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By Marc Lawrence — ESPN’s Bill Barnwell loved the Bucs signing of Tom Brady. Here’s why … It’s fair to expect Brady to be diminished from the guy he was five years ago or even two years ago. It’s also impossible to separate how much Brady has declined from how much the infrastructure around him fell off in 2019. There’s no data on what a 43-year-old starting quarterback is supposed to look or age like. Brady could drop off precipitously and be unplayable by the end of the season. He also could take another step forward and look like the guy who was good enough to win a Super Bowl 14 months ago. Any time you can add a starting-caliber quarterback without needing to give up significant draft capital, it’s going to be a good move. The Bucs will forego a compensatory pick for losing Ndamukoing Suh by signing Brady, but the top quarterback on their roster before Wednesday was Ryan Griffin. Every other veteran available profiled as a borderline starter, and as a guy who turns 68 in October, Bruce Arians doesn’t have time to develop a rookie quarterback. It wasn’t clear that the Bucs would even be in position to draft one at No. 14. For more insight on this signing click here.
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From the 2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide Magazine: According to Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel, in his 11 years as owner of the Miami Dolphins, Stephen Ross has proven to be a professional check writer making seven players the highest paid players at their positions, including free agent CB Byron Jones this season.
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Despite three the Hall of Fame quarterbacks in the same division, the New Orleans Saints are favored to win the NFC South this season. The recent additions of WR Emmanuel Sanders and FS Malcolm Jenkins puts them atop the loop, ahead of Brady and the Bucs and Matt Ryan and the Falcons.
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