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Liam Smith vs Anthony Fowler on October 9 will come under the new price point (Mark Robinson/Matchroom)

Liam Smith vs Anthony Fowler on October 9 will come under the new price point (Mark Robinson/Matchroom)

DAZN today confirmed their new UK monthly subscription price of £6.99, around the cost many expected. This comes into effect from the end of September for existing subscribers and the stacked Liam Smith vs Anthony Fowler Liverpool show should be the first under the revised price point.

The news - representing a significant rise from the £1.99 introductory offer that covered Fight Camp and this weekend’s Josh Warrington card in Leeds among others - was met with a mixed reaction across social media. DAZN’s full statement is below:

Since DAZN’s launch in December 2020, our monthly subscription has been available at the introductory price of just £1.99. We’ve recently expanded our sports rights offering for DAZN subscribers with the addition of at least 16 Matchroom Boxing UK fight nights a year. New live sport, DAZN Originals programming and exclusive features will also be available on DAZN as we continue to expand our programming, improve our production standards and streaming quality.

PRICE INCREASE

DAZN is increasing the price of its monthly subscription to £7.99. For existing DAZN subscribers, the new monthly price of £7.99 will come into effect from 30 September 2021 unless cancelled.

If you signed up to DAZN via in-app purchases on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, you will need to accept the new £7.99 monthly price to continue your DAZN subscription. You will receive further information via email from Apple or Google detailing how to accept the new DAZN pricing in advance of any changes to your account.

Any gift codes or voucher cards that have been credited to your account will remain valid and you will have access to DAZN for that period. If you cancel your subscription via the My Account section, no further payment will be deducted from your payment method.

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Top Indie Talent To Debut At ROH Death Before Dishonor - Wrestling Inc.

Ring of Honor has revealed the Pure wrestlers that will face Violence Unlimited (Homicide, ROH World Tag Team Champions Tony Deppen and Chris Dickinson) at the upcoming Death Before Dishonor XVIII pay-per-view.

As noted, it was previously announced that Violence Unlimited would be in six-man action against three Pure wrestlers – one from the past, one from the present, and one considered to be the future.

In an update, ROH has now announced that the three wrestlers are former ROH Pure Champion John Walters (RJ Brewer), current ROH talent LSG, and top indie star Lee Moriarty.

Moriarty will be making his ROH debut at the pay-per-view. He wrestled on AEW Dark earlier this month, losing to Dante Martin, and made his MLW debut at the Battle Riot tapings in July.

The ROH Death Before Dishonor XVIII pay-per-view will take place on Sunday, September 12 from the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA. Below is the updated card:

Four-Way Elimination Match for the ROH World Title
Brody King vs. EC3 vs. Demonic Flamita vs. Bandido (c)

Finals for the ROH Women’s World Title Tournament
Angelina Love or Rok-C vs. Trish Adora or Miranda Alize

ROH Pure Title Match
Josh Woods vs. Jonathan Gresham (c)

ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Titles Match
La Facción Ingobernable (ROH World Television Champion Dragon Lee, Kenny King, Bestia del Ring) vs. Shane Taylor Promotions (Shane Taylor, Jasper Kaun, Moses Maddox) (c)

TBA vs. TBA
Two top free agents who were recently released from another promotion will compete.

Violence Unlimited (Homicide, ROH World Tag Team Champions Tony Deppen and Chris Dickinson) vs. John Walters, LSG and Lee Moriarty

The Briscoe Brothers vs. Matt Taven and Mike Bennett

Dalton Castle vs. Eli Isom

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WWE queen Of The Ring Tournament Name Possibly Revealed - Wrestling Inc.

It looks like the name of the inaugural WWE Queen of the Ring tournament has been revealed.

WWE filed to trademark “Queen’s Crown Tournament” on August 27. The following use description was included with the USPTO (United States Patent & Trademark Office) filing:

“Entertainment services, namely, a show about professional wrestling; entertainment services, namely, the production and exhibition of professional wrestling events rendered through broadcast media including television and distributed via various platforms across multiple forms of transmission media; providing wrestling news and information through broadcast media including television and distributed via various platforms across multiple forms of transmission media; providing information in the fields of sports and entertainment through broadcast media including television and distributed via various platforms across multiple forms of transmission media; providing a website in the field of sports entertainment information”

As we’ve noted, WWE is reportedly scheduled to hold the finals of the 2021 King of the Ring Tournament and the finals of the first-ever Queen of the Ring Tournament at the WWE Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, October 21. It’s believed that the tournaments will begin on the RAW and SmackDown episodes that serve as the lead-in to Crown Jewel in early October.

WWE has not officially announced the QOTR and KOTR tournaments as of this writing, but announcements are expected shortly.

Stay tuned for more pro wrestling trademark updates.

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Jacksonville State vs. UAB: How to watch, schedule, live stream info, game time, TV channel ...

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UAB @ Jacksonville State

Last Season Records: Jacksonville State 10-3; UAB 6-3

What to Know

The UAB Blazers will play against a Division II opponent, the Jacksonville State Gamecocks, in an early-season tune-up on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET at Cramton Bowl. While the Blazers were not exactly top dog last season, they did wrap up the year with a winning record of 6-3.

UAB has the odds in their favor, so they'll need to guard against complacency. A win is hardly a sure thing, especially this early in the season, so expect a good game.

How To Watch

  • When: Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: Cramton Bowl -- Montgomery, Alabama
  • TV: ESPN
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App

Odds

The Blazers are a big 14.5-point favorite against the Gamecocks, according to the latest college football odds.

Over/Under: -112

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Series History

This is the first time these teams have played each other within the last six years.

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How to watch Sporting at LAFC on Friday | Sept. 3, 2021

Western Conference contenders Sporting Kansas City (11-4-7, 40 points) will look to extend their six-game road unbeaten run on Friday night when they visit LAFC (6-9-6, 24 points) at Banc of California Stadium.

