The New York Jets are clearly excited about having QB Aaron Rodgers on their side, including WR Garrett Wilson. "I'd be lying if I said we add someone of Aaron Rodgers' pedigree and the expectation doesn't go up a little bit."
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One of the biggest things the Green Bay Packers had to do this offseason after trading Aaron Rodgers is figure out what to do with now current starter Jordan Love. The Packers had until 4 pm ET to pick up or decline Love's fifth-year option; instead, they opted to sign him to a two-year deal to replace it. The deal is worth up to $22.5 million, with $13.5 million guaranteed.
This deal is a good bet for both sides - Green Bay gets a starting QB for cheap, while being able to show some confidence in him, Love gets a little more security and a chance to prove it.
If it works - great. The Packers are willing to push some chips into the center of the table in saying that Love is a valuable starter and he could play out the current deal. If it doesn't work, it's manageable for the team and not that expensive.
I, personally, have not seen enough of Love to make a determination on how he'll be as a starting QB. I know this deal says that the Packers have seen enough to take the chance - but they also didn't really have much of a choice once the Rodgers trade went through. We'll have to wait and see on this one.
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After what feels like years, the Green Bay Packers finally traded future Hall of Fame QB Aaron Rodgers to the New York Jets on Monday. The Packers get in return:
The main holdup for this trade appears to be the compensation - the Packers wanted to make sure they got a sizable haul for Rodgers, while the Jets wanted to make sure they didn't put their organization into the hole should Rodgers only choose to play one season in New York.
It seems like a win for both sides, as of right now. Rodgers gets a young roster to work with, plus a challenging coaching staff and a change of scenery (and a chance to pull a Tom Brady and win a Super Bowl on another team).
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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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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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March 14th, 2023
The Las Vegas Raiders have found their Derek Carr replacement, and it's an upgrade to QB Jimmy Garoppolo. He was their best target, after losing out on Aaron Rodgers to the New York Jets (maybe?), and they locked him in with a three-year, $67.5 million deal, with $34 million guaranteed.
The main reason he landed in Vegas was his relationship with ex-New England Patriots offensive coordinator (Garoppolo was Tom Brady's backup for years in NE) Josh McDaniels, who is now the Raiders head coach. Garoppolo has a familiarity with McDaniels' offense that it seems Carr wasn't able to grasp. And if we're going off of last year, it appears the team wasn't willing to adjust, based on how poorly Carr played. The writing was on the wall probably midseason that they needed a shot at someone else.
The one knock on Jimmy is his inability to stay healthy - if he can, he plays very well and could get the Raiders a postseason bid. If not, the Raiders have to have a backup plan. With them picking at No. 7 in the 2023 NFL Draft and Garoppolo's short-term deal, they may choose to go the draft-and-sit route.
The Houston Texans were also interested in Garoppolo - with them passing on him, it seems most likely that they'll draft their future QB with the No.2 pick and have him compete with current starter Davis Mills or sign a cheap vet like Carson Wentz.
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We may have seen the last of Jalen Hurts in the regular season. During this week's Philadelphia Eagles win, Hurts was tackled into the turf, where he suffered a sprained shoulder.
Hurts did have an MRI on Monday, which was negative and showed that the injury wasn't serious, but it may be severe enough to pull him out for the next two weeks. The Eagles want him at his healthiest heading into the playoffs.
Backup QB Gardner Minshew will take Hurts' spot until he's ready to go, and it looks like that will happen at least this weekend against the Dallas Cowboys.
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Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray suffered a non-contact knee injury on the third play during Monday Night Football.
Murray was in the middle of a scramble when his knee appeared to buckle. (I'm not going to post the video, but you can look for it if you want to see it.) Murray was carted off the field, surrounded by teammates, and quickly ruled questionable to return. Murray was later ruled out by the team in the second quarter with a knee injury.
Backup QB Colt McCoy replaced him.
Reports began to emerge throughout the game that Murray had torn his ACL. Murray will have an MRI on Tuesday to confirm.
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