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NFL Rumors: Jamie Collins taking massive pay cut in return to Patriots

NFL Rumors: Jamie Collins taking massive pay cut in return to Patriots

Want proof Jamie Collins was a low-risk pickup for the New England Patriots? Just look at his contract.

The veteran linebacker will play the 2019 season on a one-year contract worth just $1.05 million with relatively little guaranteed money and incentives, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Friday.

That's a steep drop-off from the $10.6 million Collins earned with the Browns in 2018 after signing a four-year, $50 million extension with Cleveland the previous season.

In fact, that $1.05 million is also less than the $1.15 million signing bonus Collins earned from the Patriots after they took him in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Collins earned a Pro Bowl nod with New England in 2015 and was one of the team's best defensive players before his surprise trade to the Browns in 2016.

The 29-year-old battled injuries and inconsistency in Cleveland, leading to his release this past March. But the Patriots apparently saw enough in Collins to bring him back for round two, and they aren't breaking the bank to do so.

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Tony Romo offers insightful take on Bill Belichick's coaching genius

Tony Romo offers insightful take on Bill Belichick's coaching genius

As a longtime Dallas Cowboys quarterback-turned-lead analyst for CBS, Tony Romo has encountered plenty of knowledgable players and coaches.

But if you ask Romo, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is in a class of his own.

"From a football mind standpoint, I really don’t know that I have met anybody really that close," Romo said Wednesday in an interview with Dallas' 105.3 The Fan. "He’s rare."

So, what makes Belichick different? For one, the Patriots coach is always at least a step ahead ... in some cases a step ahead of being a step ahead.

"Everyone says he’s going to take away what you do best," Romo said. "They think he’s going to double-team the opponent's best player. I’m like, ‘No, you have to understand, he’s taking away the inside run, while he’s taking away the inside receivers -- Antonio Brown or someone.' 

"It’s like, they know he’s going to take away Antonio Brown, but he takes away multiple things and he does it differently the next time he plays you from different looks."

Most importantly, Belichick isn't afraid to experiment with new schemes and personnel packages, making it extremely difficult for teams to game-plan against New England.

"He genuinely is not scared to go outside the box," Romo said. "And I find in the NFL very few teams vary from what they do. So, what he does then is he drafts people that he believes can adapt from week-to-week."

In Romo's eyes, Belichick's masterpiece was Super Bowl LIII, where he and linebackers coach Brian Flores helped limit the explosive Los Angeles Rams to three points.

"(That was) one of the greatest defensive performances I have ever seen in football," Romo said.

This is all coming from a guy who played Belichick's Patriots just twice in his career (and lost both times), so the legendary coach clearly knows how to make a lasting impression.

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Tom Brady wields machete while riding horse to 'Old Town Road' song in new Twitter video

Tom Brady wields machete while riding horse to 'Old Town Road' song in new Twitter video

The Lil Nas X song "Old Town Road" is one of the biggest music hits of the year, and it made an appearance in Tom Brady's latest social media video.

The New England Patriots quarterback posted a video to Twitter (and his Instagram story) on Thursday of him riding a horse while the popular song plays in the background.

If you were wondering if the tool in Brady's right hand was a machete, you were right.

Brady is on vacation with his family enjoying some valuable personal time before Patriots training camp begins next week at Gillette Stadium. 

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The six-time Super Bowl champion will turn 42 on Aug. 3, but his passion for the game remains as strong as it's ever been.

UPDATE (1:45 p.m. ET): Is a Brady-themed "Old Town Road" remix in the cards??

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