Dolphins Plan to Pick up Tagovailoa’s Fifth-Year Option

The Miami Dolphins reiterated their commitment to quarterback Tua Tagovailoa on Friday — with concrete action.

The Dolphins plan to pick up the fifth-year option on Tagovailoa’s rookie contract, NFL Media reported. The 2024 option is worth $23.2 million and ensures Tagovailoa remains under contract for the next two seasons.

There was speculation that the Dolphins were not fully committed to the 2020 first-round pick out of Alabama. Lingering questions about Tagovailoa’s durability fueled rumors that the Dolphins could again seek a veteran quarterback with star power.

>>READ: The 33rd Team’s Top 150 Free Agents

Tagovailoa had a tumultuous third professional season in 2022, plagued by head injuries that dominated the headlines for chunks of the regular season. When he did play, however, he was productive and efficient. In 13 starts, Tagovailoa finished 8-5 while completing 64.8 percent of his passes for 3,548 yards passing and 25 touchdowns against just eight interceptions.

The Dolphins finished the season 9-8 under first-year head coach Mike McDaniel. They made the playoffs but were bounced in the first round by their division rivals, the Buffalo Bills.

The Dolphins hope Tagovailoa can take a step forward with his play on the field and his durability in 2023. Miami’s commitment to him on Friday could provide the confidence boost he needs to do just that and give the Dolphins the edge they need to advance in the postseason.


2023 NFL Draft: Full List of Picks For Every Team in All 7 Rounds

The NFL on Thursday awarded compensatory draft picks to NFL teams. The San Francisco 49ers led the way with seven extra picks, including three in the third round (Nos. 99, 101 and 102) for developing minority candidates to fill the head coach or general manager positions with a new team.

In all, 16 teams received comp picks for losing “more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year.” The 49ers and Los Angeles Rams received four extra picks under this formula — the maximum allowed.

Below is a list of every team’s picks in all seven rounds of the draft:

Note: There are only 31 selections in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft because the Miami Dolphins forfeited their first-round pick.

First Round

1. Carolina Panthers (from Chicago, 7-10) 

Team Needs: QB, RB, WR, TE, iOL, LB, SAF

2. Houston Texans (3-13-1)

Team Needs: QB, WR, Edge, OT

3. Arizona Cardinals (4-13) 

Team Needs: Edge, DL, CB, iOL

4. Indianapolis Colts (4-12-1) 

Team Needs: QB, TE, CB, SAF

5. Seattle Seahawks (from Denver, 5-12) 

Team Needs: WR, Edge, SAF, QB

6. Detroit Lions (from LA Rams, 5-12) 

Team Needs: WR, TE, CB, Edge

7. Las Vegas Raiders (6-11) 

Team Needs: QB, iOL, DT, CB

8. Atlanta Falcons (7-10) 

Team Needs: QB, WR, OL, DL, EDGE, LB

9. Chicago Bears (from Carolina, 3-14)

Team Needs: OT, Edge, WR, DL

10. Philadelphia Eagles (from New Orleans, 7-10)

Team Needs: Edge, SAF, CB

>>Read More: Eagles Built Their Roster In Way Other Teams Can Follow

11. Tennessee Titans (7-10)

Team Needs: WR, iOL, DL, LB

12. Houston Texans (from Cleveland, 7-10) 

Team Needs: QB, WR, Edge, OT

13. New York Jets (7-10) 

Team Needs: iOL, OT, QB

14. New England Patriots (8-9)

Team Needs: WR, IDL, LB, OT

15. Green Bay Packers (8-9) 

Team Needs: SAF, iOL, Edge, CB

>>Read More: Has Jordan Love’s Time Come? 

