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Julian Edelman channels Queen in social media post

Julian Edelman channels Queen in social media post

It's been almost two years since Julian Edelman played in a postseason game, and the Patriots wide receiver is pumped up to end that streak Sunday.

As the Pats get ready for Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Chargers, Edelman channeled Queen by posting an image of himself, Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, and Bill Belichick in the style of the band's iconic Bohemian Rhapsody video. 

Edelman is probably thinking "I Want It All" and "Don't Stop Me Now" about the postseason, even though New England will be "Under Pressure" against the Chargers.

Despite having a worse record than L.A. this season, "The Show Must Go On" for the Patriots, who hope that "Another One Bites the Dust" in Foxboro.

Edelman and company will be saying "We Will Rock You" to the Chargers, and if all goes well, there will just be one thing left for the Patriots to say in February (again). 

"We Are the Champions."

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Report: Contract details for Patriots' Maurice Harris, Terrence Brooks

Report: Contract details for Patriots' Maurice Harris, Terrence Brooks

Surprise, surprise: The New England Patriots are spending carefully in free agency.

Rather than dole out significant cash to one or two players, the Patriots' strategy to date has been to sign a handful of depth pieces at relatively low cost. On Tuesday morning, we got a look at the contract details of two such players.

First up: wide receiver Maurice Harris, who can earn up to $1 million this season, per ESPN's Mike Reiss.

According to Spotrac, Harris' $720,000 base salary in 2019 makes him the second-lowest-paid Patriots wide receiver, ahead of Damoun Patterson and just behind fellow newcomer Bruce Ellington, who carries a $895,000 base salary.

That contract suggests the 26-year-old Harris may have to compete for a roster spot during the preseason, especially if New England trades for a receiver of higher value.

New Patriots safety and expected special teams contributor Terrence Brooks, meanwhile, has the chance to earn a maximum of $4 million total a two-year contract, per The Boston Globe's Ben Volin.

Head coach Bill Belichick clearly values special teams, so it's not surprising the Patriots are willing to shell out north of $1 million guaranteed to two potential core special teamers in Brooks and running back Brandon Bolden.

New England's work isn't done on the special teams front, as it currently doesn't have a kicker or punter with Stephen Gostkowski and Ryan Allen still unsigned in free agency.

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Report: Pennel's 2-year Patriots deal could be worth up to $8 million

Report: Pennel's 2-year Patriots deal could be worth up to $8 million

The Patriots deal with free-agent nose tackle Mike Pennel is for two years with a base salary of $5 million and could be worth up to $8 million in incentives, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Pennel, 6-foot-4, 332 pounds, turns 28 in May. The former New York Jets defensive tackle will try to make up for the loss of Malcom Brown, who signed with the Saints. 

After the signing, Pennel spoke to Patriots.com about joining a "winning culture" in New England.

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