The start of the new NFL season is still a way off, but the business around the league is at fever pitch ahead of the draft, which is set to begin in a little over 2 weeks. There are still some big-name free agents out there waiting to be picked up, as well as some players who look destined to be playing with a new team when the season finally does roll around. We might see a lot of those moves taken care of in the day leading up to the draft, as teams will all be jockeying for position so that they can land the players high on their draft list. With all of that in mind, let’s take a look at what is happening around the league, starting with some very bad news so you can take it in consideration when betting against the NFL Odds.
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The headlines these past couple of days have been dominated with the passing of Steelers QB Dwayne Haskins. The 24-year-old QB was practicing with several other Steelers players before being struck by a truck on the highway after the practice session. It was a piece of news that rattled a lot of players and media around the league, and while it is certainly cold to say so, it has also had an impact on how the Steelers will do business heading into the draft.
The harsh reality is that while the news about Haskins in indeed truly awful, the Pittsburgh Steelers have now been forced into making a decision they might not ordinarily been forced to make. They have been vocal in their goal of heading into training camp with 4 QBs on the roster. With the untimely passing of Haskins, they are now sitting with just 2 on the roster. That almost certainly means that they are going to be looking at a QB in the draft, with Kenny Pickett and Malik Willis being at the top of the list. The Steelers are probably going to need to make a move to land either of those guys, so watch this space to see what they do.
On the free agent front, we have some news to report. Steven Nelson, who played with the Philadelphia Eagles last season after being released by the Steelers, is on the market and was reportedly visiting with the Houston Texans on Monday. The Texans will certainly have some money to spend this offseason as they look to rebuild, and Nelson might prove to be a good pickup as they look to fill the many holes that they currently have in their lineup.
In the grand scheme of things, it was a rather quiet week in the NFL, with the standard cuts and re-signings accounting for the bulk of the business conducted. There are still some guys we are looking at, though. It looks as though Deebo Samuel is going to stick around with the 49ers, but we are still awaiting word on Tyrann Mathieu and Baker Mayfield, as they look to land with a new team. It might end up being a situation where teams wait to see how they look after the draft before committing to one of those guys.