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By Marc Lawrence — Former NFL GM Michael Lombardi offers a general managers’ perspective on how the looming NFL free agent quarterback market shakes out for the upcoming 2020 season. He contends here will be more Tom Brady rumors and sightings than we ever even imagined possible. Teams like Miami, who are in complete rebuilding mode, would have no interest in investing in a player like Brady because they are only thinking of the long term. Lombardi contends there are three categories of playing in the NFL right now: Elite (the smallest group usually around 2-4 in the NFL at a time). Workable (the majority of NFL QBs). Wasting Time, Bust. (about 10 to 15 percent of NFL starters). To see who resides where, click here.

Hoops History Book

From the NBA Day-To-Day Trends in this week’s PLAYBOOK Basketball Newsletter:Indiana: 10-2 $ vs. the Nets … Atlanta: 5-1 OVER with no rest, Orlando: 5-0 OVER vs. unrested foe … Charlotte: 5-0 $ vs. the Pistons… Minnesota: visitor 4-0 $ in Timberwolves series … Denver: 6-16-1 $ on Mondays … Golden State: 0-5 $ home with one day rest vs. foe with no rest.

Xtremely Pleased

The XFL debut this past weekend was head and shoulders better than what we witnessed from the league in its one-and-only season in 2001. Only one of the eight teams back then averaged more than 300 yards per game (Memphis 301.5), with only two teams averaging more than 200 passing yards per game (Los Angeles 214.0 and Birmingham 200.4). Only two teams averaged 20 points per games (Los Angeles 23.5 and Orlando 21.3). Rule changes amounted in a dramatic reversal in the new fan-friendly league. Viewer transparency in reviewing plays was spot-on. Yet another move the NFL needs to make.

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