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Daily news and links for Tuesday

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  • Evan Lazar makes the case why there’s no need to lament the Jimmy Garoppolo trade. The Niners got to the Super Bowl for reasons besides the quarterback, and there are lots of Jimmy Gs out there.
  • Ian Glendon (FullPressCoverage) Tom Brady: “I want to continue to play and do a great job”
  • Adam London highlights what ESPN+ Insider Jeremy Fowler believes should be the Patriots’ offseason priorities: A bolstered arsenal for Brady. /Hm...not sure that’s worth the subscription price.
  • Doug Kyed explains how the Patriots early playoff exit has affected the team’s pre-draft scouting process.
  • Conor Roche recaps how all the ex-Patriots fared in the playoffs this weekend.
  • NESN NFL Rumors: Tom Brady ‘eager’ to play mentor role for young quarterback.
  • Isaiah Houde (PatriotsFans) David Andrews shares story of wake-up call with Tom Brady, Patriots.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Patrick Mahomes bumped Tom Brady to second place on the list of sales of all officially licensed NFL merchandise, marking the first time in two years Brady didn’t finish No. 1.
  • Brent Schwartz (PatriotsWire) The case for and against Tom Brady joining the Dolphins.
  • CBS Boston reports a Patriots fan shoveled ‘STAY TOM’ into the slush at the Boston Public Garden lagoon.
  • Steven Viner (BostonSportsJournal) The Quest for 7: Patriots’ future, Brady in demand, Links 1.21.20.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate gives his thoughts on Super Bowl 54, Brady’s ‘open mind’ and Mock Draft Monday’s weekly pick. (26 min.)
  • One Patriots Place podcast: Thomas Murphy and Steve Balestrieri welcome Evan Lazar to talk Patriots offseason as the NFL season begins its final two weeks ahead of Super Bowl LIV. (53.53 min.)


  • Tyler Sullivan (CBS Sports) Super Bowl 2020: Revisiting Jimmy Garoppolo trade; 49ers and Patriots both came out winners.
  • Arnie Stapleton (AP) Tom Brady a headliner even in the Super Bowl he’s sitting out.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Afternoon QB: How deep the Chiefs’ love for Patrick Mahomes went before the 2017 draft. /Get a room.
  • Mike Tanier (Bleacher Report) Gridiron Digest Super Bowl LIV Preview: Unstoppable force meets immovable object.
  • Shalise Manza Young (Yahoo! Sports) Super Bowl LIV: Seven storylines to follow as we look forward to Chiefs-49ers.
  • Kalyn Kahler (SI) Top storylines ahead of Super Bowl LIV. 1. Is it possible to slow down the Chiefs offense?
  • Robert Mays (The Ringer) The Starting 11: Chiefs vs. 49ers is a dream Super Bowl matchup. “Instead of the best team in football, the AFC will be represented by its best player.”
  • Nick Wagoner (ESPN) With lessons learned from SB LI collapse, Kyle Shanahan ‘glad’ to get another title chance.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Kyle Shanahan learned a lot from the 28-3 debacle in Super Bowl LI.
  • Ian O’Connor (ESPN) A haunted Super Bowl LIV matchup: Can Andy Reid and Kyle Shanahan rewrite their legacies?
  • Bill Barnwell (ESPN) 10 players and coaches who took a step toward Super Bowl redemption.
  • Eli Boettger (Sporting News) How much are Super Bowl tickets 2020? Here are the cheapest & most expensive prices for Miami.
  • James Crabtree-Hannigan (Sporting News) Super Bowl halftime show 2020: Who is performing at Super Bowl 54 in Miami?
  • Tadd Haislop (Sporting News) Future Super Bowl locations: Host cities, stadiums for Super Bowl 2020 and beyond.
  • Jeff Kerr (CBS Sports) Patrick Mahomes will be fifth youngest QB to start a Super Bowl; here’s how the four youngest QBs fared. Jared Goff lost.
  • Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz (USA Today) Ranking every Super Bowl game from best to worst.
  • Bryan DeArdo (CBS Sports) Super Bowl results, scores: Every past score, winners, MVPs from previous 53 championship games.
  • Rich Cimini (ESPN) Joe Namath can’t imagine Tom Brady doing what he did 43 years ago. “It’s almost beyond my belief that he would go to another team under any circumstances,”
  • The Aftermath ( Jim Trotter, Michael Silver and Steve Wyche explain why the top 3 landing spots for Tom Brady (outside of New England) are the Chargers, the Raiders and the Colts. (6.19 min. video)
  • Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter (ESPN) Philip Rivers ‘permanently’ moves out of San Diego, signaling possible split with Chargers.
  • Gregg Rosenthal ( Top 25 NFL free agents of 2020: No shortage of intriguing QBs.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Dolphins promote Josh Boyer to defensive coordinator.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Ratings for conference championships drop, in comparison to last year.


  • Barry Wilner (AP) Goodell’s stint atop NFL quite a roller-coaster ride.
  • Lee Ross (Fox) Michael Avenatti allegedly took settlement money from football fans. “In May 2017, Avenatti, representing the ticket holders, entered into an agreement with the NFL for a settlement of about $1,550,000 and a dismissal of all legal claims. ... Avenatti used the remainder of the approximately $1.31 million dollars [he] and his law firm received from the settlement of the Super Bowl Litigation for [his] own personal and business purposes,”