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How could Julian Edelman's contract extension impact Tom Brady?

How could Julian Edelman's contract extension impact Tom Brady?

Julian Edelman has landed his payday. His quarterback, however, is still waiting.

The New England Patriots wide receiver agreed to a two-year, $18 million contract extension Tuesday, NBC Sports Boston's Tom E. Curran confirmed Tuesday.

The deal means Edelman, who turns 33 on Wednesday, is locked up through his age-35 season and in theory could retire a Patriot after the 2021 campaign.

But what about Tom Brady? The Patriots quarterback also has no designs on leaving New England and hopes to play until 45, an age he'd reach in 2022. 

Like Edelman in 2017, Brady signed a restructured contract in 2018 worth $30 million that kept him under team control until 2019. Unlike Edelman, the six-time Super Bowl champion (who shares Edelman's agent, Don Yee) doesn't have an extension in the works as of Tuesday.

Brady has never entered a season while in the "walk year" of his contract, so it would be unprecedented if he and the Patriots don't agree to new contract terms this summer. Now that New England has locked up Brady's No. 1 target, there's seemingly more pressure on the Patriots to iron out the QB's contract situation before they mount their title defense.

Don't hold your breath on another restructured deal, though: When asked back in January about Brady's contract situation, team president Jonathan Kraft responded, "Let's see what happens when training camp starts (in July)."

Brady just restructured his contract last year, so if the Patriots want to ensure he stays until age 45, they could have Brady play out the final year of his contract this season and sign a two-year deal next offseason through 2022.

But if they want to get ahead of things, Edelman's contract represents a blueprint to do so.

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This stat shows how good the Patriots defense was against the Jets

This stat shows how good the Patriots defense was against the Jets

The New England Patriots have had a fantastic start to the season on the defensive side of the ball. But on Sunday against the New York Jets, they took their dominance to another level.

While the Patriots won the game by a score of 30-14, the defense didn't surrender a single point. The first Jets touchdown came after a muffed punt by Gunner Olszewski. The second came off a pick-6 by Jamal Adams.

And in the contest, the Patriots allowed the fewest total yards of the Bill Belichick era -- playoffs included (per the official NFL Research Twitter account).

This is frankly a remarkable stat, but it's not altogether surprising. The Jets were only playing their third game of the season, but they were already on their third starting quarterback in Luke Falk, a 2018 sixth-round pick on his third team in a year and a half in the league. Sunday was his first career start.

The Patriots mostly focused on limiting Le'Veon Bell and by taking away the run game, they made it difficult for Falk to generate anything on offense. Because of that, he had less than 100 total passing yards and had fewer than 70 when factoring in sack yards.

The defense has been a big-time strength for the Patriots through three games and the onus is on them to continue to succeed. That said, Bill Belichick is doing what he can to keep them humble, so he surely won't let an achievement like this go to their heads. 

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NFL betting odds Week 4: Early spread for Patriots vs. Bills, all other games

NFL betting odds Week 4: Early spread for Patriots vs. Bills, all other games

The New England Patriots failed to cover a 22.5-point spread in Sunday's Week 3 win over the New York Jets, but that hasn't stopped oddsmakers from pegging the defending Super Bowl champs as sizable road favorites in Week 4.

The Patriots will travel to Buffalo in Week 4 to take on the Bills with first place in the AFC East at stake. Both teams improved to 3-0 on Sunday. The Patriots earned a 30-14 victory against the Jets, while the Bills beat the Cincinnati Bengals 21-17.

The Patriots have opened as 7-point road favorites against the Bills. Here are the early betting lines for every Week 4 game, according to the Westgate Superbook in Las Vegas:

The Patriots have won five consecutive games against the Bills. Buffalo's last win versus New England came in Week 4 of the 2016 season, which was the final game of Tom Brady's Deflategate suspension.

Brady owns a remarkable 30-3 record with 69 touchdown passes and 24 interceptions in his career against the Bills.

The Patriots are 2-1 against the spread this season. They've outscored opponents 106-17 over their first three games.

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