With Legal Tampering set to begin at noon today and the official onset of Free Agency scheduled to begin on Wednesday, figure its time to start the talks.
First of all,
Secondly, lets get caught up on where we already are...
We're already well into a very interesting offseason. Looks like Seattle is hell bent on blowing it up this year with both Michael Bennett (Eagles) and Richard Sherman (49ers) already being shipped out of town, with questions circling about how much longer Kam Chancellor still has in the tank. Also, it looks like Washington might have gotten their QB in Alex Smith after shipping away Kendall Fuller to get him. This is leaving Kurt Cousins (sic) on the market, with major rumors circling that he's destined to sign in Minnesota this week. And then the Browns, in an attempt to look like they know what they're doing went out and traded for Tyrod Taylor, as both a blessing (getting the hell out of Buffalo) and a curse (Browns'd) for the player. And then, of course, there have been a couple minor moves as well, such as the Eagles and Panthers swapping Torrey Smith and Daryl Worley over the weekend. And just this morning, breaking news has the Dolphins releasing Ndamukong Suh as early as this afternoon.
But there are plenty of storylines to be had going into this offseason.
Rob Gronkowski hinted toward a possible retirement after the Super Bowl, and hasn't really refuted those statements after the fact. Is he coming back? You'd have to think so, but in the chance he doesn't, is the dynasty really done?
Nick Foles is widely regarded as the backup to Carson Wentz in Philly, but he is the Super Bowl MVP and the Eagles are supposedly open to trading. The price is going to be high, with Philly demanding at least 1 first rounder, but with teams like Arizona, Buffalo, and even the Giants being supposedly a legitimate QB from competitive play, could someone get desperate enough to make the move? In all likelihood, any move doesn't happen til Week 3 or 4 of the season to allow Wentz to return, but I'm hearing the team believes in Nate Sudfeld enough to trade Foles if the offer is right.
Even if Cousins is brought into Minnesota as suspected, what on Earth are they going to do with the QBs they already had? Case Keenum, Sam Bradford, and Teddy Bridgewater are all going to be Free Agents on Wednesday. Does the team let all 3 walk? Keenum balled out for them last year, but if you're going to bring in Cousins, you almost have to let him walk because of the cost he'll command. The team has invested a lot of money into Bridgewater, and it would be a tough pill to swallow to let him go given the hype he had (and realistically, still has, assuming he gets healthy).
Did you hear? The Carolina Panthers are for sale, as apparently Jerry Richardson was a dirty old man who couldn't keep his hands to himself. The slew of potential buyers have ranged from the absurd (P. Diddy) to the obvious (Bruton Smith). Over the weekend, it has come out that the owner of Fanatics.com is emerging as a frontrunner to purchase the team. Which... I have no opinion on, the website is alright and I know nothing about the people specifically. Regardless, for a team that is 25 months removed from a 1-loss run to the Super Bowl, its unlikely that you'll see too much action from them with all the uncertainty about the ownership situation.
Drew Brees still doesn't have a contract. What was unthinkable a month ago is starting to look like it could be reality the longer this drags out. This man could actually hit Free Agency, and if that happens, you'd have to think all bets are off on where he ends up.
For those of you looking for your Hokies news... DeAngelo Hall has been putting out numerous hints that this past year might have been his last, with retirement pending how this offseason goes. Reports have been circulating that Kam Chancellor might not be too far behind, as he just isn't getting healthy. Kyle Fuller appears to be headed toward Free Agency, and its believed he'll be one of the more coveted players at his position.