Wednesday’s Den: NFL is having a very busy week……

13) Biggest NFL news of the day: Tom Brady becomes a free agent at 4pm Wednesday, and won’t be signing with New England, he’s going to Tampa Bay, to play for Bruce Arians, and with the Bucs’ terrific corps of receivers.

Which begs the question: Who plays QB for New England this fall?

Brissett? Dalton? Newton? Stidham? Winston? Babe Parilli?

12) Philip Rivers is heading to Indianapolis to play for the Colts, which would fuel any Brissett speculation.

NFL schedule makers have to be going nuts, with all the sub-plot games that will happen next year- traded players against their former team.

11) Teddy Bridgewater will sign a 3-year deal with the Carolina Panthers.

Jameis Winston, Cam Newton remain the odd men out in QB Musical Chairs.

10) Drew Brees gets $50M for two years to stay with the Saints.

9) Cleveland Browns are trying like hell to improve their offense:
— QB Case Keenum got $18M for three years to back up Baker Mayfield
— OT Jack Conklin got $42M for three years.
— TE Austin Hooper got $44M for four years.

8) Las Vegas Raiders signed QB Marcus Mariota, LB Cory Littleton, LB Nick Kwiatkoski; they also signed TE Jason Witten and two other defensive guys from the Cowboys.

7) Miami Dolphins are spending lot of money:
— CB Byron Jones signed up for five years, $82.5M
— Former Eagles RB Jordan Howard gets $10M+ for two years.
— LB Kyle Van Noy gets four years, $51M.
— DE Emmanuel Ogbah gets $15M for two years.
— DE Shaq Lawson gets three years, $30M
— OT Ereck Flowers gets three years, $30M

6) Big trade Monday; Houston Texans sent WR DeAndre Hopkins to Arizona for RB David Johnson and a 2nd-round pick.

Social media brutalized Houston’s Bill O’Brien for this trade; Texans later signed Randall Cobb to help fix Hopkins’ shoes, but Arizona has a big-time WR to team with Larry Fitzgerald, at least for this year.

5) 49ers traded star DE DeForest Buckner to the Colts for the 13th pick in the draft.

4) Minnesota Vikings traded WR Stefan Diggs to Buffalo; they get a first-round pick, plus a 4th, 5th, 6th round pick from the Bills.

Vikings also gave QB Kirk Cousins $96M over the next three years.

3) With Brady heading to the Buccaneers, Tampa Bay’s futures dropped from 25-1 to 16-1 to win the Super Bowl, and from 12-1 down to 8-1 to win the NFC. 

2) 4am the other night, I’m looking thru every NFL teams’ transactions, and only one team hadn’t added anyone yet- the Rams. Oy.

I have a lot of faith in Les Snead/Sean McVay and obviously there are no games for five months, but the squad is likely to look a lot different this season.

1) One NFL player’s reaction to all this:

“Coaches/GM’s should all be drug tested.”

Author: Armadillo Sports

I've been involved in sports my whole life, now just write about them. I like to travel, mostly to Las Vegas- they have gambling there.