Tom Brady logs his NFL record 44th career comeback (in the fourth quarter or overtime) to lead the Buccaneers to victory over the Saints, the Panthers released quarterback Baker Mayfield, Trea Turner joins his former Nationals teammate Bryce Harper on the Phillies and Justin Verlander joins his fellow ageless wonder, Max Scherzer, on the Mets. PLUS: Would the 49ers consider reuniting Christian McCaffrey with Baker Mayfield?
- Tom Brady to Rashawn White.
MINTY BETS: I'm not going to sugarcoat it. The NFC South is straight trash. And we were treated to a match-up between the Saints and the Bucs. With the win, the Bucs get to 500 on the season. Hey, at least it's better than a division leader with a losing record.
- Hell, I'm an optimist.
MINTY BETS: Poor Baker Mayfield. Five months after the Panthers traded for the quarterback, they're kicking him to the curb.
- Leave now. And never come back.
MINTY BETS: No one can really be that surprised though, right? This is a guy who lost his starting job in Carolina to PJ Walker and then again to Sam Darnold and picked up an ankle injury.
- That's rough, buddy.
MINTY BETS: Here's a crazy angle. The 49ers are relying on Mr. Irrelevant Brock Purdy after they lost quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for the rest of the season. And San Francisco already traded for Panthers superstar Christian McCaffrey. Would they roll the dice on Baker, even as a backup?
MARK WAHLBERG: Maybe. Maybe not.
MINTY BETS: However, McCaffrey already escaped Baker once this season. You can imagine he might not be keen to run it back.
- I don't blame you.
MINTY BETS: The MLB hot stove is underway. And a couple of guys you might have heard of are on the move. Free agent shortstop Trea Turner, who spent the last year and a half with the Dodgers is signing an 11 year $300 million contract with the Phillies.
- That's a lot of money.
MINTY BETS: It sure is. This pairs him up with his former nationals teammate Bryce Harper for the long term. And the hope of Philly fans everywhere is that this move puts them over the top after coming up short against the Astros in the World Series. Speaking of the Astros, their stud pitcher Justin Verlander is waving bye-bye to Houston and will reportedly sign with the New York Mets for two years and $86 million. His annual salary of $43 million is exactly the same as his new teammate and fellow ageless wonder, Max Scherzer.
- This is getting out of hand. Now there are two of them.
MINTY BETS: The Mets are out here catching old pitchers like Pokemon. So I guess the Mets are where the greats go to fade into obscurity. I mean, retire.