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  • NFL Free Agency LIVE Deal Grader — The PFF Free Agency Deal Grader will break down all the news using PFF’s play-by-play grading system along with team situations and contract details, and we'll assign each deal into one of six categories: Elite, Very Good, Above Average, Average, Below Average or Poor. It will be upgraded throughout the week as additional news comes in.

 

 

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  • New Browns tight end Austin Hooper is not the difference-maker many expect him to be — On the surface, the interest in Hooper and the ensuing deal is understandable. Last season, he was a top-10 tight end in both PFF grade and PFF WAR. He will not turn 26 years old until midway through next season, and he has shown himself to be durable, playing over 700 offensive snaps in each of the past three seasons. Hooper looks the part of a complete tight end. A deeper dive into the numbers, however, shows that his production has some caveats.

 

 

 

  • Six options for the Patriots’ next quarterbackBrady has been the starter for the last 20 seasons, but it’s now time to move on as he announced his intention to play elsewhere in 2020. So where does that leave the Patriots? Here’s a look at their potential options.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a contender for Super Bowl LV with Tom Brady at QBAfter a few months of laughing at the idea of him playing for anyone other than the New England Patriots, and then another few months of second-guessing that thought, and then another few months of debating his potential landing spots and guessing whether or not he had the “guts” to leave, Tom Brady finally announced his intent to leave the New England Patriots.

 

 

  • Cleveland Browns free agency moves putting all the focus on Baker Mayfield for 2020The point is that the Browns moves this offseason have been about eliminating those variables from the equation so they can fairly judge Mayfield and, as much as possible, only Mayfield this coming season. Or, another way of looking at it: They are doing everything possible to build around Mayfield to give him the best chance to succeed.

 

 

 

 

  • Darius Slay is poised to bounce back for the Philadelphia EaglesThis week, the Philadelphia Eagles traded two draft picks to the Detroit Lions in exchange for cornerback Darius Slay in an aggressive move to re-tool their secondary. Slay is coming off the second-lowest PFF grade of his career and the worst since his rookie season of 2013. However, the PFF consensus is that it’s the right move for the Eagles and one that should pay off. Why the discrepancy? It’s all about how to use the PFF grade and data in order to make an informed decision.

Bonus Podcast: TB12 or BB getting to SB first, Pats tank, Slay in Philly, Draft impact



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