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NFL Rumors: Eight teams still in mix to sign Tom Brady in free agency

NFL Rumors: Eight teams still in mix to sign Tom Brady in free agency

We're officially two weeks away from the beginning of NFL free agency, and a quarter of the league is still eyeing its top prize.

That's according to ESPN's Jeff Darlington, who reported Wednesday on ESPN's "Get Up!" that eight of the league's 32 teams at least have their eye on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as a free-agent target.

"I have spoken to executives with eight different teams that are at the very least monitoring Tom Brady's free agency," Darlington said, as aired on ESPN. "They are going down this list having internal discussions right now saying, 'Is this the right fit for our organization?' "

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Those teams have "varying levels of interest" in Brady, according to Darlington, who noted Brady's interest in those teams is still in unclear. Darlington did add this, however:

"Four of those teams, I believe, would sign him right now."

Darlington didn't mention any team by name, but it's not hard to come up with a list of eight Brady suitors. The Tennessee Titans, Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers long have been viewed as potential Brady destinations, while Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians flat-out admitted his team would consider signing Brady.

Even if you don't count the Patriots in that group of eight, you can easily come up with four more teams. Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer recently reported the Indianapolis Colts and New York Giants both aren't expected to pursue Brady in free agency, but it's reasonable to think they're "monitoring" the situation, as Darlington suggested.

The same goes for the Miami Dolphins, who are led by former Patriots assistant Brian Flores and have been tied to Brady rumors in the past, and the San Francisco 49ers, who are in play for the Bay Area native, as our Tom E. Curran recently reported.

That's eight clubs right there, and it doesn't include teams that may be keeping a quieter eye on how the Brady market shakes out.

Long story short: The next two weeks are about to get busy on the Brady front.

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Patriots reveal first photo of Cam Newton in full uniform, new jersey

Patriots reveal first photo of Cam Newton in full uniform, new jersey

New England Patriots fans wondering what Cam Newton would look like in the team's new uniforms no longer have to wait.

The Patriots unveiled headshots of each player earlier last week, and on Tuesday they posted photos of all the players in full uniform. The Patriots, of course, will debut new jerseys during the 2020 NFL season.

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Here's a look at Newton in the Patriots' home blue jersey:

The Patriots also tweeted a link to check out photos of every player in the new jerseys.

Newton signed a one-year contract with the Patriots a little more than a month ago, and if he's able to stay healthy, the former league MVP is the favorite to win the starting quarterback job over Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer.

The Patriots are expected to have their first training camp practice Wednesday.

Patriots' Dont'a Hightower used Super Bowl LI to support fiancée during labor

Patriots' Dont'a Hightower used Super Bowl LI to support fiancée during labor

The greatest comeback in Super Bowl history is three and a half years old, but it certainly isn't forgotten.

Just ask Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower, who brought up New England's miraculous Super Bowl LI victory over the Atlanta Falcons while his fiancée, Morgan Hart, was delivering their baby. Seriously.

Hightower told The Boston Globe's Stan Grossfeld he started chanting "28-3, 28-3" and "Never give up" while Hart entered her 17th hour of labor with their first child last month.

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Apparently the motivational tactic worked, as Hart said Hightower's words helped her push through and deliver their baby boy, Grayson, on July 16.

"It was surreal," Hart told Grossfeld. “It was a long night and a long day, and he kept reminding me, ‘28-3, 28-3,′ meaning you can be behind and come back. Never, never give up."

That's a reference to the deficit New England faced in the third quarter of Super Bowl LI before rallying to win in overtime -- thanks in large part to Hightower's strip sack of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan early in the fourth quarter.

Hightower still uses the 28-3 reference "all the time," per Grossfeld, but his focus won't be on football in 2020. The 30-year-old linebacker is one of eight Patriots players who have decided to opt out of the 2020 season.

"Not knowing too much about the COVID thing, I don’t want to jeopardize the health of my family," Hightower told Grossfeld. "I understand you can still catch it by going to the grocery store, but I’m not going to put my family’s health at risk for money.

"It’s family first. I want to take all the opportunity that I can to be a great father."

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