Carter Sued For Fatal Crash
NFL Roundup: Quinnen Williams Extension; Saquon Hold Out?
Philadelphia Eagles first round pick Jalen Carter faces another lawsuit regarding a tragic car accident that resulted in the death of Georgia Bulldogs offensive lineman Devin Willock as well as Chandler LeCroy, a Georgia recruiting staff member.
Per ESPN’s Mark Schlabach, crash survivor Victoria Bowles is suing the University of Georgia Athletic Association as well as Carter for negligence and recklessness.
Regarding Carter’s involvement, Bowles’ lawsuit alleges he held joint responsibility as the driver of another vehicle racing the SUV that crashed, as well as leaving the scene before law enforcement arrived.
The fatal crash remains a dark cloud over the head of Carter, who many considered to be the most talented prospect from the 2023 NFL Draft.
Carter fell all the way to the Eagles at ninth overall. The Eagles said they believe his off-field concerns do not define his character.
The 22-year-old has already faced legal repercussions from the incident, receiving 12 months probation, a $1,000 fine, and community service after pleading no contest to racing and reckless driving.
The New York Jets continue to make splashes during one of their most eventful offseasons of all time.
A massive four-year, $96 million extension for All-Pro defensive tackle Quinnen Williams was made official after months of tense negotiations and social media shenanigans.
Among interior defensive linemen, Williams’s contract is the largest in total value and second largest in annual value behind Aaron Donald.
At just 25-years-old, Williams has flourished in Robert Saleh’s Wide-9 defensive scheme with 12 sacks and 28 QB hits in 2022, resulting in his first Pro Bowl appearance and first-team All Pro selection.
The deal marks a win for all parties involved, including Williams’ agent Nicole Lynn, who is becoming a superstar in her own right with two record contract extensions under her belt in one offseason. Eagles fans may recognize her as the agent behind Jalen Hurts’ five-year, $255 million extension, keeping the superstar QB in Philadelphia for years to come.
Williams becomes the first of the talented young New York core to be locked into a long-term extension, with players such as Sauce Gardner, Garrett Wilson, Breece Hall, and Alijah Vera-Tucker waiting in the wings.
New York Giants star running back Saquon Barkley wants a long-term deal and may be willing to sit out in order to receive it, according to ESPN’s Dianna Russini.
Saquon Barkley has made it clear the franchise tag is undesirable. I’m told his availability for Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys will be in serious question if he does not get a long-term deal from the Giants.
— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) July 12, 2023
Set to be an unrestricted free agent back in March, Barkley was franchise tagged before getting a chance to hit the open market.
While the Giants took care of starting QB Daniel Jones this offseason with an extension, the team has not been able to come to an agreement with their 25-year-old RB, coming off a 2022 season with 1,312 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on the way to their first appearance in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs in over a decade.
General Manager Joe Schoen now faces the dilemma many NFL executives have gone through in recent years: a star RB contributes to much of the team’s success, but a long-term contract extension for the position has historically been rewarded with a steep decline in production and injuries from a player’s body not able to handle a large workload.
– Benjamin Paul is a staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com