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Report: Patriots rework Stephon Gilmore's contract to create cap space

Report: Patriots rework Stephon Gilmore's contract to create cap space

The New England Patriots have a little more breathing room thanks to some shrewd salary cap maneuvering.

The Patriots have converted $8.5 million of cornerback Stephon Gilmore's $9.5 million salary for 2019 into a signing bonus, freeing up $5.67 million in salary cap space for the 2019 season, ESPN's Field Yates reported Friday morning.

New England was a bit tight on cap space entering Friday with just over $4.5 million to work with, according to the NFL Players Association's public salary cap report. As ESPN's Mike Reiss notes, the Patriots will pay for Gilmore's restructure down the line, but it gives them more flexibility in the short term.

What the Patriots do with that extra space is another question. NBC Sports Boston's Tom E. Curran reported Thursday the team has made progress on a new contract with kicker Stephen Gostkowski, so perhaps this extra cash allows them to seal the deal.

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New York tabloids mock Sam Darnold, Jets after brutal loss to Patriots

New York tabloids mock Sam Darnold, Jets after brutal loss to Patriots

New York tabloids aren't exactly known for their subtlety. 

So when Sam Darnold and the Jets turned in an embarrassing performance at home against the Patriots — losing a 33-0 decision on Monday Night Football —you just knew there were going to be some brutal headlines.

The Daily News crushed Darnold for his performance after the quarterback threw for 86 yards while turning the ball over five times — a dreadful showing that added up to a woeful quarterback rating of 3.7

Pretty straightforward, especially compared to the Post, which seized upon Darnold's ill-fated mic'd up moment, in which he admitted he was "seeing ghosts."

With Halloween quickly approaching, the Post even included the graphic of "Sam's Spooky Stats." And considering how badly the game went for the Jets — a primetime home loss to the Patriots with horrible quarterback play — you have to wonder if Darnold's ghost comment will haunt him like the Buttfumble did for Mark Sanchez.

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Sam Darnold explains what he meant by 'seeing ghosts' vs. Patriots defense

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Sam Darnold explains what he meant by 'seeing ghosts' vs. Patriots defense

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold was caught saying "I'm seeing ghosts" against the New England Patriots defense during the first half of Monday night's 33-0 loss.

Darnold was mic'd up for the game, and the ESPN broadcast showed him on the sideline making the surprising admission.

The 22-year-old quarterback explained what he meant by the ghosts comment, telling reporters after the game, "When I talk to the coaches, I've just got to be straight up. For me, I've just got to see the field a lot better, that's kinda what that means. It was a rough night out there. Obviously, I've got to be better and learn from the mistakes, but we will get better."

Darnold definitely didn't see the field well at all. He threw four interceptions, and each one happened as a result of a horrible throw/decision. The USC product also completed just 11 of his 32 pass attempts for 86 yards with zero touchdowns.

In fairness to Darnold, the Patriots have made many quarterbacks look pretty bad this season, but his performance Monday was a new low. Darnold had a 3.7 passer rating, which is the lowest mark by an opposing quarterback against the Patriots in Bill Belichick's 21-year tenure as the team's head coach.

Jets running back Le'Veon Bell told reporters that Darnold "learned a lot (Monday night)." He's certainly not wrong.

The next step for Darnold is taking this experience and using it to correct the weaknesses in his game that are holding him back from being a top-tier NFL quarterback.

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