The National Football League paid Roger Goodell $32 million in 2015, according to Sports Business Journal, which cited a tax filing made by the NFL.

The National Football League paid Roger Goodell $32 million in 2015, according to Sports Business Journal, which cited a tax filing made by the NFL.

For what it’s worth, that would mark the fourth consecutive year that Goodell’s annual compensation has declined. Reports indicate that he made $34.1 million in 2014 and $44 million in 2013. All told, Goodell has apparently cleared somewhere in the neighborhood of $200 million as commissioner since he took the job in 2005.

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Christopher Price

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have landed in the Top 10 of the NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players of 2016.”

The order of the top 10 will be revealed in the finale of this year’s series, set to air July 6 at 8 p.m. on NFL Network.

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have landed in the Top 10 of the NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players of 2016.”

The order of the top 10 will be revealed in the finale of this year’s series, set to air July 6 at 8 p.m. on NFL Network.

Odell Beckham Jr., Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, Luke Kuechly, Cam Newton, Adrian Peterson, Aaron Rodgers and J.J. Watt are the other players in the top 10.

Brady and Gronkowski will be the second and third members of the Patriots in the Top 100. Teammate Julian Edelman was ranked 87th.

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Christopher Price

On Tuesday, Danny Amendola went on ESPN and told a story of he and Tom Brady playing ping-pong with Amendola winning and Brady then breaking his paddle because he was so upset.

Brady responded on Wednesday with a Facebook post that read: Hey Amendola, paddle’s fixed. Time for a rematch!!!

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Ryan Hannable

Chris Simms is at it again.

Simms, a current football analyst for Bleacher Report after a short career in the NFL, hasn’t been afraid to speak his mind about Deflategate and was at it again on Wednesday.

Chris Simms was at it again with Defategate on Wednesday. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Chris Simms was at it again with Defategate on Wednesday. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Chris Simms is at it again.

Simms, a current football analyst for Bleacher Report after a short career in the NFL, hasn’t been afraid to speak his mind about Deflategate and was at it again on Wednesday.

Filling in for Craig Carton with Boomer Esiason on WFAN, Simms ranted about Deflategate once again saying Roger Goodell acted within his power.

“100 percent,” Simms said. “Listen, the guidelines, the way they are, whether you agree with them, and Roger Goodell being the judge, the jury, and the executioner — listen, the rules were put in place. If Tom Brady and Mr. Kraft had a problem with this, they should’ve changed that back when the CBA was under negotiation a few years ago.

Added Simms: “Of course he deserves to be suspended for this. He took the integrity of the game into his own hand. It’s like, you know, there’s a lot of examples you could come up with regardless. But it does give you a competitive advantage. It’d be like Golden State’s down there playing on a 9-foot-10-inch rim, and the other team’s playing on a 10-foot rim. There is definitely advantages there.”

The former quarterback also got into the science of the case, calling it “a bunch of crap.”

“If we didn’t, if there weren’t advantages and it wasn’t a big deal, then why didn’t you just pump the footballs up to 13.5 and be, ‘Oh, I’m not worried about it’? He had every ball, they said before the game started was at 12.5,” Simms said. “Now I know everyone wants to claim the weather and that whole theory and all that crap, right? That’s a bunch of crap.”

Added Simms: “I don’t think it’s minor, to me. I think this is a guy that took the football and basically gave himself a competitive advantage, where the other quarterback on the other team did not have those advantages. And if the size of a football didn’t matter, then why do we have a high school football, why do we have a college football? Of course the size of the object in your hand matters, because you can manipulate it better with your hand.”

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Ryan Hannable

Former Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork will make his modeling debut in this year’s edition of The Body Issue in “ESPN: The Magazine.” In a video he posted to Instagram on Wednesday, he issued a good-natured challenge to his former teammate and his supermodel wife.

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Christopher Price
Robert Kraft

Robert Kraft

As a franchise, the Patriots have had more than their share of surreal moments, but one of the strangest took place 11 years ago Tuesday.

In June 2005, Robert Kraft was part of a group of businessmen who were meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Kraft was apparently carrying his Super Bowl XXXIX ring, a 124-diamond piece that the Patriots commissioned in the wake of their win over the Eagles a few months before. Putin was admiring the jewelry, and one of the Kraft’s friends said, “Why don’t you show the president your ring?”

Putin was apparently very impressed, saying at one point, “I could kill someone with this.” He put it on his finger, and then, apparently pocketed the thing on the way out the door. It was unclear if he thought the ring was a gift or Putin swiped it, but Kraft later issued a statement when the news of the incident leaked.

“Upon seeing the ring, President Putin, a great and knowledgeable sports fan, was clearly taken with its uniqueness. At that point, I decided to give him the ring. I have ancestors from Russia, so it added significance for me to know that something so cherished would reside at the Kremlin along with other special gifts given to Russian presidents. It was truly an act of serendipity and one that I am honored to have experienced. It touched me to see President Putin’s reaction to the ring, and I felt, emotionally, that it was the right way to conclude an exceptional meeting.”

The story has taken on new legs the last few years. After Kraft re-told the story in 2013, Putin disputed the account.

“What Mr. Kraft is saying now is weird,” Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told CNN, who added that the ring is at the Kremlin’s library. “I was standing 20 centimeters away from him and Mr. Putin and saw and heard how Mr. Kraft gave this ring as a gift.”

Kraft later backtracked, saying it was a gift. He invited Putin to a Patriots’ game to present Kraft with a ring Putin’s making for him.

Regardless, we’re going to presume that Kraft had another ring made, but it’s interesting to think about the possibility of a Super Bowl XXXIX ring floating around the Kremlin somewhere thanks to a “misunderstanding” between the Patriots owner and the Russian leader.

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Christopher Price

It seems everything is going well for Danny Amendola following minor procedures this offseason on both his knee and ankle.