Chiefs Sign Patrick Mahomes To Ten-Year Extension

Mega-Deal is reportedly worth $503 Million

It looks like Patrick Mahomes is going to be the Chiefs’ starting quarterback for a long time. According to the NFL Network’s Michael Silver, Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs agreed on a mega-deal that will keep the 24-year-old Quarterback in KC through the 2031 season. The NFL Network is reporting the deal is worth up to $503 million.

The contract extension is the largest in sports history. Mahomes is now the first athlete in history with a contract worth half-a-billion dollars. The contract also marks the first time an NFL player is the highest-paid athlete in the world of sports.

Patrick Mahomes has a 24-7 record in 31 starts. Mahomes was named MVP in his first season as a starter, throwing for 50 Touchdowns and over 5000 yards in 2018. Despite missing some time due to injury this past season, Mahomes led the Chiefs to an 11-3 record and a victory in Super Bowl LIV. He was named the game’s MVP after throwing for 286 passing yards and recording three total touchdowns.

Sources: Cam Newton To Sign With Patriots

The “incentive-laden” deal is reportedly for one-year

It looks like the Pats have found Tom Brady’s successor. A little before 8:00 PM EST, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen that Cam Newton reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the New England Patriots. According to Adam Schefter, the deal is “incentive-laden.”

This addition means that the Patriots have three Quarterbacks on the roster heading into this season. Newton will be competing with Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer for the Pats’ starting job. Whoever ends up starting for New England will have big shoes to fill as he looks to be the successor to Tom Brady and the Patriots’ dynasty.

Cam Newton just turned 31 last month after spending the first nine seasons of his career with the Carolina Panthers. Newton had notable success after being selected with the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He finished his tenure with Carolina as the franchise’s all-time leader in Quarterback Wins, Passing Yards, Passing Touchdowns, Pass Completions, Pass Attempts, and Rushing Touchdowns. Newton’s best season came in 2015 when he was named the NFL MVP and led the Panthers to Super Bowl 50.

Update: Gronkowski Traded To Buccaneers

We have new information regarding the trade between New England and Tampa Bay

An NFL legend is coming out of retirement and returning to the football field. According to Adam Schefter’s sources, Tight End Rob Gronkowski officially passed his physical, which means he is now officially a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Gronkowski will now be reunited with former teammate Tom Brady.

Around 4:00 PM EST earlier today, Adam Schefter reported that sources told ESPN the Pats were trading Gronk to the Buccaneers. The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said that the Patriots will receive the Bucs’ Fourth-Round pick in the NFL draft in exchange for Gronkowski and a Seventh-Round Pick. The trade was later confirmed by Gronk’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus.

Rosenhaus also told Schefter that “he [Gronkowski] will honor his current contract at this time.”‬ The Five-time Pro Bowler currently has one year remaining on his contract and is owed $9 million. He is set to turn 31 next month.

Rob Gronkowski initially retired in March of 2019 following nine years with the New England Patriots. In his time off, Gronk joined Fox Sports as an analyst and also signed a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment. While with the company, he hosted Wrestlemania 36 and won the WWE 24/7 Championship.

This will be just the second team Rob Gronkowski has ever played for in the NFL. During the first part of his career with the Patriots, he won three Super Bowls and was named a First-Team All-Pro four times.

Report: Gronkowski Traded To Buccaneers

Patriots and Buccaneers have reportedly agreed to a trade involving Rob Gronkowski

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Patriots have agreed to trade TE Rob Gronkowski to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Pats are expected to send Gronk and a Seventh-Round pick to the Bucs for Tampa Bay’s Fourth-Round pick. The trade will become official once Gronkowski passes a physical.

Earlier, Schefter’s sources told him that the teams had been discussing a trade ahead of the NFL Draft on Thursday. Rob Gronkowski is currently under contract for one year and $10 million. He will be turning 31 next month.

Rob Gronkowski initially announced his retirement from the NFL in March of 2019 after a nine-year career. He was named to five Pro Bowls and was a First-Team All-Pro four times during his time with the Patriots. He was also an integral part of three New England Patriot Super Bowl wins.

Gronk had an exciting career outside of football, even though it was brief. He served as an analyst for Fox Sports’ NFL Programming team. He also signed a contract with the WWE in 2020. He went on to host Wrestlemania 36 which aired earlier this month. He also became the WWE 24/7 Champion during his time with the WWE.

Gronkowski never ruled out a return to football during his time away from the game. ESPN says that Gronk always indicated he wanted to reunite with former teammate Tom Brady, who signed with Tampa Bay in March. Now, he will get that opportunity.

This upcoming season will be Gronk’s tenth in the NFL and his first with a team besides the Patriots. He has recorded 521 career receptions for 7861 career receiving yards and 79 Touchdowns during the first nine years of his career.

NFL Hall Of Famer Willie Davis Dies

Former Packers and Browns Defensive End passed away Wednesday

Earlier today, the Pro Football Hall Of Fame announced that Willie Davis, who played defensive end in the NFL for 12 years, passed away. The Hall of Fame’s President and CEO released the following statement about Davis:

“It is with great sadness the entire Pro Football Hall of Fame family mourns the passing of Willie Davis. Willie’s extraordinary athleticism was an undeniable factor in Green Bay’s winning tradition of the 1960s under Coach Lombardi. He helped the Packers through an unprecedented championship run and to two Super Bowl victories. Willie was a man of true character on and off the field. The Hall of Fame will forever keep his legacy alive to serve as inspiration to future generations.”

