NFL Update Franchise Tags Free Agency Combine Superstars And More!

By Ian John
March 8, 2023

The Super Bowl may be over, but don’t be fooled, this is as busy a time in the NFL as any point during the season.

The back offices of all 32 NFL teams are busy working out which players will be leaving the club as free agents, who will be offered a new contract, who will be franchise tagged, plus they will be busy evaluating all the different prospects from the NFL Combine.

That is all on top of preparing for the 2023 NFL Draft (which comes at the end of April) and making changes to the coaching staff that will guide the team going forward.

That means that there has been a lot of activity on the rosters for each team and also with backroom staff and more.

In this article, we are going to recap some of the biggest news that has happened across the NFL over the last couple of months.

Currently, bet365 Sport has the Kansas City Chiefs as the 11/2 favourites to repeat their success of this year, with the Bills 13/2, the 49ers 7/1, the Eagles 8/1 and the Bengals 9/1.

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Let’s begin with a list of players that have had one of the three different Franchise Tags handed to them.

Non-Exclusive Franchise Tags

  • RB Saquon Barkley (New York Giants)
  • TE Evan Engram (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • QB Lamar Jackson (Baltimore Ravens)
  • RB Josh Jacobs (Las Vegas Raiders)
  • DT Daron Payne (Washington Commanders)
  • RB Tony Pollard (Dallas Cowboys)

New Contracts/Free Agents Signed or Re-Signed

  • QB Daniel Jones (New York Giants) – 4yrs, $160m
  • QB Derek Carr (New Orleans Saints) – 4ys, $150m
  • QB Geno Smith (Seattle Seahawks) – 3yrs, $105m
  • LS Taybor Pepper (San Francisco 49ers) – 3yrs, $1.5m
  • DE Tanoh Kpassagnon (New Orleans Saints) – 2yrs, $6m
  • EDGE Lorenzo Carter (Atlanta Falcons) – 2yrs, N/A
  • LB David Mayo (Washington Commanders) – 1yr extension
  • QB C.J.Beathard (Jacksonville Jaguars) – 2yrs, $4.5m
  • DL Roy Robertson-Harris (Jacksonville Jaguars) – 3yrs, $30m

The Top 25 Free Agents In The NFL

  1. DT Javon Hargrave
  2. OT Orlando Brown
  3. S Chauncy Gardner-Johnson
  4. CB James Bradberry
  5. S Jessie Bates
  6. OT Mike McGlinchey
  7. DL Dre-Mont Jones
  8. DE Zach Allen
  9. WR Odell Beckham Jr.
  10. CB Jamel Dean
  11. LB Bobby Wagner
  12. WR Jakobi Meyers
  13. LB Lavonte David
  14. S Jordan Poyer
  15. CB Cameron Sutton
  16. TE Dalton Schultz
  17. EDGE Marcus Davenport
  18. LB David Long
  19. QB Jimmy Garoppolo
  20. C Jason Kelce
  21. TE Mike Gesicki
  22. EDGE Yannick Ngakoue
  23. CB Jonathan Jones
  24. OG Ben Powers
  25. RB Miles Sanders

Other Big NFL News & Reported Trade Talks

  • The Arizona Cardinals are reportedly willing to discuss a potential deal for WR DeAndre Hopkins, with the Cards believed to be looking at a second round draft pick in the forthcoming draft, plus a conditional pick, or player offered in exchange.
  • The Green Bay Packers have allowed quarterback Aaron Rodgers discuss a potential trade with the New York Jets and it is believed talks are imminent between the franchise and the former NFL MVP.
  • The Houston Texans are believed to be interested in securing a deal for the former 49ers starter QB Jimmy Garoppolo.
  • In perhaps the most surprising news of the post-season so far, the Tennessee Titans are believed to be shopping star running back Derrick Henry with four teams, the Falcons, Chiefs, Bills and Bears said to be interested in the power back.
  • The Las Vegas Raiders are looking to replace Saints bound QB Derek Carr and top of their list is New England Patriots QB Mac Wilson.
  • The Los Angeles Rams are said to be willing to listen to potential trade offers for top CB Jalen Ramsey and WR Allen Robinson III.

NFL Combine Main Stories, Movers And Shakers

QB – Anthony Richardson (Florida)

A stunning combine performance by the athletic former Florida QB has seen his draft stock increase massively thanks to his dominant performance in every event that he participated in.

With a new QB combine record for vertical jumps, a huge broad jump and a blisteringly fast 4.43 40-yard-dash, Richardson has now been tipped as a potential top 10 prospect for the draft, with some even having him as a top five pick.

