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Here's how much money Patriots legend Richard Seymour won at World Series of Poker

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Here's how much money Patriots legend Richard Seymour won at World Series of Poker

The World Series of Poker's main event in Las Vegas is the most prestigious poker tournament each year, with several celebrities and ex-athletes joining the fray in pursuit of the $10 million first-place prize. 

The most impressive performance from a celebrity/athlete in tournament history has come from former New England Patriots defensive tackle Richard Seymour. He was knocked out of the tournament Wednesday, finishing in 131st place and taking home $59,295, which is a pretty good chunk of change for about a week of work.

Seymour's run marks the best finish by any NFL, NBA, NHL or MLB player in the World Series of Poker main event's history.

This year's WSOP main event, a no-limit Texas hold 'em style tournament, had a total of 8,569 entries. Seymour was one of 1,285 people to finish in the money. He has four career WSOP cashes totaling $80,886 in winnings, per the event's official website.

Seymour earned nearly $90 million in 12 pro seasons between the Patriots and Oakland Raiders. He won't make that much money playing poker, but there are much worse ways to spend your retired life.

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NFL rumors: Contract talks between Patriots, Nick Caserio 'have gotten nowhere'

NFL rumors: Contract talks between Patriots, Nick Caserio 'have gotten nowhere'

Nick Caserio has served as director of player personnel for the New England Patriots since 2008, but he might have a new title and a new team next season.

Caserio's contract expires after the 2019 campaign, and if he's not re-signed by the Patriots, multiple teams reportedly are expected to show interest.

NFL Media's Mike Garafolo reported Sunday morning an update on the contract talks between Caserio and the Patriots.

“The Patriots have tried to broach the possibility of an extension, and from what I gather, have gotten nowhere with it,” Garafolo said Sunday on NFL Network. “So, he is going to be on the market as a GM. I’m thinking he gets a job elsewhere.”

If Caserio does leave the Patriots, which teams will show interest in him? CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora on Sunday morning reported two teams, the Houston Texans and Carolina Panthers. His note on the Panthers is particularly interesting:

Panthers owner David Tepper wants to speak to several coaches and executives who have ties to the Patriots organization as well, sources said, with Caserio a strong candidate to oversee personnel in Carolina as well. 

The Texans have pursued Caserio in the past, and the Patriots even filed tampering charges against Houston (the charges were later dropped by New England) earlier this year. He obviously knows Texans head coach Bill O'Brien well from their days together in New England.

Caserio is in his 17th season with the Patriots and 15th in player personnel. He's been a valuable member of the Patriots' front office and has contributed to the team consistently building championship-caliber rosters through the trade market, free agency and the draft.

The Patriots have dealt with members of their coaching staff and front office leaving for rival teams many times over the past 20 years, but Caserio is a pretty important part of the organization. His loss wouldn't be a small one.

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Latest Julian Edelman Week 15 injury update is encouraging for Patriots

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Latest Julian Edelman Week 15 injury update is encouraging for Patriots

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman has been banged up with some sort of injury for most of the 2019 NFL season, but he was healthy enough to travel with his team for its Week 15 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday afternoon.

What are the chances of Edelman playing in the Patriots' final road game of the regular season? NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning that it's looking optimistic.

Edelman was on the injury report this week with knee/shoulder injuries. The 33-year-old veteran missed Wednesday's practice and was limited in both Thursday's and Friday's sessions. He's been on the injury report most weeks this season but has not missed a single game.

The Patriots offense has struggled mightily of late, averaging only 17.6 points scored over the last five games. Edelman has been one of the team's MVPs with 90 receptions for 1,010 yards and six touchdowns through 13 games. Despite his massive importance to the offense, it wouldn't be a bad idea to sit Edelman on Sunday so he's as healthy as possible for the playoffs next month. The Bengals have a league-worst 1-12 record and the Patriots don't need Edelman to leave Cincinnati with a victory. 

Edelman is one of the toughest players in the league, though. If he's able to play, you can bet he'll try to give it a go.

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