Patriots and 49ers Among N.F.L. Free Agency’s Biggest Spenders

The 2021 salary cap has put a crunch on some teams looking to shore up their rosters. Others have opened their wallets.

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Madonna? Harry Potter? Churchill? Tom Brady May Be Beyond Compare

Tom Brady rose from obscurity to become a standard-bearing quarterback hero, jousting with many characters along the way. We asked experts in various fields if they could cite similar sagas through history.

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Can’t Measure Heart? N.F.L. Teams Are Trying

Championships can be won and lost when players’ competitive fire kicks in and they exhibit faster-than-normal speed to make a crucial catch or chase down a tackle.

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Who Else Has Declined a Presidential Honor?

Bill Belichick, who turned down the Presidential Medal of Freedom, is not the first person to decline the award. Jacqueline Kennedy and Moe Berg, the baseball player, also said no.

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Calls Grow for Belichick to Decline Presidential Award

President Trump plans to award New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick the Presidential Medal of Freedom this week, despite calls for Belichick to decline it in the fallout from the Capitol riot.

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How The New England Patriots’ Dynasty Fell

Empires never fall in a day. The Patriots have been quietly crumbling from within for years.

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Tom Who? Cam Newton Is Moving New England Past Brady

Cam Newton is winning over New England, a racially complicated area accustomed to Hall of Fame quarterback play. All it’s taken are a couple wins, endorsements from his taciturn coach and a whole lot of charm.

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Patriots Turn to Burkhead and the Run After Newton Falters Early

New England struggled to get its passing offense going against the Raiders but got timely dashes from running backs Rex Burkhead and Sony Michel.

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Bill Belichick Never Tipped His Post-Brady Plan. Now It’s Clear.

The Cam Newton signing shows why league observers have nearly unshakable faith in decisions made by the New England Patriots’ coach. “People are just so used to Bill Belichick figuring it out.”

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My New Lockdown Hobby: Zoom Snooping on the Stars

Adam Sandler has a normal-looking hallway! Bill Belichick likes nautical maps!

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Don Shula Kept Winning Interesting

Shula’s teams claimed 347 victories under him, but it was the variety of styles and personnel that made his record number of victories truly remarkable.

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The N.F.L. Draft Pics You Haven’t Seen

In its remote broadcast format, the N.F.L. gave sports fans something to talk about until games begin this fall. Here are some of the most interesting moments, through the eyes of an illustrator.

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2020 N.F.L. Draft: What We Learned

Green Bay delivered the shock of the night drafting Jordan Love as a potential successor to Aaron Rodgers, Miami’s rebuild is coming to fruition and New England is still New England.

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What Will the New England Patriots Do in the N.F.L. draft?

Whatever his plan for the Patriots’ new era, the taciturn coach is not tipping his hand. “Not sure exactly how that’s going to go,” he said about finding a quarterback to replace Tom Brady.

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