Saints Riding With Carr
NFL Roundup: New Home For Carr; LBs Released
The first player domino of the offseason has fallen, with former Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr signing a 4-year deal with the New Orleans Saints.
Got our guy.
The New Orleans #Saints have agreed to terms with QB Derek Carr! pic.twitter.com/F9Au1Uc59F
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) March 6, 2023
Carr reportedly signed a four-year deal with $150 million, but a deeper look at the contract terms reveals a much different yearly average.
Carr will command the Saints’ offense as they look to capture a new-look NFC South, competing against a Carolina Panthers team with new head coach and former Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich. as well as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who will also have a new face at quarterback following Tom Brady’s retirement.
The Minnesota Vikings are releasing MLB Eric Kendricks after eight seasons.
Statement from #Vikings Owners Mark & Zygi Wilf on Eric Kendricks pic.twitter.com/vYA1S1HKbD
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) March 6, 2023
The Philadelphia Eagles could be short-handed at off-ball linebacker as both starters from 2022, T.J. Edwards and Kyzir White, are set to hit unrestricted free agency. Eric Kendricks is the younger brother of former Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks, a member of the 2017 Super Bowl team.
With second-year LB Nakobe Dean potentially taking one spot, Eric Kendricks could be a solid veteran option if he remains available and the team is lacking a starting linebacker following the draft.
Philadelphia is no stranger to the low-cost veteran signing in May, doing the same with James Bradberry in 2022 after the Giants cut the veteran corner.
Allen Robinson/Leonard Floyd
The Los Angeles Rams could potentially further shake up their roster, with WR Allen Robinson reportedly given permission to seek a trade.
The #Rams have given WR Allen Robinson’s agents permission to seek a trade, and L.A. is willing to pay a portion of Robinson’s $15.25 million guaranteed salary to facilitate a deal, per sources.
Robinson is still only 29. Another big-name veteran potentially leaving L.A. pic.twitter.com/9ndri1H35x
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 6, 2023
Robinson spent one season with the Rams. Despite signing a three-year deal worth over $15 million a year, Robinson was not a focal point in Sean McVay’s offense, recording just 33 catches for 339 yards in 10 games before being placed on injured reserve.
The 29-year-old Robinson was an early offseason target for the Eagles in the spring of 2022 before the blockbuster acquisition of A.J. Brown.
Los Angeles is also expected to release edge defender Leonard Floyd if a trade partner is not found. Floyd has put together 29 total sacks in his three seasons with the Rams.
Another pass rusher is set to become a free agent, as the Tennessee Titans are expected to release Bud Dupree.
Dupree had signed a five-year, $82.5 million contract in the offseason of 2021, but only registered seven sacks in his two seasons with Tennessee. He joins a group of Titans cuts that includes Robert Woods, Taylor Lewan, Zach Cunningham, and Randy Bullock
The franchise tag deadline is Tuesday, as teams continue to make decisions on whether they will let their top free agents hit the open market.
The #Chiefs don't plan to use a second franchise tag on LT Orlando Brown Jr., per source.
That means Kansas City has until Monday to work out a long-term deal with Brown, or else he'll be free to negotiate with other teams.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 6, 2023
TE Evan Engram for the Jaguars and RB Tony Pollard for the Cowboys have been tagged within the last 24 hours. Chiefs LT Orlando Brown Jr. will not be tagged coming off of a Super Bowl victory over the Eagles.
Also, the Raiders tagged Josh Jacobs, per NFL Network.
Source: The #Raiders have officially franchise tagged RB Josh Jacobs.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 6, 2023
The tags of Jacobs and Pollard can only help Eagles running back Miles Sanders, who moves closer to the top of the list of free-agent running backs, which should help Sanders get a more favorable contract.
Among the possible players that could be tagged by the deadline include QBs Daniel Jones and Lamar Jackson.
ITB considers C.J. Gardner-Johnson to be the most likely Eagles candidate if they need to use the franchise tag to retain him.
Despite the NFL considering a rule change banning the Eagles signature play, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King does not believe there will be enough support for it to pass.
– Benjamin Paul is a staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.
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