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Report: Patriots pass on Alan Branch's option

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Report: Patriots pass on Alan Branch's option

The New England Patriots have decided not to pick up defensive tackle Alan Branch's contract option, as first reported by NESN.

By cutting Branch, the Patriots incurred $1 million in dead cap space while freeing $3.5 million in cap space.

Branch finished the 2017 season as a scratch for every playoff game, including the Super Bowl when the Patriots lost to the Philadelphia Eagles, 41-33. The string of inactive games marked Branch's fallout with the organization just months after he'd signed a two-year, $8.54 million contract. He earned that contract after a productive 2016 season when he managed 49 tackles and 1.5 sacks on the way to the Patriots' win in Super Bowl LI.

NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: Rob Gronkowski will not hold out and will attend training camp

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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: Rob Gronkowski will not hold out and will attend training camp

1:23 - According to reports, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will not hold out and will be present for the start of training camp. Phil Perry joins Trenni Kusnierek and Gary Tanguay on Early Edition to discuss if the drama involving Gronk is over.

6:18 - Bryce Harper and Manny Machado will both become free agents at the end of the year. How will their contracts affect the Red Sox chances of trying to sign Mookie Betts to an extension? Evan Drellich breaks it all down.

10:25 - A. Sherrod Blakey joins DJ Bean and Danielle Trotta to talk about the Raptors being in the driver's seat to land Kawhi Leonard and how Leonard is potentially attending the Team USA mini-camp to showcase himself to teams interested in trading for him.

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Terrell Owens calls Brady and Belichick cheaters in Instagram video

Terrell Owens calls Brady and Belichick cheaters in Instagram video

Terrell Owens appears to still be upset over his Super Bowl XXXIX loss to the Patriots.

The former 49ers, Eagles, and Cowboys wide receiver, who was recently voted into the Hall Of Fame, called the Patriots cheaters in an Instagram story on Tuesday while trash talking former NBA star Sam Cassell. He specifically called out Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.

The Patriots defeated T.O.'s Eagles 24-21 in Super Bowl XXXIX. Owens had nine receptions for 122 yards in the loss.

The 44-year-old is currently attempting a return to the game of football and is reportedly interested in playing in the CFL if an NFL comeback isn't an option.

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