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Patriots' Matthew Slater details his immense gratitude for Tom Brady

Patriots' Matthew Slater details his immense gratitude for Tom Brady

It's safe to say Matthew Slater has nothing but love for former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Brady left the Patriots in free agency earlier this month and signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, ending an enormously successful run in New England that included six Super Bowl championships over 20 years.

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Slater was Brady's teammate for more than a decade after the Patriots selected the special teams ace in the 2008 NFL Draft. They won three Super Bowl titles and enjoyed many special moments together, and Slater talked about his deep appreciation for Brady in a conference call with the media Monday.

“I think the one thing I am feeling right now is a ton of gratitude," Slater explained. "I feel a ton of gratitude towards Tom for the way that he always treated me, the respect he always showed me from the moment I walked into this locker room. The humility with which he's always carried himself with. I’m thankful for the experiences he provided for me on the football field, experiences I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. Some magical moments being his teammate, but I'm more grateful for his friendship ... Certainly, ‘thank you’ doesn’t do it justice, but I have a lot of gratitude when I think of the name Tom Brady.”

Overcoming the loss of Brady and other key players (especially on defense) who've left the Patriots this offseason will be a tough challenge. Even though losing key players is nothing new for the Patriots -- many of them have departed New England through free agency and trades over this two-decade run of success -- but this offseason has taken it to a new level with Brady's departure.

Luckily for the Patriots, they still have a solid foundation in place with veteran leaders such as Slater, Devin McCourty, James White, Julian Edelman, head coach Bill Belichick and others, who all should be able to help the franchise navigate this unfamiliar terrain post-Brady.

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Behind the scenes of the Patriots' virtual 2020 NFL Draft

Behind the scenes of the Patriots' virtual 2020 NFL Draft

The 2020 NFL Draft was a unique one for the New England Patriots, along with the rest of the league.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the draft was held virtually and brought along an entirely new set of challenges for organizations. Fortunately, the draft went on without a hitch and was a major success.

Friday, the Patriots released a behind-the-scenes video of their virtual draft that is a fascinating watch for fans.

Watch below:


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We could have used more of Bill Belichick's dog Nike, who was the star of the draft, but it's still a cool video nonetheless. It just goes to show how much work is put in behind the scenes, and how great of a job each NFL organization did to make it as smooth as possible.

Report: Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez talking to Robert Kraft about buying Mets

Report: Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez talking to Robert Kraft about buying Mets

Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez appear to be making another run at purchasing the New York Mets.

According to Thornton McEnery of The New York Post, A-Rod and J-Lo are working with senior bankers at JPMorgan Chase to buy the storied baseball franchise from the Wilpon family. McEnery notes the celebrity couple is willing to part with "hundreds of millions" of their own money to make it happen. They also may get some assistance from the Kraft family.

"Two clients whom Rodriguez and Lopez have apparently been speaking to are Patriots owners Bob and Jonathan Kraft," McEnery writes. "Sources tell The Post that the Krafts are not interested in buying a baseball team but are very intrigued by J-Rod’s plans for the Mets and Citi Field."

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Those plans include redeveloping the area around Citi Field and turning it into an entertainment venue similar to what the Krafts have done with Patriot Place outside Gillette Stadium.

Although Rodriguez and Lopez's previous bid to buy the Mets with billionaire Wayne Rothbaum didn't work out, the couple appears set on getting a deal done. The Wilpons reportedly now are willing to sell part of SNY, the Mets' television network, which they weren't willing to part ways with during the first negotiations.

With help from the Krafts or other billionaire investors, A-Rod and J-Lo could make a serious bid to take over a franchise that the Wilpon family has invested in since 1980.