February 27, 2020
The biggest names continue to make the biggest noise heading into the start of NFL free agency in about three weeks.
That obviously includes veteran quarterbacks Philip Rivers and Tom Brady, both of whom are set to hit free agency and will likely move on to another NFL city.
Though, these are not the only big-name quarterbacks who could be on the move during what promises to be a fast-paced free-agency period.
According to Lindsay Jones of The Athletic, Cincinnati Bengals Pro Bowl signal caller Andy Dalton will be in high demand on the trade block and could net the Bengals as much as a second-round pick.
Tom Brady is currently operating under the belief that he will enter free agency to play somewhere other than New England next season, a sentiment the quarterback has shared with others, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Darlington.
While Brady has his eyes very clearly on free agency, there is still a belief in his circles that the Patriots will have their opportunity to convince Brady to stay. But at this point, Brady is evaluating the NFL landscape with the intention of departing, sources said.
Brady cannot begin negotiating with other teams until the NFL’s legal tampering period opens March 16. An eventual meeting between Brady and coach Bill Belichick has not yet been scheduled, according to Darlington.
Patrick Mahomes is eligible for a contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason, and the assumption is that he will become the highest-paid player in NFL history. While that will likely happen, it does not sound like he wants to put the Chiefs in salary cap prison.
Matt Verderame of Fansided spoke with Mahomes’ agent, Leigh Steinberg, about the Super Bowl MVP’s contract situation. Steinberg mentioned that he wants to get Mahomes the contract he deserves while allowing the Chiefs to field a competitive roster around the quarterback.
John Schneider and the Seattle Seahawks have one major focus this offseason: bring back No. 90 to the 206. That’s easier said than done, as Jadeveon Clowney is an unrestricted free agent and will cost Seattle a hefty amount of money.
For Clowney, he’s made it clear he has enjoyed his time with the NFC West powerhouse. At the same time, he knows this is a business and another team could be ready to give him the amount of cash he’s hoping for.
On Wednesday, some NFL stars expressed displeasure or downright outrage over the NFL’s proposed collective bargaining agreement.
On Thursday, NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith said he didn’t mind those star players speaking out.
Smith, in Indianapolis during the NFL scouting combine, stopped to talk to reporters about the controversial CBA proposal, which is being voted on by players. Smith said he was confident the players would vote to approve the deal, according to ESPN’s Todd Archer, but didn’t have a timetable on the vote.
While the opposition from star players like Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Maurkice Pouncey, Richard Sherman and J.J. Watt make things tricky for the union leader, he was in favor of them speaking out.
The Carolina Panthers are one of the biggest wild cards of the 2020 NFL offseason thanks to their situation with quarterback Cam Newton.
On Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported that the Panthers are planning on moving forward with Newton as the starting quarterback. Attending the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine, Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report shared Wednesday that many teams around the NFL aren’t buying that, however.
“That may end up being the case, but teams I speak to don’t buy it,” Freeman wrote in his weekly 10-point stance column .
Wielding the third overall pick will give the Detroit Lions the power to choose from a plethora of top-notch prospects come April.
Two weeks ago, general manager Bob Quinn dismissed the report that franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford would be traded, a move that, in theory, would open the door for Detroit to draft a QB with that pick. At the NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday, coach Matt Patricia doubled down on that notion and wrote the rumor off as a joke of the highest degree.
“It’s comical, kind of, to me, to be honest with you. Not interested in doing any of that. There’s no conversation of that whatsoever,” Patricia said to Good Morning Football’s Peter Schrager.
The Las Vegas Raiders might be saying everything publicly to back Pro Bowl quarterback Derek Carr. However, it seems that this is just postering to up his trade value.
Reports over the past several weeks have concluded that Las Vegas will move the embattled signal caller at some point soon.