NFL News from 02/22 to 02/26/2018
Davis Webb believes he can be the next franchise quarterback for the Giants (via ESPN)
Coming out of the draft last season, Webb was widely viewed as a mid-round pick with potential upside to one day become a starter. He was drafted in the 3rd round by the Jerry Reese-Ben McAdoo regime, and after one season that Webb spent entirely on the bench, both of those men were fired. These circumstances put Webb in a tough situation, as he is now working with coaches who didn’t draft him, and have no NFL game film to study of the young QB.
The Giants could potentially be in the market for a QB when they pick 2nd overall in this years draft, but perhaps they want to see if the future franchise QB is currently on their roster first. With Eli Manning likely coming back to start for the Giants next season, perhaps Davis Webb can end up taking the reins when it becomes clear Eli really has nothing left in the tank. The Giants have a pivotal decision to make when they draft at No. 2 to decide which direction they want to take their roster. The full quotes made by Webb can be found at the link above.
Colts re-sign K Adam Vinatieri to a 1-year, $3.625 million extension (via Adam Schefter)
The legendary kicker will continue his Hall of Fame career into its 23rd season. His first 10 seasons were with the Patriots, and he will now move into his 13rd season with the Colts. He needs 57 points to break the all-time NFL scoring record, a milestone he should be able to achieve.
Titans among teams listed as possible destinations for Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry (via NFL.com)
The Dolphins tagged Landry last week in an effort to trade him, and haven’t wasted any time looking for potential partners. They are making a strong effort to trade him before free agency opens next week so they have the financial flexibility needed when the market opens up. Ian Rapoport went on NFL Network on Friday and aside from Tennessee, the other teams mentioned as potential suitors were the Panthers, Saints, and Bears. The Titans would be an ideal fit on paper for Landry, as his abilities as a possession receiver would complement deep ball threat Corey Davis very well. Titans GM Jon Robinson has shown to be very active in the trade market during his tenure, so a Landry-to-Tennessee trade is not at all outside the realm of possibilities.
In addition to Landry, another player the Titans are rumored to have interest in trading for is Giants disgruntled CB Eli Apple. Apple clashed with teammates, coaches, and the front office in his rookie year with the Giants, and despite the new coaching staff, the Giants seem intent on trading him. Apple still has tremendous talent and could have a long successful career if he can get his head straight, and Tennessee may be the perfect place for him to do that. New Titans Head Coach Mike Vrabel coached Apple as a defensive assistant for Ohio State in 2013, and Titans CB Logan Ryan is a friend/mentor to Apple, as the two played high school football together. Expect the Titans to be active in the trade market per usual.
Jaguars sign entire front office to 2-year extensions through 2021 (via John Oehser)
HC Doug Marrone, EVP Tom Coughlin, and GM David Caldwell all got this 2-year extension. It’s a vote of confidence from ownership after a season which saw Jacksonville transform from perennial cellar-dweller to AFC title-contender seemingly overnight. With the defensive core already in place in “Sacksonville,” the Jaguars have shown the potential to be a Super Bowl contender for years to come.
LB David Harris announces retirement from NFL (via Sportstars)
Harris was drafted in the 2nd round in 2007 by the Jets and spent the first 10 seasons of his career in New York, manning the Inside Linebacker spot with well-sustained success, including one All-Pro selection in 2009. He finished his career in a limited role with the Patriots last season, ending a very solid 11-year career.
Jaguars sign QB Blake Bortles to a 3-year, $54 million extension (via Adam Schefter)
$26.5 million of that is guaranteed. This deal, while a little surprising, is being viewed around the league as a win-win for the two sides. For the Jaguars, they get a QB entering his fifth year, with some highly publicized struggles, but one who came on strong last year as the season progressed and fared well in the big games in January. It is a low-risk signing that will pay Bortles low-end starter money, effectively clearing enough room for the Jaguars to be active in free agency. If Bortles flops, the Jaguars can get out of this contract with relative ease after the 2019 season.
For Bortles, he gets the financial security and guarantees he earned this past season, and will get another season full of opportunities to show that he’s worth it. This move means the Jaguars can officially be removed from the free agent QB sweepstakes, but by no means does this eliminate them from selecting a quarterback in the Draft.
Impending Free Agent TE Tyler Eifert has been medically cleared for OTAs (via Adam Schefter)
After 5 seasons in the league, the oft-injured tight end has played a total of 39 games out of a possible 80. When healthy he has shown tremendous talent, especially as a red zone threat, but he has rarely been healthy, especially of late. Eifert will be an interesting case on the open market, as his natural abilities will be too hard to ignore. He would probably do best to get a one-year “prove it” deal so he can hopefully stay healthy and rehab his value.
Chiefs trade CB Marcus Peters and a 2018 6th round pick to the Rams for a 2018 4th round pick and a 2019 2nd round pick (via Ian Rapoport)
The trade was initially announced on Friday, but the compensation the Chiefs are receiving was not made public until today. This trade has been very polarizing for people following the situation, as some believe the Chiefs didn’t get enough compensation for their star corner. Ultimately what is known is that the Chiefs were fed up with Peters’ attitude down the stretch of last season – he was suspended by the team for their match-up against the Raiders after some antics he pulled the week before at the Meadowlands against the Jets. Another thing that is known is when Kansas City started shopping Peters a few weeks ago, the Rams were the only team to show genuine interest.
After the acquisitions of multiple CB’s by the Chiefs, it became clear that Peters was not a part of their future plans. He was on his way out regardless, and considering only one team was interested in the maligned corner, a 2nd and a 4th rounder has to be looked at as very solid compensation. As for the Rams, they get the shutdown corner they were looking for, and will try to keep Peters’ attitude in check. Peters is still on his rookie contract and will almost assuredly have his 5th year option picked up. This tradealso means CB Trumaine Johnson’s career with the Rams is most likely over and he will hit the open market.
Kirk Cousins to the Vikings gaining steam (via Ian Rapoport)
With free agency a week away, and the Combine coming right up on us, Kirk Cousins’ market is starting to get a little more clear. Before this week, the favorites were considered to be the Denver Broncos and New York Jets, with the Browns trailing behind. Now, a new potential favorite has emerged in the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings may not have as much cap space as the Broncos, Jets, or Browns, but they have enough to make a serious run at Cousins. In addition, they already have an established group of weapons on offense with Dalvin Cook, Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, and Kyle Rudolph, including one of the best defenses from last year. The Vikings also play in a dome, which is highly favorable to QBs, and are coming off a season which saw them come one game short of the Super Bowl. If the Vikings give Cousins the money he’s looking for, this could potentially be a no-brainer for the free agent QB.