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NFL rumors: Patriots to release safety Jordan Richards amid roster changes

NFL rumors: Patriots to release safety Jordan Richards amid roster changes

Jordan Richards' second stint with the New England Patriots lasted three weeks.

ESPN's Field Yates reported Tuesday the Patriots are releasing the 26-year-old defensive back

Richards was selected by the Patriots in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft and didn't earn a second contract with New England after the 2017 season. He played for the Atlanta Falcons in 2018 before being signed by the Patriots earlier this month. He primarily served in a special teams role for New England over the last three weeks.

The Patriots reportedly are signing special teams ace Justin Bethel, who visited the team Tuesday. He has earned two All-Pro first team selections and three Pro Bowl nods as a special teams star. Bethel is an upgrade over Richards in that phase of the game. 

New England also traded for Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu in exchange for a 2020 draft pick Tuesday. The additions of Sanu and Bethel, combined with Richards' release still leaves one more roster spot that must be opened by the Pats. Stay tuned.

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Tom Brady believes he can play until '46 or 47,' trainer Alex Guerrero says

Tom Brady believes he can play until '46 or 47,' trainer Alex Guerrero says

If Alex Guerrero has his facts straight, the NFL may have to deal with Tom Brady a little bit longer.

The New England Patriots quarterback has mentioned multiple times -- most recently Wednesday night -- he has a goal of playing until age 45.

But in an interview Wednesday morning on WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show," Guerrero -- Brady's longtime business partner and personal trainer -- revealed the 42-year-old QB is mulling a loftier target.

"I certainly do believe that 45 is a very realistic goal. We talk about it all the time," Guerrero said. "Every year, he just adds another year, because he goes in and says, 'I just feel so good still. I think I'm going to go to 45.' And I'm like, 'OK.'

"And now he's like, 'Alex, I think I can go to like 46 or 47.' "

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That groan you hear is the NFL's 31 other teams envisioning two more years of facing the six-time Super Bowl champion.

There's one wrinkle, of course: Brady's current contract allows him to opt out and become a free agent in March 2020 if he and the Patriots don't agree to another extension.

So, could the veteran QB spend those extra years somewhere other than New England? 

"I don't know. It's not July 2020," Guerrero said when asked to predict if Brady will be at Patriots training camp next year. "I am focused on today."

Brady, it seems, has an eye on the future: Extending his career to age 47 would take him into 2024, which means five additional seasons of the GOAT -- in Foxboro or otherwise.

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Why Tom Brady picks 45 as the age he wants to play until

Why Tom Brady picks 45 as the age he wants to play until

Whenever Tom Brady is asked about when he plans on calling it a career, it comes back to one number: 45.

The New England Patriots quarterback, now 42, has mentioned on multiple occasions 45 as the age he'd like to play until. But why 45 and not, say, 44 or 46?

Brady explained Wednesday on WEEI's "Ordway, Merloni & Fauria" why he's always going with that specific number.

“I think I have always said 45 just because that’s a good goal to set because that is one that has been pretty hard to get to for most guys. I think you have to have goals — you have daily goals, you have yearly goals and you have long-term goals," Brady said. "I think for me it’s really just the love of football. I don’t know if or when I will ever not love it. That’s the thing.

"I don’t know, it’s just some people are maybe great guitarists, there’s great chefs, there’s great lawyers, there’s great artists, actors, you name it. I think if you really love it, why should you stop? You just love it. I don’t know how to explain it other than I love doing it and that is enough for me.”

At this stage of Brady's career, even as he continues to play at a high level, the six-time Super Bowl champion is constantly faced with questions about his future. Brady, who can become a free agent for the first time after this season, understands why it remains such a popular topic, and he isn't taking his ability to step onto the gridiron at age 42 for granted.

“I think it is a natural question for most athletes that are getting older," Brady said. "It’s not going to last forever, so at some point, it comes to an end and everyone wants to be the first one to predict it. I feel like I am just being honest with myself that I am going to do the best I can do. I feel like everything at this point is just gravy.

"The fact I get to go out and play professional football at 42 is pretty cool. I still love doing it and I still love the competition. I don’t know when that will ever leave. I don’t know if it will ever leave. I don’t know what factors will contribute, but I am trying to be in the moment and the thing about football is it is a contact sport. It’s not basketball, it’s not baseball — really any game could be your last game. I think it is good to have that perspective, too.”

Brady has the Patriots in a position to make yet another Super Bowl run as they enter Week 11 with an 8-1 record. They'll aim to come out of the bye week strong when they take on the Philadelphia Eagles in a Super Bowl 52 rematch on Sunday.

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