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NFL rumors: Buccaneers expect Tom Brady to attend OTAs with new teammates

NFL rumors: Buccaneers expect Tom Brady to attend OTAs with new teammates

For the first time in his career, Tom Brady will enter an NFL season with an entire offense of new teammates, which presents plenty of challenges for the 42-year-old quarterback.

One of those challenges is establishing chemistry with his new Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receivers, tight ends and other offensive teammates. OTAs are a great place to build a rapport with those players, and according to Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer, the Bucs expect Brady to attend those activities.

Oh, and as for how excited Brady is? If things improve in our country in time for there to be OTAs this year, the Bucs expect him to be there—after he missed those his last two years in New England.

Of course, it's impossible to predict the state of the nation when OTAs are supposed to take place, which is typically in May. The outbreak of the coronavirus has resulted in the cancelation or postponement of many league seasons, tournaments and events. The league wouldn't want to put its players at risk if it's not smart to be on the field in large numbers.

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Another option for Brady, at some point in the offseason, is throwing to wide receivers and other teammates one-on-one or in small groups at a private location.

Brady didn't attend New England Patriots OTAs over the last two years. Last year's absence was particularly notable because the Patriots had lost future Hall of Fame tight end Rob Gronkowski to retirement and selected wide receiver N'Keal Harry in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Brady not being at OTAs wasn't the only reason why the Patriots offense struggled throughout the 2019 season, but it probably would've helped his chemistry with some of the younger wide receivers if he had showed up.

Judging by the recent reactions from Brady's new teammates, including wide receiver Mike Evans, it sounds like they are very excited to start working with the six-time Super Bowl champion.

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NFL Twitter explodes with reaction to Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes' reported contract

NFL Twitter explodes with reaction to Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes' reported contract

Patrick Mahomes has fully committed to the Kansas City Chiefs.

The superstar quarterback, who led the Chiefs to a Super Bowl LIV triumph last season, reportedly has agreed to a massive 10-year contract extension worth $450 million. ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the news.

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Mahomes is the best player in the NFL and, at only 24 years old, could lead the Chiefs on a dominant run of success over the next decade. In his two seasons as the Chiefs' starting quarterback, Mahomes has a 24-8 record, a 4-1 playoff record and a Lombardi Trophy. He also won Super Bowl LIV MVP and the 2018 NFL MVP.

Given his age, talent and potential, it's not surprising that NFL Twitter was pretty fired up about Mahomes and the Chiefs extending their partnership through 2031 (he has two more years remaining on his current contract).

Here's some of the best Twitter reaction to Mahomes' massive contract extension.

NFL rumors: Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes agrees to huge 10-year contract extension

NFL rumors: Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes agrees to huge 10-year contract extension

The Kansas City Chiefs are going to be a tough opponent for the New England Patriots and the rest of the AFC for many years to come.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes reportedly has agreed to a massive 10-year contract extension, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Mahomes has two more years left on his current deal with Kansas City, so this extension would keep him with the Chiefs for 12 more seasons.

The Chiefs won their first Lombardi Trophy in 50 years last season when Mahomes led a fourth quarter comeback against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV. Mahomes won Super Bowl MVP, adding to the NFL MVP he won during the 2018 campaign. The 24-year-old quarterback has thrown 76 touchdown passes with only 17 interceptions in the last two seasons (30 games played).

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Mahomes is the best quarterback in the league, and his résumé through three pro seasons -- the last two of which he's been the full-time starter in Kansas City -- is absolutely astounding.

What does this news mean for the Patriots?

Well, the Chiefs aren't going anywhere. Kansas City will continue to be a top contender in the AFC as long as Mahomes is healthy. He has a 25-8 record as a starter in the regular season, in addition to a 4-1 playoff record that includes a Super Bowl title.

The Chiefs also have been one of the league's highest-scoring offenses (32-plus points per game) in the league over the last two seasons, and no lead is safe when Mahomes has the ball. The Patriots found that out first hand during the 2018 AFC Championship Game in Kansas City. New England held a 14-0 halftime advantage, and it also led 24-21 and 31-28 late in the fourth quarter before losing both and having to play overtime. Former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady won the game in the OT period with an incredible touchdown drive on the first possession.

The AFC title win in 2018 was one of two victories for the Patriots in three matchups versus Mahomes. New England beat him twice in 2018 and lost in the 2019 regular season when the Chiefs earned a 23-16 Week 14 win at Gillette Stadium.

The Chiefs will play the Patriots again in the 2020 regular season in a Week 4 matchup at Arrowhead Stadium. You can bet the Patriots and Chiefs will play plenty more times throughout the length of Mahomes' reported extension, and it would be pretty fun if some of those games came in the playoffs.