Friday's contest will kick off at 9 p.m. CT and air live on Bally Sports Kansas City Plus and Bally Sports Midwest Plus with three hours of live coverage beginning at 8:30 p.m. CT.

The Western Conference clash will also stream live on BallySports.com and the new Bally Sports app. To stream the match in the Bally Sports Midwest viewing area, fans must sign in with their pay-TV provider user ID and password.

Additionally, a Spanish broadcast of the match will be shown nationally on UniMas and TUDN and an English stream will run on Twitter at @TUDNUSA. Local radio broadcasts will air on ESPN 94.5 FM and La Grande 1340 AM.

Lastly, supporters are invited to attend the official watch party for Friday's game at The Other Place in Shawnee, Kansas (22730 Midland Dr.) with programming and specials starting at 8:30 p.m. CT.

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How to watch Florida Gators football vs. Florida Atlantic Owls on TV, live stream - Gator Sports

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If there's a part of the 2020 season the Florida Gators would want to mimic, it's the beginning. The Gators, who start the 2021 season as the No.

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Favorite fantasy deep sleepers to target

By this point in draft season, you've probably read dozens of sleeper lists. The fantasy industry does a great job repackaging many of the same players as breakouts and lottery tickets and deep sleepers and draft values.

Today, you're getting yet another list of deep names. My pledge to you is that I have not personally hyped any of the players mentioned below in our recent sleeper series, nor have we pushed them on any pod. Also, I've actually drafted or added these guys somewhere, at least once. We're going deep in the ranks here; all are buried in terms of ADP and widely available. Let's begin with a player who hit the fantasy radar late last year...

Ty Johnson, RB, New York Jets (7% rostered)

While we've all been drafting Michael Carter as if he's the one Jets running back worth pursuing, the rookie fourth-rounder has not, in fact, been treated as an essential contributor throughout the preseason. Of course it's reasonable to hope he'll eventually acquire new coordinates in the team's backfield hierarchy, but, for now, it sure seems as if Tevin Coleman and Johnson will get the early run.

You might recall that Johnson delivered a 100-plus yard rushing performance the one time he saw 20 carries last season. He's averaged 4.5 YPC over 117 rush attempts and he's been a capable receiver as well. Johnson has also given us a glorious preseason highlight...

There's a very good chance we'll be recommending a non-Carter Jets running back (or two) when we write the opening week pickups column. He's certainly worth a deep league flier.

Juwan Johnson, WR/TE, New Orleans Saints (6%)

Remember all that mid-summer sleeper buzz surrounding Adam Trautman? Well, it turns out that shoulda been focused on Johnson, a converted wide receiver (thus the dual-eligibility). His development has been a consistent story throughout camp and preseason, before Trautman and Nick Vannett both suffered injuries. Johnson appears to be the favorite to lead all Saints tight ends in targets. All those Trautman talking points about Jameis Winston feeding his tight ends in goal-to-go situations still apply to Johnson.

The season-ending knee injury to J.K. Dobbins is a brutal story for lots of reasons, not the least of which is that he's simply fun to watch. His absence should lead to a huge opportunity for Williams, a preseason standout who's clearly leapfrogged Justice Hill on the depth chart. He spent his collegiate career at three different schools, finishing up at BYU, but having his final season cut short by an ACL tear. No less an authority than John Harbaugh has said that Williams is gonna play; we're not speculating on anything here. Baltimore has had plenty of success with its backfield committee in recent years, so please don't assume Gus Edwards will dominate touches.

It's certainly possible the Ravens will add a veteran free agent or a late cut from another roster, which might change our read on this backfield. But at the moment, Williams is definitely a player of interest. If we're drafting tonight, I'm looking at him late.

T.Y. Hilton will miss an as-yet-unknown period of time with a back/neck/disc injury, forcing Campbell back into the mix for snaps and targets. He of course hasn't been able to stay healthy and available in his brief pro career, but he's had his moments when active...

He's gonna be one of those guys I just can't quit, apparently. Campbell was a terrific player at Ohio State, catching 90 balls and scoring 12 touchdowns as a senior. He also has 4.31-speed and a 40-inch vertical, so it's not as if he lacks any key athletic traits. Campbell opened 2020 with a promising 6-catch, 71-yard game before a knee injury (PCL) derailed his season. Keep his name on those 2021 cheat sheets.

Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants (37%)

If this name doesn't thrill you, well ... OK, sure. Understandable. Shepard has missed 10 games over the past two years and, fantasy-wise, he's never quite matched the promise of his 8-touchdown rookie season. We're still waiting for his first 70-catch campaign. And he's tied to a sketchy quarterback and an equally sketchy offensive system. There are some fleas here, for sure.

But Shepard might just be the Giants No. 1 receiver to open the season, considering the fact that Kenny Golladay (and almost everyone else in this receiving corps) is still recovering and rehabbing. Shepard also has the Reception Perception stamp of approval, which we can all feel good about. He's a good name for the end-game, particularly in any sort of PPR format.

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Carlos Hyde, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (15%)

You hate this one most of all, right? Yeah, I knew you would. Whatever else you think of Hyde, you gotta know he's gonna see plenty of work in Jacksonville — the Travis Etienne injury clinched it, but this was going to happen anyway. Do you really think Urban Meyer will be the first NFL coach who doesn't find a way to give 10 or more touches per game to Hyde? No, this is happening. He split the first-team snaps fairly evenly with James Robinson in the preseason.

Hyde is on the wrong side of 30, but he's averaged 4.4 YPC over the past two seasons and he's just one year removed from a 1,000-yard rushing season in Houston. He's never been the flashiest back and he hasn't had a substantial receiving role in years, but he can get what's blocked, plus a few extra inches. And, again, coaches love giving work to Hyde. This is an immutable fact.

Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (8%)

The rookie fifth-rounder had a productive preseason, carving out a role for himself, it seems, in two-minute situations and passing downs. Gainwell was enormously productive last season at Memphis (where everyone seems monstrously productive), gaining 2,069 scrimmage yards, catching 51 balls and scoring 16 touchdowns. Miles Sanders, you might recall, had some difficulty catching footballs in 2020. Gainwell enters his first pro season having already earned a supporting role and he's running behind a talented-but-flawed back. Clearly, the rookie will have an opportunity to claim additional snaps and touches.

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Big Show AEW Wrestler Net Worth 2021, Salary, Career, Biography, Wife, Instagram

Former WWE star Big Show is currently signed to AEW as an in-ring performer and commentator. Read on to know about him, his salary and net worth.

All Elite Wrestling had officially announced the signing of Big Show as Paul Wight on 24th February, 2021 after almost 22 years of him wrestling for its rival promotion WWE. The promotion put out a press release to share the news which said that Wight will not only wrestle, but also contribute as a commentator to AEW: Dark Elevation. Read on to know more about Big Show, his salary and why he chose to leave WWE.

Big Show AEW Wrestler, Salary, Net Worth And Career

Big Show spent his first four years of pro-wrestling as The Giant in WCW, starting 1995. He became a two-time WCW World Heavyweight Championship twice and three-time WCW World Tag Team Championships there. His WWE debut came as a surprise at St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in 1999, when he attacked Steve Austin on behalf of Vince McMahon. Show would then go on to become the twelfth Grand Slam Champion.

Before signing up with AEW, he had been continuing his stint in WWE as a part-time performer and he last fought in the squared circle against Randy Orton in an unsanctioned bout on the June 20, 2020 edition of Raw.

Why Did Big Show Leave WWE?

In March 2021, Big Show revealed his final straw with WWE on the Talk Is Jericho podcast. According to him, it was 5 years ago when someone from the top floor office told him that he would never main event Wrestlemania, or for that matter, any pay-per-view, ever again. He was told on the face that he would only be used to get over NXT talent because that was ‘best for business.’

Anyhow, Show still stayed loyal to the company and even got 6-pack abs to fit in but to no avail. He explained on the podcast to a stunned Chris Jericho how in WWE “you’re a number, you’re an algorithm. And they are going to see what makes everything else make the most money possible.” Both men wrestle for AEW now.

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As of 2021, Big Show’s net worth stands at $16 Million. As for his salary, he started with $1.5 million in 2015 and dropped to $1.2 million in 2017 as a part-timer. In 2018, the figure became $850,000 a year as per his contract.

The Giant has also spent some time in Hollywood with movies like Jingle All The Way, Vendetta, The Waterboy and Burn Notice. He was also the lead in the WWE Studios comedy film Knucklehead and the NetflixsitcomThe Big Show Show.

Big Show Wrestling Championships, Awards And Achievements

  • WCW World Heavyweight Champion (Twice)
  • WCW World Tag Team Champion (Thrice – with Lex Luger, Sting and Scott Hall)
  • ECW World Champion
  • WWF/E Champion (Twice)
  • World Heavyweight Champion (Twice)
  • WWE United States Champion
  • WWE Intercontinental Champion
  • WWE Tag Team Champion (Thrice – with The Miz, Chris Jericho and Kane)
  • WWF/World Tag Team Champion (Five Times – with Undertaker, Kane, Chris Jericho and The Miz)
  • 2015 André the Giant Memorial Trophy Winner
  • Pro-Wrestling Illustrated 1996 Wrestler of the Year

Big Show Biography, Wife and Social Media

Big Show married his first wife, Melissa Piavis, on 14th February, 1997 and had a daughter together. However, they separated and got divorced in 2002. On February 11, 2002, he married his second wife, Bess Katramados and they now have two children.

Find Big Show on social media here.

Instagram: @paulwight

Twitter: @PaulWight

Big Show Quick Facts

Full Name: Paul Donald Wight II

Born: 8th February, 1972

Age: 49

Hometown: Aiken, South Carolina

Height: 7 ft 0 in (213 cm)

Weight: 383 lb (174 kg)

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Finisher: Chokeslam

Nationality: American

Wife: Bess Katramados

Net Worth: $16 million

ALSO READ: Brock Lesnar 2021 Net Worth, Renewed WWE Contract And Salary

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CM Punk Explains Why He Chose AEW Over WWE. - Heel By Nature

CM Punk made his grand return to professional wrestling several weeks ago when he debuted on AEW Rampage. Since his WWE departure in 2014, there was wide speculation to where and when he could return, if at all. Things weren’t looking likely for his return until AEW formed in 2019.

CM Punk has appeared on ESPN’s SportsNation to discuss his AEW debut, and why he chose to return there instead of WWE.

‘It kinda helped breathe life back into my love of professional wrestling. I see this young upstart company that’s full of what I call punk rock, youthful exuberance. Rough around the edges but just so eager to learn and soak up everything they possibly can. It’s new and it’s exciting. One of the big things that turned me on to them and made me consider going there was unfortunately the wrestling world lost Brodie Lee last December and his sickness and everything that came with it was known in the company but they kept it so secret. Wrestlers will always tell you ‘we’re a big family we care about each other, the wrestling business’ and none of that is entirely true. But to see everyone in the company band together to keep the secret about somebody’s health. I was blown away by that. I was blown away that it wasn’t plastered all over every single website and it was just kept secret. That made me go ‘well there’s something in that locker room’.

CM Punk will be making his in-ring return against Darby Allin at AEW All Out this Sunday, September 5th.


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IMPACT WRESTLING SPOILERS

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AEW, Impact Wrestling, ROH, more. WWE Wrestling News, WrestleMania 37, Spoilers, Results . Aug 16, 2021 · SPOILERS: Full Results From Impact Wrestling ...

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NFL roster cuts 2021: Top free agents following 53-man moves

NFL roster cuts 2021: Top free agents following 53-man moves originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

NFL teams were forced to trim their rosters down to 53 players by 4 p.m. ET Tuesday, sending some surprising players onto the market. 