David Baker, Pro Football Hall Of Fame President/CEO

Willie Davis was born in Lisbon, Louisiana on July 24th, 1934. In college, he played as both an Offensive Tackle and Defensive End at Grambling State University where he graduated in 1956.

Davis was drafted in the 15th round of the 1956 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. However, he did not begin his NFL career until 1958 because of military service in the US Army. After moving around and playing a series of different positions with the Browns, Davis was eventually traded to the Green Bay Packers in 1960.

Davis was made a permanent Defensive End by Vince Lombardi following that trade, becoming a fixture of the 1960s Packers. Willie Davis played for Green Bay for ten years, making 134 starts in 138 regular-season games. He was also a member of all five of Vince Lombardi’s championship-winning teams.

Willie Davis played for 12 years in the NFL until retiring in 1969. During his career, he played in 162 games which includes a streak of 138 consecutive regular-season starts. He was named to five consecutive Pro Bowls from 1963 to 1967 and also earned All-Pro First Team Honors five times. He went on to be named a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1960s. Willie Davis was later inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1981, 12 years after retiring from the NFL. Willie Davis was 85 years old.

NFL All-Decade Team Announced

Eight players out of 52 unanimously selected to NFL 2010s All-Decade Team

Earlier today, the NFL and the Pro Football Hall of Fame unveiled the roster for the 2010s All-Decade Team. 52 total players were selected to the team as well as two NFL Head Coaches (Bill Belichick and Pete Carroll). Of the 52 players, eight were unanimous decisions: QB Tom Brady, RB Adrian Peterson, OT Joe Thomas, OG Marshal Yanda, DE JJ Watt, DT Aaron Donald, LB Von Miller, and K Justin Tucker.

The roster below was provided by NFL.com. All teams listed for each player/coach only reflect where that individual was from 2010-2019.

* = the player is not currently on an NFL team

** = the player has retired

OFFENSE

QB: Tom Brady (NE), Aaron Rodgers (GB)

RB: Frank Gore (SF, IND, MIA, BUF), Adrian Peterson (MIN, NO, ARI, WAS) Marshawn Lynch (BUF, SEA, OAK), LeSean McCoy (PHI, BUF, KC)

WR: Antonio Brown* (PIT, NE), Larry Fitzgerald (ARI), Julio Jones (ATL), Calvin Johnson** (DET)

FLEX: Darren Sproles** (SD, NO, PHI)

TE: Rob Gronkowski** (NE), Travis Kelce (KC)

OT: Jason Peters (PHI), Tyron Smith (DAL), Joe Staley (SF), Joe Thomas** (CLE)

OG: Jahri Evans** (NO, GB), Logan Mankins** (NE, TB), Zack Martin (DAL), Marshal Yanda** (BAL)

C: Alex Mack (CLE, ATL), Maurkice Pouncey (PIT)

DEFENSE

DE: Calais Campbell (ARI, JAX), JJ Watt (HOU), Julius Peppers** (CHI, GB, CAR), Cameron Jordan (NO)

DT: Geno Atkins (CIN), Aaron Donald (STL/LAR), Fletcher Cox (PHI), Ndamukong Suh (DET, MIA, LAR, TB)

LB: Chandler Jones (NE, ARI), Luke Kuechly** (CAR), Khalil Mack (OAK, CHI), Von Miller (DEN), Bobby Wagner (SEA), Patrick Willis** (SF)

CB: Patrick Peterson (ARI), Darrelle Revis** (NYJ, TB, NE, KC), Richard Sherman (SEA, SF)

S: Eric Berry* (KC), Earl Thomas (SEA, BAL), Eric Weddle (SD, BAL, LAR)

DB: Tyrann Mathieu (ARI, HOU, KC), Chris Harris Jr (DEN)

SPECIAL TEAMS

P: Johnny Hekker (STL/LAR), Shane Lechler** (OAK, HOU)

K: Stephen Gostkowski* (NE), Justin Tucker (BAL)

PR: Tyreek Hill (KC), Darren Sproles** (SD, NO, PHI)

KR: Devin Hester** (CHI, ATL, BAL, SEA), Cordarrelle Patterson (MIN, OAK, NE CHI)

HEAD COACHES

Bill Belichick (NE)

Pete Carroll (SEA)

The team is comprised of 52 players and two NFL head coaches. Only players who made a Pro Bowl or were chosen to be an AP All-Pro or a player on the Pro Football Writers of America all-conference squad from 2010-2019 were eligible to make the team.

Some individuals who were left off the list include QB Drew Brees, Edge Rusher Terrell Suggs, TE Jason Witten, WR Deandre Hopkins, Edge Rusher DeMarcus Ware, OT Andrew Whitworth, and Head Coach Andy Reid.

The New England Patriots led the way with nine representatives, including Head Coach Bill Belichick. The Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals are tied for second place with six honorees each. Teams that were not represented on the list are the Los Angeles Chargers (the Chargers moved to LA in 2017), the New York Giants, and the Tennessee Titans.

Darren Sproles was the only player on the list to be selected for multiple positions. Sproles was chosen as the team’s flex offensive player and punt returner. He is just the fourth player in NFL All-Decade History to be honored at multiple positions. He joins Mel Gray (1990s), Deion Sanders (1990s), and Dante Hall (2000s) as the fourth dual honoree in All-Decade history.