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Source: Patriots 'jumped in on Gilmore this morning'

Source: Patriots 'jumped in on Gilmore this morning'

The Patriots' reported contract agreement with Bills All-Pro cornerback Stephon Gilmore apparently was just as lightning-quick as it seemed.

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CSN's Mike Giardi reported that the deal came together Thursday morning . . .

And that it may affect Malcolm Butler's future in Foxboro, since the fact Gilmore's reportedly receiving $14 million a season while Butler has been unhappy with the Pats' financial offers since last offseason probably won't go down too well . . .

Robert Kraft jabs Patriots haters in response to Tom Brady laser incident

Robert Kraft jabs Patriots haters in response to Tom Brady laser incident

Robert Kraft has weathered a few controversies as New England Patriots owner, and he seems glad the latest one didn't happen in his building.

We're talking about "Laser Gate," wherein video footage captured a green laser pointer being shined on Tom Brady's face at Arrowhead Stadium during the Patriots' AFC Championship Game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

"Good Morning America" co-host (and former New York Giant) Michael Strahan asked Kraft about that incident Wednesday during an interview on ABC's morning show, and the Patriots owner couldn't resist inserting some snark.

"It doesn't happen when you come to Foxboro," Kraft told Strahan.

Kraft didn't think the bright green laser impacted Brady in the slightest, however.

"I just hear the word 'laser' and I think of Tommy and his eyes," Kraft said. "And that last drive, we had three third-down-and-10s, and he was laser focused. So, whatever it was, I think it was a positive influence."

Brady certainly delivered in the clutch Sunday, leading a 75-yard touchdown drive in overtime while converting three long third downs to punch New England's ticket to Super Bowl LIII with a 37-31 win.

Kraft did suggest NFL stadiums could beef up security to perhaps prevent fans from bringing laser pointers to games.

"But I think part of the security check has to be sure those kinds of things don't happen," Kraft said.

The NFL is looking into the incident, so perhaps increased security measures will be a result of its investigation.

Oh, and in case you're wondering: Kraft got Strahan to put the Patriots-Giants rivalry aside and don an "AFC Champions" hat.

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Bill Belichick hugging every Patriot after Chiefs win is great content

Bill Belichick hugging every Patriot after Chiefs win is great content

We've already seen some pretty great footage from inside the New England Patriots' locker room following their AFC Championship Game win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

But the Patriots' videographers caught the rarest of scenes: Bill Belichick doling out warm embraces like candy bars.

The team released its official "behind the scenes" video Tuesday of the visiting locker room celebration at Arrowhead Stadium, and it's worth a full watch.

The best part comes just 20 seconds in: Belichick standing at the door of the locker room, gleefully (by his standards) giving bear hugs to every Patriots player and coach as they walk in.

This is completely normal behavior after you've won the AFC title game as a road underdog, but it's an emotional side of the grizzled head coach that fans rarely see.

Belichick kept an even keel in a postgame speech to his players, however, congratulating them on a terrific win but reminding them that their Super Bowl LIII matchup with the Los Angeles Rams "will be tougher than this one -- but that's the way it's supposed to be when you're going all the way through."

Hey, the man speaks from experience.

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