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New England Patriots are most hated NFL team in these 13 states

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New England Patriots are most hated NFL team in these 13 states

The New England Patriots have won five Super Bowls, eight conference championships and 16 division titles since 2001, so it's understandable that many people across the United States can't stand them.

The Action Network's Darren Rovell tweeted a graphic Thursday that shows the most hated NFL team in each of the 50 states. The Patriots, unsurprisingly, are the most hated team. They are enemy No. 1 in 13 states, by far the most of any franchise.

Here's a map of the entire nation, followed by a list of the states that hate the Patriots the most.

1. Alaska
2. Hawaii
3. Utah
4. Colorado
5. Wyoming
6. Nebraska
7. Iowa
8. Missouri
9. Kansas
10. Indiana
11. Kentucky
12. Florida
13. New York

New York is an obvious one, given the Patriots' rivalries with the Giants and Jets. The midwest also makes sense because there are probably a lot of Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts fans in those states. The Pats have played the Colts and Broncos in the playoffs a total of eight times since 2001. Florida checks out, too, with Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars fans enduring several important matchups with the Patriots.

The two states that don't really make a ton of sense are Alaska and Hawaii. Neither state has a pro team of any kind. Perhaps there are a lot of Seattle Seahawks fans in those states who are still upset over the ending of Super Bowl XLIX.

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One agent's view on Tom Brady's extension: Will the Patriots get a big discount?

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One agent's view on Tom Brady's extension: Will the Patriots get a big discount?

We're not sure what Tom Brady's contract is going to look like for 2019. We anticipate the Patriots and their 41-year-old quarterback will get together to come to some kind of agreement on an extension in order to reduce what's scheduled to be a $27 million cap hit next season.

Robert and Jonathan Kraft joined Boston Sports Tonight during Super Bowl week and tried to assuage any concerns that the team and Brady wouldn't have a new deal in place by the fall. 

"Let's see what happens," Jonathan Kraft said, "when training camp starts."

Based on how Brady has handled contract negotiations previously, the assumption in many corners is that Brady will allow for an extension that will pay him below market value. Former NFL agent and CBS Sports analyst Joel Corry is firmly in that camp, telling us on The Next Pats Podcast that even though Brady has leverage, he probably won't maximize it. 

"I anticipate that Tom Brady's going to give them a discount again," Corry said. "Last time he got his market value was 2010. He signed an extension which made him the highest-paid player in the league at $18 million per year. Then when he started doing renegotiations -- which weren't just cap maneuvers -- in 2013, he started undercutting the market. He's at an age where you don't expect him to reverse course. So it's not a question of will he [give them a] discount, in my opinion. It's a question of how big of [a discount] will it be?"

Corry added: "I would be shocked if Tom Brady played hardball, but he does have leverage because he has the fifth-highest cap number in the league at $27 million, and if he played it out, then they'd have to stick a franchise tag on him as long as Father Time didn't catch up to him in a major way. And if they wanted to franchise him next year, it would be $32.4 million, and it's not like the Patriots have a ton of cap room to begin with . . . They will be getting a $5 million cap credit from the incentives added to Brady's contract that he didn't earn [in 2018] because the threshold was really high . . . Still, they're not in great shape cap-wise. Anything they can get to lower the cap number, which would be through an extension, they could really use the room."

For the Patriots, Corry argued, Brady's willingness to negotiate terms that benefit both sides has undoubtedly helped the team build around him. 

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"It's almost the equivalent of having a quarterback on a rookie contract from the standpoint of not taking what he's supposed to get," Corry said. "It works twofold: One, they have more cap room available than they ever would've had if he'd taken the route of practically every other quarterback in the league; and two, I know for a fact that they use it against other players in negotiations. It's like, 'Tom's not taking his full market value, so if he's not doing it why should you do it?' Some buy into it. Some don't. But that's another benefit that New England gets is that they get to use that in negotiations against other players."

So what kind of deal would give the Patriots some cap relief but still be in Brady's desired neighborhood? 

"If," Corry explained, "you chopped his base salary down to close to minimum and gave him a signing bonus similar to ones he's gotten in past extensions, $25-30 million, you could get probably $5, $6, $7 million in cap room for this year doing something that way."

Corry gets into greater detail on the types of extensions Brady could receive -- is a fully-guaranteed deal that would save the Patriots some money in play, is a rare salary de-escalator model worth pursuing? -- in The Next Pats Podcast, which you can listen to right here

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PFF grades show hilariously big gap between Tom Brady, other AFC East QBs

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PFF grades show hilariously big gap between Tom Brady, other AFC East QBs

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is the best quarterback in the AFC East. Duh, we already knew that. But how much of a gap exists between the six-time Super Bowl champion and the rest of the AFC East quarterbacks?

Well, Pro Football Focus unveiled Tuesday their AFC East quarterback grades for the 2018 season, and the gap between Brady and the No. 2 QB is gigantic. Check out the full grades in the tweet below:

The lack of quality quarterbacks in the division certainly helped the Patriots go 5-1 against their AFC East rivals in the 2018 regular season, with their only loss coming against the Dolphins in Miami on that miraculous game-ending play.

There is some hope for the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets, however. The Jets took Sam Darnold and the Bills selected Josh Allen in the top 10 of the 2018 NFL Draft, and both quarterbacks showed positive signs throughout their rookie campaigns. 

Still, it's going to take a while for any of these guys to give Brady any competition for the best quarterback in the AFC East, even as he enters his age-42 season in 2019.

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