One week from tomorrow the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles will take on the Atlanta Falcons in the first game of the 2018 NFL season. So much has happened in this last week of preseason it can be easy to miss some breaking news. Let’s take a look at a couple stories from around the NFL.
On Wednesday the Packers quarterback became the highest paid player in NFL history. The Super Bowl MVP signed a four year $134 million extension that will run through the 2023 season when Rodgers will turn 40 years old. The deal could be worth up to $180 million if Rodgers meets expectations including taking the Packers deep into the playoffs and ranking in the top three in quarterback rating. The deal which is expected to be signed Wednesday sets the record in terms of both total amount and guaranteed money with $103 million.
Following several outstanding performances in the preseason, the New York Jets have traded backup quarterback to the New Orleans Saints. The Jets also sent a sixth round pick in exchange for a third rounder from the Saints. Making a move for a quarterback at this point in the season with a healthy Drew Brees doesn’t make much sense, unless the plan is for Bridgewater to learn from the future hall of famer and take over when Brees eventually retires. Sean Peyton is a brilliant offensive mind and football fans everywhere should be excited to see what he could do with a young quarterback in Bridgewater who is a dual threat through the air and on the ground.
Following a disappointing season last year full of injury, the Jacksonville receiver was penciled in as the number one option for Blake Bortles through the air. Just like last year, the Jaguars have lost their number one receiving option as Lee went down with a knee injury Saturday that will require surgery. From a fantasy perspective, Keelan Cole and Deede Westbrook look to move up the depth chart, but right now neither is worth a roster spot, unless you’re in a deep league. Keep your eyes on them and rookie DJ Chark to see who can make the best of the situation.
The Cleveland browns released linebacker Mychal Kendricks today after he released a statement where he admitted to insider trading. “I would like to apologize,” Kendricks said in the statement released by his attorneys. “Four years ago, I participated in insider trading, and I deeply regret it. I invested money with a former friend of mine who I thought I could trust and who I greatly admired. His background as a Harvard graduate and an employee of Goldman Sachs gave me a false sense of confidence.“ Kendricks profited almost $1.2 million over four investments four years ago, but he promised to pay the money back. The lead investigator in the case US Attorney William McSwain said that Kendricks faces significant jail time if convicted.
Week one is right around the corner. Be sure to keep checking back for all the latest news, tips, and updates!