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NFL odds: Here's where Patriots stand in latest Cam Newton betting lines

NFL odds: Here's where Patriots stand in latest Cam Newton betting lines

Could the New England Patriots replace one former NFL MVP quarterback with another?

Tom Brady revealed Tuesday on social media he's leaving the Patriots in free agency after spending the first 20 years of his career with the franchise. This decision leaves the Patriots with an interesting decision to make at quarterback entering the 2020 season. Do the Patriots go with 2019 fourth-round draft pick Jarrett Stidham as the starter, or should they target a veteran quarterback on the free agent or trade markets?

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One option on the trade market is Cam Newton, who the Carolina Panthers announced Tuesday has been given permission to seek a trade. The Panthers reportedly are finalizing a contract with free agent Teddy Bridgewater to make him the team's new starting QB.

What are the chances Newton goes to the Patriots? Oddsmakers aren't too high on the idea. The Patriots are +470 to land Newton in the latest betting lines at FanDuel Sportsbook.

Here's the full list of odds:

The Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Chargers both make a lot of sense for Newton.

The Bears have a very good defense, but to make a deep playoff run, they need better production at quarterback than what Mitchell Trubisky has given them over the last three years. The Chargers also are among the betting favorites to land Brady, but if the 42-year-old quarterback goes elsewhere, Los Angeles is a great destination for Newton. The Chargers are moving into a state-of-the-art stadium and need a new franchise quarterback after parting ways with Philip Rivers. Newton would bring some life and relevancy to the franchise, and help them win games.

The only concern with Newton is his health. A left foot injury limited him to just two games played last season, and his playing style has resulted in him taking a lot of hits over his career. But if healthy, Newton is still a top-tier player and would improve a team that's a quarterback upgrade away from being a legitimate contender.

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Tom Brady takes shot at Charles Barkley after 'The Match'

Tom Brady takes shot at Charles Barkley after 'The Match'

Tom Brady engaged in plenty of trash-talking with his opponents Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods during "The Match" on Sunday. But they weren't the only ones going back-and-forth with the six-time Super Bowl champion.

NBA legend Charles Barkley was a commentator for the charity golf match and didn't hold back from letting Brady hear all about his lackluster performance through the first few holes. On the seventh hole, however, the ex-New England Patriots quarterback birdied a par-5 with what was unquestionably the best shot of the day to silence Barkley. 

The real mic drop from Brady came after the match, though, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB jabbed Barkley for his inability to win a championship during his NBA career.


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Boom, roasted.

Of course, the trash-talking was all just good fun. And it provided phenomenal entertainment while those involved in "The Match" helped raise more than $20 million to go toward COVID-19 relief efforts.

'Man In the Arena' producer sheds light on what to expect from Tom Brady documentary

'Man In the Arena' producer sheds light on what to expect from Tom Brady documentary

Last week it was revealed Tom Brady will have his own Last Dance type documentary titled Man In the Arena.

ESPN will air the nine-episode series, with each episode covering one of the ex-New England Patriots quarterback's nine Super Bowl runs. Gotham Chopra, a name Pats fans may recognize as the director of Tom vs. Time, is a producer for the docuseries which is set to premiere in 2021.

Chopra recently caught up with Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated's MMQB to chat about the upcoming documentary and what fans should expect.

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“It’s not Tom Brady’s Last Dance,” Chopra told Breer. “It’s not that. That may or may not exist 20 years from now, I don’t know. There’s this sort of immediacy to this.… The premise [of The Last Dance] was telling stories about the seasons, whereas [Brady’s], it does feel a little bit more real time. Tom continues to be an active player. So the idea is, ‘O.K., let’s talk about these nine seasons, this incredible body of work across 20 years, and how it’s still sort of affecting him.’”

“Jordan’s sitting on a couch, looking back, literally looking at stuff on the iPad, reminiscing about things. Tom’s kind of, just when you’re talking to him, it’s still very fresh, because he’s still processing a lot of things that may have happened across a season.”

As for who else will make appearances in the series, that remains to be seen. Chopra notes the COVID-19 pandemic has stalled the interview process, but important figures in Brady's career such as Bill Belichick and Drew Bledsoe have already been reached out to.

“This is inside the mind of Tom,” Chopra said. “So we’ll ask Tom, I’ll use the most obvious one, 2001, What was it like working with Drew [Bledsoe] that season? Got it, now we go talk to Drew, and get his perspective on that. So yeah, there are other voices, other players, coaches, etc., and people off the field that had a lot of influence across those specific seasons that we’re trying to get. Now, we’ve got the added layer of complexity of getting to those people, like everyone else in the world, we’re dealing with that.”

Along with the Super Bowl appearances, Chopra says Man In the Arena will cover both the "Spygate" and "Deflate-gate" controversies. As for whether Brady's 2020 campaign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be included in the series, Chopra says there are no plans for that as of now.