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  1. The Miami Dolphins traded Isaiah Ford to the wide-receiver-needy New England Patriots for a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2022 draft, per the NFL's transactions wire. Ford, 6-foot-2, 194 pounds, has been the Dolphins' starting slot receiver for much of the season and a favorite of veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. With a knack of being at the right place at the right time and coming up big in clutch moments, he has 18 catches for 184 yards this season. He had seven catches for 54 yards in the Dolphins' season-finale win over the Patriots in 2019. This is the first trade between the Dolphins and Patriots since Miami shipped Wes Welker to New England in March 2007 for second- and seventh-round draft picks. EDITOR'S PICKS NFL trade deadline winners and losers The Dolphins made another deal right before the deadline buzzer, acquiring running back DeAndre Washington from the Kansas City Chiefs for a swap of conditional draft picks between the teams. The Dolphins sent a 2021 conditional sixth-round draft pick to Kansas City in exchange for a 2021 conditional seventh-round pick, along with Washington, from the Chiefs. Ford, a 2017 seventh-round pick, should provide experience for a depleted Patriots receiver group, and he has the versatility to play both outside and slot receiver. The Patriots have been in need of reinforcements, as Julian Edelman (knee) is on injured reserve and N'Keal Harry missed Sunday's loss against the Buffalo Bills. They have elevated undrafted free agent Isaiah Zuber from the practice squad four different times this year. Against the Bills, all four of the team's available receivers had entered the NFL as undrafted free agents -- Jakobi Meyers, Gunner Olszewski, Damiere Byrd and Zuber. For the Dolphins, Ford has been a stopgap option at slot receiver, but they have a trio of young players they would like to evaluate there the rest of the season: rookie third-round pick Lynn Bowden Jr., rookie seventh-round pick Malcolm Perry and practice squad receiver Antonio Callaway, who saw his NFL suspension expire this week and is a likely candidate to be elevated to the 53-man roster soon. Bowden and Perry are both converted quarterbacks who have played sparingly so far this season while learning the slot receiver position. Callaway, the most accomplished of the group, had 43 catches for 586 yards during his rookie season (2018). He was suspended 10 games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy in 2019, a suspension that leaked over into this season, when he was suspended for an additional four games. The Dolphins are taking a reclamation shot on him being able to contribute for a receiver group that could use more explosive weapons for new starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Washington has been buried on the Chiefs' running back depth chart, particularly after the addition of Le'Veon Bell, so he is set to get a larger opportunity in Miami. He has three carries for 5 yards in one game for the Chiefs this season, but he's had some success in the first four seasons of his NFL career as both a runner and receiving back -- including 679 total yards with the Oakland Raiders last season. The Dolphins have been leaning on second-year running back Myles Gaskin in their backfield for much of the season, but they rank 28th in rushing yards (98 yards per game) this season. Gaskin has a knee injury and is expected to miss some time, a source told ESPN, confirming a report by the Miami Herald. Free-agent signing Jordan Howard has been a disappointment, totaling 18 carries for 14 yards in the early portion of the season before being a healthy scratch over the past three games. They also acquired Matt Breida via a draft day trade, but he hasn't made the most of limited opportunities, either. The Dolphins now have six running backs on their active roster (Gaskin, Breida, Washington, Howard, Patrick Laird, Salvon Ahmed).
  2. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially activated Antonio Brown from the suspended list on Tuesday, the team announced. Coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday that Brown will have a role in Sunday night's game against the New Orleans Saints. "He'll have his role -- it could be 10 plays. It could be 35 plays," he said. "I wouldn't anticipate 60 plays, for sure, but we'll just see how it goes." The Buccaneers signed Brown last week to a one-year deal for a base salary of $750,000, with incentives that could push the value to $2.5 million, sources told ESPN. EDITOR'S PICKS What can the Buccaneers expect from receiver Antonio Brown? Antonio Brown signs one-year deal with Bucs Brown concluded an eight-game suspension for multiple violations of the NFL's personal conduct policy and was permitted to work out with the Buccaneers' strength and conditioning staff and attend meetings. He was not allowed to practice with the team. "We'll see how much we can get him taught," Arians said. "And the first practice will be a walk-through because we've got a short week coming off Monday night, so we basically miss a practice this week on Wednesday because of the short week, so it'll be a walk-through practice and basically all learning." Brown, a seven-time Pro Bowler, has 11,263 receiving yards and 75 touchdown receptions in his 10-year career.
