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A day after inking WR Randy Moss to a new deal, New England has apparently done the same with WR Jabar Gaffney.

According to several published and broadcast reports, Gaffney has agreed to a one-year contract worth $2 million. The team also signed free agent CB Jason Webster away from the Buffalo Bills.

The agent for Moss, meantime, continues to insist that while his client may have had other more lucrative offers, Moss ultimately made the choice with which he and the Patriots were most comfortable.

"I think Randy saw that he was in a great situation," Tim DiPiero told The Boston Globe. "Sure, he could have made more money, if that was his only consideration. I think he's more mature now. So once we were able to work out some details, we got it done. We weren't going back and forth trying to play games with the Patriots. The negotiations were done in good faith."

The glorious side of the NFL is what fans see every Sunday. What they rarely bear witness to, however, is how many players live once their careers end.

Patriot legends Andre Tippett, John Hannah, andTed Johnson were among a group of retired NFL stars who spoke at a UMass-Lowell symposium Tuesday on the many health problems faced by former players, and what they feel the NFL should do to help them.

"Men who laid it on the line feel like they're not men anymore," said Johnson, 35, who has suffered the effects of numerous concussions from his playing days.

"I know when I got inducted," offered Hannah, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, "what depressed me the most was the shape of those old players."

Today's feature in the Boston Herald is an interesting look at an issue about which many NFL fans may not be fully aware.

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