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NFL Rumors: What Patriots offered Adam Humphries in effort to outbid Titans

NFL Rumors: What Patriots offered Adam Humphries in effort to outbid Titans

The New England Patriots apparently were very serious in their pursuit of Adam Humphries.

The free agent wide receiver officially signed with the Tennessee Titans on Thursday on a reported four-year contract worth $36 million he agreed to earlier in the week.

According to NESN.com's Doug Kyed, however, the Patriots tried to one-up the Titans on Tuesday afternoon, offering Humphries a contract that included a higher annual salary and more guaranteed money.

As longtime Titans beat writer Paul Kuharsky reports, New England's offer to Humphries apparently reached $10 million per year.

(A quick note: Tennessee doesn't have a state income tax on salaries while Massachusetts has a 5.1 percent tax, which closes the gap a bit between both offers.)

The 25-year-old had a career season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2018, catching 76 passes on 105 targets for 816 yards and five touchdowns. The Patriots also had yet to come to terms with Phillip Dorsett as of Tuesday afternoon and could use depth at receiver.

Still, $10 million per year seems like a steep price to pay for a player like Humphries, who would have joined only Tom Brady, Stephon Gilmore and Michael Bennett as the Patriots making $10 million or more per year. (For context, Julian Edelman is on a two-year deal worth $11 million total.)

But even that reported number couldn't sway Humphries from the Titans, as New England will test its luck elsewhere on the free agent market.

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Tom Brady shares heartfelt message for his parents on their 50th anniversary

Tom Brady shares heartfelt message for his parents on their 50th anniversary

Tom Brady took a break from the humorous social media posts to share something more sentimental on Friday.

Brady wrote a heartfelt message on Instagram for his parents on their 50th anniversary. In the post, Brady explains the core values he's learned from his mother and father.

50 years ago today, my mom and dad were married and began the journey to start their own family. The strength of their marriage has always been an inspiration and the best example to me and my sisters of what true love, respect and commitment mean. 
Life always has its ups and downs and their togetherness in good and bad taught us teamwork. Their trust, love and dedication as parents taught us how to become the parents we are today. They have always put our family first and instilled in us the values they were taught from their parents, which we now carry on and teach our own kids. They have always encouraged us to attain milestones and we’re honored to celebrate this one they’ve achieved. We love you so much, mom and dad. Happy anniversary!!!

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50 years ago today, my mom and dad were married and began the journey to start their own family. The strength of their marriage has always been an inspiration and the best example to me and my sisters of what true love, respect and commitment mean. Life always has its ups and downs and their togetherness in good and bad taught us teamwork. Their trust, love and dedication as parents taught us how to become the parents we are today. They have always put our family first and instilled in us the values they were taught from their parents, which we now carry on and teach our own kids. They have always encouraged us to attain milestones and we’re honored to celebrate this one they’ve achieved. We love you so much, mom and dad. Happy anniversary!!!

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The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

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Prototypical Patriots: Looking at the future for interior of offensive line?

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Prototypical Patriots: Looking at the future for interior of offensive line?

One of the more unheralded positions of strength on the Patriots has been the interior of their offensive line.

Put dependable guys like David Andrews, Joe Thuney, and Shaq Mason under the leadership of one of the best positional coaches in the game — Dante Scarnecchia — and that's unquestionably a recipe for success.

But that triumvirate isn't going to be around forever (Thuney is set to hit free agency in 2020), and at some point, the Patriots have to plan for the future of the position.

Could this be the year that Bill Belichick looks for a succession plan in the Draft?

If so, Phil Perry has broken down which candidates in the draft pool fit the criteria that past Patriots linemen have exhibited.

Here are Phil's Prototypical Patriots for the interior of the offensive line.>>>>

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