In addition to his rematches against Brees and Ryan, Brady projects to take on other brand-name quarterbacks in Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and reigning Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs, in what are sure to be must-watch television. In Denver, Brady will face the only team against which he has a career losing record — 8-9, if you count the playoffs.
The Raiders’ inaugural season in Las Vegas features an odd bit of symmetry, with “Tuck Rule” victim Jon Gruden still (again) on the sidelines against Brady at the beginning of the final chapter of his career. Speaking of coaches, longtime Pats defensive assistant and now Lions head coach Matt Patricia will get a long look at the man who helped build the dynasty that propelled Patricia to his current gig. Brady will face both the Raiders and Lions on the road.
Now, take a look at the five winningest teams over the last three years — the Saints, New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens and Los Angeles Rams. Those teams, in order, ranked 13th, 23rd, 15th, 17th and 24th in spending. Typically, when those teams spent big money, they did it on players who wound up contributing in big ways.
In 2017, the Rams committed nearly $70 million to offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth and receiver Robert Woods, who rank Nos. 3 and 4 in terms of cumulative AV among players signed in the last three years. The Saints (Demario Davis) and Patriots (Stephon Gilmore) made arguably the two best free agent signings in the last three years. Baltimore practices quality over quantity. Each of the three players the Chiefs committed more than $20 million to the last three years was a starter on their Super Bowl team.
The actor announced Wednesday that he’s donating 200,000 meals to Harvesters Community Food Network in Kansas City.
“Lindsay and I love our hometown and want to help do what we can,” the Modern Family star wrote on Twitter.
“Normally they rely heavily on donated food, but they need the community’s support to make sure they have the resources to help families and children in need.”
Stonestreet isn’t the first Kansas City star to make a big donation to Harvesters.
Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill together donated 33,000 meals after Hill challenged his teammates to give back.
The Texans finalized a one-year, $1.052 million contract with cornerback Phillip Gaines, according to a league source not authorized to speak publicly.
Gaines received a $137,500 signing bonus.
It’s a prove-it deal for a player coming off ankle surgery and making a sound recovery and expected to be ready for offseason workouts
A former Rice standout and Kansas City Chiefs third-round draft pick, Gaines, 28, had 13 tackles in six games and two starts for the Texans last season.
According to reports, the Washington Redskins are set to bring in linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis on a one-year deal.
Pierre Louis, who is a seven-year veteran, was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in 2014 and has played in a supporting role for most of the his career. The Redskins will be his fifth team, as he has also spent time with the New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago Bears.
Pierre-Louis was mostly a special teams player for the Bears in 2019, but he did get more playing time near the end of the year and had 32 tackles and an interception. For his career, Pierre-Louis has 128 tackles and seven quarterback hits.
In addition to in-home work and footwork drills outside — 40-yard dash, shuttle, you name it — Ffrench is watching tape, too. He’s tuning in to workout videos to pick up new ways to lift and train. He’s checking Tyreek Hill’s YouTube page to glean whatever he can from the Kansas City Chiefs’ speed demon receiver. Ffrench also caught Larry Fitzgerald’s never-before-seen spring practice highlights that Pat Narduzzi tweeted out on Monday.
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Once the No. 10 overall pick, cornerback Eli Apple is now venturing to his third team in as many seasons.
Apple has agreed to terms to join the Las Vegas Raiders, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.
Oakland Tribune’s Jerry McDonald previously reported the news.
Los Angeles is signing Leonard Floyd, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero and Mike Garafolo reported.
Floyd was released by the Bears Tuesday after Chicago signed edge rusher Robert Quinn to a three-year deal. When the Rams didn’t retain Fowler, they turned their attention to Floyd. The former first-round pick of the Bears comes to Los Angeles with 18.5 sacks under his belt in four seasons, and he’ll be joining a team that is starting a new era under first-time defensive coordinator Brandon Staley.
Desmond Trufant is headed to the Motor City.
Hours after his release from the Falcons, the veteran cornerback is signing with the Detroit Lions, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, per an informed source.
Pelissero added that the deal is for two years, $21 million.
ESPN first reported the news.
Trufant, 29, dealt with a number of injuries in 2019, which limited him to just nine starts. He missed Weeks 6-8 (Week 9 bye) with a toe injury only to return in Week 11 and play until Week 14 when he broke his forearm and landed on injured reserve. He contributed 18 tackles, a career-high four interceptions and seven passes defended in those appearances.
As Tom Brady continues to hammer out the details of his contract with the Buccaneers, a number of players have reached out to Tampa Bay to express interest in also playing for the team and its new quarterback, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Meanwhile, the Kraft family and the Patriots have posted 12 billboards around New England thanking Brady and calling him the greatest of all time.
Wide receiver Josh Gordon intends to play in 2020 as he works his way back from indefinite suspension, according to a source.
Commissioner Roger Goodell will oversee Gordon’s reinstatement attempt, during which the player must prove he’s making steady progress away from the field.
Gordon, who played for the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks last season, was suspended Dec. 16 for violating the NFL’s policies on performance-enhancing substances and substances of abuse, his sixth NFL suspension since the 2013 season.
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Could it be that deep down, those NFL writers know better? Is it possible they suspect Brady’s best years are behind him? Might they realize that as much as his success was properly earned, much of it depended upon his relationship with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick?
As Chiefs fans, this all seems familiar. Like Buccaneers fans today, we couldn’t have been more excited when Joe Montana came to town in 1993. He was the man — the missing piece — who could restore Kansas City’s franchise to glory.
It just didn’t work out that way.
A tweet to make you think
There are just two teams that have not added any players from outside of their organization so far this offseason: the Chiefs and 49ers.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 18, 2020
That is - at least in part - a reflection of two already formidable rosters where fewer holes exist and a premium placed on retaining talent.
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