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Source: Bennett seeking $9 million per year as tampering period opens

Source: Bennett seeking $9 million per year as tampering period opens

According to CSNNE's Mike Giardi, free agent tight end Martellus Bennett drew ample interest as the NFL's legal tampering period opened up on Tuesday.

Citing a source familiar with the situation, Giardi reported that half a dozen teams reached out to Bennett's camp in the first hour and a half of legal tampering, with Bennett believed to be seeking something in the area of $9 million annually. 

Bennett, 29, is coming off his first season in New England. He was acquired along with the Bears' sixth-round pick in the 2016 draft in exchange for a 2016 fourth-rounder. In 16 regular-season games with the Pats, Bennett had 55 receptions for 701 yards and a career-best seven touchdowns. He had 11 catches for 98 yards in the playoffs. 

Prior to his three seasons in Chicago, Bennett played four seasons with Dallas and one with the Giants. 

Eagle fan continues trolling Patriots with billboard near Gillette

Eagle fan continues trolling Patriots with billboard near Gillette

It's been over six months since the Patriots and Eagles squared off in Super Bowl LII, but fans on their way to Gillette Stadium for the teams' week two preseason matchup will have trouble getting the memory out of their heads.

According to Sports Illustrated, Eagles fan Gina Lewis, who lives in Massachusetts, placed a bet with her coworker over the amount of traction one of her tweets could get. The reward for surpassing her mark? A billboard outside Gillette Stadium reminding Patriots fans of their defeat at the hands of Nick Foles and the Eagles.

After launching a GoFundMe page to pay for the billboard, Lewis had a Philadelphia-based artist named Jordan Spector design it, which is now up at the intersection of Route 1 and North Street.

While the billboard will surely draw the ire of New England fans, it's hard to be too mad knowing that five is greater than one.

Brady 'expects' to be with Pats in 2019 'and hopefully beyond'

Brady 'expects' to be with Pats in 2019 'and hopefully beyond'

Tom Brady shed some light -- a little, at least -- on his future plans this morning.

In the first of this season's scheduled interviews on WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Show, the Patriots quarterback said his long-term plan to continue playing into his 40s -- which he himself cast doubt upon with nebulous comments about the future on his Tom vs. Time show after the Super Bowl -- remains in place:

And, as usual, he wouldn't be drawn into any potential controversy about his contract:

As for the reported back injury he suffered earlier in camp?

Which means we'll probably see him in action Thursday:

Another talking point this offseason has been Brady's relationship with coach Bill Belichick, which has been speculated to be frayed. On the first of Belichick's weekly WEEI interviews, on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria, Monday night, Belichick downplayed any friction:

Brady himself followed that same path today: