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Lane Johnson continues his anti-Patriots diatribe

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Lane Johnson continues his anti-Patriots diatribe

The New England Patriots are on Lane Johnson's brain. He can't stop talking about them. And he doesn't have nice things to say.

"Here's what pissed me off," Johnson told ESPN Tuesday. "The Patriots, obviously, I respect their coach, I respect Bill [Belichick], I respect Tom Brady, but just because the way that they won the Super Bowls, the Patriot Way, is that how everybody else is supposed to do the same thing? No, it's not. And that's what I got mad at, the arrogance by them.

"There was obviously some stuff behind closed doors. Their owner talking s--- to our owner. Bill talking s--- to our head coach [Doug Pederson] before the game. I'm not going to say it, but a lot of s--- kind built up to that, and I just got tired of hearing about it, man, to be honest."

Johnson has been on an anti-Patriots tear since the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. He first spoke out against Bill Belichick's methodology on Barstool's podcast, "Pardon My Take." Johnson called New England a "fear-based organization" on Feb. 9. He wasn't done. After Patriots players -- like NBC Sports Boston's Jerod Mayo -- defended Belichick, Johnson refused to believe players actually want to play for Belichick.

“They kept interviewing ex-Patriots players,” he said on “Pardon My Take” on Feb 16. “What do you think they’re going to say? ‘I [expletive] hated it there’? No. ‘I won Super Bowls. We had a great time.’ They’re not going to bad mouth their coach. They’re not going to say what they really want to say. Do you think that’s going to happen? Hell no, it’s not going to happen.”

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Reported details of Julian Edelman's new Patriots contract extension

Reported details of Julian Edelman's new Patriots contract extension

Veteran wide receiver Julian Edelman has agreed to a contract extension with the New England Patriots to keep him in Foxboro through the 2021 NFL season. 

It's a two-year contract agreement, first reported by NFL Media's Mike Garafolo. Edelman is entering the final season of his current deal.

NBC Sports Boston's Tom E. Curran reported several financial details of the contract Tuesday, including the guaranteed money involved:

Mike Reiss of ESPN also reported a detail about an $8 million signing bonus for Edelman.

Edelman missed the first four games of the 2018 season due to a suspension, but he played at a very high level upon returning. The 33-year-old wideout tallied 74 receptions for 850 yards and six touchdowns in 12 regular-season games, but his real value was shown in the playoffs. Edelman caught 26 passes for 388 yards, including a 10-catch, 141-yard performance in Super Bowl LIII that earned him the game's MVP award.

With Edelman's extension taken care of, the Patriots now can focus on extending quarterback Tom Brady's contract. Brady is entering the final year of his current deal.

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Former MVP ranks Patriots star Tom Brady as best quarterback in NFL

Former MVP ranks Patriots star Tom Brady as best quarterback in NFL

Tom Brady just won his sixth Super Bowl championship, but that hasn't stopped fans and media members from claiming he's not the best quarterback in the NFL.

The New England Patriots quarterback is only two years removed from his third NFL MVP, and even though his 2018 stats weren't at the typical Brady level, they still were really impressive

The NFL offseason is in full swing, and to help pass the period between the draft and the start of training camp, it's time to embrace debate, and no topic ignites more passionate responses than ranking the best QBs in the league.

Former league MVP and Super Bowl champion Kurt Warner, who's now an analyst for NFL Network, recently revealed his updated ranking of the top quarterbacks in the sport, and he couldn't resist putting Brady atop the list.

“Come on, there's only one place to go," Warner said. "I know at some point in time he’s not going to be the best player in the league. But as of right now — he just won another championship, so I don’t see him slowing down. This is probably as much on merit and what he continues to do year in and year out that I believe New England’s going to be vying for another championship. So, Tom Brady gets my No. 1 spot.”

Here is Warner's top five:

1. Tom Brady, Patriots
2. Drew Brees, Saints
3. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs
4. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
5. Ben Roethlisberger

This is an interesting list. The top four absolutely belong, but some people might be surprised at the order. Mahomes in the No. 3 spot after he won the 2018 NFL MVP award with a 50-touchdown season is a little surprising. Aaron Rodgers had a rough 2018 as injuries to him and his teammates derailed the Packers' season, but when healthy, many people would argue he's better than anyone. 

Roethlisberger's inclusion is the most surprising. The two-time Super Bowl champion is a surefire Hall of Famer, but he's no longer a top-five QB in 2019. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck are better options at the moment.

Warner got the No. 1 spot correct, though, and that's really what matters.

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