16. Washington Commanders (8-8-1) 

Team Needs: QB, OL, LB, CB

17. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-8) 

Team Needs: OT, DL, LB, CB

18. Detroit Lions (9-8) 

Team Needs: DL, LB, TE, CB

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-10) 

Team Needs: QB, iOL, Edge

20. Seattle Seahawks (9-9) 

Team Needs: WR, Edge, SAF, QB

Miami forfeited its first-round selection, originally No. 21 overall, for tampering with Tom Brady and Sean Payton

21. Los Angeles Chargers (10-8) 

Team Needs: OT, WR, iDL, CB

22. Baltimore Ravens (10-7) 

Team Needs: WR, OL, DL

23. Minnesota Vikings (13-4) 

Team Needs: WR, CB, DL, QB

24. Jacksonville Jaguars (10-8) 

Team Needs: iOL, DL, CB, SAF

25. New York Giants (9-7-1) 

Team Needs: iOL, LB, CB

>>Read More: Predicting QB Contract Extensions

26. Dallas Cowboys (13-5) 

Team Needs: LB, SAF, WR

27. Buffalo Bills (13-3) 

Team Needs: SAF, IOL, WR

28. Cincinnati Bengals (12-4) 

Team Needs: TE, OT, LB, CB

29. New Orleans Saints  (from San Francisco, 7-10)

Team Needs: QB, DT, LB

30. Philadelphia Eagles (14-3) 

Team Needs: Edge, SAF, CB

31. Kansas City Chiefs (14-3) 

Team Needs: RB, LB, CB

Second Round

32. Pittsburgh (from Chicago)
33. Houston
34. Arizona
35. Indianapolis

36. Los Angeles Rams  (5-12)

Team Needs: OL, DL, LB, SAF

37. Seattle (from Denver)
38. Las Vegas
39. Carolina
40. New Orleans
41. Tennessee

42. Cleveland Browns (7-10)

Team Needs: WR, DT, LB

43. NY Jets
44. Atlanta
45. Green Bay
46. New England
47. Washington
48. Detroit
49. Pittsburgh
50. Tampa Bay

51. Miami Dolphins (9-8)

Team Needs: LB, CB, TE, IOL, OT

52. Seattle
53. Chicago (from Baltimore)
54. LA Chargers
55. Detroit (from Minnesota)
56. Jacksonville
57. NY Giants
58. Dallas
59. Buffalo
60. Cincinnati
61. Chicago (from Carolina via San Francisco)
62. Philadelphia
63. Kansas City

Third Round

64. Chicago
65. Houston
66. Arizona

67. Denver Broncos (from Indianapolis, 5-12) 

Team Needs: OL, DL, LB, CB

68. Denver
69. LA Rams
70. Las Vegas
71. New Orleans
72. Tennessee
73. Houston (from Cleveland)
74. NY Jets
75. Atlanta
76. New England (from Carolina)
77. LA Rams (from New England via Miami)
78. Green Bay
79. Indianapolis (from Washington)
80. Pittsburgh
81. Detroit
82. Tampa Bay
83. Seattle
84. Miami
85. LA Chargers
86. Baltimore
87. Minnesota
88. Jacksonville
89. NY Giants
90. Dallas
91. Buffalo
92. Cincinnati
93. Carolina (from San Francisco)
94. Philadelphia
95. Kansas City
96*. Arizona
97*. Washington
98*. Cleveland

99*. San Francisco 49ers  (13-4)

Team Needs: iOL, Edge, CB

100*. Las Vegas (from Kansas City via NY Giants)
101*. San Francisco
102*. San Francisco

Fourth Round

103. Chicago
104. Houston
105. Arizona
106. Indianapolis
107. New England (from LA Rams)
108. Denver
109. Las Vegas
110. Atlanta (from Tennessee)
111. Cleveland
112. NY Jets
113. Atlanta
114. Carolina
115. New Orleans
116. Green Bay
117. New England
118. Washington
119. Minnesota (from Detroit)
120. Pittsburgh
121. Jacksonville (from Tampa Bay)
122. Kansas City (from Miami)
123. Seattle
124. Baltimore
125. LA Chargers
126. Cleveland (from Minnesota)
127. Jacksonville
128. NY Giants
129. Dallas
130. Buffalo
131. Cincinnati
132. Carolina (from San Francisco)
133. Chicago (from Philadelphia)
134. Kansas City
135*. New England

Fifth Round

136. Chicago

Houston forfeited its fifth-round pick, originally No. 137, for a salary cap reporting violation.