With a whole new crop of available players, which ones will be the most sought after? Here’s a look at top talents searching for new teams after cutdown day:

Bill Belichick created the biggest story of the day when the New England Patriots released Cam Newton and vaulted rookie quarterback Mac Jones into the starting role. Newton started each of the Patriots’ three preseason games, but the team reportedly became frustrated with him after a “misunderstanding” with COVID-19 protocols kept him away from the team for five days last week.

Newton threw eight touchdowns, ran for another 12 and tossed 10 interceptions during his first season in New England, which ended with a 7-9 record. The former NFL MVP could be an enticing option for a team seeking an experienced backup signal caller.

Devonta Freeman, running back

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton praised Devonta Freeman’s versatility after the running back signed with Saints at the start of training camp, but the veteran was released on Tuesday. Freeman was competing with Latavius Murray, Dwayne Washington and Tony Jones Jr. for a backup spot behind Alvin Kamara in the New Orleans backfield.

Freeman made two Pro Bowls during his six-year stint with the Atlanta Falcons before suiting up for the New York Giants in 2020.

Jordan Howard finds himself on the move once again after getting cut by the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday.

The running back scored 24 touchdowns and earned a Pro Bowl nod during his first three NFL seasons with the Chicago Bears. He followed that up with a six-touchdown 2019 season with the Eagles before splitting the 2020 season with the Miami Dolphins and Eagles.

Travis Fulgham erupted onto the scene midway through the 2020 season for the Eagles. From Week 4 through Week 8, Fulgham hauled in four touchdowns and 435 receiving yards across five games. From Week 9 on, though, he only had 104 yards over seven games and failed to find the end zone.

With the addition of first-round wideout DeVonta Smith and an expected improvement from 2020 first-rounder Jalen Reagor, the Birds opted to go in a different direction at receiver.

Travis Benjamin was an explosive weapon in the passing and return game during his first eight NFL seasons with the Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Chargers. He joined the San Francisco 49ers in 2020 but chose to opt out of the season.

He was looking to earn a spot with the 49ers before suffering a head injury in the team’s preseason finale against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday and subsequently getting cut on Tuesday.

The Detroit Lions cut Breshad Perriman on Monday even after making a $2 million commitment to him. The team guaranteed 80 percent of his $2.5 million contract, but the veteran wide receiver still did not make it onto Detroit’s 53-man roster.

Perriman took the field for the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets during his first five NFL seasons. He has 14 career receiving touchdowns, including three last season in New York.

Matt Skura, center

The Dolphins released center Matt Skura on Monday after trading for Greg Mancz over the weekend.

Skura made 51 starts over his first four NFL seasons with the Ravens, who had far and away the No. 1 rushing offense in 2020.

Former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Mike Daniels is available after getting cut by the Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday.

Daniels spent the first seven years of his career with the Green Bay Packers. He joined the Lions in 2019 before heading to Cincinnati in 2020. The Bengals had the fourth-worst run defense in the NFL during his first year with the team, while Daniels had 17 tackles and zero sacks across 11 games.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, defensive back

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix wasn’t with the San Francisco 49ers for long, but managed to send announcers Greg Papa and Tim Ryan into hysteria with a preseason interception against the Las Vegas Raiders.

The veteran safety has played for the Packers, Washington Football Team and Bears during his career, earning a Pro Bowl nod with the Packers in 2016. He signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys before the 2020 season but was released just a week before their season opener and did not play at all during the year.

After getting waived by the 49ers, Clinton-Dix will look elsewhere to resume his NFL career.

Desmond Trufant, defensive back

After parting ways with Kyle Fuller earlier this offseason, the Bears brought in Desmond Trufant as a veteran cornerback option. Matt Nagy’s squad will be rolling with other options at the position, though, after releasing Trufant on Tuesday.

Trufant spent the first seven years of his career with the Falcons, earning a Pro Bowl selection in 2015. He played the 2020 season with the Lions and picked off one pass in six games.

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Patriots cut Brian Hoyer

The Patriots have cut their second veteran quarterback of the day: Brian Hoyer.

Hoyer was officially released today, according to Albert Breer of SI.com. That news comes after the shocking news that Cam Newton was cut today as well.

Unlike Newton, it wouldn’t be surprising if Hoyer returns to the Patriots. Hoyer has been with the Patriots for years over multiple stints, and he might have told the team he’ll gladly re-sign with them once all the dust settles from the hundreds of roster moves going on in the NFL today.

But for the moment, the Patriots are down to just rookie Mac Jones on the active roster, Jarret Stidham on the physically unable to perform list, and no other quarterbacks on the roster at all.

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Job hunt will be challenging for Netwton

Cam Newton's surprising release by the New England Patriots has the NFL world buzzing. Chief among the fallout topics: What's next for Newton?

It's not a clear picture. 

On one hand, this could be taken as a sign that the Patriots no longer believed in Newton. On the other, it's possible to argue that the Patriots had so much belief in first-round pick Mac Jones that they did Newton a favor by releasing him, allowing him to latch onto a better opportunity elsewhere.

Is the second reason a stretch? Maybe not. Having Newton lingering as a backup could create an awkward situation for all parties. It's also possible that Newton saw the writing on the wall with Jones and respectfully asked Bill Belichick for his release.

Of course, if Newton does join another team — he's immediately a free agent and not subject to waivers — it almost certainly means he'll come in as a backup to whatever roster he joins.

He's 32 years old and was benched three separate times last year. It was possibly his worst statistical season ever. He just lost his starting job to a rookie. His vaccination status could prove to be troublesome for some teams. 

So is there really a market for Newton?

Cam Newton still could be useful to a few backup-needy NFL teams. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Cam Newton still could be useful to a few backup-needy NFL teams. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

We still say there could be teams in need of QB2 help where Newton would provide an upgrade. He's coming off a preseason in which he completed 14-of-21 passes for 162 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Last year, Newton struggled to throw the ball but was an effective designed runner and scrambler (137 rushes, 592 yards, 12 touchdowns, 55 first-down runs, long run of 49 yards).

