National Football League, Free Agency, News & Notes

March 4, 2020

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are heading into the offseason ready to explore nearly every potential option possible to upgrade over Jameis Winston. However, head coach Bruce Arians is reportedly unlikely to pick up the phone and pursue a trade for Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr.

Despite Carr being shopped around the league, the Buccaneers are not particularly high on him and don’t view Carr as a fit for Arians’ offense, per The Tampa Bay Times’ Rick Stroud.

The Washington Redskins would reportedly have interest in Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton if he is placed on the trade block.

The Miami Dolphins are looking for a quarterback. The entire Earth knows this, even as coach Brian Flores and general manager Chris Grier insist every chance they get that a quarterback is only one of multiple positions the team is studying this offseason putting the most important position in the same conversation with a right guard.

Luckily for the Dolphins, there are any number of ways they could find a quarterback this offseason, and probably a good one to boot.

They could draft one, using their No. 5 overall pick in the NFL draft’s first round to select the best quarterback available. And chances are they’ll land a talented young player if they do this right.

According to ESPN fantasy football expert Matthew Berry, sources said former Panthers and new Redskins head coach Ron Rivera “absolutely loves” Newton. Berry added that he gets the sense Carolina would be willing to move Newton for a reasonable price.

We’re officially two weeks away from the beginning of NFL free agency, and a quarter of the league is still eyeing its top prize.

That’s according to ESPN’s Jeff Darlington, who reported Wednesday on ESPN’s “Get Up!” that eight of the league’s 32 teams at least have their eye on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as a free-agent target.

“I have spoken to executives with eight different teams that are at the very least monitoring Tom Brady’s free agency,” Darlington said, as aired on ESPN. “They are going down this list having internal discussions right now saying, ‘Is this the right fit for our organization?’ ”

Those teams have “varying levels of interest” in Brady, according to Darlington, who noted Brady’s interest in those teams is still in unclear.

Four weeks ago tomorrow, I threw out a “what if?” scenario involving Tom Brady and the 49ers. Setting aside the question of whether the 49ers have interest in Brady, what happens if Brady has interest in them?

It’s an intriguing discussion, given that Brady has won six Super Bowls and that his former understudy, underutilized for much of the postseason after throwing an interception and two other potential picks against the Vikings, had Emmanuel Sanders wide open for a potential touchdown late in Super Bowl LIV and missed him. But with no real steam linking the two, and with the 49ers saying all the right things about Jimmy Garoppolo, I forgot about it.

The New England Patriots plan to pick up Jason McCourty’s contract option that will pay him nearly $4 million, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

This could be a move by the Patriots in hopes they can get Devin McCourty back for another season. Devin McCourty has said he will leave the Patriots for the right situation, but with his brother coming back for another year, that could be enough to get him to not consider anywhere else.

The Tennessee Titans seem committed to bringing running back Derrick Henry back to Nashville in 2020, via either the franchise tag or an extension.

They seem less committed, however, to bringing Ryan Tannehill back next season.

ESPN’s Matthew Berry reported on Tuesday that a Titans insider he spoke with the at the combine expects Tannehill to hit the open market.

Texans offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil is in the process of hiring new representation heading into a pivotal offseason, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly.

Tunsil is no longer represented by Creative Artists Agency, according to NFL Players Association records. Jimmy Sexton of CAA had been his agent of record since the former Mississippi standout was drafted in the first round in 2016 with the 13th overall pick by the Dolphins.

The NFL rumor mill has all but shipped quarterback Philip Rivers to the Indianapolis Colts before free agency has even started.

No so fast, says Indy linebacker Darius Leonard.

Appearing on the Rapsheet + Friends podcast, Leonard said he hasn’t even considered Rivers joining the Colts, and believes incumbent Jacoby Brissett played better than most believe given the circumstances of last season.

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