He did show some rawness in his passing compared to other QBs on show, but those athletic measures are hard for any GM to ignore.

QB – Bryce Young (Alabama)

The buzz about Bryce Young was not if he was good enough to play in the NFL, but if he is big enough to play the position as a professional. Young measured just over 5ft 10’ on the tape measure at the combine and was 204 pounds, shy of the stated weight of 210 that he intended to reach.

With issues surrounding other smaller quarterbacks like Johnny Manziel and Kyler Murray, Young has to convince any potential GM that he has the physical tools required to be a success at QB in the NFL.

Young didn’t engage in many activities at the combine and is believed to be targeting his pro day in a few weeks time to impress NFL Scouts by when he should have bulked up to 210.

QB – C.J.Stroud (Ohio State)

Stroud produced the best all round display from all quarterbacks at the NFL Combine, especially in the passing drills where he produced a nerveless and almost faultless display of passing over many different routes.

He may not be as athletic as Richardson, but he is the most polished prospect and NFL ready quarterback of any that we saw at the combine, including Will Levis.

There is a compelling case to be made here that it could be Stroud, not Richardson, Levis or Young that is the first quarterback taken in next months NFL Draft in Kansas City.

The Most Impressive 2 Prospects In Each Positions

  • QB – 1. C.J.Stroud, 2. Anthony Richardson
  • RB – 1. Bijan Robinson, 2. Jahmyr Gibbs
  • WR – 1. Jaxon Smith-Njigba, 2. Charlie Jones
  • TE – 1. Darnell Washington, 2. Michael Meyer
  • OT – 1. Cody Mauch, 2. Broderick Jones
  • G – 1. Jordan McFadden, 2. Matthew Bergeron
  • C – 1. Luke Wypler, 2. Juice Scruggs
  • DL – 1. Bryan Bresee, 2. Jalen Redmond
  • EDGE – 1. Nolan Smith, 2. Will Anderson Jr.
  • LB – 1. Jack Campbell, 2. Henry To’oTo’o
  • CB – 1. DJ. Turner II, 2. Deonte Banks
  • S – 1. Sydney Brown, 2. Brian Branch

Our Post Combine Mock Draft V1.0

  1. Chicago Bears – EDGE – Will Anderson Jr. (Alabama)
  2. Houston Texans – QB – Bryce Young (Alabama)
  3. Arizona Cardinals – DT – Jalen Carter (Georgia)
  4. Indianapolis Colts – QB – C.J.Stroud (Ohio State)
  5. Seattle Seahawks – EDGE – Tyree Wilson (Texas Tech)
  6. Detroit Lions – CB – Devon Witherspoon (Illinois)
  7. Las Vegas Raiders – QB – Anthony Richardson (Florida)
  8. Atlanta Falcons – EDGE – Myles Murphy (Clemson)
  9. Carolina Panthers – QB – Will Levis (Kentucky)
  10. Philadelphia Eagles – EDGE – Lukas Van Ness (Iowa)
  11. Tennessee Titans – OT – Peter Skoronski (Northwestern)
  12. Houston Texans – CB – Christian Gonzalez (Oregon)
  13. New York Jets – OT – Darnell Wright (Tennessee)
  14. New England Patriots – OT – Broderick Jones (Georgia)
  15. Green Bay Packers – TE – Darnell Washington (Georgia)
  16. Washington Commanders – OT – Paris Johnson Jr (Ohio State)
  17. Pittsburgh Steelers – CB – Joey Porter Jr (Penn State)
  18. Detroit Lions – TE – Michael Mayer (Notre Dame)
  19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – RB – Bijan Robinson (Texas)
  20. Seattle Seahawks – WR – Jaxon Smith-Njigba (Ohio State)
  21. Los Angeles Chargers – CB – Deonte Banks (Maryland)
  22. Baltimore Ravens – WR – Quentin Johnson (WCU)
  23. Minnesota Vikings – EDGE – Keion White (Georgia)
  24. Jacksonville Jaguars – DT – Calijah Kancey (Pittsburgh)
  25. New York Giants – WR -Zay Flowers  (Boston College)
  26. Dallas Cowboys – TE -Dalton Kincaid (Utah)
  27. Buffalo Bills – OG – O’Cyrus Torrence (Florida)
  28. Cincinnati Bengals – OT – Matthew Bergeron (Syracuse)
  29. New Orleans Saints – DT – Mazi Smith (Michigan)
  30. Philadelphia Eagles – RB – Jahmyr Gibbs (Eagles)
  31. Kansas City Chiefs – EDGE – Nolan Smith (Georgia)

Check back near NFL Draft time for any more NFL-related news and a pre-draft Mock Draft.

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