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Tom Brady doesn't seem concerned by lack of new Patriots contract

Tom Brady doesn't seem concerned by lack of new Patriots contract

If Tom Brady wants the New England Patriots to pay him, he certainly isn't letting on.

Brady entered this week's mandatory minicamp with just one year remaining on his contract. If he and the Patriots don't hammer out an extension before the season begins, it will mark the first time the 41-year-old QB plays in a "contract year."

Brady was asked about his contract situation Thursday at Patriots minicamp and unsurprisingly didn't offer much.

“I don’t think about it too much," he said. "I think those things work themselves out."

But has Brady had any talks with the Patriots about a possible extension?

"That’s none of your business," Brady responded jokingly. "I never really talk about my contract or anything like that. I don’t really want to start doing that now."

While the Patriots locked up Julian Edelman earlier this spring (a development Brady approved of), they don't necessarily need to do the same with Brady and could wait until the following offseason to offer him one more contract that would carry him through his age-45 season.

And according to Brady, 45 is still the goal as he enters his 20th NFL season.

“I hope I can play that long," he said. "You set goals for yourself and you have to have short term and long term. The reality is this year is the most important one that is the one I am focused on. I hope there is a lot of football beyond this, but it is a contact sport."

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Tom Brady wields machete while riding horse to 'Old Town Road' song in new Twitter video

Tom Brady wields machete while riding horse to 'Old Town Road' song in new Twitter video

The Lil Nas X song "Old Town Road" is one of the biggest music hits of the year, and it made an appearance in Tom Brady's latest social media video.

The New England Patriots quarterback posted a video to Twitter (and his Instagram story) on Thursday of him riding a horse while the popular song plays in the background.

If you were wondering if the tool in Brady's right hand was a machete, you were right.

Brady is on vacation with his family enjoying some valuable personal time before Patriots training camp begins next week at Gillette Stadium. 

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The six-time Super Bowl champion will turn 42 on Aug. 3, but his passion for the game remains as strong as it's ever been.

UPDATE (1:45 p.m. ET): Is a Brady-themed "Old Town Road" remix in the cards??

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Did Julian Edelman get these Patriots, Lion King animal comparisons right?

Did Julian Edelman get these Patriots, Lion King animal comparisons right?

We'll be honest: There's not much happening in the NFL world right now.

That may explain why Julian Edelman went on social media Thursday and, in an apparent promotion for Disney's reboot of The Lion King, recast several New England Patriots players (and his coach) as animals.

Let's break it down, shall we?

Tom Brady: Goat
This one's a layup. Bonus points for the eye black.

Edelman: Squirrel
Edelman has long said his favorite nickname is "The Squirrel," so this is another obvious one.

Matthew Slater: Cheetah
An older, wiser animal also would have worked here, but New England's special teams ace does have blazing speed. And those glasses are a nice touch.

James White: Rabbit
This one fits pretty well, as the shifty running back is similarly hard to catch.

Dont'a Hightower: Rhino
The Patriots linebacker certainly has the strength of a rhino, but we'd like to think he's a bit more fleet of foot. 

Bill Belichick: The Owl
Belichick's wisdom makes him a natural choice for the owl, although opponents might peg the Patriots head coach as Scar instead.

There you have it. Overall, not a bad effort from Edelman ... and Hightower and White seem to agree.

If you’re looking for actual football news, you only have to wait one more week, as Patriots training camp begins July 25 at Gillette Stadium.

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