Just because the NFL Draft is in the books and most free agents have signed with their new teams, it doesn’t mean there are no longer any pro football rumors regarding trades and remaining free agents. See below for the latest NFL trade and free agent rumors so you can keep planning your bets against the NFL Odds.
NFL Rumors, Trades, Free Agents & Betting News May 17th Edition
2022-2023 NFL Regular Season
- When: Sep. 8, 2022 – Jan. 8, 2023
Saints sign two free agents that make them NFC contenders
New Orleans signed two free agents last week that make them contenders to win the NFC. The first is former Kansas City safety Tyrann Mathieu. The honey badger grew up in New Orleans and played for LSU.
So it makes sense that he’d sign with the Saints. Mathieu signed a three-year-deal, which means he’s likely to finish his career making hits for New Orleans.
The other player the Saints signed is wide receiver Jarvis Landry. Jarvis will play slot while Michael Thomas is on one side and Chris Olave is on the other.
In the matter of two weeks, the Saints went from having zero top receivers to possibly one of the best receiving corps in the NFL. Add in a top defense and New Orleans is one of the teams to beat to win the conference.
Carolina Panthers continue to have interest in Jimmy G. and Baker Mayfield
The Panthers drafted rookie quarterback Matt Corral, but just because Corral and Sam Darnold are on the roster, it doesn’t mean Carolina has given up on acquiring either Jimmy Garoppolo or Baker Mayfield.
Rumor has it, Carolina is interested in acquiring one of the two remaining quarterbacks on the trade market. The Panthers would go with either one, but the deal must be right before Carolina pulls the trigger.
Cleveland, Mayfield’s current employer, and San Francisco, the team that signs Garoppolo’s paychecks, have asked too much in the past. If the Browns and 49ers continue to ask the world, the Panthers will roll the dice with Darnold and Corral.
3 teams possible destinations for Julio Jones
Supposedly, three teams are interested in Julio Jones. The former Atlanta Falcon and current Tennessee Titan is 33-years-old, which is one of the reasons no team has yet to pick up the phone and give Jones’ agent a call.
In any case, the three teams appear to be the Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys, or Indianapolis Colts. Among the three teams, the Colts make the most sense.
Indianapolis traded for veteran Matt Ryan to play quarterback. The Colts are a win now team, which means adding Jones will only help. Ryan and Jones have chemistry, of course, since both played in Atlanta.
Green Bay seems like a longshot. Dallas is also a longshot. Don’t be surprised if Atlanta makes the call. Falcons’ owner Arthur Blank loves Julio, Jones has strong ties to the ATL, and the Falcons’ top receiver is rookie Drake London.
Browns excited about Deshaun under center, but . . .
Cleveland is excited about Deshaun Watson under center, but whispers are building. For one, Watson has yet to get rid of the 22 lawsuits against him for inappropriate behavior.
We can’t get into the details. There’s too much to discuss. But let’s just say Watson’s legal troubles are far from over.
It takes a special player to perform their best while lawsuits hang over their head. Watson might be special. But is he special enough? The civil lawsuits won’t go away for at least another year.
So all of 2022 and into 2023 Deshaun will play with this hanging over his head. Rumors are some in Cleveland’s organization aren’t happy about it, which may explain why Baker Mayfield remains a Brown.
After an excellent draft, the Philadelphia Eagles are an NFC darling to win the conference
The odds on the Eagles to win the NFC have nothing to do with trade rumors or free agents. But we thought it was interesting that the moment the NFL schedule released, Philly’s odds across the board dived.
At +2800 to win the Super Bowl, Philly offers lower odds than the Titans, Saints, and Patriots. The Eagles are +1300 to win the NFC and +236, second choice, to beat the Dallas Cowboys and win the NFC East.
Why is Philadelphia suddenly a lukewarm chalk? The Eagles had a fantastic draft. Not only that, but like Dallas, Washington, and the New York Giants, Philadelphia, at least on paper, has one of the easiest schedules in the league.
It’s up to you if you believe the odds on the Eagles are fair. The key is Jalen Hurts. If the Hurts improves, Philadelphia might be an overlay at the current odds. But if Hurts doesn’t, Philly will burn money for sure.