As much drama, if not more, reigns during the NFL offseason than it does during the regular season. So nobody should be surprised that even though the NCAA March Madness Tournament is in full force, plenty of attention is falling to the National Football League. Check out an NFL Betting update of the top 10 free agents, the biggest trades so far, and a massive trade rumor.
Trading NFL News, Rumors, Free Agents and More
2022-2023 NFL Regular Season
- When: Sep. 8, 2022 – Jan. 8, 2023
NFL Free Agent Signings Update – Top 10
- Terron Armstead – OL
- Von Miller – Edge – Buffalo
- JC Jackson – CB – Los Angeles Chargers
- Chandler Jones – Edge – Las Vegas
- Carlton Davis – CB – Tampa Bay
- Brandon Scherff – OG – Jacksonville
- Marcus Williams – S – Baltimore
- Allen Robinson – WR – L.A. Rams
- Randy Gregory – Edge – Denver
- Lake Tomlinson – OG – New York Jets
This offseason’s top free agent, New Orleans’ left tackle Terron Armstead, has yet to find a new team. Armstead could end up staying in the Big Easy because the Saints freed up cap space hoping to acquire Deshaun Watson from the Houston Texans.
See below for where Watson landed. Since it won’t be the Saints, New Orleans could spend some of the money on Armstead.
No doubt, that until Armstead signs, the biggest free agent signing happened for the Buffalo Bills. Von Miller decided to ditch the Rams and head to Orchard Park.
The Bills already had a great defense. With Miller, it becomes the best unit in the NFL. Not only that, but the Bills also signed Marcus Williams away from the Saints.
Brandon Scherff going to Jacksonville is also a huge signing. Doug Pederson led the Philadelphia Eagles to a Super Bowl by leaning on a passing attack with a strong offensive line. The Jags could go from worst to first in the AFC North Division because players like Scherff will protect quarterback Trevor Lawrence and the Jags have the first pick in the draft.
JC Jackson helps the Chargers big time, the Bucs made the right move by resigning Carlton Davis, Allen Robinson makes the Rams’ requirement to resign Odell Beckham Jr. a moot point, and Gregory to Denver and Tomlinson to the Jets both make sense.
New Orleans resigned quarterback Jameis Winston. Although Winston wasn’t in the top 10, his signing means a lot. First, it means the Saints won’t pursue a trade for Jimmy Garoppolo or any other quarterback. Second, it means the Saints aren’t likely to draft a QB in the first round.
Wilson, Watson, Mack, Ryan, Adams, and Wentz lead top NFL trades
QB Russell Wilson to Denver from Seattle – This could go down as one of the most important trades in NFL history. The Broncos haven’t had a top signal-caller since the great John Elway retired.
Russell wanted out of Seattle after struggling since winning the Super Bowl in 2014. So it makes sense that he’d go to Denver. The Broncos had to give up a king’s ransom, but Wilson is worth it.
QB Carson Wentz flies from Indianapolis to D.C. – Carson Wentz had a decent season in Indianapolis, but the Colts wanted to move on. So when Washington called, Indy pulled the trigger, sending Wentz from Indianapolis to D.C.
Wentz will become the first starting quarterback for the Washington Commanders. He’s more than capable of leading the District of Columbia to the playoffs. But he probably won’t.
It’s just like D.C. to trade for a top signal-caller and then let their best O-line player, guard Brandon Scherff, walk.
QB Deshaun Watson heads to Cleveland from Houston – Watson decided he’d rather play in Cleveland than New Orleans. Fans in the Big Easy are feeling like they dodged a bullet.
It’s not that Deshaun isn’t a good player. But the 22 lawsuits from various female masseuses isn’t good.
When it comes to football, wow, the Texans bought a decent future. Three first-round draft picks and bunch of other picks to unload a quarterback they were likely to have to cut if they couldn’t find a trading partner is a brilliant move.
QB Matt Ryan heads to Indianapolis from the ATL – Atlanta traded Matt Ryan to Indianapolis. The Falcons then signed Marcus Mariota to start for them this season.
Atlanta requires a lot more than Mariota to win the NFC South. The move to trade Ryan, though, makes sense. Calvin Ridley must take a year off because he pulled a Pete Rose and bet on football.
Ridley is the only true WR1 on the roster. So why not unload your starter when you can get something in return instead of waiting for him to implode because he’s got nobody to throw the football too?
Mariota is a good RPO quarterback, and the Falcons are likely to do a lot of run-pass-option this season. For the Colts, trading for Ryan is a no-brainer.
Matty Ice remains one of the top quarterbacks in the league. He’s an upgrade over Wentz because of where the Colts are right now, a team with a great rushing attack and fantastic defense.
WR Davante Adams goes to the Raiders – Adams played with Las Vegas quarterback Derek Carr. So this makes sense for the Raiders.
Does it make sense for Green Bay? Not even close. The Packers resigned Aaron Rodgers. Now, they’re on the hunt for a WR on which Rodgers can lean.
It’s not Randall Cobb. It won’t be Allen Lazard and it won’t be Malik Taylor. So who will it be? Rodgers is asking the same question. Edge Kahlil Mack goes from Chicago to the Chargers – When Kahlil Mack is healthy, he’s one of the top five best defensive players in the league.
The Bolts were horrible against the rush last season. Mack immediately upgrades the rush defense. Kahlil is also known for terrorizing passers. After trading for Mack and signing J.C. Jackson, the Bolts sure look serious about winning the Super Bowl, right?
NFL Trade Rumors
No trade rumors are on the horizon, but everyone knows that the Browns will move Baker Mayfield. If they don’t move him before the NFL Draft, they will move him before training camp.
Sitting on Baker and hoping for a first-round, or even second-round pick after the season makes no sense. Mayfield still has some upside.
Teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers, who plan on starting Mitch Trubisky, New York Giants, who will decide on starting Daniel Jones or Tyrod Taylor, and the Carolina Panthers, who failed miserably with the Sam Darnold experiment, could all be in the running.
Those three teams could also pursue Jimmy G. The 49ers may not even trade Garoppolo now that most of the teams requiring quarterbacks have pulled the trigger on other players.
So the one player everyone is talking about remains Baker Mayfield.
I have read enough, I need to place my bet now. What to do?