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NFL odds: Patriots among betting favorites to land Cam Newton

NFL odds: Patriots among betting favorites to land Cam Newton

The NFL's quarterback market has rapidly changed over the course of the past 48 hours. The New England Patriots lost Tom Brady to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Philip Rivers signed with the Indianapolis Colts. Nick Foles was traded to the Chicago Bears. And the Las Vegas Raiders signed Marcus Mariota to compete with Derek Carr.

Though there has been a lot of movement at the quarterback position, there are still some quality players left on the open market. Jameis Winston stands out as a top free agent available while Andy Dalton and Cam Newton are both sensible trade targets if the Patriots want to add a veteran to compete with Jarrett Stidham.

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Newton, the 2015 NFL MVP, could be particularly intriguing for the squad. The Carolina Panthers are looking to move on from him after signing Teddy Bridgewater to a deal worth $21 million per season and they will try to offload him in a trade.

Newton has struggled with injuries the past two seasons -- he was limited to just two games by a foot injury last year -- but with one year left on his contract, perhaps the Patriots would be willing to acquire him if they think Stidham needs more seasoning.

That could explain why oddsmakers increasingly like the Patriots' chances of landing him. The Patriots are currently +170 to land Newton before Week 1, per FanDuel Sportsbook.

Just two days ago, the Patriots' FanDuel Sportsbook odds were +470 to land Newton and they ranked third overall among teams that could be in the mix.

But now, the Patriots are one of the few teams in the league that currently has an unsettled starting quarterback situation. So, having an interest in a guy like Newton, who could bounce back if healthy, does make sense.

So too does the Washington Redskins ranking as the new favorite to land Newton. That would reunite the veteran with his former head coach, Ron Rivera, and would give the team some needed competition for second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

The only other team on the list that's not currently considered a long shot is the Miami Dolphins. The team is likely to draft a rookie passer with one of their three first-round picks, but they could view Newton as a high-upside investment given their excess of draft capital. Having Newton, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and a rookie in the fold would give the Dolphins and Brian Flores plenty of options as they look to start building themselves into a contender.

Patriots fans may bristle at Chris Jones' reaction to Chiefs extension

Patriots fans may bristle at Chris Jones' reaction to Chiefs extension

Did the 2001 New England Patriots believe they were launching a dynasty after winning Super Bowl XXXVI? Probably not.

But the defending Super Bowl champions appear a bit more confident.

Days after signing quarterback Patrick Mahomes to the richest contract in North American sports, the Kansas City Chiefs agreed to a four-year, $85 million contract extension with defensive tackle Chris Jones, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday.

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So, how did Jones celebrate his new deal with Kansas City? By declaring an apparent continuation of the Chiefs' "dynasty."

Jones has every reason to be confident in his team, which kept its core intact after winning Super Bowl LIV and is the current Super Bowl LV favorite.

But Patriots fans who watched Bill Belichick and Tom Brady lead New England to six championships over two decades might view Jones' "dynasty" talk as premature.

After all, no team has won back-to-back titles since the Patriots in 2003 and 2004, and no team aside from New England and Seattle (2013 and 2014) has even reached the Super Bowl in back-to-back years since 2000.

And after signing Cam Newton, the Patriots may believe their own dynasty isn't dead yet despite Brady's departure to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

History won't stop Jones and the Chiefs from setting lofty goals, however, as Mahomes said recently he's eyeing Brady's record of six Super Bowl titles. Better get started soon.

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Hypocrisy for Patriots fans to root for Tom Brady, but not Cam Newton

Hypocrisy for Patriots fans to root for Tom Brady, but not Cam Newton

If you rooted for Tom Brady and don’t root for Cam Newton, you are a hypocrite. 

In 2014, the Patriots started the season 2-2 and after a humiliating loss on Monday Night Football in Kansas City, some idiot â€” that would be me â€” declared that the Pats had lost their soul.

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Of course, I was wrong, as the greatest quarterback ever went on to the lead the Pats to their fourth Super Bowl win with a big assist from Malcolm Butler. 

That was Part 2 of the "Tom Brady: Me Against the World" trilogy.

Of course, the original was getting drafted as a sixth-round pick out of Michigan. Part 3 was Deflategate when Brady won his fifth Super Bowl after he was suspended for four games.

For the purpose of this writing, we focus on Part 2 because some thought Brady’s best days were behind him. (Many feel the same about Cam Newton now.) Even Bill Belichick said Tom was getting older and the plans for his successor in Jimmy Garoppolo were laid out before us ... and Brady.  

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But once again, Brady defied the odds and forced Belichick to trade Jimmy G. to San Francisco. Needing to prove he still had "it," Brady reinvented himself and became a physical specimen, defying Father Time.

Can Cam Newton do the same? He is not as old now as Brady was then, but this guy was left for dead by the rest of the NFL and has even more to prove than Brady ever did.

If you backed Tom Brady, how can you not do the same for Cam?

Look, I love Tom Brady the football player. Off the field, I think he’s lost his mind, but there has been no better player in the history of sports than TB12. (See Tom, I used your logo. Happy?)

However, right now I am in Cam’s corner like I was in Brady’s when he was a Patriot. And you should be too.