The league departed from Mobile, Alabama, nearly as rapidly because it descended upon the town just some days in the past in anticipation of Senior Bowl practices. Despite this, there was nonetheless loads of buzz circulating across the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel, floor zero for gamers and groups the previous three days.
Baker Mayfield goes to get paid
Last month, eyebrows have been raised after I talked about that Baker Mayfield, a candidate for the league’s Comeback Player of the Year Award, was on tempo for a contract that will pay him no less than $40 million yearly. And whereas many disagreed, the final consensus on the Senior Bowl was that Mayfield goes to get paid rather a lot more than most anticipate. Several elements play into this perception, however two stand out after I spoke to a number of individuals.
The first consists of latest contracts handed to quarterbacks akin to Daniel Jones and Deshaun Watson. Jones signed a four-year, $160 million contract final 12 months. Watson’s contract was 5 years, $230 million, absolutely assured.
Disregarding a debate about which quarterback is healthier, Mayfield is coming off an awesome season, and quarterback contracts general will proceed to rise because the wage cap continues to rise. The prevailing thought from many is that $40 million a 12 months in 2024 is the equal of $34 million a 12 months in the past.
The hiring of Raheem Morris in Atlanta additionally raised Mayfield’s price and gave him leverage. Obviously, Morris and Mayfield are accustomed to each other off the Buccaneers’ playoff look this season after profitable the NFC South.
The Falcons are simply one among a number of groups within the league determined for a quarterback. And the workforce’s proprietor, Arthur Blank, is keen to open the checkbook for a veteran quarterback. In the top, if the numbers for Mayfield aren’t $40 million yearly, they’ll be shut.
Seattle’s new path
Why did the Seattle Seahawks bypass Dan Quinn in favor of Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Mike MacDonald? Sources instructed me Quinn was an excessive amount of like former head coach Pete Carroll, and the workforce desires to transfer in a brand new path.
The 53-year-old Quinn coached below Carroll in Seattle on two completely different events, 4 years in complete. In MacDonald, they’re getting a coach 17 years Quinn’s junior who they consider will carry a brisker strategy.
Have the Jets already made their choose?
There is chatter that the New York Jets are already concentrating on Oregon State offensive sort out Taliese Fuaga with the tenth choose of the 2024 NFL Draft. Rich Cimini of ESPN tweeted, “GM Joe Douglas has an affinity for Oregon State OT Taliese Fuaga, in accordance to buzz in scouting circles. Has been eyeing him for months, I’m instructed.”
I’ve had Fuaga as a mid-first-round choose within the three mock drafts I’ve achieved this 12 months at Sportskeeda, however the tenth choose of the draft? That appears a bit early for my liking, so I reached out and requested a number of individuals who attended observe Thursday what they thought.
The perception was unanimous; if the Jets don’t take Fuaga with the tenth choose, he gained’t be out there for much longer. Scouts on hand consider just a few offensive tackles possess the mix of dimension, energy, and athleticism Fuaga brings to the sphere. Couple within the reality the Oregon State senior has proven constant improvement in his sport, and it provides up to a top-15 choice.
A phrase to the sensible — the final time the Jets fell in love with a participant throughout the school season and made up their minds early within the scouting course of to draft him? None apart from Zach Wilson.