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Bengals WR Tyler Boyd has interesting take on matchup with Stephon Gilmore

Bengals WR Tyler Boyd has interesting take on matchup with Stephon Gilmore

Stephon Gilmore had two interceptions -- including a pick-six -- while shadowing Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd in Sunday's Patriots victory.

But outside of those two INTs, Boyd somehow convinced himself that he got the better of Gilmore in their matchup.

“It was just 1-on-1,” Boyd said after the game, per transcripts released by Bengals PR. “I won the majority of the matchups. … But the two plays he made were great plays.”

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Whatever you say, Tyler.

When covered by Gilmore, Boyd was limited to only three catches on seven targets for a mere 24 yards. Gilmore, who had the perfect tweet after the game to sum up his dominance, said the Bengals' playcalling was simply predictable on both picks.

“They’ve got to switch the play up," he said. "I wouldn’t say it was easy, but I knew the route."

Boyd is just the latest victim in what's been an absolutely sensational season for the Patriots' All-Pro cornerback. Gilmore's two interceptions on Sunday brought his season total to six, and reaffirmed his case for Defensive Player Of the Year recognition.

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Chargers reportedly 'move on' from Philip Rivers, sparking Tom Brady speculation

Chargers reportedly 'move on' from Philip Rivers, sparking Tom Brady speculation

The Los Angeles Chargers will be in the market for a quarterback this offseason, it appears.

The Chargers have "moved on" from quarterback Philip Rivers ahead of his pending free agency, FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reported Monday on "The Herd" with Colin Cowherd.

Rivers told ESPN last week he had "permanently" moved from San Diego to Florida to be closer to his family, a sign that his 16-year career with the Chargers may be coming to an end.

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That means Rivers will enter the free-agent market ... along with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who will be free-agent eligible on March 18 for the first time in his NFL career.

Los Angeles has been speculated as a possible destination for Brady, who often trains in Southern California during the offseason, has family, friends and business partners in the area and is interested in expanding his TB12 Sports brand.

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The Chargers also are set to move into the brand-new SoFi Stadium this fall and could create serious buzz around the franchise by signing Brady -- a six-time Super Bowl champion whose jersey still is among the most popular in the NFL after 20 years -- to take over for Rivers with Tyrod Taylor staying on as a backup.

Brady has played his free-agent cards close to the vest this winter, but the Chargers just became a legitimate option for the 42-year-old QB following Rivers' departure.

Joe Montana offers warning to Patriots QB Tom Brady as NFL free agency nears

Joe Montana offers warning to Patriots QB Tom Brady as NFL free agency nears

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is able to leave the only NFL team he's ever played for when free agency opens in March, and one NFL legend wouldn't encourage the six-time Super Bowl champion to switch teams.

Joe Montana spent 13 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and won four Super Bowl titles. However, he was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs before the 1993 season, where he played the final two years of his Hall of Fame career. Even though Montana's departure from San Francisco was a trade and not a free agent exit, he still understands the decision Brady will soon have to make. 

What advice would Montana give Brady?

"Don't (leave) -- if you don't have to," Montana tells NFL Media's Mike Silver in an interview scheduled to air Sunday on NFL Network. 

"It's a process to go through, and it takes time to get used to the team. I was fortunate because (former 49ers quarterbacks coach) Paul Hackett was there running the offense, and so I was pretty familiar with probably three-quarters of the offense going in. And, if they let (Brady) have his own offense (with a new team), yeah, that makes it a little bit easier. But still, the transition of moving ... I just can't see how they would let him leave there, myself."

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If any player could switch teams and make a seamless transition, Brady would be among the leading candidates. He's one of the smartest and best prepared players to ever play quarterback. That said, Montana knows from experience that changing teams is a challenging task.

"It's not easy to go to another team and get accepted, no matter how much success you've had and how many years you've played," Montana told Silver. "They still want to see you come in and be the same player and be that loyal to them as you were to the other team you just left. So, it's not easy (for) guys looking at that change, especially at the quarterback position."

The best decision for Brady would be to retire as a Patriot. New England has great ownership, the best head coach in pro football history and a roster that, with some upgrades on offense made over the offseason, could be right back in the Super Bowl mix next season. 

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