Happy Wednesday, everyone. It's sure been a wild one! (More on that below). John Breech is taking the day to craft a 5,000-word piece on why Joe Burrow will be Super Bowl-bound in 2024 (or at least I think he is), so you've got me, Cody Benjamin, to deliver all the latest from around the NFL.
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We've got major Tom Brady and Sean Payton news, keys to the Super Bowl and much more:1. Today's shows: Tom Brady retires, Sean Payton traded to Broncos
The "Pick Six NFL Podcast" has been busy churning out emergency episodes. Why? Because everything is happening all at once! Between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, the Broncos reportedly finalized a trade for former Saints head coach Sean Payton, and Tom Brady announced his retirement (again), this time "for good."
Here's a rundown of new must-listen episodes, featuring commentary from Will Brinson, John Breech and Tyler Sullivan:
Catch more episodes (and subscribe for daily NFL talk) right here.2. Tom Brady fallout: 2023 QB carousel, TB12's all-time history
Here's everything you need to know about Brady hanging up the cleats for the final time:3. Texans hire DeMeco Ryans as Payton heads to Denver
Sean Payton's reported trade to the Broncos didn't just affect Denver and New Orleans, which is getting a 2023 first-round pick as part of the swap. It also paved the way for the Texans to land former star player DeMeco Ryans, the 49ers' defensive coordinator, as their new head coach. Ryans was officially named Houston's new head man on Tuesday night, marking a return to Texas for the former Pro Bowl linebacker -- one already celebrated by fellow franchise great J.J. Watt.4. Aaron Rodgers will decide on NFL future after Super Bowl
Brady may be leaving, but we'll have to wait longer to hear from the Packers star. Joining "The Pat McAfee Show" this week, the reigning NFL MVP said he won't announce his plans for 2023 until after the championship game "at the earliest." He did, however, acknowledge that the Packers appear to be "having conversations" about their own preference for what happens at QB without his input. Take that for what it's worth. On Rodgers' end, the QB admitted he's intrigued by both the opportunity to keep playing and enjoy the more relaxed approach of retirement: "I feel confident that in a couple weeks, I'll feel definitely more strongly about one of two decisions."5. Lance expects to be ready for 49ers' offseason program
Speaking of QBs, San Francisco