Is Trey Lance on the move?
The San Francisco 49ers have been taking calls from teams asking about QB Trey Lance. While that's as far as the process goes, teams calling about his availability before the draft is significant. Brock Purdy is likely to be the starter whenever he is fully recovered from his elbow injury that he sustained in the NFC Championship Game. The Niners also have QB Sam Darnold on the roster.
Two intriguing landing spots for Lance could be the Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans, as he's familiar with Titans GM Ran Carthon and Titans head coach DeMeco Ryans.
A report states the Minnesota Vikings were one of the teams to speak to Lance at this year's scouting combine. There were also rumors swirling around that time about a potential Kirk Cousins trade, so this may be something to keep an eye on.
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The first of the quarterback extensions has dropped. The Philadelphia Eagles signed QB Jalen Hurts to a five-year, $255 million extension to kick off the week.
The Eagles were adamant that getting an extension done for Hurts was a priority this offseason. It comes at the perfect time, as Hurts is heading into his final year of his rookie contract.
The extension includes $179.304 million in guarantees, a no-trade clause, and up to $15 million in additional incentives.
On the heels of a Super Bowl appearance and an MVP-caliber season, it'll be interesting to see how Hurts rebounds in 2023. With a strong core on the roster, the Eagles are set up for success with Hurts.
I talk more about Hurts' deal and what it means for the other QBs in line for an extension in Monday's Patreon episode.
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Panthers wrap up QB visits
The Carolina Panthers are wrapping up their private visits with the top 2023 quarterback prospects. Ohio State's CJ Stroud and Kentucky's Will Levis will visit with the team next week.
The Panthers have also met with Florida's Anthony Richardson and Bryce Young from Alabama and have attended all of the top prospects' Pro Days.
Carolina will have their choie of quarterbacks with the first pick in the 2023 NFL Draft in two weeks. Young is currently the favorite, but we all know it's #lyingseason.
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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has refused to say who the starting quarterback will be come September and rumors have been swirling all offseason that Mac Jones is on the outs with the team. The potential savior? Bailey Zappe. Zappe says he's ready for the challenge come training camp.
Zappe played four games last season and you could argue that he looked better amidst the Matt Patricia Experiment than Jones did. Zappe threw five touchdowns and three interceptions, with a 100.9 passer rating.
It's a small sample size, but if the Patriots are serious about opening up a competition this summer, Zappe is ready for it.
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Bill Belichick hasn't yet committed to QB Mac Jones starting for the New England Patriots in 2023. I think he's just being Belichick, but others seem to think the tension between the two is real.
We all saw Jones scream on the sideline many times, frustrated. As he had a right to when you make your defensive coordinator your offensive coordinator (?). Jones wasn't bad his rookie season and then went through a dramatic second year as a pawn in the Matt Patricia experiment.
I know Belichick is controlling, but he's not dumb. Let Jones have another year with an actual OC before you ship him off elsewhere.
Speaking of, a report also surfaced on Tuesday that Belichick shopped Jones to teams including Washington, Tennessee and Vegas. I'm not so sure about that.
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The Los Angeles Chargers are looking to sign QB Justin Herbert to a long-term contract extension ASAP. And, according to General Manager Tom Telesco, he's earned it. (He has.)
"I don't have an update on it. There's a lot that will go into it, obviously, with these types of contracts and the amount of numbers that it's going to be. It's just a good problem to have to know you have a franchise quarterback that's now moving into a veteran franchise quarterback. There are a lot of good things that come with that... I know the numbers are going to be big."
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Aaron Rodgers has a wish list now
If Aaron Rodgers is going to play for the New York Jets, he wants to do it his own way, and with some of his friends. Rodgers has given the Jets a 'Wish List' of players he wants the team to target and/or sign, because of course he has. The list includes former teammates Allen Lazard, Marcedes Lewis, best friend Randall Cobb, and Odell Beckham Jr.
One of them is already checked off the list - Lazard signed a four-year, $44 million contract with New York on Tuesday. The rest? Unsure, although the Jets did attend an open workout that OBJ held in Arizona late last week.
The Jets also have Offensive Rookie of the Year Garrett Wilson, Elijah Moore, Corey Davis, and Denzel Mims in their wide receiver room. Not bad. So why does Rodgers want all these older guys in the room, unless he's on a complete power trip? He's already holding two teams hostage during the peak of free agency - the Jets and the team that is hoping to trade him, the Green Bay Packers. Neither can do much until there's a resolution.
Hopefully one is coming soon, as Rodgers is scheduled to appear on his friend, Pat McAfee's show on Wednesday at 1pm.
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Derek Carr has found his new home. Carr is signing a four-year deal with the New Orleans Saints.
The Saints were the first to show interest in Carr, even proposing a trade before he was released from the Las Vegas Raiders. Carr is a noticeable boost from last year's Andy Dalton Experiment and should considerably boost wide receiver Chris Olave's production.
The best nod for Carr, however, is that he gets out of the toughest division in football - playing Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert twice a year - to one of the easiest, where he's currently the best QB in the division. How long that will last is to be seen. Carolina seems set on drafting a QB, while the Falcons and Bucs could explore trade options for vet QBs.
Carr also received a no-trade clause as part of his new deal.
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The 2023 NFL Scouting Combine begins this week, and many eyes will be on the quarterbacks. With several teams desperate for a competent QB, some may have to wait for Pro Days before seeing what the young guys can do. Alabama QB Bryce Young will save it for his Pro Day, while other top draft candidates, Ohio State's CJ Stroud and Florida's Anthony Richardson, are expected to workout and throw at the Combine.
Kentucky QB Will Levis will also throw at the Combine.
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Tom Brady retired, and now there's an opening for the quarterback job in Tampa Bay. 2021 second-round pick Kyle Trask is still there and has a fan in new offensive coordinator Dave Canales.
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