He still has something to offer.

Here are five teams (plus one fun bonus possibility) that make some sense for Newton:

Atlanta Falcons

This one makes sense on a number of levels. 

The Falcons just lost A.J. McCarron to a season-ending knee injury. That leaves them with undrafted rookie Feleipe Franks and Josh Rosen, who just was added to the roster, behind starter Matt Ryan. Who is the Week 1 backup?

Newton calls Atlanta home, but might not be wild about the idea of joining a team with Ryan, who has missed a mere one start since late in the 2009 season.

But the Falcons could certainly move on from Ryan at some point — perhaps even after this season. Bringing in Newton would make some sense from an insurance standpoint, and it at least would give him the chance to earn the backup role in his hometown and maybe Ryan's potential replacement (even if the Falcons certainly would draft a quarterback in that situation).

Still, we could see the fit making sense.

Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys cut Garrett Gilbert and folk hero Ben DiNucci, leaving them with Cooper Rush as Dak Prescott's backup. Rush has attempted three NFL passes, all in the 2017 season.

That's why Dallas has to consider a better alternative in case Prescott's injury worries carry into the regular season. The Cowboys' season is likely over once again if Prescott suffers another longterm injury. But if Prescott were to miss, say, a start or two along the way, could Newton provide a better option than Rush?

Maybe. This is one to keep an eye on. Prescott's non-throwing shoulder is the more immediate concern for his early-season health, lest we forget the devastating ankle injury that ended his 2020 season. One wrong turn or awkward hit could bring that ailment back to the forefront quickly.

The Cowboys could make a one-year, cap-friendly deal and add Newton if they think he could provide a tangible upgrade. You can feel Jerry Jones' tangibly self-applied pressure to win now.

Washington Football Team

The surface connections are pretty obvious. Newton and head coach Ron Rivera go way back. They were a fascinating pair with the Carolina Panthers, and Rivera went a long way most times to defend Newton publicly and to the team when needed.

Rivera helped Newton develop into an MVP and even reached the Super Bowl. They've remained close, and some thought Newton could end up in Washington when he remained unsigned into June last year.

Newton also worked in Carolina with Washington offensive coordinator Scott Turner. It would likely be a smooth adjustment if it happens.

The question is whether there's a spot for Newton on this roster. Ryan Fitzpatrick is the starter. Taylor Heinicke, the man who almost took down Tom Brady in the playoffs, remains the likely No. 2 option. Kyle Allen, Newton's teammate in Carolina, did suffer a sprained ankle the other day in practice, and 2020 undrafted QB Steven Montez looks like more of a practice squad candidate to us.

Washington got to face Newton in Week 1 of the preseason, which also helps. He completed 4-of-7 passes for 49 yards in his one drive against them, leading the Patriots to a field goal on his only possession of the game.

Denver Broncos

The Broncos named Teddy Bridgewater the starter over Drew Lock. Was this an indictment of Lock or the sign of a coach worried about his job? Whatever the case, the Broncos' long-term quarterback picture is unclear and featureless.

Newton wouldn't represent the future, per se, and we don't view this as anywhere close to the most likely landing spot. But he could at least give the Broncos another body at the position. 

Right now they could simply keep Bridgewater and Lock on the active roster and try to land Brett Rypien on the practice squad (if he clears waivers).

The Broncos clearly would want Newton only as insurance to protect against Bridgewater getting hurt, we'd guess. There are some reasons it could make sense, even if we don't ultimately see it happening this way.

Houston Texans

It already feels like a lost season. Deshaun Watson might be deadweight on the roster. Assumed starter Tyrod Taylor last started the majority of a season back in 2017 with the Bills, and he's now on his third different team since then. There's hope that 2021 third-rounder Davis Mills is worth investing in, but the Texans can't really go to him anytime soon, can they?

This is where Newton could be somewhat useful. Texans GM Nick Caserio was in New England last year when the Patriots signed Newton, although we don't know to what degree he pushed for the move to happen. 

But Caserio's familiarity with Newton in the building last year — especially amid very difficult circumstances — could help grease the wheels for him coming to Houston.

Why might he want to sign with the lowly Texans? Well, it might represent the clearest path toward starting games this season. Is that what Newton wants? If so, we can't rule out this possibility.

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Miami Dolphins

It would be the ultimate savage move by Brian Flores, the ex-Belichick assistant, to sign Newton and have a package of plays installed for Miami's Week 1 matchup in New England. 

Wouldn't that be something?

The Dolphins have been running Jacoby Brissett as Tua Tagovailoa's backup this summer, and No. 3 QB Reid Stinnett has had some fantastic moments in preseason garbage time. So there might not be room for Newton ... unless Tua's health suddenly becomes a worry.

But we also wouldn't rule out the chance to add the ex-Patriots QB if Flores thought it meant gaining an edge over his former teacher. It's a long shot for sure. But it's one we can't completely dismiss either.

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NFL roster cut tracker: Updates on big-name players who were released

For hundreds of NFL players, Tuesday marked the end of the line.

The league's annual cutdown day forced teams to whittle down their rosters from 80 players to 53 ahead of the start of the regular season. And while there are opportunities for both rookies and veterans to latch on with different teams - or try to hang on via a practice squad - those are few and far between with teams already turning their focus to preparation for Week 1.

Here are some of the notable players throughout the league who were let go throughout the league ahead of Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline:

Newton's release comes as the most stunning move of roster cutdown day so far. Bill Belichick had insisted in training camp that the veteran would remain his starter and said earlier Tuesday morning that Newton was "definitely moving in the right direction." After a strong preseason, Jones now becomes Belichick's first rookie to start at quarterback since Drew Bledsoe in 1993.

