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Tom Brady's bold Michigan-Ohio State guarantee didn't age very well

Tom Brady's bold Michigan-Ohio State guarantee didn't age very well

It appears Tom Brady's school spirit may have clouded his judgment.

The New England Patriots quarterback is a proud Michigan alum, so when asked earlier this week to predict how the Wolverines would fare Saturday against archrival Ohio State, he went all in.

"I’ve lost too many years of bets to Ohio State guys, Michigan State guys, but this is our year, baby. This is our year,” Brady told WEEI's "Mut & Callahan" radio show Monday, via the Detroit Free Press. “This is our year where we’re gonna take it to the next level at Michigan."

Brady could have left it at that. But he just couldn't help himself.

"[Michigan has] a great chance going to the Horseshoe, and I think we’re going to kick their butt," he added. "We’ve got a great defense. I can’t wait to watch it. It’s going to be a fun game.”

So, about that prediction... Michigan was on the wrong side of the butt-kicking, as Ohio State rolled to a 62-39 win for its seventh consecutive victory over the Wolverines.

Let's just say Brady wasn't happy.

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There may be more pain awaiting the Patriots QB, too -- teammate Nate Ebner is an Ohio State alum and has made Brady wear Buckeye garb after Michigan losses in years past.

Brady was asked Monday if there were similar stakes this year and boldly insisted "that will never happen."

Talk about eating crow.

The 41-year-old is keeping the faith, though: He chimed in on LeBron James' Instagram post about the win with the line, "Next year is our year #ivesaidthatbefore."

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NFL Rumors: Patriots free up millions in cap space from Antonio Brown, Aaron Hernandez grievances

NFL Rumors: Patriots free up millions in cap space from Antonio Brown, Aaron Hernandez grievances

The New England Patriots just got whole lot of financial breathing room.

The Patriots have earned a total of $6.25 million in settlements from compensation grievances involving former wide receiver Antonio Brown and ex-tight end Aaron Hernandez, ESPN's Mike Reiss and Field Yates reported Saturday.

New England now has $7.79 million in cap space, per Reiss and Yates, a huge bump from the less than $500,000 in spending money the team had earlier this week.

Brown, who spent less than two weeks with the Patriots last September, filed a grievance against the team in October 2019 following his release seeking to receive his unpaid Week 1 salary, his $1.025 million guaranteed base salary and his $9 million signing bonus.

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The Patriots will pay Brown $5 million as part of the settlement, per Reiss and Yates.

The NFL Players Association filed a grievance against the Patriots on Hernandez's behalf in October 2013 seeking over $6 million in guaranteed salary. Hernandez was arrested and later convicted for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd and died in prison in April 2017.

New England was up against the cap after squeezing free-agent quarterback Cam Newton in on a one-year contract and inking all of its 2020 NFL Draft picks to rookie deals. With nearly $8 million in cap space, however, the Patriots have more flexibility to bolster their roster via free agency or trade.

Our Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran suggested tight end David Njoku could be a strong fit in New England after requesting a trade from the Cleveland Browns, and there are a number of quality free agents still on the market, as well.

Patriots TE Devin Asiasi joins Cam Newton, N'Keal Harry for workouts

Patriots TE Devin Asiasi joins Cam Newton, N'Keal Harry for workouts

Twelve days ago, Cam Newton was still a free agent looking for work.

But ever since he agreed to a one-year contract with the Patriots, he's been very busy trying to get ready for the 2020 season, learning the playbook and developing chemistry with his new receivers.

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In addition to N'Keal Harry, whose workout with Newton was captured on video, rookie tight end Devin Asiasi was also catching passes from New England's new quarterback. Twitter user amirmehrtash15 took pictures with both Asiasi and Newton at the UCLA practice session and posted them in reponse to the Providence Journal's Mark Daniels.

The workout wasn't limited to Patriots, as Browns wideout Odell Beckham Jr. was also in attendance.

Newton trying to fast-track a relationship with his new teammates makes perfect sense. He set up his first practice with Mohamed Sanu on the day he signed his Patriots contract, and in less than two weeks, he's already connected with three of the guys who will be among his top receiving options in 2020.

The Patriots certainly hope all that extra work pays off, as training camps could open as soon as the end of this month once the NFL and NFLPA can finalize preseason dates.