The Quest for 7: Critical CBA date, Patriots reinforcements coming, Love off the gridiron, Links 2.17.20

Morning! Welcome to The Quest for 7, where volunteer writer, Steven Viner, scours the net for seven Patriots related articles from other sites offering different points of view on the six-time champs. Paid subscribers not only get to read all seven, but they also get to check out his always fiery "Steve's Soapbox" at the end.

1. Boston Sports Journal's own Greg Bedard did some digging, earned his Ph.D. in cap-ology, and lets us know in his recent column why Tom Brady's return to the Patriots, and other NFL moves could hinge on new CBA agreement. I've been begging the Patriots to sign off on Brady visiting other teams now in hopes of getting a deal done early. This information seems to support the idea.

2. Feels like someone doesn't know that fantasy football is over. Ricky Doyle of NESN lets us know who thinks New England is eyeing A.J. Green and Hunter Henry to help Tom Brady. If it's shiny new weapons the GOAT is looking for, these would qualify as a couple of nukes.

3. While most Pats fans are looking to free agency and the draft for reinforcements, Bernd Buchmasser of Pats Pulpit reminds us that the Patriots are getting considerable talent back from injury in 2020. The "Ones who caught the Foxboro flu" group is the most intriguing.

4. So this is pretty much exactly how I imagined it would be like. Hunter Noll of Clutch Points reports on what former Patriots linebacker Ted Johnson said it's like to negotiate a contract with Bill Belichick. Wonder if this conversation was similar to when the Hoodie sat his kids down to talk to them about the "Birds and the B—" Actually nevermind ... I don't want to know.

5. With all the attention to detail that goes into their game, I used to think