Another week means another round of big changes in the NFL. If you thought the Deshaun Watson trade was huge, wait until you read about Kansas City sending their top wide receiver to the Miami Dolphins. Speaking of the Fins, they’re this offseason’s free agency winner.
Keep reading for the latest trades and free agent news as well as the latest rumors that will affect the NFL Odds for next season.
Trading NFL Trades, Rumors, Free Agents
2022-2023 NFL Regular Season | Sep. 8, 2022 – Jan. 8, 2023
Miami Dolphins Top Free Agency Winners
The Dolphins gave up a lot for Patrick Mahomes’ favorite target Tyreek Hill, but, wow, the Fins are really going for it next season. Miami is tired of playing patsy to the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots.
The Fins not only added Hill to a wide receiver group that includes Jaylen Waddle and Devante Parker, but they also signed the top rated free agent on the market, left tackle Terron Armstead.
Armstead is a ridiculously skilled tackle. He can block any edge rusher in the league. The former Saints player, should he stay healthy, will keep Tua Tagovailoa’s jersey clean.
The AFC West is Now the Deepest Division in the NFL
Just a few weeks ago the Kansas City Chiefs were chalks to win Super Bowl 57. Heading into April, KC is the third-choice on the board behind the Buffalo Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
One of the reasons for KC’s fall from the top spot is because the teams in their division have improved. The Las Vegas Raiders made the splashiest move, trading for Aaron Rodgers’ favorite target in Green Bay, Davante Adams.
Adams played with Vegas quarterback Derek Carr at Fresno State. Davante wanted to play for the Raiders from the moment he entered the league. With Adams, Las Vegas should field one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL.
The Denver Broncos made the biggest trade of the offseason, landing Russell Wilson. Russell is a proven, Super Bowl winning quarterbacks.
Wilson gets to throw to Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton. He also gets to play behind one of the better offensive lines in the league.
But as good as the Broncos and the Raiders look, the Chiefs top rival this season should be the same as their biggest rival in 2021, the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Bolts traded for Kahlil Mack, one of the best defensive players in the league, and signed cornerback J.C. Jackson away from the New England Patriots. The Chargers’ defense has no excuses.
It should be one of the best units, if not the best. If the offense can maintain or improve, the Chargers will have the inside track to dethroning the Chiefs in the loaded AFC West.
Rumor has it, the Panthers, Seahawks, and Steelers are Targeting Quarterbacks in Round 1
This week’s top rumor is that the Panthers, Seahawks, and Steelers will draft quarterbacks in the first round of April’s NFL Draft.
The Panthers and Seahawks have top ten picks. The Steelers will have to wait to draft the quarterback they want. Will it happen? Who knows?
Liberty signal-caller Malik Willis is climbing draft boards while Kenny Pickett had a fantastic combine. So there’s a chance the Panthers and Seahawks draft Pickett and Willis early, which would force the Steelers to draft one of the lower rated quarterbacks or wait until the second round.
In any case, quarterbacks, like they do in most drafts, have suddenly become hot.
Where will Baker land?
It’s difficult to know where Cleveland ships Baker Mayfield because there are few teams that require a starting quarterback.
The handful of franchises that come to mind are the Atlanta Falcons, who recently signed Marcus Mariota, the New York Giants, who have yet to commit to Daniel Jones, the Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks, and Pittsburgh Steelers.
We can pretty much cross Pittsburgh off the list. Cleveland won’t trade to a division rival. Not only that, but Mike Tomlin has seen enough of Baker to know he’s probably not a great fit in Steel Town.
So if we throw out the Steelers, the trade mill should land on the ATL, NYG, Carolina, or Seattle. Of those four teams, Seattle is the best landing spot.
The Seahawks have two first round picks. By trading for Mayfield, and keeping their top ten pick, the Seahawks could draft one of the better offensive lineman to protect their new starter or the best wide receiver to play opposite DK Metcalf.
Seattle looks promising. The rumor hasn’t started yet. But don’t be surprised if it starts soon.