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Russell Wilson agrees to massive contract extension; is Tom Brady next?

Russell Wilson agrees to massive contract extension; is Tom Brady next?

There's reportedly a new richest man in the NFL.

The Seattle Seahawks agreed to a contract extension with Russell Wilson just before Monday's deadline, the quarterback confirmed early Tuesday morning on Twitter.

The deal is worth $140 million over four years with a $65 million signing bonus, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tuesday, making Wilson the highest-paid player in the NFL at $35 million per year.

Wilson's mega-contract will have a ripple effect across the league, and the New England Patriots may feel that impact. Tom Brady is entering the final year of his contract without a long-term deal in place, making him a possible extension candidate before the 2019 season begins.

Our Tom E. Curran reported all was quiet on the Brady contract extension front as of late March, but the 41-year-old QB has never entered a "walk year" without a new deal. Brady has insisted he wants to play until age 45 (or 50, if you ask his trainer, Alex Guerrero) and seems intent on staying in New England, so the framework for one last extension is there.

What a Brady extension would look like, however, is unclear. The six-time Super Bowl champion enters 2019 with a cap hit of $27 million (fifth-highest in the league) but a base salary of just $14 million, behind 17 other NFL quarterbacks.

Brady's track record suggests he'd be willing to sign another team-friendly deal to help keep the Patriots competitive in his final NFL seasons. But Wilson's new contract raises the bar across the board for NFL quarterbacks and could affect how Brady negotiates a possible extension.

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Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin describes introductory FaceTimes with Tom Brady

Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin describes introductory FaceTimes with Tom Brady

Tom Brady is already making a point to get to know his new teammates in Tampa Bay.

The former New England Patriots quarterback had one request after signing with the Buccaneers last week, and that was all of his teammates' phone numbers. One particular player he's already reached out to is one of his new favorite targets, Chris Godwin.

In a recent interview with Ros Gold-Onwude of The Boardroom, Godwin detailed the dynamic of his first FaceTime conversations with Brady.

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“Really it’s literally just getting to know each other,” Godwin told Gold-Onwude. “Just early introductory things. Just trying to get a feel for who we are as people more than anything else. Like we didn’t talk ball or anything, really just about how excited we both are to play with each other.”

“For me, I’m just going to learn," he added. “You know, learn as much as I can from somebody who’s arguably the G.O.A.T., and I’m just ready to roll.”

The learning curve probably won't be all that steep for Godwin, who broke out in a big way last season for the Bucs. The 24-year-old was one of the top wide receivers in all of football, tallying 121 catches for 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns.

Godwin went on to describe his initial reaction to Brady -- who's been in the league since Godwin was four years old -- becoming his new QB.

“At first it was a little weird, cause it’s like I feel like it’s someone I’ve watched my entire life, Godwin said. "Like you said, he’s my colleague now so past the initial interaction it’s like alright, cool. This is starting to feel a little more normal now.”

You can watch the full interview below:

Godwin happens to wear No. 12 for the Bucs, but recently said he'll give it up to TB12 if the six-time Super Bowl champion asks for it.

Patriots WR N'Keal Harry already seems to be embracing the underdog role

Patriots WR N'Keal Harry already seems to be embracing the underdog role

Over the course of the New England Patriots' dynasty, NFL fans learned a valuable lesson: never count the Patriots out.

But with Tom Brady leaving after 20 years to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, that has quickly changed. Suddenly, the Pats are perceived as underdogs.

It isn't difficult to see why. The quarterback position now is a real area of concern, and several key contributors from 2019 have departed in free agency.

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Pats wide receiver N'Keal Harry, however, doesn't seem worried. The 2019 first-round pick took to Twitter on Saturday with a message for the doubters.

The 22-year-old certainly isn't lacking in confidence.

If the Patriots are to exceed expectations without Brady, Harry will be counted on to be a focal point in the offense. New England's wide receiver depth chart currently consists of Harry, Julian Edelman, Mohamed Sanu, and Jakobi Meyers. There's also a strong chance the position is addressed again via the draft, which takes place next month.

The real question is who will be throwing the ball to Harry when the 2020 NFL season kicks off. Right now, 2019 fourth-rounder Jarrett Stidham is the odds-on favorite to be Brady's successor.

Harry tallied 12 receptions for 105 yards and two touchdowns in seven games during his rookie campaign.