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Patriots’ Ben Watson faces four-game suspension after failed drug test

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Not something the New England Patriots needed with Rob Gronkowski retired.

38-year old veteran tight end Benjamin Watson has disclosed to the public that he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs a few months back.

“As a professional athlete for the last 15 years I know very well the limitations on what can be prescribed for my overall health…After my contract expired last March I told my doctors I was finished playing, went through a series of medical tests and was prescribed Bio Identical Testosterone Cypionate to assist in healing my body and mind.” explained Watson on his official Facebook page

“On March 29, nine days after I started therapy, I was randomly tested under our substance policies. I complied out of habit, never thinking in that moment I’d want to come back. In late April, some clubs expressed interest in me playing and after much deliberation and prayer, I decided I wanted to return. Considering myself previously retired, I had forgotten all about my test in March until I got a letter on May 3rd saying my results were positive.”

Watson came out of retirement after just five months and signed a one-year deal with the Patriots, a team he played for from 2004-2009, on May 10th.

The punishment for a failed drug test of his calibre is usually four games.

He is set to enter his 16th NFL season.

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Tom Brady ‘open minded’ about playing elsewhere as 2020 free agency approaches

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This couldn’t be possible right?

You would be laughed at if you asked a year ago whether Tom Brady would ever play for another franchise other than the New England Patriots. But fast forward to January 2020, and the idea no longer seems too farfetched.

The 40-year old is set to become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career on March 18th. Despite being a lifelong Patriot, he has vowed to keep all of his options open during the whole ordeal.

“I’m open-minded about the process,” said Brady when asked about the possibility of signing elsewhere.

“At the same time, I love playing football and I want to continue to play and do a great job. I’m looking forward to what’s ahead. Whatever the future may bring, I’ll embrace it with open arms.”

Brady has won six Super Bowls, four Super Bowl MVPs, and all but cemented his legacy at the best quarterback in NFL history during his 20 seasons and 285 games with the Patriots.

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Luke Kuechly abruptly announces retirement after eight NFL seasons

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The Carolina Panthers have lost an important piece of their team to retirement.

Star linebacker Luke Kuechly announced on Tuesday that he is hanging up his cleats after eight seasons in his league.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to play this game since I was in fourth grade” said Kuechly.

“I’ve been with the Panthers now for eight years and it’s never the right time to step away but now is the right time for me. It’s a tough decision, I’ve thought about it a lot and I think now is the right chance for me to move on.”

The news comes somewhat of a surprise since he is still only 28 years old and is fresh off a successful 2019 campaign that saw him get selected to his seventh career Pro Bowl.

He contributes his issues with concussions and other lingering injuries as the main factor behind his decision. If he can’t give it 100% on the field, it’s simply not worth risking his future well being. He hopes to still be involved in the league in some capacity.

Kuechly amassed 1092 combined tackles, 67 passes defended, 18 interceptions, 12.5 sacks, nine fumble recoveries, and seven forced fumbles in 118 career games.

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Redskins hire Ron Rivera as their new head coach, sign him to five-year deal

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The Washington Redskins have found their permanent Jay Gruden replacement.

The team announced that they have officially hired former Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera as their new head coach beginning in 2020. The two sides have reportedly agreed to a five-year deal worth a yet-to-be determined amount.

The 57-year old was initially let go by the Panthers midway through the 2019 campaign after a tenure that lasted eight-plus seasons. During his time with the franchise, he led them to a combined 76-63-1 regular season record, three NFC South titles, an appearance in Super Bowl 50, and also took home two coach-of-the-year awards.

Rivera will take over a rebuilding Redskins team that is slated to have the second overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft after finishing the year with a 3-13 record.

The deal is expected to be formally announced on Wednesday.

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