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Tom Brady's relationship with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has just one hangup. Brady, 42, and the Buccaneers continued to discuss details of his contract late Wednesday, March 18, but the Tampa Bay Times reported Thursday, March 19, that it would be for two years and $60 million, all guaranteed. With a new collective bargaining agreement in place and Brady several states away, the two sides were still working late Thursday to clarify mutual and mutually exclusive obligations. One of the holdups: Brady's physical.
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has tested positive for coronavirus. The 56-year-old coach confirmed his diagnosis with ESPN on Thursday, becoming the first known case within the NFL's ranks. "Sean Payton said he came forward with his coronavirus diagnosis because he wants all people to heed the warnings of government officials, stay inside, and behave responsibly," ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted.
NFL and NBA fans can access past games for free while adjusting to life without live sports during the coronavirus pandemic. With the NFL offseason in full swing and free agency deals dominating sports headlines, the league made Game Pass access complimentary. Game Pass is a digital product available across multiple platforms and devices and has archives of games dating to 2009. The extensive library includes all regular-season and postseason games and NFL Films series, such as "Hard Knocks."
The Los Angeles Chargers have agreed to terms on a two-year, $17 million deal with defensive tackle Linval Joseph, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported Wednesday. The deal for the two-time Pro Bowl selection includes another $2 million in incentives, per the report. Joseph, 31, spent the past six seasons with the Minnesota Vikings following four seasons with the New York Giants. He registered 44 tackles and three sacks in 13 games in 2019 and has 525 tackles, 24 sacks and eight forced fumbles in 141 career games (134 starts).
The Carolina Panthers gave Cam Newton permission to seek a trade on Tuesday, although the quarterback didn't seem too happy about it. The Panthers' decision comes one month removed from new head coach Matt Rhule telling reporters that the club wanted to keep their quarterback of nine years. Newton, however, is owed $21.1 million in 2020, including a base salary of $18.6 million. He signed a five-year, $103.8 million contract extension in 2015 that took effect with the 2016 season, and the team could free up $19 million in cap space by releasing or trading him.
Tom Brady broke up with the New England Patriots in an early morning Instagram post on Tuesday, March 17. Brady, an unrestricted free agent for the first time, posted a farewell message to New England on Tuesday but did not identify his destination in a series of messages via Instagram at 4:45 a.m. CT. The public goodbye was a formal farewell but not the only contact Brady had with the team. Owner Robert Kraft, who deferred to coach Bill Belichick in negotiations, said Brady called him Monday and the two met at Kraft's residence.
NHL players can return to their permanent homes, if outside their city of play, but should self-quarantine, the league advised the players in a memo issued Monday. That includes locales outside of North America, if travel is possible, the league said. The league initially had told players to remain in their home cities.
Major League Baseball delayed Opening Day indefinitely on Monday, March 16 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The season was set to open March 26, with all 30 teams in action. But last Thursday, MLB canceled spring training and delayed Opening Day by at least two weeks. It will be much longer than that.
The NFL announced it will proceed with the 2020 NFL Draft, but it has canceled all public events surrounding the draft scheduled for April 23-25 in Las Vegas. "In consideration of current information related to COVID-19 and guidance from medical experts such as the CDC, and in coordination with public authorities in Nevada and the City of Las Vegas, the NFL will modify its plans for the 2020 NFL Draft," the league said in a statement Monday.
The NFL's new league year — and with it, free agency — will begin as scheduled on Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET, multiple outlets reported Sunday evening, March 15. The league reportedly sent a memo to all 32 teams confirming the schedule will not be changed due to the coronavirus pandemic.