137. Buffalo (from Arizona)
138. Indianapolis
139. Denver
140. Cleveland (from LA Rams)
141. Las Vegas
142. Cleveland
143. NY Jets
144. Las Vegas (from Atlanta)
145. Carolina
146. New Orleans
147. Tennessee
148. Chicago (from New England via Baltimore)
149. Green Bay
150. Washington
151. Seattle (from Pittsburgh)
152. Detroit
153. Tampa Bay
154. Seattle
155. San Francisco (from Miami)
156. LA Chargers
157. Baltimore
158. Minnesota
159. Atlanta (from Jacksonville)
160. NY Giants
161. Dallas
162. Indianapolis (from Buffalo)
163. Cincinnati
164. San Francisco
165. New Orleans (from Philadelphia)
166. Kansas City
167*. Los Angeles Rams
168*. Arizona
169*. Dallas
170*. Green Bay
171*. LA Rams
172*. NY Giants
173*. San Francisco
174*. Las Vegas
175*. Tampa Bay
176*. Dallas
177*. LA Rams

Sixth Round

178. Kansas City (from Chicago via Miami)
179. Tampa Bay (from Houston)
180. Arizona
181. Tampa Bay (from Indianapolis)
182. LA Rams
183. Detroit (from Denver)
184. New England (from Las Vegas)
185. Jacksonville (from NY Jets)
186. Tennessee (from Atlanta)
187. New England (from Carolina)
188. Houston (from New Orleans)
189. LA Rams (from Tennessee)
190. Cleveland
191. LA Rams (from Green Bay)
192. New England
193. Washington
194. Detroit
195. Denver (from Pittsburgh)
196. Tampa Bay
197. Miami
198. Seattle
199. Baltimore
200. LA Chargers
201. Houston (from Minnesota)
202. Jacksonville
203. Houston (from NY Giants)
204. Las Vegas (from Dallas)
205. Buffalo
206. Cincinnati
207. NY Jets (from San Francisco via Houston)
208. Jacksonville (from Philadelphia)
209. NY Giants (from Kansas City)
210*. New England
211*. Minnesota
212*. Dallas
213*. Arizona
214*. Las Vegas
215*. Washington
216*. San Francisco
217*. Kansas City

Seventh Round

218. Chicago
219. Philadelphia (from Houston via Minnesota)
220. Las Vegas (from Arizona)
221. Indianapolis
222. San Francisco (from Denver)
223. LA Rams
224. Atlanta (from Las Vegas)
225. Atlanta
226. Jacksonville (from Carolina)
227. New Orleans
228. Tennessee
229. Cleveland
230. Houston (from NY Jets via Tampa Bay)
231. Las Vegas (from New England)
232. Green Bay
233. Washington
234. Pittsburgh
235. Green Bay (from Detroit via LA Rams)
236. Indianapolis (from Tampa Bay)
237. Seattle
238. Miami
239. LA Chargers
240. NY Giants (from Baltimore)
241. Pittsburgh (from Minnesota via Denver)
242. Green Bay (from Jacksonville)
243. NY Giants
244. Dallas
245. New England (from Buffalo via Atlanta)
246. Cincinnati
247. San Francisco
248. Philadelphia
249. Kansas City
250*. Kansas City
251*. LA Rams
252*. Tampa Bay
253*. San Francisco
254*. NY Giants
255*. San Francisco
256*. Green Bay
257*. New Orleans
258*. Chicago
259*. Houston

*Compensatory pick

Free Agency

Mike Gesicki 1-on-1: Free Agency, What He Wants With New Team

Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki is an unrestricted free agent, able to sign with any team beginning on March 15th. Before he hits the market and selects his next home, Gesicki sat down for a one-on-one with Matt Cassel, talking about his upcoming free agency, the versatility he can bring to a new organization, and his desire to play a more active role in his new offense than he did in his final seasons with the Dolphins.



Betting 2023 NFL Draft: What Team Will Take Anthony Richardson?

You can now bet on which team will draft Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson (scouting report) on DraftKings Sportsbook, just like you can with Bijan Robinson (scouting report). Richardson’s odds in the first overall pick market saw wild line movement a little more than a week ago, as he went from a 30-1 longshot to a 7.5-1 contender in a matter of hours. 

