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I am they.Ok, so it’s not like I thought Mahomes would be a bad quarterback, I just didn’t think he’d light the world on fire like he has.When he did, I kind of viewed him the same way I viewed Ryan Fitzpatrick’s hot start. Great for football, great for him, great for his team, temporary in every way.I assume at some point Mahomes will have a bad game. It happens. But if I learned anything from Monday night’s game featuring the Broncos and Chiefs, it was that I was wrong about Mahomes.Not only is he ready to lead this team for good, he’s even better than advertised.It’s not even so much the plays he made to get his team the win [url=http://www.buccaneerscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-peyton-barber-jersey]Peyton Barber Jersey[/url] , it’s more how he did it. Completely poised. Never looked panicked. Certainly didn’t look like a young man starting just his fifth NFL game.Mahomes is 5-0 as a starter and 2-0 in Denver. Pretty impressive.He’ll come down to earth at some point, but not because he isn’t talented enough to have done what he’s done so far, but because even Tom Brady loses Super Bowls.Still, I’m going to enjoy watching this quarterback for what I hope is a long career.OFFSIDES: Earl Thomas pays for being a team guy.Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsLe’Veon Bell has been bashed by media. Bashed by fans. Bashed by teammates. He’s a bad guy.Earl Thomas came back. Was ready for Week 1, and has been on the field for the Seattle Seahawks for each of the opening kickoffs so far this season.Bell has made zero progress on his new contract. Thomas has gone backwards.With his broken leg there’s little to no chance an NFL franchise will pay the safety what he’s looking for in 2019’s free-agency period.But hey, at least he was a team guy.If you only care about the laundry, why are you upset the man wearing it left the way he did?The Legion of Boom is gone. Earl Thomas was the last remaining member and expected to somehow continue the legacy the “12s” expected. But, he should do so quietly. Well, he quietly had three interceptions in the first three games this season. Seattle is 2-2, and they’re about to find out why they needed Thomas around so badly.Richard Sherman is gone. Kam Chancellor is gone. The defense you once knew and loved, and allowed the offensive flaws to not take center stage, is gone.When Thomas returned in time for Week 1 - read that again - returned in time for Week 1, here’s what his Ken Norton Jr. had to say [url=http://www.buccaneerscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-justin-evans-jersey]Cheap Justin Evans Jersey[/url] ,Bobby Wagner said this,A generational player according to both teammate and coach. And he was the sixth highest paid safety in the NFL until Kam Chancellor retired at the age of 30. The same age Thomas will be next spring.If you don’t think that little occurrence had anything to do with this, you’re wrong. Earl Thomas has made more money right now than I likely will in my entire life. And he’s earned it. He earned even more, he just didn’t get it.One would think the Dallas Cowboys will likely get the first shot at signing Thomas in the off-season, so we’ll find out just how real Jerry’s love is for Earl.Bell is the bad guy, and it’s gotten him hate and no money with the potential to earn more next year.Thomas was the good guy who came back to a ghost of a team compared to the ones he starred on previously, and it’s earned him a broken leg, the ire of Seahawks ‘faithful’, and no shot at getting the money he should have gotten from Seattle or Dallas or whoever.But I’m sure someday the Seahawks will invite him back to put him in their Ring of Honor, or Nest of Greatness, or whatever. If it happens to coincide with when their ticket sales are low and they need to fill seats, that’ll just be a coincidence.Bucs officially announce they have brought back WR Dye The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that the team has signed wide receiver Donteea Dye, running back Devine Redding and long snapperGarrison Sanborn. Dye (5-10 [url=http://www.buccaneerscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-caleb-benenoch-jersey]Buccaneers Caleb Benenoch Jersey[/url] , 195) spent time with Tampa Bay from 2015-16, playing in 11 games, with five starts, catching 11 passes for 132 yards and one touchdown. A Cincinnati native, Dye played collegiately at Heidelberg. Redding (5-8, 205) played collegiately at Indiana. He originally entered the league as a college free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017 and spent that offseason and preseason with the team. He is a native of Youngstown, Ohio. Sanborn (6-1, 240) played in all 16 games for Tampa Bay last season, after having played for the Buffalo Bills for eight seasons (2009-16). In his career, he has played in 144 games, recording 31 special teams tackles and one fumble recovery. A Tampa native, Sanborn played high school football at Jesuit High School and collegiately at Florida State.This report comes courtesy of the Buccaneers Communications Department.