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New England Patriots links 3/05/20 - Brady out, Jimmy G - or Andy D in, and a Patriots offseason on crack

Daily news and links for Thursday

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  • Mike Dussault examines the free agent landscape from a Patriots perspective: Wide receivers. ‘The Pats inability to make plays in the passing game hurt them all season long as they never seemed to find their stride and maintain it.’
  • Paul Perillo passes along a report that the Patriots plan to pick up Jason McCourty’s option.
  • Community: DL Chase Winovich helps Norwood High School fuel up to Play 60. (1 min. video)
  • Community: Young fan meets Rob Gronkowski at Gillette Stadium through Make-A-Wish. (1 min. video)



  • Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News) Patriots offseason guide 2020: Key free agents, team needs, targets, salary cap & draft picks.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Tom Brady stresses patience as he prepares for free agency.
  • Tadd Haislop (Sporting News) Sounds like Tom Brady and Bill Belichick had a pretty awkward phone conversation.
  • Justin Sayles (The Ringer) Tom Brady–to-the-49ers is a ridiculous proposition that makes too much sense to dismiss.
  • Dan Bernstein (Sporting News) This ‘Brady to the 49ers, Garoppolo to the Pats’ trade rumor is peak NFL offseason.
  • Tyler Sullivan (CBS Sports) Tom Brady free agency: Are the 49ers a legitimate possibility? Let’s take a look.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Julian Edelman selling “Stay Tom” merchandise.
  • Pete Prisco (CBS Sports) How Jaguars went from doorstep of the Super Bowl to a dysfunctional mess in just two seasons. “The Jaguars went off-script on a key third down in the AFC Championship Game and never righted the ship.” /Just another notch in the Patriots’ belt.
  • Joel Corry (CBS Sports) Agent’s Take: The five best teams at managing the salary cap and player contracts: Bill Belichick and Howie Roseman are superstars at roster construction.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Mailbag: The five potential shockers of free agency. Plus, reader questions on whether the Colts will trade Jacoby Brissett, Derek Carr’s future in Vegas, gauging Washington’s interest in Tua, and much more.
  • Jeremy Bergman ( All 32 NFL teams’ RB situations ahead of free agency and draft.
  • Matt Bowen (ESPN) Perfect scheme fits for top 2020 NFL free agents: Landing spots for Tom Brady, more.
  • James Brady (SBNation) Every major NFL free agent rumor heading into the new league year.
  • Christian D’Andrea (SBNation) The top 100 NFL free agents in 2020 and where they’re signing.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) NFL franchise tag primer: Breaking down options for all 32 teams in 2020.
  • Gregg Rosenthal ( Top NFL trade candidates.
  • Adam Rank ( Top NFL untradeable players.
  • Eric Froton (Rotoworld) 2020 NFL scouting combine snubs - QB/RB/WR/TE.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Scouting combine ratings up only three percent.
  • Dan Kadar (SBNation) 2020 NFL mock draft: How each team can address a major need in the 1st round. Pats pick Boise State Edge Curtis Weaver.
  • Cynthia Frelund ( 2020 NFL mock draft: Who would analytics pick? Pats: Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III.
  • Eric Edholm (Yahoo! Sports) Post-combine NFL mock draft. Pats pick Iowa Edge A.J. Epenesa.