11 thoughts on “2022 NFL off-season

  1. I’ve been almost completely cutoff from the NFL, but the news of the Seahawks trading Russ to Denver got my attention. it’s not surprising, but I was curious to see what the Hawks got in return.

    Carroll moving towards a 3-4 defense also got my attention. How many defensive coaches make a switch like this? Two only come to mind–Zimmer, when he was with the Cowboys (switched from 4-3 to 3-4) and maybe Belichick, whose Patriot defenses have been playing more like a 4-3 for a while now. The chances of success seem slim. Had he hired an established 3-4 DC (e.g., Vic Fangio or even Robert Flores), I’d be more optimistic, but he promoted his DL coach. I like the coach, and he has coached in 3-4 systems (with Fangio), but he’s unproven. (Carroll also brought in Sean Desai, who was the Bears DC and coached under Fangio as well, but I’m uncertain how good he is.)

    The Raider’s moves–picking up Chandler Jones and Davante Adams–also caught my eye. I kinda like the move to get Jones, but I’m not too keen on paying for Adams. The only time this move seems justified is if the player is the last missing piece. The Eagles acquiring TO is the example that comes to mind. If that’s the case for the Raiders, then I can see the move being justified.

    Oh, I’m not that enthused about the hiring of Josh McDaniels. But if he can replicate Belichick’s coaching, I’ll be happy (which I guess is obvious).

  2. I’ve been super busy since February and will continue to be until the first week of April, so I don’t have lots of time for online stuff, but I’ll try to add stuff as things develop.

  3. Free agent signings, QBs:

    Jameis Winston: Re-signed with New Orleans Saints
    Teddy Bridgewater: Signed with Miami Dolphins
    Marcus Mariota: Signed with Atlanta Falcons
    Mitchell Trubisky: Signed with Pittsburgh Steelers
    Jacoby Brissett: Signed with Cleveland Browns
    Tyrod Taylor: Signed with New York Giants
    Colt McCoy: Re-signed with Arizona Cardinals
    Brandon Allen: Re-signing with Cincinnati Bengals
    Brian Hoyer: Re-signed with New England Patriots
    Chad Henne: Re-signed with Kansas City Chiefs
    Chase Daniel: Re-signed with Los Angeles Chargers
    Chris Streveler: Re-signed with Miami Dolphins
    David Blough: Re-signed with Detroit Lions
    Joe Flacco: Re-signed with New York Jets
    Kyle Allen: Signed with Houston Texans
    Mike White: Tendered by New York Jets
    Tim Boyle: Re-signed with Detroit Lions

    Still free agents:

    Andy Dalton
    Ryan Fitzpatrick
    Geno Smith
    A.J. McCarron
    Blaine Gabbert
    Cam Newton
    Josh Rosen
    Joshua Dobbs
    Kurt Benkert
    Mike Glennon
    Sean Mannion
    Trevor Siemian

    1. Other QB moves:

      Bills sign Matt Barkley
      Panthers re-sign P.J. Walker
      Broncos trade for Russell Wilson
      Browns trade for Deshaun Watson
      Colts trade for Matt Ryan
      Raiders sign Garrett Gilbert (Reid’s favorite)
      Seahawks trade for Drew Lock
      Commanders trade for Carson Wentz

    2. Raiders sign Garrett Gilbert (Reid’s favorite)

      Did I say that? I don’t remember expressing those type of sentiments about him. (He’s the QB from SMU, right?)

      1. Here you said he has a better arm than Burrow. 🙂 Thanks to this conversation I’ve been following his career. He started a game for Dallas the season before last when Andy Dalton went down, and this is his second stint with the Raiders.

      2. Oh no! I meant Herbert (Justin Herbert). For some reason, I sometimes mix up “Gilbert” with “Herbert.”

  4. Mariota is the main guy right now in Atlanta. I like that move. It’s good for Mariota obviously, but great for Atlanta as he can be a great bridge for a rookie QB (maybe not this year – since apparently there aren’t many great ones in the this year’s draft).

    1. I heard a comment that the Falcons are trying to tank–and somehow seems believable. I believe they have a huge amount of dead money from Matt Ryan, and I don’t think they have a strong overall roster–but maybe I’m wrong about that. Or, to put it another way: is this a team that provides Mariota (or any QB) a decent shot at success?

      It seems more likely that the Falcons have resigned themselves to do poorly, but Mariota will be a good guy to hold the fort in such a situation. I hope I’m wrong about that, though.

