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Patriots' Tom Brady passes Peyton Manning for 2nd place on NFL's career pass yards list

Patriots' Tom Brady passes Peyton Manning for 2nd place on NFL's career pass yards list

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is getting closer to owning another iconic NFL record.

The six-time Super Bowl champion moved ahead of former rival Peyton Manning on Thursday night for second place on the league's career passing yards leaderboard (regular season only).

Brady entered his team's Week 6 matchup against the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium with 71,923 career passing yards. He needed only 18 yards to eclipse Manning, and he picked it up in the first quarter on a 19-yard pass to running back Sony Michel. Brady passed Brett Favre for No. 3 on this list in last week's win over the Washington Redskins.

The Patriots quarterback still has a few thousand more yards to go before owning this record. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is No. 1 with 74,845 career passing yards. Brees has not played for the Saints since Week 2 because of an injury, but he is expected to return at some point this season. 

Brady isn't likely to break this passing yards record in 2019, but he could break the all-time passing touchdowns record. He came into Thursday's game needing 13 more touchdown passes to break Manning's mark of 539.

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Ben Watson makes surprising revelation about 2019 season with Patriots

Ben Watson makes surprising revelation about 2019 season with Patriots

Ben Watson apparently battled more than Father Time last season.

The New England Patriots tight end claimed in an Instagram story Friday he played through a torn Achilles during the 2019 season and thanked a body coach at Tom Brady's TB12 Sports Therapy Center for helping him play through the injury.

Watson didn't reveal when he suffered the injury, but he played in every Patriots game after making his season debut in Week 7. (He served a four-game suspension after failing a drug test, was released on Oct. 7 and re-signed with the team on Oct. 15.)

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While the 39-year-old tight end didn't contribute much in the passing game -- 17 receptions for 173 yards and zero touchdowns -- it's significant that he was even playing at all, considering he missed the entire 2016 season after tearing his right Achilles tendon in the preseason.

Watson's resilience -- and the fact that he sought treatment at the TB12 facility -- may explain why Brady had such heartfelt praise for the 15-year veteran following New England's Wild Card Round loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Watson strongly hinted at retirement following that game, and considering he apparently has to rehab a torn Achilles, it'd be difficult to fathom him returning for another NFL season.

Sources: Tom Brady and family preparing to leave New England

Sources: Tom Brady and family preparing to leave New England

Tom Brady doesn't officially become a free agent until the new league year begins on March 18, but the rumors are already flying about the New England Patriot quarterback's future.

A report surfaced earlier in the week that Brady and his family purchased a home in Greenwich, Connecticut. As NBC Sports Boston's own Tom E. Curran pointed out, that is false.

But that doesn't mean Brady isn't planning on making a move.

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Thursday night on "Arbella Early Edition," Gary Tanguay revealed that a source told him Brady and wife Gisele Bundchen are looking to leave New England.

"I was told today by a source the family is planning to leave the area," Tanguay said. "The priority this time is to let the kids finish school this year, then they're gone."

Tanguay's report doesn't mean Brady is definitely leaving New England, but talks of him and his family looking to live somewhere else continue to gain steam.

If Brady indeed is moving on from New England and looking to start a new chapter, some of that could do with his desire to finally make the money he's worth in free agency.

According to Tanguay, Brady is "embarrassed" by the number of quarterbacks in the league that make more than him and has been fed up about it dating back to the summer, before he signed his contract extension.

Thirteen quarterbacks, including Brady's former backups Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett, make more on average annually than the six-time Super Bowl champion according to overthecap.com.

The truth is, we won't know for certain what's going through Brady's mind until the ink is on paper for the 42-year-old's new contract. Until then, it's going to be a stressful offseason for Patriots fans.

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