The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to be in the midst of a quarterback competition come training camp, but the team isn't going to force anything from the jump. Baker Mayfield has been impressing the Bucs' staff so far, but Kyle Trask will get his time to prove himself as well, offensive coordinator Dave Canales says.
Mayfield has the experience (including playoff experience) of being a starter, while Trask has the advantage of sitting behind the goat (Tom Brady) for two seasons. On the flip side, Trask's only regular-season NFL playing time was during a meaningless Week 18 game in 2022, while Mayfield has been with four teams now. Both will get a good shot, and as Canales said, "Competition makes everybody great."
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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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The (very) long process has finally come to an end. Lamar Jackson signed his contract extension with the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday afternoon.
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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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The New York Jets' offseason program is underway, and new quarterback Aaron Rodgers is in attendance throwing to his new (and old) receivers.
These workouts are voluntary, but the Jets appear to have a good turnout so far. Rodgers, who normally didn't show up to offseason work with the Green Bay Packers, is doing the little things to get in sync with his new team.
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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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I swear if Tom Brady plays in 2023...
When asked if he would come out of retirement and play for the Miami Dolphins, Brady didn't say no. In fact, he didn't answer the question at all.
Rumors of Brady to the Dolphins have circulated for years - from the Sean Payton fiasco before he joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to him, here, saying he has friends on the Dolphins. Brady has insisted he is retired for real this time, but there's always going to be some doubt, considering he un-retired before.
There's no way to tell how Brady will feel once training camp rolls around. And then once the season begins. And then when he's not playing in the postseason and competing for a Super Bowl. Please, Tom, let's not.
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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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