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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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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.

Taylor Lewan has funny take on Titans choosing Ryan Tannehill over Tom Brady

Taylor Lewan has funny take on Titans choosing Ryan Tannehill over Tom Brady

When Tom Brady was an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his 20-year NFL career earlier this offseason, the Tennessee Titans were seen as frontrunners to sign him.

Part of that was due to Brady's close relationship Titans head coach and former New England Patriots teammate Mike Vrabel. Tennessee also boasts a strong offensive line and plenty of weapons for Brady to work with, so it seemed like a natural fit for the six-time Super Bowl champion.

Instead, the Titans rewarded Ryan Tannehill for his strong showing in the 2019 season with a four-year, $118 million contract, and Brady ended up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Titans players, including offensive lineman Taylor Lewan, seem to be just fine with that result. Lewan recently talked to NFL Network's Mike Giardi about Tennessee choosing Tannehill over Brady while throwing in some funny jabs at the ex-Pats QB.

Read what Lewan had to say in Giardi's tweet below:

Lewan is quite the character.

It's clear the Titans have tremendous faith in Tannehill, and it's hard to blame them after seeing how he performed last season. The 31-year-old finished the campaign with the highest passer rating of all QBs (117.5) while tossing 22 touchdown passes and only six interceptions.