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What Warriors' Steph Curry, trainer mostly talk about during shutdown

What Warriors' Steph Curry, trainer mostly talk about during shutdown

Warriors superstar Steph Curry is a huge Carolina Panthers fan.

He attended the Super Bowl at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara when Carolina lost to the Denver Broncos in February 2016, and was interested in buying a minority stake in the team when it was for sale in 2018.

It's been a wild week for Curry's NFL squad, as the Panthers signed Teddy Bridgewater to be their franchise quarterback and released 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton (who the franchise selected No. 1 overall in 2011).

But the two-time NBA MVP is solely focused on staying in shape and keeping his basketball skills sharp while the NBA season is suspended, right? He doesn't have the time or energy to keep up with everything Carolina is doing, right?

Very wrong.

“To be honest with you, we’ve talked more about the Carolina Panthers’ quarterback situation than we’ve talked about anything else,” Brandon Payne -- Curry's personal trainer -- told NBC Sports' Tom Haberstroh this week. “We talked a little bit about workouts and what he can do, but it’s not a whole lot right now.”

Can't blame Curry whatsoever for this. There are more important things to think about right now than basketball.

Such as ... hosting an Instagram Q&A with Dr. Anthony Fauci on Thursday to help spread the word about the severity of the coronavirus pandemic, one that had even Barack Obama participating in the session.

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Steph is doing his part off the court, when the world needs him most. But through all of that, like most NFL fans, there's still time to talk about his favorite football team.

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NFL rumors: Raiders would have only replaced Derek Carr with Tom Brady

NFL rumors: Raiders would have only replaced Derek Carr with Tom Brady

Tom Brady now is a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but as recently as this week, the Raiders reportedly were still in the mix for the six-time Super Bowl champion.

The Athletic's Vic Tafur reported Friday that the Raiders never made an official offer to Brady, but league sources confirmed they were "sniffing around" as late as this week, and had at some point informed Brady of a general ballpark number for a potential contract. However, according to Tafur, that ballpark number never approached what Brady ultimately received from Tampa Bay.

"The Raiders weren’t going to go as high as the guaranteed $25 million per year for two years that the Bucs gave the 42-year-old quarterback," Tafur wrote. "The game film the last two years just didn’t warrant that in the Raiders’ minds."

From the sounds of it, it appears Brady had concerns beyond what he would be getting paid.

"But my understanding is that it was more about fit than money for Brady," Tafur continued, "and the Raiders never got that nod from Brady that they were a serious finalist. If they had, they would have started shopping [Derek] Carr, who even his critics should agree is a top-16 quarterback with a very friendly pay-as-you-go contract for the next three years."

With Brady now signed, sealed and delivered to Tampa Bay, Tafur believes the only lingering question about the Raiders' quarterback position has been answered.

"There shouldn’t be any real fallout," he stated. "Basically, the Raiders 'might' have replaced Carr with a top-five player in the history of the NFL -- otherwise they were good. They didn’t want Philip Rivers or Teddy Bridgewater. They are not going to suddenly pursue Jameis Winston or Cam Newton or trade up to draft Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa.

"There really weren’t any other options considered, other than Brady. And if you don’t consider adding Tom Brady when you’re coming off 4-12 and 7-9 seasons, then something is very wrong."

[RELATED: Buccaneers, Raiders among big winners of NFL free agency]

Tafur considers Carr the "unquestioned starting quarterback" and newly-acquired Marcus Mariota to be his backup. Mariota is by far the most skilled QB Carr has ever had playing behind him at the NFL level, and the Raiders' hope surely is that they will push each other, resulting in better production from the position.

It appears Carr has avoided being replaced by the only other available QB the Raiders reportedly would have considered swapping him out for. That said, while Carr is the Raiders' unquestioned starter for now, he might have to fend off another challenger throughout the Silver and Black's first season in Las Vegas.

NFL free agency: Jadeveon Clowney atop best players still available

NFL free agency: Jadeveon Clowney atop best players still available

NFL free agency just opened up, and almost all of the shiny toys have already been taken off the shelves. That is to be expected. Teams don't typically let their star players get away, and the ones that do are quickly snatched up by one of the 31 other franchises in the league.

The early story of free agency has been the quarterback carousel put in motion due to the large volume of high-profile signal-callers on the open market. Tom Brady reportedly has a new home, as do Philip Rivers, Teddy Bridgewater and Marcus Mariota. Nick Foles was traded, and both Cam Newton and Jameis Winston would appear destined to join teams other than the ones they've spent their entire careers with after being No. 1 overall draft picks.

The Raiders have been very active so far, reportedly adding several new starters on the defensive side of the ball. Meanwhile, the 49ers made a huge trade, and have kept busy by retaining most of their own free agents.

[RELATED: Realistic 49ers free agency targets to help bolster roster]

The vast majority of high-profile free agents who reportedly have not yet reached an agreement on a contract have been franchise tagged by their incumbent teams, meaning they'll be under contract for at least one more season -- albeit at a lofty salary -- if a different agreement between player and team can't be reached. That said, there are some notable players who have slipped through the cracks of the first days of free agency who will be big additions to whichever team signs them.

Here are seven of the best that are still available: