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New "Madden NFL 20" update prevents Tom Brady from retiring after 2019 season

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New "Madden NFL 20" update prevents Tom Brady from retiring after 2019 season

New England Patriots fans who enjoy playing the franchise mode in the "Madden NFL 20" video game will approve of the latest update to the game.

EA Sports announced Tuesday the details of its latest title update that is now live, and it includes Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Patriots QB Tom Brady will now be prevented from retiring at the end of the first season, based on his recently signed contract

If you're not familiar with franchise mode, it allows you to play a real season(s) and serve as the general manager, coach and player of an NFL team. You have to make trades, draft players, sign free agents, deal with retired players and play the actual games. It's one of the best modes in any sports video game.

Brady is 42 years old, and many players that age will retire after the first season in franchise mode. For Patriots fans, that means you could get Brady for one season in franchise mode because he retires before you play the 2020 season. Brady's new two-year, $70 million contract now prevents that scenario from happening in the game. 

There were three other Patriots-related items in the new "Madden NFL 20" update. Player likenesses for Patriots rookies Chase Winovich and N'Keal Harry were updated, and the Patriots Hoss-Juke concept plays were added to the team playbook.

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Five Patriots plays among Top 30 on NFL 100 list

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Five Patriots plays among Top 30 on NFL 100 list

Last week, the NFL released all but the Top 30 of its 100 greatest plays as part of its 100th-anniversary celebration. Seven plays involving the Patriots cracked that list.

This week, it was a countdown of plays 30 to 1 and the Pats found themselves well-represented again. 

The list was selected by a panel of 50 voters (the same panel that votes for the NFL Awards and the All-Pro team), including our own Tom E. Curran, who listed his Top 20 plays earlier this summer, here. Voters were given a ballot of 100 plays and asked to rank 50.

The rest of the countdowns on NFL Network continue next week with Greatest Games (Sept. 27 & Oct. 4), Characters (Oct. 11 & Oct. 18), Game-Changers (Oct. 25 & Nov. 1) and Teams (Nov. 8 & Nov. 15).

The No. 1 play was Franco Harris' "Immaculate Reception" touchdown in the Pittsburgh Steelers' December 1972 playoff victory over the Oakland Raiders.

 

 

Report: Antonio Brown's latest incident 'enraged' Robert Kraft

Report: Antonio Brown's latest incident 'enraged' Robert Kraft

The Patriots gave Antonio Brown a shot at redemption when they signed him earlier this month, then another when they kept the wide receiver amid allegations of sexual assault.

But on Friday, enough was enough. When intimidating text messages sent by Brown to one of his accusers leaked to the public, that was the final straw.

Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft came to the conclusion cutting ties with Brown was in the best interest of the team. According to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, the decision stemmed from Kraft being "enraged" upon hearing about Brown's latest incident.

Howe writes:

Kraft, who was on a business trip, became enraged Friday when he heard the details of Brown’s most recently reported incident of text messaging harassment of a former female acquaintance. Kraft and Belichick spoke and decided together to officially release Brown just 11 days after the Patriots signed the controversial star receiver, according to sources.

Shortly before the release was announced, Belichick walked off the podium in the middle of his press conference following a flurry of questions related to Brown. He did note, however, “There are some things that we’re looking into.”

Brown's tenure in New England lasted only 11 days and one game -- last Sunday's 43-0 win over the Dolphins. Now, he's again a free agent faced with hoping another team will be willing to give him yet another chance.

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