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Patriots don't franchise tag Trey Flowers, Stephen Gostkowski or Trent Brown

Patriots don't franchise tag Trey Flowers, Stephen Gostkowski or Trent Brown

New England Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers, kicker Stephen Gostkowski and left tackle Trent Brown all will be hitting the open market as unrestricted NFL free agents after the team decided not to franchise tag them before Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline.

The only players to receive the franchise tag were DeMarcus Lawrence, Jadeveon Clowney, Robbie Gould, Grady Jarrett, Frank Clark and Dee Ford, per NFL Media's Tom Pelissero

Flowers is set to become one of the top free agents available at any position. He's coming off a fantastic 2018 season during which he tallied a career-high 7.5 sacks, along with 52 total tackles, two passes defensed and three forced fumbles. 

The 25-year-old pass rusher reportedly is expected to make between $14 million and $17 million per season with his next contract. One team that could potentially be a fit for Flowers is the Miami Dolphins, who recently hired former Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores as their new head coach.

Flowers spent his first three pro seasons with the Patriots, who selected him in the fourth round (101st overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Gostkowski was the second-longest tenured Patriots player behind Tom Brady. New England drafted Gostkowski in 2006. Brown was acquired by the Patriots in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers last April. He was the Patriots' starting left tackle last season and will be among the best offensive linemen in free agency.

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Tom Brady and Jamal Adams sound off on NFL officiating during Jaguars vs Titans

Tom Brady and Jamal Adams sound off on NFL officiating during Jaguars vs Titans

Tom Brady couldn't contain his disappointment in NFL officiating Thursday night after Titans edge rusher Kamalei Correa was flagged for roughing Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew. 

Here's the play that netted the Jaguars 15 yards during a first-half drive:

For two seasons now, the NFL has been trying to protect quarterbacks from plays where defensive players drive them into the ground on sacks and/or QB hits. Plenty of quarterbacks have suffered collarbone and/or shoulder injuries that cause them to miss significant time, so the league has put an emphasis on calling bigger hits on quarterbacks. 

But sometimes, plays like these don't warrant a 15-yard penalty and players have been expressing their frustration lately. 

Jamal Adams was recently fined for a hit on Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield on Monday Night Football, calling the league a "damn joke" for fining him. And if a quarterback is complaining about a rule protecting quarterbacks, then it's probably time to reconsider how it's being called out on the field. 

Brady and Adams will square off against each other this Sunday when the Jets visit the Patriots in Week 3, so it'll be interesting to see what Adams will do if he has a chance to put a hit on Brady, and how the QB will react if it happens. 

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Josh Gordon appreciative of Patriots' support: 'I love these guys'

Josh Gordon appreciative of Patriots' support: 'I love these guys'

Josh Gordon is settled in and feeling more comfortable than ever in his second year in New England.

It hasn't been the easiest road for the Patriots wide receiver, who was acquired from the Cleveland Browns 12 months ago. Gordon played in 11 games with the Patriots last season before being suspended for violating the terms of his reinstatement under the league's substance-abuse policy.

But the 28-year-old has received immense support from his Patriots family through it all, and for that he's appreciative.

“It feels like I am back home," Gordon told reporters on Thursday. "It is a home environment. I love these guys. They corralled around me to support me, showed me love and I appreciate that each and every day that I am here. It is easy to come in and do what I have to do."

Gordon was reinstated on Aug. 16 and immediately made his presence felt in the season opener vs. the Steelers, notching three receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown. Through two weeks, he's feeling far more confident with his role in the Patriots' offense.

“Last year was kind of on the fly," Gordon said. "I got traded in the season and had to pick it up as I was going along and with the injury at the same time. It was a lot to take on. This year, I have more familiarity with it, got extra time in the offseason to study what I already knew and when I got in here I was able to pick it up where I left off and even better I would say.

"It is pretty smooth right now.”

So far, so good this season for Gordon as he looks ahead to Sunday's AFC East matchup against the New York Jets.

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