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Patriots Talk: Carr’s New Contract is a Reminder Of How Fortunate The Patriots Are



Patriots Talk: Raiders’ QB Derek Carr‘s New Contract is a Reminder Of How Fortunate The Patriots Are

It’s understandable that speaking low of a rival team is nothing but trash talk, but rather it is also a reflection of one’s team. Ironically, Derek Carr is both very fortunate to have received his official contract with the Oakland Raiders. His new deal is a five-year-deal worth over 125 million ($25 million a year/$70 million guaranteed). It’s a massive contract that has now made Carr the highest paid QB in the NFL. (formerly belonged to Indianapolis Colts’ QB Andrew Luck with a five-year contract worth 122 million)

Carr’s contract for the first two years after signing will only be for under 10 million. The reason for this is help with paying other star players on their team. An obvious example is Defensive Player of the Year and [Defensive End], Khali Mack is on the finals year of his rookie contract in 2018. His along with Carr’s would be an immediate hit on the Raider’s cap space.

The Patriots however, have Tom Brady who had signed his two-year extension till 2019. While this, would seem fairly short compared to Carr’s, he has played for a much more significant amount of time. Brady has made multiple extensions on his original contract that was signed all the way back in 2010. (which was a 4 year deal worth $72 Million, which made Brady the highest paid player in the NFL at that time) Brady has since been extending his deal at-least two years (In 2014 for and in 2016) and wants to continue playing past 2019.

Brady’s cap hit for 2017 will be 14 million, but his salary will only be $1 million. (the rest is merely what his signing bonus was from his $28 million earlier) It’s thanks to Brady willing to take pay cuts that has allowed the Patriots organization to continue to flourish even after all these years. This has allowed the team to have a very flexible situation with their cap hit and has made their off-season signings more than eligible.

(To put into context, Brady’s salary for the 2017 season is less than Rex Burkhead, Mike Gillislee and Stephon Gilmore who are all newly acquired players) In many ways, the Patriots have avoided the inevitable storm that the Raiders will need to endure in the next few seasons, because of the greatest player in your franchise’s history is willing to take less to gain more.

Stephen is a Contributing Editor for Trifecta Sports Network and covers the New England Patriots and the NFL.

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Patriots Talk: Josh McDaniels And The Colts Wouldn’t Have Worked Out



A Case of Behind The Scenes



Josh McDaniels and the Patriots thought their time to depart after their tough loss in Super Bowl 52 was unavoidable. However, not only did Josh McDaniels get extended, but its been many rumors that Robert Kraft had contacted McDaniels literally hours before he was suppose to take off Tuesday for Indianapolis.


It’s difficult to know anything within the Patriots’ organization as they have remained firm in not explaining what goes on behind closed doors. However, multiple sources over at ESPN for the past week since the story broke out about McDaniels’ abrupt decision to not become the Indiapolis Colts Head Coach. The way things broke down was that Kraft and Bill Belichick got together and sat down with McDaniels. With Defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia going to Detroit, this seemed like a desperation move to maintain the coaching staff from the previous season.


However, according to ESPN writer Mike Reiss, there was more to the situation then just that. In one of his articles regarding the McDaniels’ decision, he stated:


Belichick offered to include McDaniels on more of the inner workings of the organization, from roster construction to financial/salary-cap related considerations. That was viewed as “extremely valuable” to McDaniels. Ownership also endorsed it as a way to extend Belichick’s influence on the organization in future years, although no assurances were given to McDaniels that he would succeed Belichick. McDaniels, who a source confirmed got a significant raise, has privately said in the past that he did not want to be the coach who succeeds Belichick. Although he since may have changed his mind, McDaniels knows Belichick, after five Super Bowl victories, will be a hard act to follow.

Beyond financial and professional stability, McDaniels also was thinking of his family. He wanted a long-term commitment from the Patriots so his four children, ages 12 to 3, would be able to attend the same schools over the next several years. The transient life of a coach doesn’t always make that possible.

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Former NFL Official Claims Eagles Used Illegal Play To Win Super Bowl



Did you have doubts that the Eagles lined up correctly on the Nick Foles touchdown catch?

Well, you are not the only one with a former analyst now claiming that Philly was indeed lined up illegally on the play.

Appearing on the Talk of Fame Network, former head of officiating and FOX rules analyst Mike Pereira said the Eagles were in fact lined up illegally.

“I know the league came out and said that it’s a judgment call, which it is,” Pereira said, via Pro Football Talk. “The down judge, who was the one that [the play] was on his side of the field, they felt that it was his judgment, and [receiver Alshon Jeffrey] was close enough. Well, he wasn’t. They lined up wrong.

“Not only that, it’s a trick play. And if you’re going to run a trick-type play, then you have to be lined up properly. You could either have six men on the line, or you could have an ineligible number lined up at the end of the line, which was the case. I know what the league has said, but they would have been a lot more comfortable if they would have called an illegal formation.

“We always use a yard [within the line of scrimmage], maybe a yard-and-a-half. But that’s two [yards], and even a little bit beyond two. It’s kind of one of those that has no effect on the play. I get it. But they didn’t line up properly. And it really should’ve been called.”

Bottom line is it was simply a judgment call be the officials, might have been the completely wrong judgment, but based on what we know about Super Bowl LII the New England Patriots were never going to win the game. The Malcolm Butler benching paired with Doug Pederson‘s mindset of keeping his foot on the gas and exposing New England’s weaknesses were the reasons the Patriots lost the game, not this particular play.

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Boston Herald Runs Ron Borges’s Tom Brady Hoax Story




Thursday night Boston Herald reporter Ron Borges penned a story with this headline “Tom Brady wants to get paid like Jimmy G, or he’ll skip OTAs”. A headline and a story that was uncovered as a hoax on Friday.

The Kirk and Callahan show on WEEI revealed that one of their texters pretended to be Tom Brady’s agent Don Yee when texting Borges. The texter dubbed “Nick in Boston” informed Borges that Tom Brady intended to sit out New England’s preseason workouts unless he was paid like Jimmy Garoppolo who signed the largest deal in NFL history on Thursday.

K&C tweeted out the screenshots of texts with Borges outing the story as a complete and utter hoax.

Borges story was actually refuted right off the bat on Thursday night with both NBC Sports Boston and NESN claiming the story held no truth.

As for Borges, this is not his first major failure as a reporter. Since the Herald ran the story they are now looking into the matter.

Overall tricking Borges isn’t a great thing to do. Lying about someone’s identity is never nice with some reporters coming to the defense of Borges. But it is hard to have sympathy for a “journalist” that failed to check his sources and run with a story with only one source confirming of a major story.

Either way, there is no truth to a Brady holdout.

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