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Adam Schefter finds Tom Brady's contract situation with Patriots 'odd'

Adam Schefter finds Tom Brady's contract situation with Patriots 'odd'

In theory, Tom Brady's contract extension was supposed to quell speculation about his future with the New England Patriots. Instead, the events of this summer have done the opposite.

Brady signed a two-year, $70 million contract extension with the Patriots earlier this month that in practice makes him a free agent following the 2019 season. He also happened to put his Brookline, Mass., home on the market days later.

So, is that a sign the 42-year-old quarterback may consider leaving the only team he's ever played for? In an interview Wednesday on WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show," ESPN's Adam Schefter suggested that's at least a possibility.

"If it's me just looking at it from the outside -- I'm just reading the signs, right?" Schefter said. "His home is for sale. He's on a contract that voids. It's just saying that this has the potential, one way or another, for this to be his last season in New England."

Schefter insisted he was just speculating and added he wasn't aware of any "discord" between Brady and the Patriots in contract negotiations. But if Adam Schefter the NFL Fan is reading the tea leaves, Brady's future is worth monitoring.

"Let me repeat that: His home is for sale. His contract voids," Schefter added. " ... I'm just telling you, the elements are in place for it to be (his last season in New England). I'm not saying it will be. But isn't that odd, all those things? Doesn't it make you go, 'Hmm, that's interesting?' It makes me go, 'Hmm, that's interesting.' "

Schefter then made an interesting analogy to LeBron James' initial exit from Cleveland to join the Miami Heat in 2010, noting that there were several signs that hinted James may leave the Cavaliers.

"Sometimes it's just these little things that you just look at, right?" Schefter said. "I don't know anything more than we all know right now. But you just look at it sometimes, and you say, 'Well, something is afoot here.'

" ... I'm not telling you I'm right. I'm just telling you, look at the signs. The signs suggest something is going on. That's all."

The noise about Brady's future should quiet down once real football begins in Week 1. But after his 20th season ends? It sounds like all bets are off.

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Jets' Jamal Adams calls NFL 'a damn joke' after fine for hit on Baker Mayfield

Jets' Jamal Adams calls NFL 'a damn joke' after fine for hit on Baker Mayfield

New York Jets safety Jamal Adams is a really good player, and he plays the game as hard as any defensive back in the NFL. Unfortunately for him, the league felt he went a little too far in Monday night's loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Adams was fined $21,000 for a hit on Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. He also was hit with a roughing the passer penalty on the play. Adams let everyone know exactly how he was feeling about the league's decision in a passionate tweet Wednesday night.

Warning: The following tweet contains NSFW language.

Adams and the Jets will play the rival New England Patriots on Sunday at Gillette Stadium, and you can bet the third-year safety will try to set a physical tone right from the get-go.

"Yeah, he's very aggressive, a physical player, a contact player, very aggressive in the running game," Patriots head coach Bill Belichick told reporters Wednesday when asked about Adams. "He's fast, he's a tough player. He's around the ball a lot, too. Similar to (C.J.) Mosley, different position but he gets involved in a lot of plays, plays with great effort, hustles all the time, has a great motor."

The Jets are heavy underdogs entering Week 3. Oddsmakers have pegged the Patriots as 22.5-point favorites as of Thursday morning. Adams and the Jets defense will need to give an almost flawless performance to slow down Tom Brady's offense and earn a huge upset win.

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NFL Week 3 picks against the spread for Patriots-Jets, all other games

NFL Week 3 picks against the spread for Patriots-Jets, all other games

Week 3 of the 2019 NFL season has arrived, and there are several exciting matchups for fans to watch and wager on.

The best game of the weekend is a showdown between two of the league's best young quarterbacks. Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens will travel to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs and their star quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes and Jackson are two of the leading candidates for NFL MVP through the first two games. Jackson, in particular, has silenced his critics by showing off improved passing skills. The Ravens quarterback has thrown for 596 yards with seven touchdowns and zero interceptions in two Baltimore victories.

There are a few crazy-high spreads this week. 

The New England Patriots are massive favorites for the second consecutive Sunday. They clobbered the Miami Dolphins and easily covered an 18.5-point spread in a 43-0 Week 2 win, and they are 22.5-point favorites in Week 3 against the rival New York Jets. The Patriots are 0-4 all-time against the spread when it is 20-plus points. However, this stat probably won't be enough to stop money from pouring in on the Patriots side of this matchup. New England has won six straight games against New York, and the Jets will be starting their third-string quarterback Sunday.

The other lopsided spread is the Dallas Cowboys being favored by 21.5 points over the Dolphins. Miami is a mess after dropping its first two games by a combined score of 102-13. The Cowboys are 2-0 and have the look of a legitimate Super Bowl contender in the NFC.

Let's take a look at the latest NFL odds (via the Westgate SuperBook) and make picks against the spread for every Week 3 matchup. Each pick is italicized (Season record: 16-16).

Thursday, Sept. 19
Tennessee Titans (-1.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars

Sunday, Sept. 22
Denver Broncos at Green Bay Packers (-7.5)
Detroit Lions and at Philadelphia Eagles (-6)
Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs (-6.5)
Cincinanti Bengals at Buffalo Bills (-6)
Atlanta Falcons at Indianapolis Colts (-2)
Oakland Raiders at Minnesota Vikings (-8.5)
New York Jets at New England Patriots (-22.5)
Miami Dolphins at Dallas Cowboys (-21.5)
New York Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-6.5)
Carolina Panthers at Arizona Cardinals (no line, likely because of injuries)
New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks (-4)
Houston Texans at Los Angeles Chargers (-3)
Pittsburgh Steelers at San Francisco 49ers (-6.5)
Los Angeles Rams (-3) at Cleveland Browns

Monday, Sept. 23
Chicago Bears (-4) at Washington Redskins

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