During Las Vegas Raiders OTAs, new quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo did not participate in practice, as he has not been cleared.
Garoppolo had surgery on his foot in March and is expected to miss Raiders OTAs. Garoppolo's rehabilitation timeline is uncertain, but the feeling in the building is that he should be ready by the beginning of the season at the latest. Head coach Josh McDaniels refused to comment on Garoppolo's surgery on Thursday, the severity, and the timeline of recovery.
By focusing on his recovery, Garoppolo aims to strengthen his foot and regain full mobility - however less time with new teammates and being on a new team in general is likely not going to be beneficial for him.
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The Pittsburgh Steelers signed backup QB Mitch Trubisky to a two-year contract extension. General Manager Omar Khan announced a deal was close on the Pat McAfee Show, and a confirmed deal was announced shortly thereafter.
Trubisky started for the Steelers for a short time before the team handed the keys to Kenny Pickett, who will be the expected starter in 2023. Trubisky is a solid backup who can win you a game or two if needed, but probably isn't consistent enough to be a starter in the NFL.
Pittsburgh also re-signed third-stringer Mason Rudolph earlier this week, giving Pickett a strong sense of continuity in the quarterback room for September.
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Matt Ryan heads to the booth
Current free agent QB Matt Ryan hasn't announced his retirement yet, but based on his latest career venture (and to be honest, last year's performance), it seems like it may be a reality soon. Ryan announced he will be joining CBS Sports as an analyst, both in studio and in-game. Ryan says in a Twitter post that he is not retiring - because he's still owed money from the Indianapolis Colts.
If Ryan does decide to retire, he will do so with zero Super Bowls.
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The Houston Texans picked Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud with the second overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft; we know this. What is puzzling is that the team fleeced everyone into thinking they weren't taking a quarterback - so much so that several mock drafts as early as two weeks before had the team going defense at No. 2. Texans owner Cal McNair insisted that he had no influence on the pick of Stroud. "Hannah and I don't make the picks," McNair said at the team's charity golf event.
"We have a great group of scouts led by Nick [Caserio] and James Lippert," McNair continued, "and they did a lot of work on the draft board, and then they followed that on draft day, and they moved up when they saw the value was there and moved back."
Houston, famously, picked Stroud at No. 2 and then traded up to take Alabama defensive end Will Anderson Jr. The Texans are certainly doing everything they can to improve their roster, which has been one of the weakest in the NFL for the past few seasons.
I, personally, love the presence of new head coach DeMeco Ryans and think he can make a huge impact on trying to change the course of the franchise. It probably won't be this year, or even next, but they definitely have the ability to slowly get better with time.
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The Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl in 2018. Now, two out of three of the quarterbacks on that roster are free agents. Carson Wentz has been looking for a new home since his release from the Washington Commanders, and Nick Foles was released by the Indianapolis Colts on Friday.
Both Wentz and Foles could find new teams as backups closer to camp, as teams like to have a good veteran presence heading into the summer.
Or, do they walk away? Foles said recently he is unsure about his future in the NFL after his release from Indy. "Shoot, almost every year of my career I've almost retired. Every offseason, I think, 'Do I still want to play? Do I still want to keep going?' Specifically this last year with everything."
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One of the reasons Odell Beckham Jr. ended up with the Baltimore Ravens was the quarterback who isn't really the quarterback. Do you follow?
Lamar Jackson was the ringleader when it came to getting Beckham on the roster, despite not being currently under contract.
Jackson is still searching for a new contract (he recently tweeted that he requested a trade and followed up with the opinion that the Ravens did not value him), so I find it hard to believe that this one move (for one year, nonetheless) will make him swallow his pride and sign either the tag or for less money than he asked for.
I talk more about this in Monday's Patreon episode.
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The Indianapolis Colts worked out top QB prospects CJ Stroud and Bryce Young on Monday. The Colts pick at No. 4 in this year's NFL Draft and are in desperate need of a quarterback after starting the corpse of Matt Ryan in 2022.
Indianapolis will also work out prospect Will Levis on Thursday in Lexington, Kentucky.
The Colts have been linked to QB Lamar Jackson as well, which could be an interesting option should the QB they prefer go before they are on the clock. The team also signed QB Gardner Minshew this offseason.
Both Stroud and Young will have various visits in the next coming days as they meet with teams. Stroud will visit the Houston Texans on Wednesday.
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The New England Patriots are the latest team to say they're uninterested in trading for Lamar Jackson.
Head coach Bill Belichick refused to talk about Jackson at all during interviews at the owners' meetings earlier this week; owner Robert Kraft said Meek Mill (yes, Meek Mill) texted him to say Jackson was interested in joining the team. It appears that won't be happening.
On top of the financial aspect that Jackson is looking for, the Patriots will also have to give up strong draft capital in order to sign Jackson, something Kraft spoke about earlier this week. And New England is one of the teams in the league who is currently in the 'we'll take all the draft picks we can get' category as they're in the middle of a semi-rebuild.
The Patriots haven't seemed like they've been 100% sold on current starting quarterback Mac Jones, as he experienced a sophomore slump in 2022. But he deserves another chance at the helm without last year's disaster of an offensive coordinator (Matt Patricia).
The options are dwindling for Sir Lamar Jackson.
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Sam Darnold signed with the San Francisco 49ers this week, and we can't wait until he plays in next year's NFC Championship Game. Darnold will be the insurance policy for presumed starter Trey Lance as Brock Purdy recovers from UCL surgery.
Darnold said he's not concerned at the moment about who starts, but about how they work together. Aaaw. "I think those things that, with a good quarterback room, as long as we stick together, and we understand that we just got to work hard and continue to put the best foot forward for each other, and everything's going to work out. And I think at the end of the day, as long as we're winning games, that's the only thing that matters to me."
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He finally said it. Aaron Rodgers stated on The Pat McAfee Show on Wednesday that his intention is to play for the New York Jets. The question is, when? Whenever the Jets and the Green Bay Packers work out the compensation. There were rumors that Green Bay was seeking multiple first-round picks for the almost 40-year-old QB, but those were redacted, saying both sides were still negociating.
Then, there was talk of a supposed "wish list" - Rodgers had a list of guys (allegedly) that he wanted the Jets to look into and potentially sign. Not true, he said. (To a point - former Packers WR Allen Lazard signed with the Jets on Tuesday.)
Some other fun nuggets from his appearance - Rodgers went into his infamous "darkness retreat" 90% sure he would retire. He explained he came out of his meditation fest thinking that the Packers no longer were interested in his services, and decided the chip on his shoulder was way too big and he wanted to continue playing, but elsewhere. Rodgers also mentioned that one of the main reasons he picked the Jets (other than that it appears no one else is that interested) was new offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, whom he previously worked with in GB.
That one spot elsewhere appears to be New York, or New Jersey. Whichever. And it's a matter of when, not if.
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