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Tom Brady Set to Sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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If one year ago someone would have proclaimed that Tom Brady would soon become the starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it would have been mocked as a laughable prediction.

Brady won six Super Bowls and spent two decades with the New England Patriots and the idea of him ever playing anywhere else seemed far-fetched. Leaving New England for a team that hasn’t made the playoff since 2007 only would have seemed more impossible.

Yet that is exactly what Brady has decided, after it was announced on Tuesday that he would sign a contract with the Buccaneers.

Brady choosing the Buccaneers definitely makes sense financially, as they have reportedly agreed to a contract that will pay him roughly $30 million annually. Also since there is no state income tax in Florida, Brady’s contract with Tampa is even more valuable.

While the money was part of the equation, Brady’s decision to sign with the Bucs really came down to his family wanting to stay on the East Coast and his desire to win.

While the Buccaneers have by no means been juggernauts in the NFC South, there is a lot of potential for Brady to take that offense and propel it to the next level.

Last year, Jameis Winston led the NFL in passing with Tampa, throwing for 5,109 yards and 33 touchdowns. He also led the league in interceptions however, making far too many mistakes to win.

Brady will protect the ball much better and can utilize the elite skill position players that includes superstar wide receiver Mike Evans.

Evans has been one of the most productive receivers in the NFL since coming into the league in 2014. He has eclipsed 1,000 yards receiving in each of his first six seasons, doing so in just 13 games last year.

Tampa also has Chris Godwin, who is coming off a year in which he had 1,333 yards himself. O.J. Howard has the potential to be an elite tight end for Brady as well and the Bucs could still add to this offense.

It has long been rumored that Brady wants to once again play with Antonio Brown, after the controversial receiver only got to play a single game with Patriots last year before being released. Now those two could be reunited in Tampa.

Finally there has also been some rumors that the Buccaneers are interested in trading with the Los Angeles Rams to get Todd Gurley, which could give them the most star-studded offense in the NFL.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have only won the Super Bowl once in their history, winning Super Bowl XXXVII back in 2002.

Brady hopes to make history in Tampa this season and do something that has never been done before.

While the idea of Tom Brady playing for any team other than the New England Patriots always seemed impossible, now that it has happened, it is starting to make a lot of sense to see the G.O.A.T. play in Tampa.

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Robby Anderson Signs Two-Year, $20 Million Deal with the Carolina Panthers

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For the first time in his NFL career, Robby Anderson won’t be playing football for the New York Jets. The 26-year-old signed with Jets as an undrafted free agent back in 2016 and turned himself into a very quality wide receiver.

Anderson’s breakout season came in his second year back in 2017, when he made 63 catches for 941 yards and seven touchdowns. Over the past two seasons, Anderson has amassed 1,531 yards combined.

Now Anderson will be leaving the Jets to sign with the Carolina Panthers on a two-year, $20 million deal.

Anderson’s decision to go to Carolina should not be too surprising, as he is reuniting with his former college coach Matt Rhule.

Rhule coached him at Temple University, where Anderson finished his collegiate career with the second-most receiving yards and catches in school history.

Now Anderson gets the chance to play on a short-term deal with the Panthers in an offense he is comfortable in. He can then test free agency one last time before he turns 30 years old.

Anderson should provide Teddy Bridgewater with the type of deep threat that may have been lacking in their offense prior to his signing.

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Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer Set to Purchase The Forum for $400 Million

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The site for the Los Angeles Clippers new home is finally set in place, as they have long looked to leave Staples Center to get their own building.

Now Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is putting the pieces in motion to build their own arena, as he has purchased The Forum from James Dolan for $400 million in cash.

Ballmer has long been in a legal battle with Dolan and the city of Inglewood to make it the new home of the Los Angeles Clippers. Ballmer was struggling to get clearance to build a new arena with The Forum still in operations.

Now Ballmer simply buys The Forum himself and can use the site to build a new arena for the Clippers and music fans alike.

The Clippers desperately needed to have their own building, as they will always play second fiddle the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center.

When those two teams play against one another, the crowd is always more filled with Lakers fans, regardless of if it is a designated Clippers’ home game.

Now the Clippers can create an identity and fandom of their own, with an impending new arena set to built in the coming years.

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Carolina Panthers Release Former MVP Cam Newton

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This offseason, the Carolina Panthers made it abundantly clear that they were planning for life without Cam Newton.

First they signed Teddy Bridgewater to a lucrative three-year, $63 million deal, clearly establishing him as their new starting quarterback. They later signed XFL star P.J. Walker to be his backup, while exploring all options to trade Newton.

After failing to find a taker on the trade market, the Panthers were forced to release the former 2015 NFL MVP.

After only missing five games across his first eight seasons with the Panthers, injuries derailed Newton’s career last season. A fractured foot limited him to just two games played.

If Carolina tried to trade Newton prior to that injury, there is a good chance that they would find some suitors for his services.

Unfortunately for the Panthers, teams are unsure if he will return to the field healthy and were unwilling to trade for Newton. Especially since Carolina was clearly going to be forced to release him with the addition of Bridgewater.

One of the more difficult aspects of acquiring Newton is that teams are unable to put him through a physical during this uncertain time due to the coronavirus. If they were to trade for him, teams would have had to pay his near $19 million salary.

Now that he has been released, teams will be able to sign Newton for far less money and also won’t have to give up any other assets to acquire him. This should make it more likely that someone takes a flier on the three-time Pro Bowler.

Newton is still just 30 years old, and is one-year removed from completing a career-high 67.5 percent of his passes for 3,395 yards. Across his career, few dual-threat quarterbacks have been more successful than Newton.

While his tenure with the Panthers didn’t end how he would have liked, hopefully Newton can once again return to the field healthy and be a big contributor for a new team next season.

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