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New England Patriots links 3/06/20 - Your Friday Brady burger with free-agent speculation on the side

Daily news and links for Friday

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  • Phil Perry thumbnails some Patriots prototypes that popped at the Combine, hitting us with one name per position that landed on the radar after a week of workouts in Indy.
  • Zack Cox takes a closer look at soon-to-be free agent Elandon Roberts: Roberts is well-respected in the locker room (team captain for the first time) and a true two-way player in 2019, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see him join a new team that could offer him more defensive playing time.
  • Isaiah Houde (PatriotsWire) 5 defensive linemen the Patriots should consider in free agency
  • Doug Kyed addresses his Friday Patriots Mailbag: Why Robert Kraft is key in Tom Brady negotiations.
  • Andy Hart’s Fast Friday 5: Why it’s best for Tom Brady to stay with Patriots
  • Tom E. Curran says we shouldn’t dismiss prospect of 49ers signing Tom Brady in free agency. “Yeah. There could be something there.”
  • Jim Hackett suggests the Patriots should be targeting Jimmy Garoppolo’s backup Nick Mullens.
  • Ryan Hannable highlights Adam Schefter on Mad Dog Radio: There’s no favorite for Tom Brady right now, but things ‘tracking’ towards leaving New England. /Translation: I have no idea.
  • Erin Walsh NFL Rumors: Which teams besides Patriots are interested in Tom Brady?
  • Dakota Randall NFL Rumors: Titans using Tom Brady as leverage to ‘lock in’ Ryan Tannehill?
  • Ricky Doyle highlights WEEI guest Ty Law on Tom Brady’s looming free agency: “I understand we want him to stay, I want Tom to stay, but I think that we should give him the freedom and the opportunity to do what he wants to do, whatever is in his heart.”
  • Deyscha Smith highlights what David Ortiz, Ty Law, and Drew Brees said about Tom Brady’s free agency. “I think it really goes beyond money with Tom right now.”
  • Nick O’Malley ups the Tom Brady replacement odds: Teddy Bridgewater now the betting favorite to be Patriots 2020 QB if Brady leaves.
  • Gary Tanguay heads to the Tremont Tea Room to ask a psychic what the future holds for Tom Brady. (3.49 min. video)
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate opens up the Twitter mailbag to answer questions. (33 min.)


  • Albert Breer (SI) Game Plan: What the NFL thinks of the six first-round QB prospects; Plus, a ranking of the top candidates of the next coaching cycle, why Tom Brady’s market might be more limited than you think, the draft’s impact on free agency and the latest on the CBA.
  • Nancy Armour (USA Today) Tom Brady leaving Patriots would make 2020 the greatest NFL season ever. “From March until January, maybe February, the NFL is primed to be one long-running soap opera, with Brady as the central character.” /I seriously can not think of a worse scenario.
  • Anthony Treash (Pro Football Focus) Predicting quarterback landing spots in free agency and the 2020 NFL Draft.
  • Jenny Vrentas (SI) The QB Primer: How the position stacks up for each NFL team.
  • Matt Harmon (Yahoo! Sports) NFL Free Agency: Most logical fits for Philip Rivers, Tom Brady, and more.
  • David Purdum (ESPN) Sportsbook odds favor Tom Brady to stay with New England.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Updated Tom Brady odds show 49ers rising.
  • Get Up (ESPN) Titans believe they have a good shot at signing Tom Brady but how would Brady fit in Tennessee? (1.29 min. video)
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) In 2010, Rob Gronkowski prayed the Cardinals would draft him. “The Cardinals ended up using their first-round pick on defensive tackle Dan Williams, who had a forgettable five years in Arizona.”
  • Steve Palazzolo (Pro Football Focus) Strengths and weaknesses for every position group ahead of NFL free agency
  • Ben Linsey (Pro Football Focus) Prospect fits for all 32 teams coming out of the 2020 NFL Combine
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL has no plans to alter tag deadline.
  • Joe Lucia (Awful Announcing) ESPN is *still* thirsty for Peyton Manning, and is also reportedly parched for Al Michaels.
  • Andrew Marchand (NY Post) ESPN plotting dream ‘Monday Night Football’ booth: Al Michaels and Peyton Manning
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Report: ESPN ready to offer Peyton Manning up to $20 million per year.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Philip Rivers could find a home in the ESPN booth.


  • Dan Graziano (ESPN) NFL CBA proposal: What players are voting on in the deal, plus the biggest changes.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFLPA vote is, at its core, a referendum on the judgment of DeMaurice Smith.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) DeMaurice Smith addresses lack of opt out in new CBA.
  • Christopher Mason notes the new NFL CBA would eliminate suspensions for positive marijuana tests, other substances of abuse.
  • Terez Paylor (Yahoo! Sports) Missing games would get NFL players leverage in CBA, but fund for rank-and-file is needed.
  • Chet Gresham (DKNation) Gambling and the new NFL collective bargaining agreement
  • Larry Celona and Vincent Barone (NY Post) Jets lineman Quinnen Williams arrested at LaGuardia for gun possession.