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Demaryius Thomas' reported contract incentives add context to Patriots' move

Demaryius Thomas' reported contract incentives add context to Patriots' move

The New England Patriots signed a five-time Pro Bowler on Tuesday. But they're not exactly paying him five-time Pro Bowler money.

Demaryius Thomas' one-year contract with the Patriots features a base salary of just over $1 million with a minimal $150,000 signing bonus, ESPN's Field Yates reported Wednesday morning.

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Thomas' contract could be worth up to $6 million, which suggests his deal is heavily laden with incentives. Apparently that's the case, as The MMQB's Albert Breer laid out Wednesday.

It's essentially a "prove it" deal for Thomas, who caught a total of 59 passes for 677 yards last season in 15 games between the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans. The 31-year-old also tore his Achilles in late December, putting his status for the Patriots' season opener in doubt and making his quest to hit these incentives even more challenging.

For perspective, Thomas' reported $1.2 million base salary is lower than that of Phillip Dorsett and nearly half the $2.05 million Josh Gordon would earn if he returns from suspension. Thomas' reported $2,906,250 cap hit puts him just ahead of special teamer Matthew Slater and behind running back Rex Burkhead on the Patriots' salary cap table.

In short, the Patriots didn't break the bank to sign Thomas, signing him on a low-risk deal that will benefit both sides if it pans out.

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Tom Brady's apparent workout video with Josh Gordon has Patriots fans fired up

Tom Brady's apparent workout video with Josh Gordon has Patriots fans fired up

We don't know when (or if) Josh Gordon will play his next game for the New England Patriots, but it seems he's not straying far.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady posted a brief Instagram video/GIF on Wednesday morning of him throwing a pass to someone who looks a lot like Gordon.

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Brady's Instagram story features some still photos from the workout, one of which gives us a better look at Gordon.

The veteran wide receiver was suspended indefinitely in December for violating the terms of his reinstatement after multiple NFL drug policy violations, and there's no still timetable for his return.

Gordon signed his restricted tender with the Patriots in April, though, ensuring that if he plays anywhere in 2019, it will be with New England.

The former first-team All-Pro seemingly working out with Brady is a good sign that the Patriots are still keeping him in the mix. And as is the case with any remotely positive Gordon news, Pats fans in the Instagram comments couldn't contain their excitement.

Gordon joins rookie receiver N'Keal Harry and Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman among the wideouts to join Brady for his now-famous Instagram workout sessions this offseason.

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Shawne Merriman's hilarious Father's Day tweet will make Patriots fans smile

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Shawne Merriman's hilarious Father's Day tweet will make Patriots fans smile

Shawne Merriman is no fan of the New England Patriots, but his son's allegiances seems to differ a bit.

The former Los Angeles Chargers star posted a Father's Day tweet Sunday with a photo of his son getting ready to buy a Tom Brady Patriots jersey with a Super Bowl LI patch, and the three-time Pro Bowler's reaction is priceless. 

A Brady jersey probably is the last piece of NFL apparel that Merriman would want his son to buy, given his history with the Patriots.

Merriman still hasn't forgotten about the Patriots coming into San Diego and defeating the 14-2 Chargers in the 2006 AFC Divisional Round. It was the Chargers' best team in a long time, and after the Patriots won in dramatic fashion, some New England players mocked Merriman's sack dance during the on-field celebrations. Chargers players weren't happy at all.

But hey, props to Merriman's son, he knows greatness when he sees it. And he's not alone, evidenced by Brady once again leading all NFL players in royalties from sales of items including jerseys.

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