NFL Free Agency is moving along through this Coronavirus crisis that sweeps the country. Business, as usual, moves forward for the league and there have been some signings that have rocked some fan bases and reshaped the 2020-21 NFL season.
First and foremost was the question of what would happen with Tom Brady and the Pats. Talks between the two broke down and Brady then signed a two-year $50 million deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He and Bucs GM Jason Licht talked about the move and what it means in a press conference. Brady talked about remembering the day that his idol, Joe Montana, was traded from the 49ers to the Kansas City Chiefs. He talked about his love of the game and the fire that still burns within him.
This move will be all about him learning the system of head coach Bruce Arians and getting to know his receivers, especially the likes of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. The team and fans will look to see how much the 42-year old and greatest quarterback in NFL history still has left in the tank. The move also answers the question in Tampa about the future of Jamies Winston.
Other signings across the league:
Bridgewater to Panthers
After nine years, the Carolina Panthers moved on and released former #1 pick, Cam Newton. To fill the void, they signed Teddy Bridgewater to a three-year $63 million deal. Bridgewater gets a second shot a being a starter after his horrific knee injury when he played in Minnesota. He appeared to be the best choice to succeed Newton in a free agency that does not have many veteran quarterbacks to be had. It will be interesting, to say the least, to see how his style will fit with his main weapon, Christian McCaffery. Wide receivers DJ Moore and Curtis Samuel provide Teddy with the kind of receiving threats he will need to win in Carolina.
Clinton-Dix to Cowboys
Not living up to the hype is something that happens in the NFL too often. The latest player to be on the move to fit that bill is Ha Ha Clinton-Dix joining his fourth team in the Dallas Cowboys. He gets a one year, $4 million deal to see if he can finally play up to expectations and help a team that has lost four starters on defense in free agency. He is reunited with Cowboys head coach, Mike McCarthy who coached him in Green Bay. Clinton-Dix will need to show the ball skills and knack for the pick in order to help a team looking for help on the defensive side of the ball.
Eric Ebron to Steelers
A big guy with sure hands and a knack for the end zone gives the Steelers a significant upgrade at TE. He gets two years at the bargain price of $12 million. The knock on Ebron will be the 13 games he has missed over the last six years including being shut down last year with injuries to both ankles. He is also known for his lack of blocking skills. But one thing is for sure, when he is healthy, he is one of the better targets to throw to in the NFL.
Emmanuel Sanders to Saints
The Saints resigned Drew Brees, have ALL-World WR Michael Thomas and ALL-Everything RB Alvin Kamara already. So what do you add to that? You go out and get a baller like Emmanuel Sanders to give the Saints just about all they need to make a deep post-season run. This gives Brees three weapons that specialize in yards after the catch helping the 41-year old future Hall of Famer to keep succeeding. Sanders gets two years at $16 million and is looking to get to a Super Bowl with a fourth team.
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