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FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady calls signals at the line of scrimmage against the Miami Dolphins in the first half of an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass. The Dolphins signed seven potential starters, but none will help their chances of overtaking the New England Patriots in the AFC East as much as Tom Brady did by bolting from Boston for Tampa Bay. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

QB quest new for Patriots, but familiar for AFC East foes

Apr. 1, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Welcome to the club, Patriots. You know, that unsettling feeling over not being sure who your starting quarterback will be this season, next year — or beyond. Just ask New England's AFC East rivals about it. Miami, Buffalo and the New York Jets have lived through that frustrating...

FILE - In this May 22, 2019, file photo, NFL vice president Troy Vincent  speaks to the media during an owners meetings in Key Biscayne, Fla. Vincent has sent a letter to several prospects inviting them to participate “live” in the NFL draft in three weeks. The Associated Press on TuesdayMarch 31, 2020, obtained the letter sent by the league's football operations chief to prospective early selections in the draft, which will be held remotely on April 23-25 due to the coronavirus pandemic.  (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

NFL team owners vote to expand playoffs to 14 teams

Mar. 31, 2020 4:46 PM EDT

The NFL is gearing up for a normal season and playoffs — with two additional wild-card teams in the Super Bowl chase. NFL team owners voted Tuesday to expand the playoffs by one team in each conference for a total of 14 next season as they continue to plan for the 2020 season to begin on time. During a...

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2019, file photo, the Pittsburgh Steelers offense, left, lines up against the Los Angeles Rams' defense during the first half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh. The NFL's decision to expand the playoffs from 12 to 14 teams this season could have a major impact on the league based on how things have played out in the past.(AP Photo/Don Wright, File)

How paths might have changed under expanded NFL playoffs

Mar. 31, 2020 2:08 PM EDT

Lovie Smith's coaching tenure in Chicago might not have ended had the Bears made the playoffs his final three seasons instead of missing out by one spot his last two years. Playoff droughts in Cleveland and Tampa Bay wouldn't be nearly as long or painful had the Browns and Bucs sneaked their way into the...

FILE - In this Dec. 24, 2017, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates a touchdown by running back Dion Lewis during the second half of the team's NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Foxborough, Mass. Brady’s .774 regular season winning percentage ranks first in the Super Bowl era among quarterbacks with at least 50 starts. With 249 victories overall, including playoffs, he’s won almost as many games in two decades as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have won (273) in the franchise’s 44-season history. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Tom Brady over Jameis Winston easy decision for Buccaneers

Mar. 25, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The decision to pursue Tom Brady in free agency was a no-brainer for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That’s not to suggest a lot of thinking and planning didn’t go into it. In snaring the six-time Super Bowl winner, who signed a two-year, $50 million contract that’s fully...

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2019, file photo, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) gets away from Cleveland Browns linebacker Mack Wilson (51) during the second half of an NFL football game in Glendale, Ariz. Coach Kliff Kingsbury and the Cardinals went 5-10-1 last year, but they're a popular pick to improve sharply this year. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Diabolical division: NFC West looks loaded for another year

Mar. 24, 2020 7:16 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NFC West was a diabolically difficult division for most of the past decade, and it only seems to be getting tougher. The NFL's winningest division last season will be stacked again in the fall with four franchises determined to win now. Three teams that posted winning records in 2019...

FILE - From left are file photos showing Bruce Arians, Tom Brady and Jason Licht. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL football team will have a conference call to introduce the teams new quarterback Tom Brady, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Tampa head coach Bruce Arians and general manager Jason Licht are expected to be on the call. (AP Photo/File)

Six-time Super Bowl champ Brady looking forward, not behind

Mar. 24, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady says one day he’ll have time to reflect on a historic 20-year stint with the New England Patriots. Right now, the six-time Super Bowl champion and newest member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is focused on his next challenge. It's a big one. “I don’t want to...

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Artie Burns reacts on the sideline after a play during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville, Fla. The Chicago Bears and cornerback Artie Burns agreed to a one-year contract, agent Drew Rosenhaus said on Saturday, March 21, 2020.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

Bears agree to 1-year deal with former Steelers CB Burns

Mar. 21, 2020 10:00 PM EDT

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears and cornerback Artie Burns agreed to a one-year contract, agent Drew Rosenhaus said on Saturday. Drafted out of Miami by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the No. 25 pick in 2016, Burns played in all 16 games each of his first three years before falling out of the...

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2020, file photo, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) catches a touchdown pass in front of San Francisco 49ers cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon (23) during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game in Santa Clara, Calif. A person with direct knowledge of the move confirms to The Associated Press that the Buffalo Bills have acquired Diggs in a trade with Vikings. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

The Latest: Panthers sign WR/KR Cooper, safety Burris

Mar. 20, 2020 11:28 PM EDT

The Latest on NFL free agency. The NFL's spending in free agency continues Friday: ___ 10:20 p.m. The Carolina Panthers have signed free agent wide receiver Pharoh Cooper to a one-year contract and safety Juston Burris to a two-year deal. Cooper was an All-Pro returner for the Los Angeles Rams in 2017 with 932...

ARCHIVO - En esta foto del 15 de 2019, el quarterback Tom Brady de los Patriots de Nueva Inglaterra de 2019 saluda al público al final de un juego ante los Bengals de Cincinnati. (AP Foto/Frank Victores, archivo)

Column: Playoffs-or-bust should be Brady's new mantra

Mar. 20, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

Well, it's official now. Tom Brady is a Buccaneer. Sounds strange, doesn't it? Naturally, there's been a rush of excitement in the NFL backwater known as Tampa Bay, even amid the anxiety and uncertainty of the coronavirus outbreak. But before they start ordering those Super Bowl rings, a dose of reality is in...

'New football journey': Tom Brady signs with Buccaneers

Mar. 20, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A new look for the NFL: Tom Brady in Tampa Bay pewter and red rather than Patriots red, white and blue. The six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback signed a two-year contract in free agency on Friday, embarking on a “new football journey” with the Buccaneers. The deal...