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Final details on Tom Brady's 2019 contract with the New England Patriots

Final details on Tom Brady's 2019 contract with the New England Patriots

After much fanfare about Tom Brady's latest contract extension, we finally have the official details. Not only will there be no franchise tag option after this season, the contract effectively makes Brady a free agent in 2020. 

Additionally, according to The Athletic's Nick Underhill, Brady's base salary is fully guaranteed at $1.75 million and he will make $62,500 per game in roster bonuses. Most of the quarterback's salary, which makes him the seventh-highest paid quarterback in the league, comes from signing bonuses. 

Throughout his career, Brady has taken pay cuts in exchange for more salary-cap flexibility so the Patriots can add more roster talent. The details of his latest contract and the reports that he put his Brookline house have fueled speculation that 2019 could be Brady's last season in Foxboro. When asked about the contract agreement, Brady told reporters, "It is what it is." 

Brady did not play in New England's first preseason game on Thursday night, a 31-3 win over the Lions.

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Robert Kraft has brief first comment on Patriots-Bengals taping controversy

Robert Kraft has brief first comment on Patriots-Bengals taping controversy

Patriots owner Robert Kraft's first public comment on the controversy surrounding a team production crew being investigated by the NFL for allegedly taping the Cincinnati Bengals sideline during the Bengals game in Cleveland on Sunday was brief.

"You know everything you should know," Kraft said while declining to talk to reporters, including Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, after walking out of a meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at previously scheduled league meetings in Dallas.  

The team released a statement Monday night acknowledging that their failure to inform the Bengals of the taping was an "unintended oversight" and admitted the video crew unknowingly broke league rules by filming the field from the press box. 

The Patriots (10-3) visit the Bengals (1-12) this Sunday in Cincinnati 

Earlier Tuesday, coach Bill Belichick again insisted he had no knowledge or involvement in what the team production crew was doing and that it's a completely independent operation from the team.

The Athletic reported Tuesday that the tape shows about eight minutes of video that's focused directly on the Bengals sideline. 

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Patriots now have three practice squad openings after these departures

Patriots now have three practice squad openings after these departures

The New England Patriots have some more space available on their practice squad.

The recent departures of center Tyler Gauthier and defensive back Nate Brooks have opened two new spots, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

These moves bring the number of open spots on the Patriots practice squad to three. 

Brooks spent the last 13 weeks on the Patriots practice squad. His new head coach with the Miami Dolphins is Brian Flores, who was the Patriots' linebackers coach from 2016 through 2018. Gauthier signed with the Patriots in May as an undrafted free agent but never played in a game for New England.

Huggins was signed by the Patriots last week but was released this past weekend when the team needed to make room on the 53-man roster to add kicker Nick Folk.

Reiss also reported Tuesday that New England worked out former University of Georgia defensive back Jayson Stanley.

The Patriots play the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. The Week 15 matchup is their final road game of the 2019 regular season.

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