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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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Jarvis Landry begs Tom Brady to speak up: 'We need to hear you'

Jarvis Landry begs Tom Brady to speak up: 'We need to hear you'

Tom Brady has lent his name, voice, and stature when players have had issues with the NFL in the past. In 2011, the then-Patriots quarterback was among 10 players who sued the NFL in federal court in an antitrust lawsuit asking to prevent a lawsuit.

And now, one of Brady's NFL brethren is asking the now-Bucs QB to step up again.

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Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry tweeted at Brady Thursday night, imploring the future Hall of Famer to step up and lend his voice on calls with the NFL.

While Landry didn't specify what he was asking Brady to speak up about, the NFL and NFLPA have been discussing a litany of issues regarding the upcoming 2020 season, which is only two months away.

A variety of medical and testing protocol questions amid the coronavirus pandemic have yet to be resolved, and the league's ban on postgame jersey swaps was widely lampooned by players on Thursday.

NBC Sports Boston's Tom E. Curran even suggested that the league should postpone the season by a month while it gets its business in order, but for now Landry wants one of the league's most prominent players to assist in the process.

He explained why he called out Brady specifically in a response to a tweet criticizing him for his original post. (Warning: NSFW language below.)

Whether or not Brady lends his voice, the time to figure out all of the roadblocks to a 2020 season is rapidly running out. Rookies are scheduled to report to training camps a week from Sunday.

Julian Edelman, DeSean Jackson make plans to 'educate one another'

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Julian Edelman, DeSean Jackson make plans to 'educate one another'

Maybe some good will actually come from DeSean Jackson's anti-Semitic Instagram posts after all.

It all started last weekend, when Jackson posted several pieces of content which were immediately criticized by the public, NFL, and the Eagles organization. 

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While Jackson later apologized for his posts, Edelman — who is Jewish — reached out to the Eagles wide receiver via Instagram because he saw "an opportunity to have a conversation." Edelman suggested the two players visit both the Holocaust Museum and Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., and then "have those uncomfortable situations."

Happily, it looks like Edelman's message was well received. Friday morning on social media, Edelman shared that the two wideouts are planning to "use our experiences to educate one another and grow together."

As Edelman said in his initial post to Jackson, "This world needs a little more love, compassion and empathy." And despite the ugly origins of this story, the two players can hopefully turn that around into a positive result.