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#pounditMonday, August 3, 2020

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Tom Brady still using an old iPhone 6 plus

Tom Brady

Tom Brady was roasted by some users online for having a cell phone that does not seem to match his superstar status and wealth.

Brady posted a photo on his Instagram story Saturday showing the music he was listening to in his car. The graphic on the dashboard of the car indicated the source of the music was Tom Brady’s iPhone 6+.

Now, don’t get us wrong — the iPhone 6+ is still a fantastic phone, but it’s nearly six years old by this point, which makes it downright ancient by technological standards (just ask this guy). Apple is now up to iPhone 11s.

And for fans, you may not be able to marry a model or win a Super Bowl, but at least you can top Brady when it comes to cell phone technology. That has to count for something, right?

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have teamed up yet again! Treat yourself or a friend with this great Tampa Fiesta shirt. You can buy it here.

Dak Prescott, girlfriend Natalie Buffett appear to go public with relationship

Dak Prescott may not have landed the long-term deal he was hoping for this offseason, but things appear to be going just fine for the Dallas Cowboys quarterback.

While Prescott has largely kept his personal life under wraps, it has been rumored for months now that he is dating a model named Natalie Buffett. It appears we now have confirmation of that — at least as far as the Instagram detectives are concerned.

Prescott celebrated his 27th birthday on Wednesday, and Buffett shared a photo of the two on Instagram and wished Dak a happy birthday. Prescott then replied, “My girl!!! Thank you.” A screenshot of the post was captured by EgotasticSports.com.

When Prescott was criticized for hosting a social gathering at his house amid the coronavirus pandemic back in April, there was a report that he was having a dinner party for a friend named Natalie. That was likely Buffett.

Prescott has been rumored to have a number of different girlfriends since he was a star at Mississippi State, but we can only remember him publicly acknowledging one of the relationships.

The Cowboys did not sign Prescott to a long-term deal prior to the deadline for franchise tagged players earlier this month. The quarterback will now play out the 2020 season on a one-year, $31 million deal, though the two sides may have been extremely close to an agreement when the deadline passed.

David Njoku seemingly walks back trade demand on Twitter

Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku abruptly demanded a trade just before the start of training camp, but appears to have quietly moved on from that request.

On Saturday, Njoku tweeted that he was “all in” with Cleveland, suggesting that he was no longer seeking a trade from the Browns.

The Njoku saga was a strange one. Last month, he and his agent pushed the Browns for a trade before the start of camp. The organization did not appear to make much of an effort to accommodate that request, and we didn’t hear much else about it aside from the odd tweet from Njoku.

Njoku played in only four games for Cleveland last season, catching just five passes in an injury-hit season. The Browns spent big money to bring in Austin Hooper to play the same position this offseason, but it’s been said they still have a big role in mind for Njoku.

Antonio Brown suspended 8 games by NFL

Antonio Brown has been highly critical of the NFL for dragging out its investigation into his conduct violations, but the star receiver finally received an answer from the league on Friday.

Brown has been suspended for eight games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Robert Klemko of the Washington Post was the first to report the news.

While Klemko said Brown will be suspended beginning when he signs with a team, the 8-game ban will reportedly begin in Week 1 even if Brown remains a free agent.

Several teams have expressed interest in Brown, but the belief has been that no team would sign him until the league announced the severity of his punishment. We will now see if that is truly the case.

Lamar Jackson said this week that he is hoping the Baltimore Ravens sign Brown, and head coach John Harbaugh did not rule it out. Harbaugh referenced the NFL’s investigation and said he did not think Brown was currently available.

Brown has gotten himself into trouble with the law and the NFL for different reasons. He is still awaiting word from the league on a possible suspension following an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct from two different women. Since those allegations came to light, Brown was charged with burglary with battery after he and his trainer, Glenn Holt, allegedly attacked a moving truck driver. Brown recently pleaded no contest to a charge in that incident and avoided jail time.

If all of that weren’t enough to give NFL teams pause, Brown also streamed a live video on Instagram back in January that showed him berating police officers in front of his children.

Brown, 32, spent very brief periods with the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots last season. The seven-time Pro Bowler should still be capable of playing at an elite level, as he caught 104 passes for 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2018.

JJ Watt impressed by wife Kealia Ohai’s homemade pasta-making skills

JJ Watt

JJ Watt’s wife is an impressive soccer player, and now we know she has another emerging skill.

Watt tweeted a video on Saturday of the setup in his kitchen that showed his wife Kealia Ohai making pasta. The humorous part was how she had the homemade noodles dangling everywhere.

That meal probably turned out to be delicious.

Ohai and Watt got engaged in May last year and were married in February. Ohai, who plays pro soccer for the Chicago Red Stars in the NWSL, recently made a fitting change to her jersey. She also looks like quite the budding chef with her culinary skills.

Watt is preparing for the upcoming NFL season, which will mark his 10th with the Houston Texans.

Report: George Kittle has ‘significant disconnect’ with 49ers in contract talks

The San Francisco 49ers have a vital need to keep George Kittle happy, and it sounds like there’s a bit of a problem with that right now.

According to Mike Silver of NFL Network, there is a “significant disconnect” in contract talks between the 49ers and Kittle’s camp. While the Niners are willing to reset the tight end market for Kittle, the player’s camp views him as more than simply a tight end and wants to see him paid accordingly.

Silver even wonders if Kittle would consider opting out of the NFL season if the 49ers do not give him what he wants, though that is more speculative than anything else.

As it stands, Kittle would play the 2020 season on a $2.1 million salary. That’s nowhere near fair market value for a player with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons who can dominate a game like few others can.

Cleveland’s Austin Hooper is currently the highest-paid tight end in the NFL, and is due to make $11.5 million this year. The 49ers are clearly willing to beat that for Kittle, but he has a different position in mind in terms of setting his market value that would get him paid much more.

Packers coach envisions Aaron Rodgers with team ‘for a really long time’

The Green Bay Packers left many scratching their heads when they drafted quarterback Jordan Love in the first round this year, but head coach Matt LaFleur continues to insist the decision says nothing about Aaron Rodgers’ future with the franchise.

During a conference call with reporters on Sunday, LaFleur said twice that he expects to be working with Rodgers “for a really long time.”

Rodgers will turn 37 before the end of the upcoming season, so he is certainly on the back nine of his career. However, other quarterbacks like Tom Brady Drew Brees have continued to play at a high level into their 40s, so Rodgers isn’t close to done if he follows the same timeline.

One reporter speculated after the draft that LaFleur may have been trying to send Rodgers a message when the Packers selected Love, but it doesn’t sound like the coach was responsible for the pick. LaFleur said back in May that his relationship with Rodgers is in a very good place.

Teams typically don’t use a first-round pick on a quarterback they envision as a backup for very long, so perhaps the Packers are protecting themselves because Rodgers has suffered so many injuries in recent years. Whatever the case, one franchise legend believes the team’s decision to draft Love will ultimately lead to Rodgers wanting out of Green Bay.