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Why Tom Brady's new contract makes him a free agent next year, per report

Why Tom Brady's new contract makes him a free agent next year, per report

On paper, Tom Brady has agreed to a two-year, $70 million contract extension that will keep him with the New England Patriots through 2021.

In reality, he's essentially getting a one-year raise.

That's what our own Tom E. Curran laid out earlier Monday and what NFL Media's Ian Rapoport confirmed on Twitter, noting Brady's contract includes a provision that prevents the Patriots from using the franchise or transition tag on him next offseason.

As Rapoport notes, the final two years of Brady's contract -- 2020 and 2021 -- will actually void after this season, and because the Patriots can't place a $32.5 million franchise tag on him, he'll become a free agent.

That level of uncertainty may explain why the 42-year-old quarterback used phrases like "it is what it is" and "we'll see what happens" when asked Monday if his new contract gave him a sense of relief.

Brady and the Patriots obviously can renegotiate his 2020 and 2021 salaries once the season ends, and the veteran QB seems intent on playing until age 45.

But it appears there once again will be negotiation next offseason, rather than the peace of mind that comes with a typical multi-year extension.

Update: Monday, August 5, 4:40 p.m.
Sports Illustrated's national NFL reporter Albert Breer tweeted out some additional details of Brady's new deal. Breer reports that Brady's 2019 signing bonus will be $20.25 million, and his 2019 base salary will be $1.75 million. Additionally, there are $1 million in per-game roster bonuses, which brings the total of Brady's 2019 salary to $23 million. 

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N'Keal Harry brings up missed TD call again while adopting Patriots mantra

N'Keal Harry brings up missed TD call again while adopting Patriots mantra

N'Keal Harry has moved on from his non-touchdown Sunday.

Well, almost.

The New England Patriots wide receiver had a score taken away from him in fourth quarter the Kansas City Chiefs when the referees incorrectly ruled him out of bounds at the 3-yard line.

The Patriots had no challenges remaining at the time, so the play stood as called despite "everybody" thinking it was a touchdown, as an exasperated Harry explained to reporters after New England's 23-16 loss.

On Monday morning, the rookie wide receiver reminded everybody of this fact by tweeting photo evidence of him staying in bounds on the play.

While the photos may have been one last parting jab at the officials, Harry's caption is straight out of the Patriots' "moving on" playbook.

New England famously adopted "On To Cincinnati" as a mantra after a brutal loss to Kansas City in 2014, and it worked, as the team rallied to win a Super Bowl.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady dusted off that rallying cry Monday morning, as well.

The 1-12 Bengals do offer New England the perfect bounce-back opportunity in Week 15, but Brady and Co. still need more from Harry if they want to get their offense back on track.

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Tom Brady shares his side of beef with Chris Jones in Patriots-Chiefs

Tom Brady shares his side of beef with Chris Jones in Patriots-Chiefs

Chris Jones' respect for Tom Brady didn't stop him from getting all up in his grill Sunday.

The Chiefs defensive lineman had a heated exchange with the Patriots quarterback late in the second half after Kansas City's defense forced a New England incompletion on third down. (You can watch the exchange here.)

Jones later said he was trying to make Brady uncomfortable by getting into with the GOAT.

So, how did Brady feel about Jones' tactics?

"We were going at it for a little bit. He was pretty talkative out there, so I think there's a healthy rivalry," Brady told WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show" on Monday.

Brady wouldn't reveal what Jones said to him -- "definitely nothing that I can really repeat" -- but admitted he took Jones' bait by engaging with the boisterous defensive lineman.

"I typically don't try to make the d-linemen any more angry than they probably already are with me, because they're the ones that get paid to hit me," Brady joked. "So, I don't really give them any incentive typically, but I couldn't really resist at certain points."

Perhaps Brady's back-and-forth with Jones was his way of venting his frustration with the Patriots' offense, which is averaging just 17.6 points per game over its last five contests and looked anemic in Sunday's 23-16 loss to Kansas City.

Jones played some role in New England's struggles, recording a sack, a tackle-for-loss and a QB hit on Brady. But the 42-year-old quarterback believes the Patriots' offense has plenty of room for improvement, regardless of what defense it faces.

"I wish there was one magic thing that you could do and it would just change everything, but there's not," Brady said. "It really comes down to all of us, 11 as a unit, executing well."

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