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Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson is still no fan of the New England Patriots.

Johnson – who helped the Eagles defeat the Patriots in Super Bowl LII in February – criticized the AFC juggernaut before and after that game, calling Tom Brady a “pretty boy” and New England a “fear-based organization,” among other comments.

After taking a few months to reflect this offseason, Johnson doubled down on his critiques.

“Here’s what pissed me off,” Johnson said during an appearance on “The Steve Austin Show.” “The Patriots, obviously, I respect their coach, I respect Bill (Belichick), I respect Tom Brady, but just because the way that they won the Super Bowls, the Patriot Way, is that how everybody else is supposed to do the same thing? No, it’s not. And that’s what I got mad at, the arrogance by them.

“There was obviously some stuff behind closed doors. Their owner talking s— to our owner. Bill talking s— to our head coach (Doug Pederson) before the game. I’m not going to say it, but a lot of s— kind built up to that, and I just got tired of hearing about it, man, to be honest.”

Johnson also dismissed the Patriots’ defense, which struggled in the Super Bowl and drew scrutiny after Belichick unexpectedly benched starting cornerback Malcolm Butler throughout the game.

“I saw a defense that wasn’t overly talented. It was all really about containing Tom Brady,” the All-Pro tackle said. “We had a hard time doing that – he had 505 yards. But that was really it, man. Going into the game, I’m not going to be shell-shocked by it. That was kind of our thing going in. I think we had the upper hand on that.”

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To the horror of 31 other teams, Tom Brady isn’t going anywhere.

Few thought the New England Patriots star quarterback’s status was in doubt for the upcoming season, and despite admitting that the situation is less than ideal for his family, Brady confirmed he’ll return for 2018.

“Part of this offseason for me is certainly about still preparing for what’s ahead in my next journey, my next mountain to climb with this group of teammates, but it’s also (acknowledging) that a lot of people are getting the short end of the stick in my life – certainly my wife and my kids,” Brady said during an appearance at the Milken Institute Global Conference, per ESPN’s Mike Reiss.

“Football is year-round for me. It’s a lot of thought, a lot of energy and emotion put into it, but I need to invest in them, too. My kids are 10, 8, and 5. They’re not getting younger, so I need to take time so I can be available to them, too. … I’ve really spent the last two or three months doing those things, and I think I’m really trying to fill my tank up so that when I do go back, I can go back and I think I’ll actually be, in my mind, a better player, a better teammate, because I’ll be really rejuvenated.”

The reigning MVP certainly has nothing left to prove but spoke about what he feels he needs to accomplish to round out his career.

“I have personal goals. I want to keep playing. I’ve said for a long time I want to play to my mid-40s. I was told three years when I was 36-37, ‘You can’t keep playing; no one wins Super Bowls (at that age).’ It’s a great challenge for me. I think I’ve been challenged my whole life. I feel like I can do it.”

Tom Brady lauded Bill Belichick as the “best coach in the history of the NFL” on Monday, and added that the two share a “very respectful” relationship despite reported tension between them.

“He’s very respectful to me,” Brady told sportscaster Jim Gray and an audience of listeners at the Milken Institute Global Conference. “We’ve had a great relationship. A very respectful relationship for a long time and I feel like he’s the best coach in the history of the NFL.”

Brady’s bond with the New England Patriots seemingly took a hit last year, and reports of discord between the quarterback and his coach led to a postseason meeting with the pair and team owner Robert Kraft.

Brady, though, called Belichick an “incredible coach” and an “incredible mentor.” He acknowledged the notoriously grumpy Belichick is “not the easiest coach to play for,” but added that “he’s the best for me.”

The five-time Super Bowl champion was less direct when asked if he feels appreciated by the Patriots.

“I plead the Fifth,” he said.

The answer drew laughs until he offered a slightly more insightful response.

“I think everybody, in general, wants to be appreciated more at work,” Brady said.

Brady was equally unconvincing at first when asked if he’s happy.

“I have my moments,” he replied.

However, he gave a more resounding “absolutely” when pressed to answer whether he’s happy with the people he works both with and for.

