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Will Patriots re-sign Devin McCourty? Retirement 'not an option' for DB

Will Patriots re-sign Devin McCourty? Retirement 'not an option' for DB

Devin McCourty plans to come back for an 11th NFL season, regardless of whether it's with the New England Patriots.

McCourty's agent, Andy Simms of Young Money APAA Sports, told ESPN's Mike Reiss that the 32-year-old safety "wants to play" and that "retirement is not an option" for his client.

McCourty has spent his entire NFL career with the Patriots and is one of the most well-respected members of the organization. His five-year, $47.5 million contract ends in March, though, so New England will have to broker a deal with him in free agency.

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That may be easier said than done considering the Patriots have a host of players entering free agency in 2020, most notably fellow captain Matthew Slater, linebackers Jamie Collins and Kyle Van Noy and, of course, quarterback Tom Brady.

McCourty and his twin brother Jason, a Patriots cornerback, were at the Celtics-Grizzlies game on Wednesday night and NBC Sports Boston's Abby Chin caught up with them:

The Patriots likely will have to give Brady a raise from his $21.5 million cap hit in 2019, which would leave less money for a player like McCourty, who is due for his own raise after continuing to play at a high level on a team-friendly deal.

If New England wants to maintain leadership and stability on defense, though, it may be willing to pay up for McCourty. We'll find out when free agency begins March 18.

Terry Bradshaw doesn't think Tom Brady is the 'GOAT,' cites 3 better QBs

Terry Bradshaw doesn't think Tom Brady is the 'GOAT,' cites 3 better QBs

Well, we can't say we're surprised with Terry Bradshaw's latest comments regarding former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

The Pittsburgh Steelers legend doesn't believe Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time, which is fine, but he cited three surprising QBs who he believes are better... and, well, see for yourself. 

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"I don't think he's the greatest quarterback of all-time," Bradshaw said during an interview with 93.7 The Fan, as transcribed by Bryan DeArdo of CBS Sports. "It's hard to say. He may be the best quarterback we've had in the last 30 years. Is he better than [Roger] Staubach? No. Is he better than Dan Fouts? No. Dan Marino? No. I'm talking talent-wise when you're putting all of it together. 

"Does he have more Super Bowls than anybody? Yes. Therefore, he's the best. I absolutely have no problem saying it. If you've got the most Super Bowls, you can be in there, but I don't put anybody as the greatest of all-time. Is he better than Montana? Not in my opinion. Is he better than Drew Brees? Yeah, maybe."

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The six-time Super Bowl champion has received plenty of media coverage and attention since leaving the Patriots after 20 years and Bradshaw continued to say that he's sick of it, according to DeArdo.

This isn't the first time Bradshaw has taken a shot at Brady either. The NFL on FOX analyst couldn't believe Brady left New England high and dry last month to go to the Buccaneers saying "I don’t know what the hell Tom’s doing."

Obviously the debate about who the "GOAT" is will never end, but when we're discussing the career that Brady has had, he's definitely up there with the likes of Marino, Staubach and Montana.

Patriots Talk Podcast: Stephen Gostkowski names best kick of his Patriots career

Patriots Talk Podcast: Stephen Gostkowski names best kick of his Patriots career

Between the regular season and playoffs, Stephen Gostkowski played in 232 games with the New England Patriots from 2006-19. He converted 418 field goal attempts over that span.

But which of those 418 kicks stands out to Gostkowski above the rest?

The ex-Pats kicker, who was released by the team last month after spending most of the 2019 season on injured reserve, answered that question in a recent episode of Tom E. Curran's Patriots Talk Podcast.

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Gostkowski didn't hesitate with his answer. The 36-year-old says his 41-yarder to seal the deal in Super Bowl 53 vs. the Los Angeles Rams is the most memorable of his Patriots career.

"Definitely the one to finish off the Rams," Gostkowski answered. "I mean, that was the most meaningful for me just because, you know, it wasn't the game-winner but it definitely sealed the game. Having missed a kick in a few Super Bowls, you kind of start to feel like 'aw man, am I ever going to get a chance?'

A great choice, especially since Gostkowski bounced back that game after missing his first field goal attempt.

Gostkowski explained how kicks at the beginning of games have been more difficult for him than attempts in the middle or at the end of games.

"The hardest part of kicking is trying to find that impactful kick in a season or a game, and it's so much out of your control. The more that you can focus on just trying to make every kick, the easier it is," Gostkowski said. "I always felt the most comfortable at the end of the games. Especially tight ones because you're in the game, you're in the flow of the game. Sometimes the hardest kicks for me were maybe the first kick of the game where I haven't played yet or I haven't been out there."

Gostkowski also discussed what he's been up to while quarantining, what his future holds, Tom Brady's departure from the Patriots, and much more. Check out the latest episode of the Patriots Talk Podcast on the NBC Sports Boston Podcast Network or on YouTube.