NFL Betting Rumors, Trades & News Gardner-Johnson Goes to Philly, Chicago Signs Leatherwood

NFL Betting Rumors, Trades & News: Gardner-Johnson Goes to Philly, Chicago Signs Leatherwood

A week out from the NFL Regular Season’s first game, teams are tightening things up and preparing for what they hope will be a strong run to the Super Bowl. Check out the latest NFL Betting news and trades heading into the season. 

NFL Rumors, Trades, Free Agents & Betting News | August 31st Edition

 2022-23 NFL Regular Season

  • When: Sep. 8, 2022 – Jan. 8, 2023

Jimmy G. staying at San Francisco

It turns out the San Francisco 49ers knew exactly what they were doing when they signed Jimmy Garoppolo to a gigantic contract. The Niners were on the hook for $24 million if they didn’t trade Jimmy G. or cut him.

Instead of doing either, the 49ers gave Garoppolo and his agent a call and said, “We love Jimmy. Will he restructure his contract?”

Sure enough, Garoppolo restructured for $6 million this season and possible incentives. Jimmy G. will start the season on San Francisco’s bench. But if Trey Lance struggles, make no mistake, the 49ers will send their 2021 starter to the field.

For Garoppolo, restructuring the deal makes all the sense in the world. Lance should thrive but if he doesn’t, Garoppolo gets to start and then can move onto greener pastures in 2023. 

New Orleans trades cornerback C.J. Gardner-Johnson to Philadelphia

Last off season, the Saints were desperate for a cornerback. Rookie Paulson Adebo stepped up big time, recording 55 solo tackles and 3 interceptions.

With Adebo firmly entrenched at left corner, Pro Bowl player Marshon Lattimore at right, and Bradley Robey coming off the bench, New Orleans felt like they could part with C.J. Gardner-Johnson.

The Saints traded Johnson and a seventh round pick to Philadelphia for a fifth round pick and a sixth round pick. Philly required corner depth. Gardner provides it. So the trade looks like a win-win for both teams.  

Mike Tomlin won’t say if he’s starting Trubisky or Pickett even though everyone knows it’s Trubisky

A reporter asked Mike Tomlin if he knows who his starting quarterback will be when the Steelers take on the Dolphins in NFL Week 1. Tomlin said he had an idea but that he wasn’t going to tell anyone.

Whether Tomlin says it or not, it’s clear the Pittsburgh head coach is rolling the dice with either Mitch Trubisky or Mason Rudolph. During the late spring and early summer, the Detroit Lions inquired about trading for Rudolph.

Tomlin said trading Rudolph would require a significant offer. The Steelers HC trusts Rudolph. So he doesn’t want to lose him.

Trubisky came on board after last season. The former top pick in the NFL Draft may take too many chances for Tomlin to give him the QB1 jersey.

Kenny Pickett has the most upside, but he’s a rookie. Mike Tomlin is a conservative coach. So it’s doubtful MT starts the rookie in the Steelers’ first game of the season. 

Raiders are going to wave last year’s first round pick Alex Leatherwood

The Las Vegas Raiders called every team in the league to see if they could unload offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood. When everyone said no to a trade, the Raiders cut their top pick from 2021.

It didn’t take long for the Chicago Bears to pick up the 23-year-old Alabama tackle. Leatherwood never caught on in Vegas.

Not only that, but he was the final first round pick from the disgraced Jon Gruden era. New head coach Josh McDaniels believe they can make due with their current group of linemen.

If you’re Derek Carr, you have to be worried. Leatherwood started at right tackle and then right guard last season. Carr’s right tackle this season is 2022 seventh round pick Thayer Munford Jr.

At least Munford Jr. comes from a great program. Thayer played at Ohio State last season. So Carr and McDaniels know the effort will be there. But, man, a rookie right tackle and a seventh round pick at that isn’t a good sign. 


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