throwbacks For Super Bowl

Jan 21, 2019 9:39 AM

The Los Angeles Rams will wear their blue and yellow throwbacks in the Super Bowl.

Since returning to Los Angeles from St. Louis in 2016, the Rams have re-embraced the color scheme they owned from 1973-1999.

The NFC was previously designated as this year's home team for the Super Bowl.

The Patriots have worn their white jerseys in every Super Bowl they've appeared in since beating the Seahawks.

Cody Benjamin/CBS Sports

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Rams Open As Super Bowl Favorites Before Vegas Flips To Patriots
The Patriots opened as underdogs but that quickly changed with the early action overwhelmingly on them.

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Chiefs, Rams, Saints, Patriots In Top-5 Offensive DVOA
The combined over/under for both Championship Games is the highest in NFL history.

RealGM Staff Report

Patriots Open As Playoff Underdogs For Only Second Time Since 2007
The Patriots have opened as 3-point underdogs in Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Chiefs.

David Purdum/ESPN

Brian Flores Emerges As Favorite For Dolphins' Job
Chris Grier "has long thought highly" of Brian Flores.

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Rob Gronkowski Says There's No Excuses During Playoffs
Rob Gronkowski's production has been down this season, but the tight end says there is "no room for excuses" as the Patriots prepare to face the Chargers.

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Josh McDaniels Will Remain With Patriots In 2019
Josh McDaniels interviewed for the Packers' head coaching vacancy, which went to Matt LaFleur.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Josh McDaniels 'Enthusiastically Interested' In Coaching Browns
Josh McDaniels agreed to become the head coach of the Colts last year, but changed his mind and pulled out to return to the Patriots.

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Josh McDaniels Passes On Interview Request From Bengals
The Bengals are searching for a replacement for Marvin Lewis.

Mike Garafolo/NFL.com

Tom Brady Didn't Hit Any Of $5M In Performance Bonuses
Tom Brady guided the Patriots to yet another first-round bye, but he wasn't able to hit any of the performance bonuses in his contract for 2018.

Nick Goss/NBC Sports

Infographic: Chargers, Colts Finish In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA
The Chargers and Colts rank in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA.

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