After dominating the combine over the weekend, Richardson is now 3-1 to be the first overall pick on DraftKings. As things stand today, Richardson is expected to go early in the first round.

When we analyzed Robinson’s market, we went through every team directly, as Robinson has a wide range of landing spots. In Richardson’s market, we will break down his potential landing spots in groups.

Which Team Will Draft Richardson?


Pick 2 & 12 Texans (+1000)

Pick 4 Colts (+400)

Pick 5 & 20 Seahawks (+550)

Pick 6 & 18 Lions (+750)

Pick 7 Raiders (+700)

Pick 8 Falcons (+600)

Pick 9 Panthers (+300)

This market has seven teams with 10/1 odds or less. They all have a draft pick within the top nine selections. Five of them have an immediate need at quarterback. Two are in a position to start a quality veteran this year while potentially allowing a rookie to sit for a full season. 

A lot can happen between now and the draft, but this betting market indicates one of these seven teams will likely select Richardson. Let’s dive into the favorites.

The Houston Texans will almost certainly draft a new quarterback, and they have the easiest path to moving up to the first pick. Despite their position, the Texans have the longest odds of selecting Richardson from this group. Betting markets believe Houston is more likely to take Bryce Young (scouting report) than Richardson.

The Indianapolis Colts are the second favorite in this market. The Colts’ new coach, former Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen, had great success with dual-threat quarterback Jalen Hurts. I’ve often said Hurts is among the most unique quarterback prospects I’ve ever evaluated. When he was at Alabama, I didn’t think he had any chance of developing into an impactful passer in the NFL. Then, he transferred to Oklahoma and looked like an entirely different player. I’ve never seen anything quite like it.

Richardson has similar potential but only started one year in college and never had that Hurts in Oklahoma-type season as a passer. Richardson could still be available if the Colts sit tight with the fourth pick. Indianapolis is also close enough to the top of the draft to trade up to the top spot if it wants to get ahead of Houston.

The Seattle Seahawks and the Detroit Lions are in similar positions. They both won nine games last year, had top-10 offenses, have two first-round picks, are both sneaky intriguing contenders in a weak NFC, and have veteran quarterbacks that are good but could be better. Both teams are in a position to develop a player like Richardson behind a quality veteran quarterback.

The Las Vegas Raiders appear interested in acquiring a veteran quarterback through trade or free agency. That doesn’t preclude them from taking a quarterback in the first round, especially if they can’t trade for Aaron Rodgers. But ultimately, that’s why Vegas is the fifth favorite in this market, with longer odds than two favorites that pick after them.

>> READ: Rodgers’ Decision Will Come Soon Enough

If Richardson is still available at pick eight, I’d be surprised if he got past the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons have a solid offensive line and an excellent young core of blue-chip pass-catchers. Arthur Smith’s run-centric, play-action-driven offense would be an intriguing fit for Richardson’s skill set. 

The Carolina Panthers are the top favorite in this market. Carolina hasn’t had a real solution at quarterback since Cam Newton missed most of the 2019 season. If any of the four quarterbacks expected to go in the first round are available, there is a good chance they don’t get past the Panthers.

The Falcons and Panthers selecting back-to-back could result in a trade-up by either team to secure a quarterback.

Fringe Contenders

Pick 11 Titans (+1300)

Pick 16 Commanders (+1600)

Both the Tennessee Titans and Washington Commanders could use a new future at quarterback. If Richardson falls, the Titans can start Ryan Tannehill this season while being patient with Richardson’s development. The Titans are in an interesting position to trade up for a quarterback with the 11th pick, too.

Washington appears to be entering the season with Sam Howell as its quarterback. The Commanders should be in the new quarterback market. However, they will have to leapfrog many teams with a quarterback need to get one of the top four guys. 


