Patriots

NFL betting odds: Patriots among longshots to land free agent QB Philip Rivers

NFL betting odds: Patriots among longshots to land free agent QB Philip Rivers

Philip Rivers as the starting quarterback of the New England Patriots? Don't bet on it.

FanDuel Sportsbook has released its betting lines for which team the 38-year-old quarterback will sign with in NFL free agency, and the Patriots are at the bottom of the list with +3400 odds. 

LIVE stream the Celtics all season and get the latest news and analysis on all of your teams from NBC Sports Boston by downloading the My Teams App.

It's hard to envision a scenario in which Rivers comes to New England, even if Tom Brady leaves the Patriots.

Brady and Rivers are among the top quarterbacks able to become unrestricted free agents when the market opens in March. The free agent QB class also includes Drew Brees, Ryan Tannehill and Jameis Winston.

Rivers has spent the last 16 seasons playing for the Los Angeles Chargers, who acquired him in a draft day trade with the New York Giants in 2004. He was the Chargers' starting quarterback for the last 14 years and never missed a game. The Chargers announced Monday that Rivers would not return to the team.

Rivers threw for 4,615 yards with 23 touchdowns and 20 interceptions in 2019. The Chargers earned a 5-11 record and a last-place finish in the AFC West division.

Click for the top 10 NFL free agent quarterbacks of 2020

Pete Carroll gives candid comments on pain of Super Bowl XLIX loss to Patriots

Pete Carroll gives candid comments on pain of Super Bowl XLIX loss to Patriots

It's difficult to find a more heartbreaking way to lose a championship than what happened to the Seattle Seahawks at the end of Super Bowl XLIX.

The Lombardi Trophy seemed firmly in their grasp as running back Marshawn Lynch drove the ball to the 1-yard line with less than a minute to play in the fourth quarter. The Seahawks were in complete control, and it looked like their opponent, the New England Patriots, could do nothing to stop the inevitable. But instead of giving the ball to Lynch to finish the job, Seattle ran a pass play and quarterback Russell Wilson was intercepted by Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler. Butler's game-saving play secured New England's fourth championship and crushed Seattle's hopes of back-to-back titles.

Download the MyTeams app for the latest Patriots news and analysis

The loss was absolutely excruciating for Carroll, and in a recent interview with NFL Media's Mike Silver, he talked about the difficulties Seattle faced in recovering from that defeat.

"It was such an emotional way to lose for everybody, and we had to rebuild everybody's brain," Carroll said, per Silver. "We just bludgeoned our way through that. I tried to just make sure that I was unwavering. So, that was the challenge: To allow for the grieving and all of that, and then see what the issues were, and then put it back together. Yeah, that was hard. It was a hard challenge. It was really hard on some players. And some of us will never get over it."

Listen and subscribe to Phil Perry's Next Pats Podcast here: 

It's hard to blame any Seahawks player, coach or employee who will never get over the pain of Super Bowl XLIX. The Atlanta Falcons players who blew a 25-point lead and lost to the Patriots in Super Bowl LI two years later probably will feel the same way the rest of their lives.

But unlike the Falcons, who are still searching for their first championship, Carroll and the Seahawks have the joyous memories of Super Bowl XLVIII and a shiny Lombardi Trophy to help forget about their painful loss to the Patriots. 

There are few challenges in sports quite like rebounding from a horrific loss in a championship setting. Carroll has done about as well as the Seahawks could've hoped over the last five years, while Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has overcome plenty of adversity (and two Super Bowl losses) himself over the last decade.

So it was hardly a surprise when it was announced Monday that Belichick and Carroll were the two head coaches named to the NFL's All-Decade Team for the 2010s.

Patriots honor Phillip Dorsett's career in New England with tribute video

Patriots honor Phillip Dorsett's career in New England with tribute video

Former Patriots wide receiver Phillip Dorsett's stay in New England lasted just a few years, but he managed to make an impact on a Super Bowl champion.

The Patriots acquired Dorsett from the Indianapolis Colts in 2017 as part of a trade that sent third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett to the AFC South club. Dorsett played three seasons with the Patriots before departing last month in NFL free agency to join the Seattle Seahawks.

Download the MyTeams app for the latest Patriots news and analysis

The Patriots tweeted a short tribute video for Dorsett on Monday. Check it out in the post below:

Dorsett was part of the 2018 Patriots team that won Super Bowl LIII over the Los Angeles Rams, and he played a part in helping New England reach that goal. He tallied four receptions for 41 yards and a touchdown in New England's win over the Los Angeles Chargers in the AFC Divisional Round. Dorsett also caught a touchdown pass the following week when the Patriots beat the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime of the AFC Championship Game.

Dorsett posted 29 receptions for 397 yards and five touchdowns for the Patriots in 2019. He'll catch passes next season from another Super Bowl champion quarterback in Seahawks star Russell Wilson

Listen and subscribe to Phil Perry's Next Pats Podcast here: