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Drew Bledsoe explains how Tom Brady could be enticed to leave Patriots

Drew Bledsoe explains how Tom Brady could be enticed to leave Patriots

Which offseason path will Tom Brady choose? Will he sign with another team in free agency, stay with the New England Patriots or retire?

Drew Bledsoe knows the 42-year-old quarterback better than most, and he has two reasons why Brady may by motivated to go elsewhere.

In an interview Monday with CBS Sports Radio's "The Zach Gelb Show," Bledsoe said he could see both Brady and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick wanting to win a Super Bowl without the other "to see where the credit really lies."

"I do think there is some intrigue probably on both sides of that thing to see if they can do it without the other guy," Bledsoe said.

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Brady and Belichick both came to the Patriots in 2000, when Bledsoe was in his eighth season as New England's starting quarterback. They've been inextricably linked ever since, winning six Super Bowl titles over a 19-year span after Brady replaced Bledsoe in 2001.

But according to Bledsoe -- who was traded to the Buffalo Bills in 2002 -- there's another reason why Brady may be motivated to leave the Patriots this offseason: for a fresh start.

"This where it might be kind of intriguing for Tommy: All of a sudden you feel like a rookie again," Bledsoe said, referencing his move from New England to Buffalo. "You're in a brand-new organization, you're in a new situation, new coach, new teammates.

"It was kind of inspiring, honestly, to take on a new challenge in Buffalo. We got off to a great start that year. Unfortunately, we didn't finish it strong, but it was a cool challenge to go take on, and who knows, it may be intriguing to him."

Bledsoe had one of the best statistical seasons of his career in 2002, throwing for 4,359 yards with 24 passing touchdowns while making the Pro Bowl.

Granted, Bledsoe was only 30 at the time, while Brady will be 43 in August. Bledsoe's point is well-taken, though: Imagine how motivated Brady would be to both win a Super Bowl without Belichick and take on a new challenge in a new offensive system?

Robert Kraft and the Patriots are hoping Brady chooses stability by staying in New England, but there indeed would be "intrigue" in Brady trying to add one more piece to his legacy.

Steelers star has the least surprising take on Tom Brady's free agency

Steelers star has the least surprising take on Tom Brady's free agency

Ask anyone associated with the New England Patriots, and they'll tell you Tom Brady should stay put.

Ask any Patriots opponent, and they'll tell you Brady should leave -- and never come back.

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward joined 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Zolak & Bertrand" from Radio Row in Miami on Wednesday and was asked where he thinks Brady may sign in free agency this offseason.

His answer shouldn't surprise you.

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"I hope not with New England anymore," Heyward said. " ... Let the NFC deal with him for a while. That'd be nice. He's terrorized the AFC enough."

Heyward would know. Brady's Patriots trounced his Steelers 33-3 in Week 1 of the 2019 season and have beaten Pittsburgh in six of their last seven meetings, including playoffs.

New England also has reached the Super Bowl in four of the previous six seasons and made the AFC Championship Game in eight of the last nine seasons, annually crushing the postseason dreams of AFC rivals like the Steelers, who won 10 or more games in four straight seasons from 2014 to 2017 but never reached the Super Bowl in that span.

So, you can see why Heyward (and Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu) would appreciate Brady getting out of his hair.

Unfortunately for the AFC, that doesn't look likely: The Patriots are the odds-on favorite to re-sign the 42-year-old QB in free agency, followed by three AFC teams: the Los Angeles Chargers, Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans.

But Heyward still appreciates Brady's greatness, even if the 20-year veteran doesn't grant his wish.

"I think he understands the game at a different level," Heyward said of Brady. He knows when to hit you with pace. He knows when to make you feel uncomfortable, and he's gonna exploit you."

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Roger Goodell gives latest update on Patriots videotaping investigation

Roger Goodell gives latest update on Patriots videotaping investigation

The NFL's investigation of the New England Patriots remains ongoing.

The league launched an investigation into the Patriots in December after they videotaped the Bengals' sideline during Cincinnati's Week 14 road game against the Browns in Cleveland.

League commissioner Roger Goodell was asked Wednesday at his Super Bowl LIV press conference in Miami for a status on the process and why it's taken so long. Goodell provided a brief update and pushed back on the notion that it's taken too long for the investigation to complete (H/T to ESPN's Mike Reiss for transcribing).

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Question: On the videotaping incident with the Bengals, what is the status of the investigation? When do you expect it to be complete? Why is it taking so long? You have the video, the Patriots admitted wrongdoing, shouldn't it be relatively open and shut?

Goodell: "The answer to that (last) question is 'No.' It shouldn't, because our responsibility is to make sure we're being extremely thorough. We have a responsibility to 31 other clubs, we have a responsibility to partners, we have a responsibility to fans to understand all of what happened, and make sure that something that we don't know happened didn't happen. 

"And so, from our standpoint, we want to make sure we're being thorough. Our team has been on it. We have been focused on this. I think it has not been that lengthy of time. We have obviously put the focus on it, but we're going to get it right. When we come to a conclusion, we'll certainly make sure people are aware of it."

The Patriots issued a statement after the incident occurred that said the video crew was sent to Cleveland to collect footage for a team website series titled "Do Your Job." New England admitted the video crew "inappropriately filmed the field" from its spot in the Cleveland press box.

Part of the footage captured by the video crew was shown exclusively on FOX Sports' NFL pregame show on Dec. 15 before the Patriots beat the Bengals 34-13 to clinch a playoff spot.

There is still no timetable for when the investigation will be completed. Goodell did not provide one Wednesday, so it looks like this matter won't be resolved until some time in the offseason.

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