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Chris Hogan is still getting acquainted with his new team and teammates with the Carolina Panthers, but one thing has already struck the wide receiver about his new quarterback and his pervious. While speaking to reporters in the aftermath of inking his one-year deal with Carolina, Hogan was asked about going from Tom Brady being his quarterback in New England to now having Cam Newton throwing him the football. In his comments about jumping from one former MVP QB to another, Hogan said that he’s noticed a similar competitive fire between both Brady and Newton.

“I’m really excited about it,” Hogan said of his new quarterback. “I’ve been in the building for just a short period of time, and everyone that has talked to me about Cam has said he’s just the ultimate competitor and wants to do whatever he can to win football games. Him and Tom are very similar in that respect. I know I’m going to enjoy getting to work with him and being on the same field as him. He’s an incredible athlete. I’m really excited about the opportunity.”

Hogan was with the Patriots dating back to 2016 when New England inked the then-restricted free agent to a contract. Upon arrival, Hogan was a solid contributor in the receiving game, but did seem to fall off in his chemistry with Tom Brady last season. Once Hogan hit free agency, it didn’t seem like the Patriots were all too interesting in trying to retain him. While there was some interest reportedly from the New York Giants, Hogan’s market was relatively quite, especially with New England seemingly out of the mix.

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“You know, it’s a business,” he said of the Patriots not re-signing him. “I can’t really read too much into it because at the end of the day they’re trying to run the team the way they see fit. Sometimes things just don’t work out, and I understand that. I’m just really excited about this opportunity that the Panthers have given me. I’m really excited to get to work.”

He added: “This was a whole new experience for me and my family – I’ve never been an unrestricted free agent. I didn’t really come into it with too many expectations. We didn’t think it was going to last as long as it did, but I’ve been enjoying my family time. Getting some time to spend with the kids has been nice. And then when I had the opportunity to come down here and sign with Carolina, I was just really excited about the opportunity and really grateful they gave me the opportunity to come down here. My family is excited and I’m excited.”

In his three years with the Patriots, Hogan was able to put up 107 catches for 1,651 yards and 12 touchdowns.

“I really pride myself on my route running, my detail running routes, and I’ve always been a guy that runs everything 100 percent and does everything 100 percent,” he said. “I’ve played special teams every single year of my career. I’m just willing and able to do whatever I can to help the football team win. I’m just excited about this opportunity to be down here with the Panthers.”
Stephen Gostkowski will be back with the Patriots for the 2019 season and beyond. The veteran kicker inked a two-year deal with the Patriots last week, securing his status in Foxboro after what was a prolonged stay in free agency.

While speaking with ESPN’s Mike Reiss about his decision to ultimately stay with the Patriots, Gostkowski, who was experiencing unrestricted free agency for the first time in his career, revealed that New England was truly the only place he wanted to be.

“I’m extremely grateful and excited for the opportunity to keep playing, especially for this team,” Gostkowski told Reiss, via “Having had to wait 13 years to be a free agent kind of put a different spin on things for me, because I’m in a whole different place in my life and career than a lot of people when they first have a shot at free agency. The things I had to think about and go through, and decisions I had to make of whether I would stay or leave, are completely different from what I would have had 10 years ago when I could have had a chance at free agency.”He added: “But having the extra time, and waiting and taking my time, really made me know that I was 100 percent wanting to be here. I’m so blessed to have a chance to play 15 years in one spot. I know my position is different than most. But even in my position, guys that have played it this long, have probably already been with two or three different teams. We love it here. My family loves it here. It would have been a lot to leave.

“You have to make decisions based on a multitude of factors, and every time I thought of what it would be like somewhere else, I always came back to how much I love it here. It’s a weird business, and you have to explore every option, but it was really tough for me to think I was ever going to leave. I’m excited it worked out and just thankful for another opportunity to have a crack at playing for the Patriots.”

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As for the deal that kept Gostkowski in Foxboro, Reiss reports that it’s a two-year deal worth a total of $8.5 million. He also had a signing bonus of $2.4 million. In 2019, Gostkowski will see a guaranteed base salary of $1.1 million, a roster bonus worth up to $750k and a cap hit of $3.05 million. For the 2020 season, Gostkowski will earn base salary of $3.5 million ($200k guaranteed), $750k worth of roster bonuses and have a $5.45 million cap hit.

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