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Patriots post awesome "Beat L.A." hype video; Celtics creatively approve

Patriots post awesome "Beat L.A." hype video; Celtics creatively approve

Boston's pro sports teams are on the same page this weekend.

While Tom Brady enlisted the help of Mookie Betts, Jayson Tatum and Charlie McAvoy on Saturday to get fans ready for Sunday's AFC Divisional Round clash with the Los Angeles Chargers, the New England Patriots' social media account employed a hashtag Boston fans know well: #BeatLA.

Here's the Patriots' hype video, which features several of Boston's athletic triumphs over L.A.: The Red Sox over the Dodgers in the 2018 World Series, the Celtics over the Lakers and the Bruins over the Kings.

Shout-out to Julian Edelman, who does in fact hate the Dodgers and posted his own "Beat L.A." video earlier this week.

The Celtics, whose championship rivalry with the Lakers is among the most iconic in sports, naturally liked what they saw.

It's pretty clear: The focus is on New England beating L.A. this weekend at Gillette Stadium.

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Report: Contract details for Patriots' Maurice Harris, Terrence Brooks

Report: Contract details for Patriots' Maurice Harris, Terrence Brooks

Surprise, surprise: The New England Patriots are spending carefully in free agency.

Rather than dole out significant cash to one or two players, the Patriots' strategy to date has been to sign a handful of depth pieces at relatively low cost. On Tuesday morning, we got a look at the contract details of two such players.

First up: wide receiver Maurice Harris, who can earn up to $1 million this season, per ESPN's Mike Reiss.

According to Spotrac, Harris' $720,000 base salary in 2019 makes him the second-lowest-paid Patriots wide receiver, ahead of Damoun Patterson and just behind fellow newcomer Bruce Ellington, who carries a $895,000 base salary.

That contract suggests the 26-year-old Harris may have to compete for a roster spot during the preseason, especially if New England trades for a receiver of higher value.

New Patriots safety and expected special teams contributor Terrence Brooks, meanwhile, has the chance to earn a maximum of $4 million total a two-year contract, per The Boston Globe's Ben Volin.

Head coach Bill Belichick clearly values special teams, so it's not surprising the Patriots are willing to shell out north of $1 million guaranteed to two potential core special teamers in Brooks and running back Brandon Bolden.

New England's work isn't done on the special teams front, as it currently doesn't have a kicker or punter with Stephen Gostkowski and Ryan Allen still unsigned in free agency.

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Report: Pennel's 2-year Patriots deal could be worth up to $8 million

Report: Pennel's 2-year Patriots deal could be worth up to $8 million

The Patriots deal with free-agent nose tackle Mike Pennel is for two years with a base salary of $5 million and could be worth up to $8 million in incentives, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Pennel, 6-foot-4, 332 pounds, turns 28 in May. The former New York Jets defensive tackle will try to make up for the loss of Malcom Brown, who signed with the Saints. 

After the signing, Pennel spoke to Patriots.com about joining a "winning culture" in New England.

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