“There’s no people I’d rather play for or be committed to than the team that I’ve been with for a long time,” said Brady.

He noted that his partnership with the Pats – like every relationship in life – has gone through its ebbs and flows.

The 40-year-old skipped the Patriots’ voluntary team workouts in April, fueling rumors that there’s still some sour feelings between Brady and the only franchise he’s ever played for.

Tom Brady addressed the widespread protests by NFL players during the national anthem, saying everyone’s beliefs are worthy of respect.

Reporter Jim Gray asked him about his feelings on the demonstrations during a Q&A session at the Milken Institute Global Conference on Monday.

“You have to have respect for everyone’s opinions. Sports for me has been the most unifying part of my life. Never forget that,” Brady said, according to Curtis. S. Chin.

The anthem protests were kickstarted by Colin Kaepernick in 2016, and numerous other players rallied behind the cause last season with the quarterback out of the league. Brady never kneeled for the anthem, but he did participate in the leaguewide protests in Week 3, linking arms with teammates following criticism of the NFL by President Donald Trump.

The New England Patriots‘ star quarterback also succinctly described his thoughts on losing to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII, which also dropped his Super Bowl record to 5-3.

“Last year sucked,” said Brady.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is seeking a new contract before the 2018 season and plans to return to the team, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo reports.

Other reports say Brady has yet to commit to returning this season, but teammates reportedly say he has been in discussions about the 2018 campaign.

“Tom Brady is going to play in 2018,” Rapoport said on NFL Network. “He said it. Everyone close to him has said it. Everyone I’ve spoken to has said it. The Patriots are going forward with the very strict and stern belief that he will be playing for 2018.”

Brady’s current deal is up after the 2019 season and the Patriots have typically extended his contract with two years remaining. The 40-year-old has an annual salary of $14 million with a $22-million cap hit the next two seasons. The issue is not considered pressing right now, according to Garafolo, but it is something Brady is interested renegotiating.

Now he’s retired, Martellus Bennett isn’t too worried about revealing how many NFL players he believes use marijuana.

“I want to say about 89 percent (of NFL players smoke weed),” Bennett told the “Simms & Lefkoe” podcast.

Bennett suggested players would rather take the healthier route of the natural drug marijuana than the opioids and painkillers prescribed by NFL training staffs.

“There’s medical marijuana. So its like, there’s times of the year where your body just hurts so bad that you don’t want to just be popping pills all the time,” said Bennett. “It ruins your liver, all these anti-inflammatory (drugs) that you take for so long that, like, it starts to eat at your liver and your kidneys and things like that.

“The human made (pills). God made weed.”

The former Super Bowl champion also discussed the global disparity in the access to and legality of marijuana.

“I think its crazy that guys have to do drug deals across the world, and then in California (where it is legal to purchase), you can just go to ‘In ‘N Out’ and then right into the store.”

After five years with the New England PatriotsDanny Amendola opted for a move within the AFC East and joined the Miami Dolphins this offseason.

Amendola was back in the New England area for a charity event on Friday evening and spoke about his highly successful tenure with the Patriots. While he was quick to praise Bill Belichick as the best coach of all time, he also admitted it was very difficult playing under the notoriously strict bench boss.

“It’s not easy, that’s for sure. He’s an a–h— sometimes. There were a lot of things I didn’t like about playing for him, but I must say, the things I didn’t like were all in regards to getting the team better, and I respected him,” Amendola told ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “I didn’t like practicing in the snow. I didn’t like practicing in the rain, but that was going to make us a better football team and that was going to make me a better football player.”

The veteran receiver’s final game with the Patriots ended up being the Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in February. It was in that game that Belichick made the curious decision to bench starting cornerback Malcolm Butler, a decision that has never been fully explained and still sticks with Amendola.

“To tell you the truth, I don’t know why,” Amendola said. “I did ask, but I didn’t get any answers. I can’t make decisions like that, so I don’t necessarily worry about it, but I know Malcolm is a great player and he could have helped us win. For whatever reason, he wasn’t out there.”