Longshots With Potential

Pick 13 Jets (+3000)

Pick 19 Buccaneers (+2000)

Pick 22 Ravens (+2500)

Pick 23 Vikings (+2500)

The New York Jets have a win-now roster, so they are a likely destination for Rodgers and Derek Carr. If the Jets miss out on both, they can trade up for a quarterback they like. If New York misses out on Rodgers and Carr, I will check this market to see if they are still 30-1.

>> READ: Is Carr Answer for QB Needy Teams? 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in a similar position to the Commanders in this year’s draft. The Buccaneers may enter the season with an unproven player still on their rookie deal in Kyle Trask

If the Baltimore Ravens or Minnesota Vikings were 75-1 in this market, I’d consider putting a bet on them. If the Ravens traded Lamar Jackson, it would make sense for them to get a dynamic quarterback prospect in this year’s draft. If one team were going to move on from speed-reliant quarterbacks after their rookie deals purposely, it would probably be Baltimore.

If the Vikings finally blow up their roster and start over, they, too, would become an interesting longshot to acquire Richardson. That said, there is no value on either of these teams at 25-1 odds.

Unlikely Longshots

Pick 1 Chicago Bears (+2500)

Pick 14 Patriots (+3500)

Pick 15 Packers (+7500)

Pick 17 Steelers (+10000)

Pick 25 Giants (+4500)

Pick 29 Saints (+4000)

Dolphins (+4500)

Rams (+10000)

49ers (+10000)

The Chicago Bears have the draft capital to start over at quarterback, but should they? The jury is still out on Justin Fields, even though he’s a dynamic athlete that just ran for 1,143 yards. He also turned the Bears into a dangerous offense by himself last season. It would be odd for the Bears to swap their current dynamic quarterback with accuracy concerns for an unproven rookie with the same problems.

>> READ: Bears Leaning Toward Trading No. 1 Overall

The New England Patriots made the playoffs in Mac Jones‘ first season. There is a high chance the Patriots give Jones one more full year after his up-and-down sophomore campaign. Whether it’s Rodgers or Jordan Love under center on opening day, the Green Bay Packers don’t appear to be in the quarterback market.

I expect the Pittsburgh Steelers to be patient with Kenny Pickett to the point he likely gets his entire rookie deal to prove himself. I’d be shocked if Pickett wasn’t the uncontested starter for the Steelers heading into opening day.

It appears the New York Giants will either extend Daniel Jones or use the franchise tag on him. They aren’t entirely out of the quarterback market, but they are close to being out. The New Orleans Saints need a new future at quarterback, but they would have to trade away a ton to move up from the 29th pick into new quarterback territory. 

The Miami Dolphins, Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers all have injury uncertainty at quarterback. They would also need more draft capital to enter new quarterback territory.


Teams Completely Out of Quarterback Market

Pick 3 Cardinals (+10000)

Pick 10 & 31 Eagles (+10000)

Pick 21 Chargers (+20000)

Pick 24 Jaguars (+20000)

Pick 26 Cowboys (+10000)

Pick 27 Bills (+20000)

Pick 28 Bengals (+20000)

Pick 30 Chiefs (+20000)

Broncos (+10000)

Browns (+20000)

These teams are all long shots in this market because they are all set at quarterback. The Los Angeles Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs are each complete cross-offs in this market. The Eagles belong in that group as well with Hurts. 

The Arizona Cardinals have the draft capital to select a new quarterback, but they signed Kyler Murray to a long-term deal last offseason. Even if the Cleveland Browns or Denver Broncos wanted to change directions at the position, neither team has a first-round pick to use in a trade. 

Notable Line Movement

This market opened on Friday, March 3. Here are the most notable early line changes in this market:

  • The Colts opened at +750, tied for the fifth favorite with the Falcons. Indianapolis is currently +400
  • The Falcons opened at +750, tied for the fifth favorite with the Colts. Atlanta is currently +600
  • The Raiders opened at +600 and are presently at +700
  • The Lions opened at +600 and are currently at +750
  • The Titans opened at +1000 and are presently at +1300
  • The Commanders opened at +1200 and are currently +1600
  • The Buccaneers opened at +1200 and are now +2000
  • The Patriots opened at +2200 and are now +3500
  • The Giants opened at +3000 and are now +4500
  • The Bengals, Bills, Browns, Chargers, Chiefs and Jaguars all opened at +10000 and are now all +20000

If I were an oddsmaker, I would have set the Colts and Falcons as the top two favorites in this market. The Raiders are signaling they’d prefer a veteran quarterback. The Lions could benefit from selecting a top-tier defensive talent, and Jared Goff is only 28. 

