TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady has signed a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, saying he is embarking on a “new football journey.” The 42-year-old quarterback who spent the first 20 years of his career with the New England Patriots announced his decision today in an Instagram post. The deal is worth $30 million per season. The signing comes three days after Brady announced on social media that he would not return to New England.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton says he is resting comfortably at home after testing positive for the coronavirus. Payton told ESPN he took the test Monday, a day after he began to feel ill. The 56-year-old coach says he doesn’t have a fever or cough. Payton is the first person in the NFL to publicly disclose a COVID-19 diagnosis. He told ESPN that he came forward to motivate people to educate themselves about what they can do to help fight the pandemic.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a one-year deal with three-time Pro Bowl running back Todd Gurley, one day after he was cut by the Los Angeles Rams. A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press about the agreement on condition of anonymity because the deal will not be official until Gurley passes a physical. The league isn’t allowing players to report to new teams immediately for those physicals during the coronavirus pandemic. The former University of Georgia standout has rushed for more than 1,000 yards in three of his five seasons with the Rams.
CHICAGO (AP) — Quarterback Nick Foles says he is “looking forward to the next part of the journey” with the Chicago Bears after losing his starting job during an injury-riddled season with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Chicago acquired Foles from Jacksonville for a compensatory fourth-round pick on Wednesday, according to a person familiar with the situation. The former Philadelphia backup and 2018 Super Bowl MVP signed a four-year, $88 million contract with Jacksonville prior to last season. He broke his left collarbone early in the opener, missed the next eight games and got benched in his third game back.
MATSUSHIMA AIR BASE, Japan (AP) — The Olympic flame has arrived in Japan from Greece. It was greeted in a scaled-down ceremony at an air base in northern Japan. The flame touched down today amid questions about whether the Tokyo Games can open as scheduled on July 24 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The flame will stay in northern Japan for almost a week until the four-month torch relay begins officially on March 26 from the northern Fukushima prefecture. That’s the northeastern part of Japan that is recovering after being devastated by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and meltdown of three nuclear reactors.