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Tom Brady is Boston's fifth highest-paid athlete, per 2019 Forbes list

Tom Brady is Boston's fifth highest-paid athlete, per 2019 Forbes list

An athlete's salary doesn't always correlate to his or her success. Just ask Tom Brady.

Forbes published its 2019 ranking of the world's 100 highest-paid athletes Tuesday, combining each player's "prize money, salaries and bonuses" earned between June 1, 2018 and June 1, 2019, with the money they earned in endorsements.

Guess where Brady, the six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback of the New England Patriots, ranks on that list? Here are the five Boston athletes to crack Forbes' top 100:

No. 25: Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics ($43.3 million total)
No. 40: Gordon Hayward, Celtics ($34.3 million)
No. 49: Al Horford, Celtics ($32 million)
No. 50: David Price, Boston Red Sox ($31.7 million)
No. 81: Tom Brady, Patriots ($27 million)
No. 94: J.D. Martinez, Red Sox ($25.6 million)

So, why is Brady so low on this list, behind guys like Steven Adams and former Patriots teammate Trey Flowers)

For one, stars in other sports like soccer -- Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar consitute Forbes' top three -- and basketball traditionally earn more than football players.

Secondly, the 41-year-old QB never has sought lucrative contracts, opting instead for team-friendly deals like the current one that paid him roughly $15 million this past year, 15th among NFL signal-callers.

Brady's $12 million in endorsement earnings does seem a bit low for a high-profile athlete with multiple partnerships. But the Brady clan isn't exactly strapped for cash: He and his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, had a staggering combined net worth of $580 million as of Feb. 2019, per Business Insider.

So, don't shed too many tears for Brady, even if he doesn't get a reworked contract before the 2019 season begins.

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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.

This 2016 Tom Brady interview is tough for Patriots fans to watch now

This 2016 Tom Brady interview is tough for Patriots fans to watch now

We all thought Tom Brady would be a New England Patriot for life, but now that he's a Tampa Bay Buccaneer, it's going to take some getting used to. 

Few could have predicted Brady's stunning falling out with Bill Belichick and the Patriots years ago and it seems especially weird - even poignant - after you watch this 2016 Brady interview with WCVB's Mike Lynch, unearthed by WEEI's Mark Dondero.

Lynch asks Brady a few questions and the replies are pretty shocking in light of what's happened. Asked if he could ever see himself in a uniform other than the Patriots, Brady answers, "I hope not... I never want to go anywhere else."

With Brady saying that four years ago, it shows just how much has happened in the past four years to bring the professional relationship among the quarterback, the coach and owner Robert Kraft to an end. 

"I hope they never want me to go anywhere else, either," Brady says, "but that's the business and I've got to keep doing my job and playing well and hopefully RKK [Kraft] and Bill will find a place for me." 

Mind-boggling.