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Nothing cooking on the Tom Brady contract front

Nothing cooking on the Tom Brady contract front

PHOENIX - All is quiet on the Tom Brady contract front, according to a source here at the NFL's League Meetings at the Arizona Biltmore. 

Why does the absence of activity pass for news? Because Brady, the six-time Super Bowl champion, has never entered a season while in the so-called "walk year" of his contract. And the $27M cap hit he currently carries is onerous and represents a bigger hit than the Patriots have ever carried for a player (though Rob Gronkowski's retirement has freed up significant room). Also because Brady, who for years has taken less than he could command as the reigning king of the quarterbacks, more than deserves to have his salary brought in line with the league's best players and that cost will be significant. 

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Brady, who will be 42 in August, has made it clear he doesn't want to finish his career anywhere else and both Robert and Jonathan Kraft have made it clear they don't want that to happen either. While on Boston Sports Tonight  last month, Jonathan Kraft intimated Brady entering the walk year of his contract isn't really significant until he actually starts playing regular season games without a new deal. The intimation was that a new deal could be in place by training camp. 

So while it's still way too early to sound the alarm about Brady not getting a new deal, it's always an apt time to check in on the progress being made toward one. And right now, there's nothing coming down the pike. 

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NFL Rumors: Patriots sign linebacker Scooby Wright, running back Robert Martin

NFL Rumors: Patriots sign linebacker Scooby Wright, running back Robert Martin

In a series of roster moves Sunday after practice, the Patriots signed linebacker Scooby Wright and running back Robert Martin, according to Mike Reiss. Both were present at practice Sunday. The team also waived Keionta Davis and placed Brandon King on injured reserve

Wright, who spent the last two seasons as a member of the Cardinals, appeared in 13 games as a seventh round pick of the Browns in the 2016 NFL Draft. 

Martin was a member of the Giants after going undrafted in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Rutgers product finished his senior season with 452 yards (4.5 YPC) and three touchdowns to go along with eight receptions for 56 yards. 

It was a busy day for roster moves on Sunday. After activating Josh Gordon off the NFI list, the Patriots released wide receiver Maurice Harris. They also brought former Washington State running back James Williams in for a workout, but nothing has been reported on his status with New England yet. 

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NFL Rumors: Patriots release wide receiver Maurice Harris

NFL Rumors: Patriots release wide receiver Maurice Harris

Once Josh Gordon returned to the Patriots and was made eligible for Week 1 against the Steelers, someone on the depth chart at wide receiver had to go. It appears Maurice Harris is that player. 

According to Field Yates, the Patriots have released Harris. The 26-year-old was a bright spot in training camp as he developed some chemistry with Tom Brady and looked good in the team's first preseason game against the Lions, catching three passes for 27 yards and a touchdown. 

Unfortunately for Harris, he got hurt in joint practices with the Titans, causing him to miss the last two preseason contests. As a player on the bubble, it's a harsh reality when injuries take away the chance at a roster spot. 

The Patriots are plenty deep at wide receiver, as Phil Perry notes in his latest 53-man roster projection, and look primed to supplement the loss of Rob Gronkowski with a number of outside threats and versatile running backs. 

The Pats will wrap up their season Thursday against the Giants before beginning their sixth Super Bowl championship defense. 

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