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Antonio Brown picked interesting time to share this DM from Tom Brady

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Antonio Brown picked interesting time to share this DM from Tom Brady

The trade rumors are bubbling, and Antonio Brown is stirring the pot.

The star wide receiver reportedly isn't seeing eye-to-eye with the Pittsburgh Steelers; he missed the team's Week 17 game after a reported dispute with Ben Roethlisberger in practice earlier that week, and head coach Mike Tomlin described a "lack of communication" between Brown and the Steelers in a press conference Wednesday.

Brown's rift with Pittsburgh has led to speculation that he'll be traded -- which the Pro Bowler isn't exactly shutting down. Earlier this week, Brown posted a screenshot on his Instagram story of a direct message New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady sent him in September, according to NFL reporter Dov Kleiman.

Brady and Brown both were drafted in the sixth round -- Brady at pick No. 199 in 2000, Brown at pick No. 195 in 2010 -- and went on to become superstars, so they do share that common bond.

But why would Brown post that September conversation now? Is this his way of hinting he wants to play with Brady on the Patriots?

We have no idea, but it's more likely the 30-year-old is just having some fun with the trade rumors. After all, he also started following the San Francisco 49ers on Instagram and tweeted at Niners tight end George Kittle, suggesting he's willing to be recruited to the Bay Area.

More social media "bread crumbs" could follow if Brown wants to drum up interest in his potential trade around the league. And while Tomlin insisted his star wideout hasn't directly asked for a trade, perhaps Brown's Instagram and Twitter activity is his way of getting a message across.

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NFL Twitter explodes with reaction to Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes' reported contract

NFL Twitter explodes with reaction to Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes' reported contract

Patrick Mahomes has fully committed to the Kansas City Chiefs.

The superstar quarterback, who led the Chiefs to a Super Bowl LIV triumph last season, reportedly has agreed to a massive 10-year contract extension worth $450 million. ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the news.

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Mahomes is the best player in the NFL and, at only 24 years old, could lead the Chiefs on a dominant run of success over the next decade. In his two seasons as the Chiefs' starting quarterback, Mahomes has a 24-8 record, a 4-1 playoff record and a Lombardi Trophy. He also won Super Bowl LIV MVP and the 2018 NFL MVP.

Given his age, talent and potential, it's not surprising that NFL Twitter was pretty fired up about Mahomes and the Chiefs extending their partnership through 2031 (he has two more years remaining on his current contract).

Here's some of the best Twitter reaction to Mahomes' massive contract extension.

NFL rumors: Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes agrees to huge 10-year contract extension

NFL rumors: Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes agrees to huge 10-year contract extension

The Kansas City Chiefs are going to be a tough opponent for the New England Patriots and the rest of the AFC for many years to come.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes reportedly has agreed to a massive 10-year contract extension, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Mahomes has two more years left on his current deal with Kansas City, so this extension would keep him with the Chiefs for 12 more seasons.

The Chiefs won their first Lombardi Trophy in 50 years last season when Mahomes led a fourth quarter comeback against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV. Mahomes won Super Bowl MVP, adding to the NFL MVP he won during the 2018 campaign. The 24-year-old quarterback has thrown 76 touchdown passes with only 17 interceptions in the last two seasons (30 games played).

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Mahomes is the best quarterback in the league, and his résumé through three pro seasons -- the last two of which he's been the full-time starter in Kansas City -- is absolutely astounding.

What does this news mean for the Patriots?

Well, the Chiefs aren't going anywhere. Kansas City will continue to be a top contender in the AFC as long as Mahomes is healthy. He has a 25-8 record as a starter in the regular season, in addition to a 4-1 playoff record that includes a Super Bowl title.

The Chiefs also have been one of the league's highest-scoring offenses (32-plus points per game) in the league over the last two seasons, and no lead is safe when Mahomes has the ball. The Patriots found that out first hand during the 2018 AFC Championship Game in Kansas City. New England held a 14-0 halftime advantage, and it also led 24-21 and 31-28 late in the fourth quarter before losing both and having to play overtime. Former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady won the game in the OT period with an incredible touchdown drive on the first possession.

The AFC title win in 2018 was one of two victories for the Patriots in three matchups versus Mahomes. New England beat him twice in 2018 and lost in the 2019 regular season when the Chiefs earned a 23-16 Week 14 win at Gillette Stadium.

The Chiefs will play the Patriots again in the 2020 regular season in a Week 4 matchup at Arrowhead Stadium. You can bet the Patriots and Chiefs will play plenty more times throughout the length of Mahomes' reported extension, and it would be pretty fun if some of those games came in the playoffs.