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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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New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian injured on Monday Night Football

New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian injured on Monday Night Football

The New York Jets are playing the New England Patriots in Week 3 of the 2019 NFL season. And ahead of that game, it looks like they could be down their top two quarterbacks.

The Jets were already without their starting quarterback Sam Darnold as the second-year passer battles mono. But against the Cleveland Browns on Monday Night Football, they may have lost their backup quarterback too.

In the second quarter of the game, Trevor Siemian was hurt after taking a hit from Myles Garrett. On the play, Siemian bent over backward awkwardly and appeared to injure his ankle in the process. While he was able to hobble off the field, he went to the locker room almost immediately. He was a woeful 3 of 6 for just 3 passing yards while being sacked twice before the injury knocked him out. 

If Siemian can't play in Week 3 against the Patriots, they will be still be licking their chops as they look at the resume of his backup. Siemian was replaced by third-string quarterback Luke Falk who has been on three different teams (Tennessee Titans, Miami Dolphins, Jets) since being a sixth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He hadn't played an NFL snap before entering Monday night's game.

While the Patriots were likely looking forward to facing Siemian, they'll hardly complain if given a chance to face Falk in what could be his first NFL start. Their defense has been stellar to start the season, so they shouldn't have much of a problem containing a Falk-led Jets attack.

Perhaps they'll be able to build on their historic start to the season as they look to start the season 3-0 with two divisional victories.

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Tom Brady, Jamie Collins, Stephon Gilmore make PFF's Team of the Week

Tom Brady, Jamie Collins, Stephon Gilmore make PFF's Team of the Week

The New England Patriots were dominant against the Miami Dolphins in their 43-0 Week 2 victory. And they are getting quite a bit of recognition for their strong performance.

Three members of the Patriots were named to Pro Football Focus' Team of the Week for their strong effort against the Dolphins. They were quarterback Tom Brady, linebacker Jamie Collins, and defensive back Stephon Gilmore.

These players getting the nod is certainly not a surprise, especially Gilmore. Arguably the league's best cornerback, Gilmore earned a player rating of 92.6, good for the highest of any player on the Team of the Week. Per PFF, he allowed a passer rating of just 12.5 on throws his way and, of course, he had an excellent pick-6 during the contest.

Collins matched Gilmore's pick-6 and then some against the Dolphins. He led the team in tackles with 5, got 0.5 sacks and 1.5 tackles for loss, and was able to log two interceptions including the pick-6. He looks rejuvenated in his second stint with the Patriots and should continue to serve as an athletic playmaker for their defense.

As for Brady, he led a steady offensive attack on Sunday, putting up a 124.7 passer rating while completing 20-of-28 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns. While the offense didn't start clicking in full until the second half, Brady was still steady as ever and didn't make many, if any, mistakes outside of some disconnects with his new weapon, Antonio Brown.

The three Patriots on PFF's Team of the Week definitely deserved the nods for their solid play, but they won't think much about the accolade. They'll be more focused on their upcoming Week 3 meeting with the New York Jets as they look to start the season 3-0.

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