Found March 05, 2013 on Heff's Sports Blog:
Much has been made of the fact that Tom Brady, arguably the greatest quarterback of this generation, took a pay cut that will save the New England Patriots about $15 million in the next two seasons. This money, presumably, is intended to be used to surround Brady with enough talent to allow the 35-year old to keep the team at a Super Bowl level. Now that the money is free, what is the next step? For the first time in seven years, the Patriots declined to use their franchise tag on any of their star free agents. That means that there is no guarantee that Wes Welker, Sebastian Vollmer and Aqib Talib will be back since they will hit the open market. The Patriots are looking to use the money they now have to entice them back though. Vollmer perhaps is the most important piece to bring back, simply because he excels at protecting Brady in the pocket. The Patriots did just invest a lot of money into their quarterback, so it makes sense to do whatever possible to keep him in New Engl...

Patriots owner Robert Kraft breaks down Tom Brady deal

The New England Patriots obviously have love for their quarterback Tom Brady. His recent contract extension has been subject to praise, speculation, doubt and all things in between.  Patriots owner Robert Kraft disclosed the mindset behind the deal that everyone is talking about. Please click here to read this story The post New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft breaks down...

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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has been on Peter King's Monday Morning QB discussing how the deal to keep Tom Brady a Patriot for life. And Kraft proved the Patriots aren't as cold hearted as they appear when it comes to sentimentality. (Read the whole article here.) ‘’I just didn't want to ever see this become like Joe Montana leaving San Francisco...

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Ravens’ QB Joe Flacco cashes in with record NFL contract: Should Manning and Brady be pissed?

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New England Patriots: Biggest Draft Day Regrets In Franchise History

Every NFL team has their draft booms and busts over the years. It is typical of the NFL for some players to make a successful jump to the pro level from college, while others never seem to gain their footing. Still others have journeyman-like careers, while never dominating their position.The New England Patriots are no exception. In recent years, success has become almost a given...
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