As things stand now, Richardson will likely be gone by the time the Titans, Commanders and Buccaneers pick. The Giants and Patriots are unlikely to select a first-round quarterback. If the Bengals, Bills, Browns, Chargers, Chiefs or Jaguars were +50000 in this market, I still wouldn’t frame those as good bets.

There is a logic-based reason behind each of these line movements.


Final Thoughts

I won’t make any bets in this market right now because a seven-team cluster of favorites could all realistically acquire Richardson. We could add the Titans to that mix and make it an eight-team bunch. 

Considering that eight teams within the first 11 picks could realistically draft a quarterback with their first selection, I don’t have any real interest in forcing a bet on a favorite in this market. The underdogs I like don’t have long enough odds for me to pull the trigger.

But I am going to check this market when these events transpire:

  • Rodgers gets traded, retires, or stays in Green Bay
  • Jimmy Garoppolo signs
  • Lamar Jackson signs or gets traded

And if these events transpire:

  • Kirk Cousins gets traded
  • Jones gets traded
  • Someone trades with the Bears for the first-overall pick

I want the “who needs a quarterback” market to narrow before making any bets in this market. I’ll use an example to illustrate why that matters. If, say, Rodgers gets traded to the Raiders, Carr signs with Carolina and Jackson gets traded to the Falcons, that string of events would radically change this market.

Three of the favorites would essentially be eliminated from contention, while the Jets and Ravens would become far more likely to expend significant resources to trade up for a quarterback. That’s another reason I’m waiting to make any bets in this market. 

If I make any bets in this market, I will drop those in our discord in the future.

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2023 NFL Combine Concludes, But Buzz, Rumors Are Still Going Strong

INDIANAPOLIS — The NFL Scouting Combine is one of the great weeks on the league’s calendar as executives, coaches, scouts, agents and media come together for what has become an annual league-wide convention.

With another combine in the books, here’s a look at some of the buzz from Indianapolis:

Jones-Barkley Decision Going Down to Wire

New York Giants officials and quarterback Daniel Jones’ representation at Athletes First met several times face-to-face in Indianapolis.

Progress was made on a long-term deal, but more work is needed. As the saying goes: Deadlines spur action.

The Giants have been trying to explain to Jones if he’s tagged, their ability to upgrade the roster decreases. For example, All-Pro running back Saquon Barkley would become a free agent and might leave. That’s because the entire $32 million value of the tag would hit the cap immediately. An extension allows the Giants to spread out the contract numbers, making this season’s salary cap more manageable to facilitate better roster building.

Jones’ asking price — reportedly $45 million per season — has been blown out of proportion a bit on social media, but there’s more work to do to bridge the gap. Neither side wants this to end in a tag, but the clock is ticking.

Meanwhile, the Giants and Barkley have been far apart in negotiations since talks started during the team’s bye week in early November. The Jones situation means Barkley and his agents at Roc Nation have taken a back seat, knowing there’s a potential pathway to unrestricted free agency.

Teams have been hesitant to pay big money for running backs in recent years, but Barkley’s camp believes he’s in a special category because his character is A+, and he’s highly marketable.

Jalen Carter Situation Unfolded in Real Time

Georgia defensive tackle and potential No. 1 pick Jalen Carter (scouting report) was scheduled to speak to reporters on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. EST when news broke an arrest warrant had been issued for him in Georgia.  The charges — for reckless driving and racing (both misdemeanors) — were in connection to a crash that killed a teammate and a staff member on Jan. 15.

After some scrambling behind the podium curtain, a league spokesperson announced Carter wouldn’t speak and was still in medical testing.

The announcement of the charges surfaced hours after a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution claiming Carter was present the night of the accident and misled police with an inconsistent recounting of the events.

