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Oakland Raiders fans may not have seen the last of running back Marshawn Lynch in silver and black.

“We’d love to have him back,” head coach Jon Gruden said Tuesday, according to Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Gruden added he’s unsure if Lynch plans to continue playing.

Lynch, a native of Oakland, spent the last two seasons with the Raiders after returning from his one-year retirement. However, his 2018 campaign was limited to just six games due to a groin injury.

Turning 33 years old before the 2019 season, Lynch has rushed for 1,267 yards and 10 touchdowns, with another 235 yards receiving over 21 games with his hometown team.

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Tony Romo broke the bank as an NFL quarterback, and he may be on the verge of doing the same in the booth.

CBS is prepared to give Romo a substantial raise before his contract expires following next season, sources told Andy Marchand of The New York Post.

Marchand adds that it’s difficult to see how the former quarterback doesn’t become the highest-paid NFL TV analyst.

Romo stole the show during the AFC Championship Game between the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots, correctly predicting the results of key plays.

His salary currently sits in the $4-million range, and he would be a sought-after free-agent analyst should his contract expire. In the event it does, CBS would have the right to match any offer from another network.

John Madden was the highest-paid NFL analyst in history, earning between $7.5 million-$8 million annually after receiving $8 million from FOX in 1993, according to The Ringer.

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Quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick will be making a ninth Super Bowl appearance as a tandem at the helm of the New England Patriots after sneaking past the Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game.

The two future Hall of Famers shared a familiar emotional embrace on the field after the win. Brady says the moment was indicative of their relationship.

“We’ve always gotten along great,” Brady said in his weekly appearance on WEEI’s “Mut and Callahan Show” on Monday, as reported by ESPN. “We’ve worked together for 19 years. So we’ve had the same goals in mind for 19 years. He’s been just a great, great mentor in my life, a great coach. He’s taught me more than anyone ever could about the game of football.

“I’ve always just loved playing here and playing for him. He’s the greatest coach of all time and we’ve just had some incredible moments together.”

The two will be trying to win a sixth championship together when they face the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3 in Atlanta.

It’s the Patriots’ third consecutive trip to the Super Bowl and fourth in five years.

They finished the 2018 regular season atop the AFC East yet again with an 11-5 record, earning their ninth straight first-round bye and a 10th consecutive postseason appearance.

Belichick has been named Coach of the Year three times during the dynastic run while Brady has won three regular-season MVPs and four Super Bowl MVPs.

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Marshawn Lynch had some choice words for Donald Trump when asked to respond to the President calling him “unpatriotic” during an appearance on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

“I mean, you know, that motherf—er say a lot of s—,” Lynch told Maher. “At the end of the day, you called me unpatriotic, but I mean, you come to my neighborhood where I’m from, you know, you’ll see me take the shirt off my back and give it to someone in less need. I mean, what would you call that?”

In a November 2017 tweet, Trump criticized Lynch for sitting during the national anthem and called on the NFL to suspend the Oakland Raiders running back for the remainder of the season.

Lynch also spoke about how he’s helping to combat the issue of gentrification in Oakland, Calif.

“With bangin’ my head against people, I had the opportunity to make a couple dollars,” he said. “So, therefore, I started to go and buy up some real estate in the area where I grew up at in order to give people opportunities for housing.”

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You’d forgive Drew Brees if he was done with football after a second straight season ended in playoff devastation for the New Orleans Saints.

However, the future Hall of Fame quarterback said after Sunday’s NFC title game loss to the Los Angles Rams that he intends to return for his 19th NFL season.

“I plan on being here next year and making another run at it,” Brees said, according to Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune.

The Saints missed out on the second Super Bowl appearance of the Brees-Sean Payton era due in part to a missed defensive pass interference call that allowed the Rams to force overtime, a year after being the victims of The Minneapolis Miracle.

The NFL quickly admitted the no-call was a mistake, according to Payton, but Brees refused to blame it for the Saints’ failings.

“It had no bearing on overtime, at least not for me,” he said.

The veteran passer passed for 249 yards and two touchdowns in the 26-23 defeat but appeared to struggle to push the ball downfield and threw a crucial interception in overtime.

Brees turned 40 in January and has just one year remaining on a $50-million extension he signed last offseason.

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Patrick Mahomes could be one year away from landing a record-breaking contract.

The Kansas City Chiefs are expected to sign their quarterback to an extension following next season, when he’s first eligible, with a deal that could be the NFL’s first $200-million contract, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Schefter adds that issues involving the collective bargaining agreement – which would only have two seasons remaining in 2020 – would have to be addressed, as well as those that involve the final two years that Mahomes would have left on his rookie deal, including a fifth-year option.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is currently the league’s highest-paid player after he signed a contract last summer that pays him $33.5 million in average annual value.

Mahomes was stellar in his first year as a starter, emerging as a top MVP candidate. The 2017 first-rounder threw for 5,097 yards and a league-high 50 touchdown passes in 2018.

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield had his Week 16 fine for making a lewd gesture heavily reduced following an appeal, a source told ESPN’s Pat McManamon.

Mayfield was initially fined $10,026 but reportedly had the penalty lowered to $1,700. The NFL reportedly determined the facts presented against Mayfield in the appeal hearing didn’t support the fine.

Browns coach Freddie Kitchens – then the offensive coordinator – defended Mayfield after the fine was originally handed out, saying the gesture was an inside joke with members of the team.

The incident took place Dec. 23 versus the Cincinnati Bengals.