The Titans are cutting ties with Fitzpatrick approximately four months after trading up to select him in the fourth round of the NFL draft. The Louisville product struggled to make his mark on the receiving corps in training camp and preseason.

Philadelphia Eagles WR Travis Fulgham

Fulgham finished as the Eagles' leading receiver last year in a breakout season, recording 38 catches for 539 yards for a passing attack that was in desperate need of reliable targets. With first-round pick DeVonta Smith coming aboard and Quez Watkins breakout in training camp and preseason, however, Fulgham didn't fit into the Eagles' plans.

Las Vegas Raiders WR John Brown

"Smokey" was expected to be a veteran presence for a young receiving corps, but he instead requested his release and received it, according to NFL Media's Tom Pelissero. Brown signed a one-year deal with the Raiders in March after catching 33 passes for 458 yards in eight games last season for the Bills.

Cincinnati Bengals DT Mike Daniels

The former Packers standout started 11 games for Cincinnati last season as he tried to reboot his career. But the Bengals are now poised to look a little younger along the interior line after the team acquired B.J. Hill from the Giants.

Los Angeles Chargers K Michael Badgley

Nicknamed "Money Badger," Badgley saw his field goal percentage tumble from 93.8% in 2019 to 72.7% last year. Tristan Vizcaino is now poised to take over kicking duties for the Chargers.

The Saints are parting with Siemian, but only for the time being, as NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported that the team plans to re-sign him once rosters settle after cutdown day. Siemian would serve as the primary backup to starter Jameis Winston with Taysom Hill playing a hybrid role, Pelissero reported.

MORE: Sean Payton says Saints could be away from New Orleans for a month after Hurricane Ida

New York Jets QB Josh Johnson

The veteran journeyman's stay with Gang Green was a short one, with the team releasing him less than a month after he was signed. The job backing up rookie Zach Wilson now is set to go to Mike White.

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Collin Johnson

A fifth-round pick in 2020, the 6-6, 222-pound Johnson had 18 catches as a rookie. The Texas product could be an option for the team's practice squad if he goes unclaimed.

Chicago Bears WR Riley Ridley

The younger brother of Atlanta Falcons standout Calvin Ridley is out in Chicago. A fourth-round draft pick out of Georgia in 2019, Ridley caught just 10 passes in the last two seasons.

Green Bay Packers WR Equanimeous St. Brown

There will be no NFC North rivalry between St. Brown and his brother, Lions rookie wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown, after the elder of the two was waived by the team Tuesday. St. Brown caught seven passes in 12 games last year.

Washington Football Team running back Peyton Barber (25) carries the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter at FedExField.
Washington Football Team running back Peyton Barber (25) carries the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter at FedExField.

Washington Football Team RB Peyton Barber

Barber tallied four touchdowns last season as a backup to Antonio Gibson, but the sixth-year veteran appears to have been leapfrogged by undrafted free agent Jaret Patterson, who was one of the preseason's biggest standouts. Washington also cut 2020 fourth-round pick Antonio Gandy-Golden.

Detroit Lions LB Jahlani Tavai

A second-round pick out of Hawaii in 2019, Tavai was taken ahead of the likes of Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown and Seattle Seahawks wide receiver, among others. He started 10 games for Detroit last year and received a positive review from linebackers coach Mark DeLeone, who said the third-year player was in "a really good position right now" to make the roster. Ultimately, however, Tavai couldn't latch on with the new regime of first-year general manager Brad Holmes and coach Dan Campbell.

Miami Dolphins C Matt Skura

Despite signing the veteran blocker to a one-year deal in March, Miami is already moving on from Skura as it reshuffles its offensive line. The Dolphins also parted with linebacker Benardrick McKinney, whom the team acquired in a trade with the Houston Texans this offseason.

Dallas Cowboys QBs Garrett Gilbert, Ben DiNucci

The Cowboys appear to have settled their backup quarterback battle, keeping Cooper Rush while parting with Gilbert and DiNucci, who each started a game last year when Dak Prescott was injured.

New Orleans Saints RB Devonta Freeman

The former Atlanta Falcons standout won't get a chance to jumpstart his career with an old NFC South rival, as Freeman didn't make the cut in New Orleans after signing with the Saints earlier in August.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NFL roster cut tracker: Updates on top players being released

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Plazamedia, DAZN build on production relationship in DACH region | SportBusiness

Subscription streaming broadcaster DAZN has expanded its association in the German-speaking countries with production company Plazamedia

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DAZN announces new global Snapchat partnership | DAZN News US

DAZN, the leading global sports streaming platform, has announced a new global partnership with Snapchat that will give fans worldwide nonstop boxing content year-round, from behind-the-scenes access and clips, to fight highlights and original features, to other build-up content ahead of DAZN’s blockbuster schedule of fights. This marks the first time sports fans globally will be able to enjoy weekly boxing content on Snapchat, all year long.

New show “DAZN Fight Week” will premiere on Snapchat’s Discover platform globally on August 31, with a minimum of 18 new episodes throughout the next year hitting in the weeks leading up to the biggest fights. It all kicks off with the upcoming September 4 event featuring a rematch in which British warrior Josh Warrington will look to exact revenge against Mexican sensation Mauricio Lara, while earlier in the night, Irish star Katie Taylor will defend her undisputed crown against determined American underdog Jennifer Han in the co-main event.

“DAZN Fight Week” will include recurring segments including:

“The Champ is Here” – ranking the greatest boxing champions of all time
"Fight ZN" – boxing news show including updates on fights, developments from fight camps and recaps of weigh-ins 
“Talk Your ****!" – compilation of the best and most dramatic sound bites and trash talk from the full fight week

In addition, DAZN will be introducing a year-long weekly Highlights Show on Snapchat – featuring nonstop highlights around the top matchups, fighters, and moments, every single week for a minimum of 52 episodes over 52 weeks. This not only solidifies DAZN as the go-to source for everything boxing, but further cements the sports streamer as the global home of boxing across all of its ever-growing suite of channels – including partners like Snapchat that reach a younger and highly-engaged audience. 

