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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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Former Bengal, Patriot Marquis Flowers opens up on the 'We're on to Cincinnati' game

Former Bengal, Patriot Marquis Flowers opens up on the 'We're on to Cincinnati' game

The New England Patriots weren't exactly in a great spot heading into Week 5 of the 2014 NFL season. The team was only 2-2 and was coming off a crushing 41-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football.

In that game, Tom Brady didn't look like his usual self. He had two picks, just 159 passing yards, and one touchdown pass that came when the team was already down 27-0. He was replaced late by Jimmy Garoppolo, who looked solid on the field. That led some to wonder if the Patriots dynasty was coming to an end.

Famously, after the game, Bill Belichick answered every question posed about the game with one simple response. "We're on to Cincinnati." The press conference went viral and put a spotlight on the Patriots' Sunday night clash with the Cincinnati Bengals.

That game ended up defining the season. The Patriots bounced back by smashing the Bengals by a final score of 43-17. Brady looked as strong as ever, and that was the first step for the Patriots to get back onto the Super Bowl path.

At least, that's how former Bengals linebacker Marquis Flowers remembers it. On Twitter, Flowers shared a brief memory of the game, including what his then-defensive coordinator said.

So, yeah. Clearly that type of hype up didn't work, especially since the Patriots were so desperate for a win at the time. And the "demise of the Patriots" storyline was clearly overblown considering that they've won three Super Bowls and appeared in a fourth since that game.

The D-coordinator's words and the headlines of the time make this an amusing anecdote that just makes the whole event that much better for the Patriots, in retrospect.

That said, It's easy to see why Flowers was able to laugh this off. Flowers was a part of the Patriots in 2017, so he has seen both sides of the "We're on to Cincinnati" game. Flowers likely enjoyed his time in New England, as he logged 30 tackles and 3.5 sacks in his best NFL season to date. He also got to play in the Super Bowl (although the Patriots fell in that game to the Philadelphia Eagles).

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Patriots 2019 training camp schedule: Here's when veterans will report

Patriots 2019 training camp schedule: Here's when veterans will report

The defending Super Bowl champions will be back at Gillette Stadium exactly one month from Monday.

The NFL announced training camp report dates for all 32 teams Monday, and the Patriots' rookies are due in Foxboro on July 21, while the veterans are set to arrive on July 24.

Training camp traditionally starts one day after veterans report, meaning New England should begin training camp Thursday, July 25.

The Patriots have been off since June 10, when head coach Bill Belichick cancelled the team's final two days of organized team activities and set up a lively paintball experience instead.

The team hasn't announced complete training camp dates and times yet, but the Patriots will head to Detroit in the first full week of August for joint practices with the Lions prior to their Aug. 8 preseason opener.

They'll also hold joint practices with the Tennessee Titans the following week.

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