Carter returned to Georgia, was booked at 11:33 p.m. EST Wednesday, and released at 11:49 p.m. after posting a $4,000 bond. He returned to Indianapolis on Thursday to finish his interviews and measurements, and posted a statement on social media, saying he expects to be “fully exonerated of any criminal wrongdoing.”

Teams didn’t know the charges were coming.

>>READ: Carter Made Critical Mistake with Far-Reaching Effects

The incident was tragic, and there’s no reason to speculate as the legal situation unfolds.

From a draft standpoint, Carter’s only benefit is that it’s unfolding now and not days before the draft. Recent draft incidents such as the ones involving La’el Collins in 2015 and Laremy Tunsil in 2016 happened right before the draft, and many teams removed them from their draft boards.

Carter will have the chance to speak to teams, and they will have a chance to do all the necessary investigating to learn more about the situation and if it’s worth taking on. Was it just a horrible mistake made by a 21-year-old who will learn from what happened? Or is there past history that will lead teams to take him off their board? Teams have the next 50-plus days to figure it out.

Lamar Jackson-Ravens Situation Remains Mystery

Everyone in Indianapolis had an opinion on what would end up happening with Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, The 33rd Team’s No. 1 free agent in its Top 150, but it didn’t seem like anyone truly knew.

At his press conference early in the week, Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said he and Jackson agreed not to negotiate publicly two years ago, and they’ve stayed true to that. The first sign of where things stand may come on Tuesday when Baltimore will likely use the exclusive or non-exclusive tag on Jackson. DeCosta said they don’t know which way they will go, indicating there’s a back-and-forth going on in Baltimore’s building.

The Ravens can put the non-exclusive tag on Jackson at $32.4 million, but that would allow Jackson to seek offers and bring an offer sheet back to the Ravens. They would have the right to match or receive two first-round picks from the team signing Jackson. An exclusive tag projects to be roughly $45 million, and it would take Jackson off the market. The downside, however, is it could weaken Baltimore’s negotiating stance because they’d be working off a larger number. If the Ravens had to tag Jackson again in 2024, it would cost $54 million.

Rams Shopping Ramsey, Possibly Others

The  Los Angeles Rams remain open to trading All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who has a $25 million salary cap number. The hope is to have a deal in place before the new league year begins on March 15.

Los Angeles is also open to moving on from other veterans, including 2022 free-agent signing Allen Robinson, though that would be more difficult considering he has $15 million in guaranteed money next season. Robinson had just 33 catches and three touchdowns in 10 games.

Bears Open for Business on No. 1 Pick

There is no question that Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles will have more power and influence this offseason than any of his peers.

The Bears will have the most cap space with nearly $100 million and possess the No. 1 overall pick. While Chicago has not fully committed to Justin Fields as its starting quarterback for next season, many league executives said they would be surprised if the Bears decided to trade the former Ohio State quarterback.

The league-wide expectation is the Bears will trade the No. 1 overall pick, but the big question is how far down they will be willing to go.

Tua Tagovailoa’s Future Up in Air

May 1 is the deadline for the Miami Dolphins to exercise the fifth-year option on quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s contract. The option would guarantee a nearly $23.2 million salary for the 2024 season.

“We’re probably best served to utilize the time,” Miami coach Mike McDaniel said at his combine news conference. “That’s kind of the way we’re approaching it, but that doesn’t mean that we’re spending any long period of time not discussing it. This is something that (general manager) Chris (Grier) and I have been working through.”

Tagovailoa missed time with injuries at Alabama and has missed 14 games during his first three seasons with Miami, including worrisome concussions this past season.

Some have wondered if the Dolphins will sniff around on the veteran market, and that probably shouldn’t be ruled out. Tagovailoa also recently made an agent switch and is now with Athletes First.

Cardinals Expected to Move On from Hopkins

Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has no guaranteed money left on his contract, and it seems like he and the Arizona Cardinals would a fresh start. This was the expectation going into the combine, and it was all but confirmed by the event’s close.

Hopkins has five seasons of 96 or more receptions but has missed 15 games in the past two seasons due to injuries and a six-game PED suspension in 2022. He recently hired an agent after not retaining one for the past several years.