Finally, “DAZN Fight Night” will premiere on September 4, a special feature around the most anticipated events featuring live-updating highlights from the night, behind-the-scenes footage, exclusive access to the fighters themselves, and a complete recap of fight week. 

The new global deal comes after a successful short-term U.S. boxing content partnership in 2019, which engaged millions of Snapchatters. Building on that initial success and DAZN’s recent global expansion, this enhanced partnership will see at least 70 episodes available for fans worldwide throughout the next year.

“This partnership is another example of DAZN constantly striving to reach fresh audiences in innovative ways, as part of a wider mission to engage new fans on the channels they frequent most while growing the sport of boxing globally,” said Joseph Markowski, EVP of DAZN. “Snapchat is the perfect partner for DAZN to team up with in order to tap into a new generation of potential boxing fans, who we cannot wait to see instantly fall in love with the sport. Whether it’s fight night highlights, behind-the-scenes videos or ranking the greats, these new shows will be the place for Snapchatters to follow the best of boxing worldwide.” 

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Manchester United confirm Cristiano Ronaldo transfer | DAZN News US

Manchester United have announced the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus.

A deal in principle was agreed last Friday with Juventus, but the arrangement has now been finalised.

The 36-year-old striker is on international duty with Portugal ahead of a round of games with his national team, and he will link up with United for their next Premier League game.

Ronaldo had been linked with United’s cross-city rivals, Manchester City, as they missed out on Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane. However an intervention from assorted former United players persuaded him to return to his former club.

Ronaldo first played for United in 2003 after moving from Sporting Lisbon, before joining Real Madrid. From Real he then spent two seasons at Juventus, but has now returned to the club where he made his name.

On Manchester United’s website, the club confirmed:

“Manchester United is delighted to confirm the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo on a two-year contract with the option to extend for a further year, subject to international clearance.

“Cristiano, a five-time Ballon D’or winner, has so far won over 30 major trophies during his career, including five UEFA Champions League titles, four FIFA Club World Cups, seven league titles in England, Spain and Italy, and the UEFA European Championship for his native Portugal. Cristiano is the first player to have won league titles in England, Spain and Italy. He was also the highest goalscorer in last season’s Serie A and won the golden boot at this year’s European Championship. In his first spell for Manchester United, he scored 118 goals in 292 games.

“Ronaldo said: ‘Manchester United is a club that has always had a special place in my heart, and I have been overwhelmed by all the messages I have received since the announcement on Friday. I cannot wait to play at Old Trafford in front of a full stadium and see all the fans again. I'm looking forward to joining up with the team after the international games, and I hope we have a very successful season ahead.’

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said:

“You run out of words to describe Cristiano. He is not only a marvellous player, but also a great human being. To have the desire and the ability to play at the top level for such a long period requires a very special person. 

“I have no doubt that he will continue to impress us all and his experience will be so vital for the younger players in the squad. Ronaldo’s return demonstrates the unique appeal of this club and I am absolutely delighted he is coming home to where it all started.”

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Where will Cam Newton play next? Five possible destinations after Patriots release

Where will Cam Newton play next? Here are five possible destinations originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

Bill Belichick stunned the football world on Tuesday when the New England Patriots released Cam Newton.

Newton appeared to be ahead of rookie Mac Jones on the depth chart all summer after starting 15 games for the Patriots last year. In 2020, Newton had 20 total touchdowns (12 rushing, eight passing), 10 interceptions and 2,657 passing yards.

The No. 1 overall pick in 2011, Newton had a strong career with the Panthers before playing in New England last year. He won NFL MVP and led Carolina to the Super Bowl in 2015 before falling to the Broncos. Now, the 32-year-old Newton looking to keep his career alive.

Here's five potential landing spots for Newton:

Jerry Jones is never afraid to make a big move, and this would certainly qualify as one. Dak Prescott didn't play in the preseason after suffering a shoulder injury in training camp. He also missed the final 11 games of 2020 due to a gruesome ankle injury. The Cowboys cut quarterbacks Ben DiNucci and Garret Gilbert on Tuesday, leaving Cooper Rush as Prescott's only backup entering the season. Newton makes sense if the Cowboys are looking for a more proven option -- especially if there's concern about Prescott's health and durability.

Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens could have two of the greatest mobile quarterbacks in NFL history if they sign Newton. Lamar Jackson is obviously the starter, but adding Newton as a backup makes perfect sense. He's capable of playing a similar style, albeit at a much lower level at this stage of his career. Still, Newton is an upgrade over the Ravens' current backups Tyler Huntley and Trace McSorley (who is currently injured). Huntley might have made a strong case for himself in the preseason but Newton is a former MVP who was serviceable for New England in 2020.

Denver Broncos

Teddy Bridgewater won the Broncos' quarterback job over Drew Lock after a solid preseason, and that likely wouldn't change if Newton was signed. But if Denver isn't in love with either of their current quarterbacks -- and they shouldn't be -- it might be wise to take a flyer on Newton. The Broncos have a roster ready to challenge for a wild card spot and the quarterback position is holding them back. Newton went 7-8 as a starter last season behind a good running game and defense, something that Denver could replicate in 2021.

Houston Texans

No team in the NFL is more confusing than the Texans right now. Deshaun Watson is unlikely to play another snap for Houston, as he's mired in legal troubles and disgruntled with the organization. Veteran Tyrod Taylor is in line to start, which is never too exciting for a fan base to hear -- just ask the other three teams he's played for since 2017. New Texans GM Nick Caserio came over from New England and could be interested in a reunion this year as Houston begins its total rebuild.