  5. Free agent signings, RB:

    Cordarrelle Patterson: Re-signed with the Atlanta Falcons
    James Conner: Re-signed with Arizona Cardinals
    Chase Edmonds: Signed with Miami Dolphins
    Rashaad Penny: Re-signed with Seattle Seahawks
    James White: Re-signed with New England Patriots
    Raheem Mostert: Signed with Miami Dolphins
    J.D. McKissic: Re-Signed with Washington Commanders
    Ameer Abdullah: Signed with Las Vegas Raiders
    Boston Scott: Re-signed with the Philadelphia Eagles
    Brandon Bolden: Signed with Las Vegas Raiders
    Damien Williams: Signed with Atlanta Falcons
    Dare Ogunbowale: Signed with Houston Texans
    Dontrell Hilliard: Re-signed with the Tennessee Titans
    Duke Johnson Jr: Signed with Buffalo Bills
    Matt Breida: Signed with New York Giants
    Tevin Coleman: Re-signed with the New York Jets
    Trenton Cannon: Signed with Tennessee Titans
    Ty Montgomery: Signed with New England Patriots
    Patrick Ricard: Signed with Baltimore Ravens
    Michael Burton: Re-signed with Kansas City Chiefs
    Jakob Johnson: Signed with Las Vegas Raiders
    Alec Ingold: Signed with Miami Dolphins

    Still unsigned:

    Leonard Fournette
    Sony Michel
    Melvin Gordon III
    Marlon Mack
    Justin Jackson
    Darrel Williams
    Adrian Killins
    Alex Collins
    Buddy Howell
    Carlos Hyde
    Corey Clement
    David Johnson
    Derrick Gore
    Devonta Freeman
    Devontae Booker
    Dwayne Washington
    Giovani Bernard
    Jalen Richard
    Jeff Wilson
    Jerick McKinnon
    Kalen Ballage
    Latavius Murray
    Le’Veon Bell
    Malcolm Brown
    Marcelias Sutton
    Peyton Barber
    Phillip Lindsay
    Ronald Jones II
    Royce Freeman
    Ryan Nall
    Taiwan Jones
    Tarik Cohen
    Wayne Gallman
    Andy Janovich
    Elijhaa Penny
    Cullen Gillaspia
    Khari Blasingame

  6. I’m annoyed with myself because I planned to post this Saturday night during a 3:00 a.m. fantasy draft, in between picks, but the draft was canceled and I forgot about posting, and now Week 1 is nearly over so it’s going to look like my predictions were influenced by Week 1 games, which they aren’t.


    AFC West

    AFC South

    AFC North

    AFC East

    Wildcards: Raiders, Bengals, Titans. Five teams returning from last season’s playoffs, dropping New England and Pittsburgh in favor of Baltimore and Indianapolis.

    NFC West

    NFC South

    NFC North

    NFC East

    Wildcards: Eagles, Vikings, Rams. Five teams returning from last year’s playoffs, dropping Dallas and Arizona in favor of New York and Minnesota.

    If I wrote this after yesterday’s games, I’d put Dallas in last and move the Commanders up one. I would also consider moving Arizona up and the Rams down, but I’ll stick with what I got.

    As you know, each year I pick a team to come out of nowhere, because one team always does, and this year it’s the Giants. I suspect people in my fantasy league at work think I’ve been talking up the Giants all summer because I wanted them to draft Giants (while I drafted zero Giants), but I really think they’re on the brink. Perhaps a season away, or a season away from being a season away. That’s what I said about the Dolphins two years ago and they made a run THAT year. So yeah. Giants to win the NFC East.

    Super Bowl: Bills defeat 49ers, only because I don’t have the guts to say Ravens defeat Niners, so put an asterisk here. I want to be able to say “I sorta told you so” when it happens.

    MVP: Josh Allen seems to be the consensus pick, and it’s tough to argue against. But I’d look out for Lamar Jackson.

    Comeback: Christian McCaffrey.

    Defensive rookie: How about George Karlaftis, edge rusher for the Chiefs? The only other contender I’ve actually kept an eye on is Derek Stingley, the Texans corner. He’s Darryl Stingley’s grandson.

    Offensive rookie: Man, Don’s drafting Drake London (Atlanta WR) in fantasy seems prescient, and I drafted Chris Olave (New Orleans WR), but for various stupid reasons having mostly to do with my consuming lots of media based in Washington D.C., I’m going way down the board with Jahan Dotson, Washington WR. A month ago, he was at +2500 to win this award, while Kenny Pickett (Steelers QB) was the +600 favorite.

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