Tom Brady is an NFL free agent for the first time in his career. The 42-year-old quarterback with six Super Bowl rings said this morning that he is leaving the New England Patriots. He officially hits the league’s open market tomorrow, but could reach agreement with another team today when players and clubs can negotiate deals. A four-time Super Bowl Most Valuable Player and three-time league MVP will be leading another NFL team for his 21st pro season.
- Saints agree to terms with QB Drew Brees on two-year deal worth roughly $50M.
- Wide receiver Jake Kumerow won’t be leaving the Packers for another team this month. Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports Green Bay has tendered Kumerow as an exclusive rights free agent. That leaves him with the choice of signing the tender or not playing in 2020.
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL says it will proceed with its draft but without public events next month in Las Vegas. It’s not yet clear, however, if the draft itself will be held in the city. Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday the draft will take place April 23-25 as scheduled but under a modified format still being developed. The draft will be televised regardless of its venue or format.
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has pushed back opening day until mid-May at the earliest because of the new coronavirus. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement following a conference call with executives of the 30 teams. His office issued a statement saying teams remain committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins.
UNDATED (AP) — NHL players have been told they can return home and self-isolate there until the end of March while hockey is on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic. The league cautioned that it will not be able to even provide guidance on the potential reopening of team practices for another 45 days, which could make May the earliest possible restart date. Players had previously been told to remain in their team’s city and await further direction.