Washington Football Team

Ryan Fitzpatrick is seemingly a lock to start for the 2020 NFC East champions, and that's probably for the best. Newton does have tons of connections to the coaching staff, though. He played for head coach Ron Rivera in Carolina from 2011 to 2019, and worked with offensive coordinator Scott Turner for four seasons with the Panthers. Washington could've signed Newton over Fitzpatrick in free agency and chose not to, so that tells us all we need to know. It would likely take an early-season injury to change things here.

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Packers cut former Notre Dame Offensive Player of the Year

The Green Bay Packers have now cut two former Notre Dame offensive stars from their roster as wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown has been released. This comes after the Packers cut running back Dexter Williams Tuesday morning.

St. Brown was drafted 207th overall by the Packers in 2018 and appeared in 24 games for them since, pulling in 28 receptions for 445 yards and one touchdown.

St. Brown burst onto the scene for the Irish in 2016 when, as a sophomore, he hauled in 58 receptions for 931 yards and nine touchdowns. As a resulted he was voted as the team’s Offensive Player of the Year that fall.

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Patriots release QB Cam Newton, name Mac Jones starter

Patriots cut Cam Newton, name Mac Jones starter originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

It appears the New England Patriots' quarterback competition has been settled.

The Patriots have released veteran QB Cam Newton, The Boston Globe's Jim McBride reported Tuesday. Rookie Mac Jones has been named the starter, per McBride. NBC Sports Boston's Phil Perry has confirmed the report.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick declined to name a starting quarterback throughout the preseason and praised Newton as recently as Tuesday morning.

Curran: Why Mac Jones has earned Pats' starting QB job

"Certainly he started at a much higher point than what he did last year. So, definitely moving in the right direction," Belichick said in a press conference about two hours before McBride's report.

While Newton played well at times this summer, Jones has made great strides since the Patriots selected him No. 15 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft. The Alabama product completed 36 of 52 passes (69.2%) over three preseason games with one touchdown and no interceptions and excelled in joint practices with the New York Giants last week with Newton sidelined due to COVID protocols.

As our Tom E. Curran wrote Monday, Jones did enough to earn the starting QB job from Newton, and it appears Bill Belichick has rewarded the rookie for his efforts.

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Newton opened the door, Belichick showed him out

Just before 9 a.m. Tuesday, Bill Belichick was asked to characterize the training camp and preseason play of quarterback Cam Newton.

“Definitely moving in the right direction,” Belichick said.

A little more than an hour later, Newton was cut from the New England Patriots, immediately elevating first-round pick Mac Jones into a Day 1 starter in Foxborough.

The right direction turned out to be off the team.

Belichick isn't messing around. He never is, of course. There is never a hesitation when it comes to decisions that need to be made. No heart strings. No emotions. No tipping of his hand. “This is professional football,” he likes to say.

Everything, as he often repeats, comes down to doing “what’s best for the team.” In that case, it was going with Jones, who outplayed Newton from the first day of camp through the third preseason game. Not just in totality, but on almost every single day of practice.

That includes the five last week that Newton wasn’t available because he pointlessly put himself on the wrong side of the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols by a) not being vaccinated and b) leaving town and taking the wrong kind of tests.

Newton was willing to take on that added hurdle of being unvaxxed — the NFL is more lenient with those who have received their shots. How much it mattered in the final decision is unknown, but sure couldn’t have helped.

If nothing else, Jones got nearly a full week, including a couple of joint practices against the New York Giants, to sear into Belichick’s mind what the team would look like not just with the Alabama rookie as QB1 ... but Newton not even there.

Mac Jones will start from Day 1 for Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots, who cut Cam Newton on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Mac Jones will start from Day 1 for Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots, who cut Cam Newton on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Newton returned to start the third preseason game last week, but it was Jones who got the most reps. Newton played just two series and went 2-of-4 passing. Jones, meanwhile, was in for six drives and went 10-of-14 for 156 yards and a touchdown.

Newton attempted just 21 passes in three preseason games. Jones had 65, and 107 total snaps. Pro Football Focus graded Jones out with a 92.2 rating. Newton was just 79.6.

There was a belief that Belichick was using the preseason to get Jones more work so he’d be ready when his time came. (Plus Newton, as a veteran and former league MVP, didn’t need it.) That wasn’t the case. After all, Belichick never limited Tom Brady’s preseason workload, even as he pushed into his 40s.

The writing was on the wall. A more timid coach, a more conservative coach, might have decided to let Newton start the season, perhaps even play past a Week 4 return visit from Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that should prove to be emotional and intense.

Belichick isn’t that, though. His six Super Bowl rings suggest no one should be. If Jones is ready, then Jones is ready. It’s on him to deal with the pressure and expectations.

And Jones looked ready. Very ready.

The QB draft class of 2021 already looks promising. The top two picks, Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson, are immediate starters in Jacksonville and with the New York Jets. No. 3 selection Trey Lance is making San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan contemplate a platoon system. And 11th pick Justin Fields will take over in Chicago soon — at least once the coaches there move on from Andy Dalton, who plays the role of Newton in their QB drama.

None of them have looked as good as Jones in this preseason, however. None walked into as good of a situation or enjoyed the supporting cast or coaching talent around them, of course. Still, Jones, who went 15th, has looked every bit as good, or better, than all of them.

Belichick certainly thinks this is his guy. Newton was signed a year ago on a low-budget contract to serve as the bridge between Brady and whatever the future held. He was a good teammate. He was a good player. It was clear Belichick really liked him, even signing Cam to a $12 million, one-year deal for 2021.

Newton was also aging, with his best days obviously behind him.

If Jones hadn’t distinguished himself, Newton would still be serving as that bridge. Jones won the job though, and Belichick clearly didn’t think Newton would serve best as a back-up.

This way, it’s Jones or bust — journeyman Brian Hoyer will be there for emergency purposes only. There is no quarterback controversy.

That’s the plan for New England to try to win a Super Bowl, which is the only goal at a place with so many of them.

It’s Mac Jones or bust.

Sentimentality and caution are not allowed when trying to move in the right direction.

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