Bengals Shut Down Higgins Trade Speculation

Duke Tobin, the Cincinnati Bengals director of player personnel, gave an epic response when asked about the possibility of trading wide receiver Tee Higgins:

“I’m not in the business of making other teams better. I’m in the business of making the Cincinnati Bengals better. If they want a receiver, go find your own. In my opinion, Tee Higgins is a good piece for the Cincinnati Bengals, so the trade stuff is a little ridiculous right now.”

Higgins is entering the fourth, and final, year of his rookie contract, and some speculated Cincinnati might consider moving him because of the looming extensions for franchise quarterback Joe Burrow (this year) and wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase (next year). The free-agent wide receiver market is weak this offseason, so there is potential to get a massive haul for Higgins.

However, as one person clarified, the Bengals have always played hardball. It wouldn’t be surprising if they let Higgins play out his rookie deal and then placed the franchise tag on him next year, similar to what they did with safety Jessie Bates. Higgins has the same agent as Bates, so if no extension gets done, this situation could mirror that one.

What Impact Will NFLPA Report Cards Have?

The first-ever “NFLPA report card,” a survey of roughly 1,300 players, was suddenly dropped to the public on Wednesday afternoon. Its results were interesting, creating a lot of discussion in Indianapolis.

Players were asked for opinions on their teams only and received a survey covering eight topics: Treatment of player families, food service/nutrition, weight room, strength coaches, training room, training staff, locker room and team travel. The three top-ranked teams were the Minnesota Vikings, Dolphins and Las Vegas Raiders. The bottom three were the Los Angeles Chargers, Cardinals and Washington Commanders.

Most agents I spoke to didn’t think it would make a major difference because the money will eventually talk to the player. Could it decide a tiebreaker? That’s definitely possible. It’s fair to wonder if some of these teams will make drastic changes because some of the responses in the report were wild to read. The players deserve better.

Buzz Building Around Several Free Agents

The 33rd Team will do a deep dive on free agency later this week, but here are some names who should do well on the open market after some conversations with agents and personnel executives:

Trade Market Could Get Wild

We’ve heard plenty of trade rumors about Hopkins, Texans receiver Brandin Cooks and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. However, there could be several more surprising names popping up in trades.

The combine facilitates face-to-face meetings between team decision-makers, and there was speculation by its conclusion we might see some “out-of-left-field” deals this offseason.


  • People aren’t sold on Sam Howell being the starting quarterback in Washington, or Kyle Trask taking over in Tampa Bay. Expect veteran competition added in both places, and several options are available in free agency this year.

  • Expect quarterbacks Mike White and Baker Mayfield to have solid markets for backup roles.

  • Kentucky’s Will Levis (scouting report) appears to be this draft class’s most polarizing quarterback prospect. If you talked with two people, you’d get the opposite one person would say one thing about him, and the other would say the complete opposite.

  • On Saturday, Alabama quarterback Bryce Young (scouting report) officially measured in at 5-foot-10 1/8, 204 pounds. If he were 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, he would be the consensus top pick. There will be a team that takes on the risk and potentially trades up to get him, but that team will be taking on a total outlier. Young got hurt last year on a basic tackle, which only raises the concern about how he’ll hold up in the NFL. No one denies his talent and playmaking ability.

  • Most people expect left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. to get franchise tagged if no long-term deal is reached with the Kansas City Chiefs. A few people mentioned keeping a close eye on that situation. Keep in mind Kansas City could have two All-Pros — center Creed Humphrey and guard Joe Thuney — up for new deals next year on the offensive line.

Dolphins’ Byron Jones Says He ‘Can’t Run or Jump’ Due to Injuries

Dolphins’ Byron Jones Says He ‘Can’t Run or Jump’ Due to Injuries
Mr. Broad Jump apparently has left the building, and he’s not happy with its caretakers. Miami Dolphins cornerback Byron Jones, who missed the entire 2022 season after having offseason lower-leg surgery to treat ankle and Achilles injuries, tweeted Saturday that he “can’t run or jump because of my injuries sustained playing this game.” Jones added  […]

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