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The Quest for 7: Sly NFL Owners, Brady’s secret, Bargain bin free agents, Links 2.21.20

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. As a former 20-year member of a union, Greg Bedard of Boston Sports Journal makes a great point. When one side is shoving the pen into the other's hand, and forcing it to paper, that's enough red flags to wave in the entire U.S. Airforce. In his latest piece, he lets us know why the Players should turn this CBA down and drive a harder bargain and why one bye team is bad for the NFL. Be strong, NFLPA, and don't fall for the banana in the tailpipe.

2. Addressing the same subject, Zack Cox of NESN slaps hands with tag-team partner Bedard and jumps into the ring to take on how the Patriots would be affected by the NFL's new proposed playoffs. Personally, I hope the Player's Union jumps off the top rope and gives this deal a Randy "Macho Man" Savage elbow.

3. So apparently, it's more than good genetics. Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated explains why it's not surprising to see Brady and Brees playing into their 40s. If I buy into this regiment, maybe I can dust off the leather helmet and knee pads and make a go at the NFL! First I'll need an agent, then a nap.

4. Everyone knows about the Tom Bradys, the Chris Jones' and the Hunter Henrys, but Cody Benjamin of CBSSports gives us the 5 most underrated free agents who could be bargains. If Jamie Collins and Kyle Van Noy decide to take their talents elsewhere, there are two players here who might make suitable replacements at a cheaper cost.

5. Um. So you can just about kiss this Patriot good-bye.