  3. After Mookie Betts made spectacular play after spectacular play in the postseason -- including two home run robberies and a key catch of a sinking liner in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series -- it should come as no surprise that Betts is the National League Gold Glove winner for right field. In his first season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Betts claimed his fifth consecutive Gold Glove Award after winning four with the Boston Red Sox. Although postseason play doesn't factor in to the awards, Betts' catch of Dansby Swanson's line drive in the third inning might have saved the game -- and the Dodgers' season. The Braves, up 3-1 in the series, led 2-0 with runners at second and third and one out when Betts made his grab, with Marcell Ozuna then ruled out for leaving third base early. The catch kept the game close, and the Dodgers rallied to win 7-3. "Unbelievable play by an unbelievable player in a big moment," teammate Corey Seager said after that game. "That is what you need to win baseball games this time in the year." Betts was tied for third among all players with 11 defensive runs saved, tied with Byron Buxton and trailing only Nolan Arenado's 15 and Joey Gallo's 12. Arenado won his eighth consecutive Gold Glove at third base, matching all eight seasons he has played in the majors. Gallo is known for his prodigious home runs, but he earned his first Gold Glove after moving to right field on a full-time basis for the first time in his career. 2020 Gold Glove Winners POS. AL NL C Roberto Perez, Indians Tucker Barnhart, Reds 1B Evan White, Mariners Anthony Rizzo, Cubs 2B Cesar Hernandez, Indians Kolten Wong, Cardinals SS J.P. Crawford, Mariners Javier Baez, Cubs 3B Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Rangers Nolan Arenado, Rockies LF Alex Gordon, Royals Tyler O'Neill, Cardinals CF Luis Robert, White Sox Trent Grisham, Padres RF Joey Gallo, Rangers Mookie Betts, Dodgers P Griffin Canning, Angels Max Fried, Braves This year's Gold Gloves were based on a collection of defensive metrics known as the SABR Defensive Index, which combines several methods of estimating defensive performance statistically. Because of MLB's regional schedule this season, managers and coaches -- usually one part of the final component -- did not vote. Other repeat winners: In the National League, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (fourth overall) and second baseman Kolten Wong of the Cardinals (second overall) were winners. The Cardinals did not pick up Wong's $12.5 million team option for 2021, so he takes his Gold Glove into free agency. Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart also won his second Gold Glove after winning in 2017. EDITOR'S PICKS Betts, deGrom among finalists for MLB awards Rizzo said earning the honor for the third straight year in the pandemic-shortened season "is something that definitely feels good." "I think that with this year and everything that every team had to go through is going to be a growing year for a lot of people, including myself," Rizzo said on the 10th Rawlings Gold Glove Award show broadcast by ESPN. "So to be able to win a Gold Glove is something I will never, ever take for granted." In the American League, Indians catcher Roberto Perez won his second straight, and Royals left fielder Alex Gordon won his fourth in a row and the eighth of his career. Gordon, who announced his retirement in September, becomes the sixth player to win a Gold Glove in his final season, joining pitchers Greg Maddux, Mike Mussina and Bobby Shantz, outfielder Roberto Clemente and first baseman Wes Parker. Gordon finishes his career as one of the greatest defensive left fielders of all time. Based on total zone fielding runs, an estimated defensive measurement that goes back to 1953, Gordon trails only Barry Bonds and Carl Yastrzemski in career runs saved. "This is kind of the perfect retirement present to get walking out," Gordon said on ESPN, adding that winning eight Gold Gloves is something he couldn't have anticipated, but he feels "very fortunate that it happened." White Sox center fielder Luis Robert beat Buxton, and Mariners first baseman Evan White edged two-time winner Matt Olson, with the pair becoming the first rookie winners since Arenado won in 2013. Cubs shortstop Javier Baez, known for his fielding wizardry, struggled at the plate in 2020 but won his first Gold Glove, beating Swanson, who led all shortstops in DRS. Gordon, Indians second baseman Cesar Hernandez, White and Wong earned $18,519 bonuses, prorated portions of $50,000. Arenado and Robert earned $9,259, prorated portions of $25,000, and St. Louis left fielder Tyler O'Neill earned $3,704, a prorated portion of $10,000. Perez's 2021 salary escalated by $250,000 to $5.75 million, and Barnhart's by $250,000 to $4 million.
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