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Patriots' QB options for 2020 just got clearer entering free agency

Patriots' QB options for 2020 just got clearer entering free agency

The NFL's game of quarterback musical chairs is almost over.

After Tuesday's bombshell news that Tom Brady is leaving the New England Patriots to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the QB dominos started to fall: Teddy Bridgewater reportedly agreed to a deal with the Carolina Panthers, Philip Rivers reportedly committed to the Indianapolis Colts and the Jacksonville Jaguars reportedly traded Nick Foles to the Chicago Bears.

On Wednesday afternoon, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported the Los Angeles Chargers also are out of the QB market and plan to stick with Tyrod Taylor in 2020.

If you believe (as Phil Perry writes, some do) that Jarrett Stidham has star potential, then the Patriots are all set at quarterback, too.

But if you believe Bill Belichick doesn't want to entrust his franchise to a 23-year-old entering his second year, then New England may explore the QB market via trade or free agency.

Good news on that front: Assuming the Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins both take QBs in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Patriots essentially will have their pick of veteran quarterbacks.

There are plenty to choose from, too.

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Former Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston essentially is the only notable remaining QB entering free agency.

On the trade market, Cincinnati's Andy Dalton (who's been linked to the Patriots this offseason), Carolina's Cam Newton, Indianapolis' Jacoby Brissett and Chicago's Mitchell Trubisky all will be looking for new jobs in 2020.

As Rapoport reported Wednesday, the Patriots aren't expected to break the bank for a new QB, which likely would rule out Newton and Winston.

But the current state of the QB market means New England doesn't need to rush to find a Brady replacement, as Dalton, Brissett and Trubisky likely won't be scooped up soon.

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 — that would be me — 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.