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This stat comparison between Tom Brady, past Buccaneers QBs is astounding

This stat comparison between Tom Brady, past Buccaneers QBs is astounding

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are about to have an elite quarterback for the first time in franchise history.

Tom Brady reportedly is expected to sign with the Buccaneers in NFL free agency after spending the first 20 years of his career and winning a record six Super Bowl championships with the New England Patriots.

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His arrival to Tampa Bay would be a massive upgrade for the team at the sport's most important position. Among the many qualities Brady will bring to the Buccaneers is good decision-making with the football, evidenced by his eight interceptions in 2019 and 29 interceptions over the last four years combined. Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston threw 30 interceptions just last season! 

Another thing Brady will bring the Bucs is the incredible ability to win games consistently. No quarterback has more regular season or playoff victories than Brady. When you look at those win totals (and other stats) next to all quarterbacks in Buccaneers history, the comparison is truly astounding. 

Check it out in the graphic below:

The Bucs have six playoff wins in their history, and three of them came in 2002 when they won their first and only Super Bowl against the Oakland Raiders. Brady has 30 postseason wins by himself. Tampa Bay's last playoff appearance came in 2007, and only the Cleveland Browns (17 seasons) have a longer active postseason drought. Brady has reached the playoffs in 18 of the 19 seasons in which he played more than one game. His teams haven't missed the playoffs with him as a full-season starter since 2002.

Everything is about to change for the Bucs. Win or lose, they will be one of the most popular teams in the league next season, and it's all because of Brady.

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NFL Rumors: Cam Newton, Patriots had discussions in free agency

NFL Rumors: Cam Newton, Patriots had discussions in free agency

There's been a lot of smoke surrounding Cam Newton and the New England Patriots.

Apparently there was some fire earlier this offseason.

Here's ESPN's Jeremy Fowler in a report Saturday on the free-agent quarterback, who is expected to take his time before signing with a team:

League sources believe Newton and the New England Patriots talked early during his free agency but nothing materialized.

The Patriots seemed like a potential fit for Newton in late March after Tom Brady left New England to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Carolina Panthers released Newton after his injury-riddled 2019 campaign, but the 31-year-old still is a three-time Pro Bowler and former NFL MVP who boasts the experience that presumptive starter Jarrett Stidham lacks.

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According to Fowler, the Patriots had at least some level of interest in signing Newton before seemingly moving on. Newton likely would have had to take a massive pay cut to play in New England after making $16.7 million with the Panthers last season, as the Patriots had very little cap space prior to the 2020 NFL Draft.

Fowler suggested Newton may wait until teams resume "regular activity" amid the coronavirus pandemic before meeting with clubs in person.

If the Patriots already talked to Newton, it's unlikely they'd again consider signing him later this offseason -- although the oddsmakers still beg to differ.

Tom Brady, ex-Patriots teammates, coaches react to George Floyd murder

Tom Brady, ex-Patriots teammates, coaches react to George Floyd murder

The death of another unarmed black man at the hands of a police officer has sparked outrage across America.

George Floyd, 46, was murdered Monday in Minneapolis when a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly 10 minutes while three other officers stood by.

Floyd's death has led to protests, riots and in some cases violence throughout the country as Americans called for justice in his killing and demanded an end to police brutality against minorities.

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Former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady showed his support for that movement Friday, posting the #JusticeForFloyd hashtag on his Instagram story.

Meanwhile, Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores, who left the Patriots in 2018 to become one of just three African-American head coaches in the NFL, made a powerful statement Friday noting the irony behind the outrage over Colin Kaepernick's protests before NFL games.

Flores' statement hit home with two former Patriots: Detroit Lions safety Duron Harmon and Dolphins cornerback Eric Rowe.

The Patriots' newly-acquired defensive tackle, Beau Allen, also posted a statement to Twitter on Friday night after seeing riots break out in his home state of Minnesota.

Several of Allen's Patriots teammates reacted to Floyd's death on social media, as well: linebacker Ju'Whaun Bentley urged others to take a stand for justice, while defensive backs Devin and Jason McCourty called for justice for Floyd and shared a video of rapper/activist Killer Mike's powerful speech to protesters in Atlanta.

The officer who killed Floyd, Derek Chauvin, has been arrested on third-degree murder charges.

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