The NFL’s 5 Best Independent Receivers In 2023, Ranked | SB Nation
No. 1: JuJu Smith-Schuster, Kansas City Chiefs
A reliable pick-up for the Chiefs last season, JuJu being the No. 1 receiver in the class this year shows just how sterile things are. To be fair, Smith-Schuster worked with Patrick Mahomes at KC, but it’s important to understand the player he is.
Smith-Schuster is a top No. 2 receiver, or a very low-level receiver on a team that lacks talent in that position. He can’t be the focal point of an attack, as we saw last year when he was often the second option after Travis Kelce.
At 26, he’s still young enough to warrant a contract, but probably not one that assumes he’ll magically become the 1,400 threat he was back in Kansas City in 2018.
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Winner: Orlando Brown
Brown wants to sign a long-term deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, but he will have the opportunity to test the free agent market this year as Kansas City has decided not to give him the franchise tag. Arguably the best offensive lineman on the market, teams can engage in a bidding war for Brown as he finally gets his chance to show how much he’s worth as a left tackle.
Only three left tackles make over $20 million per season and only one left tackle (Trent Williams) has a contract totaling over $100 million. Brown looks set to receive over $100 million and $20 million a year in free agency.
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12. CJ Gardner-Johnson, S, Eagles
Gardner-Johnson is a versatile defensive back with a nose for the ball. He recorded six interceptions in his rookie season in Philadelphia and will be looking to earn that free agency after failing to agree with the Saints on an extension last year. The Eagles probably want to keep him, but they have plenty of key free agents in-house.
The best team adjustments: Packers, Falcons, Chiefs, Raiders
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Jahmyr Gibbs RB
ALABAMA • JR • 5’11” / 200 LBS
Even with the Chiefs releasing Frank Clark and not the franchise tagging Orlando Brown Jr., they decide to give Patrick Mahomes another point guard to close out the first round. Jahmyr Gibbs’ stock continued to rise after an impressive training session.
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Auburn Edge Senior
Following Frank Clark’s release, Hall could become a coveted target here, allowing the Chiefs to pair the Auburn product with George Karlaftis as a young tandem capable of cratering the edges while Chris Jones destroys the store inside .
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Packers QB Aaron Rodgers receives permission to speak with Jets | NFL.com
Green Bay has granted the four-time NFL MVP permission to speak with the New York Jets, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported, according to a source briefed on the situation.
Trey Wingo reported the news for the first time.
A Jets continent is also flying in to visit Rodgers on Tuesday, NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero reported.
Due diligence signals that the parties may be preparing to part ways, but that doesn’t stop Rodgers from ultimately deciding he wants to stay in Green Bay or retire.
Report: Giants’ Saquon Barkley Gets $10.1 Million Franchise After Daniel Jones Contract | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats & Rumors | Launderer’s report
The New York Giants placed their franchise tag on running back Saquon Barkley on Tuesday ahead of the 2023 season, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. The tag is worth $10.1 million.
The decision prevents Barkley from entering the open market, as he was set to become a free agent after playing the 2022 season on the fifth-year option of his rookie contract, which earned him $7.2 million. dollars.
New York also reached an agreement on Tuesday with quarterback Daniel Jones on a four-year, $160 million deal, according to Garafolo and Ian Rapoport.
Ravens use franchise tag on QB Lamar Jackson | ESPN
The Ravens made the long-awaited move official by using the tag just before Tuesday’s deadline at 4 p.m. ET. Baltimore and Jackson, who does not have an agent and represents himself, have not been able to reach a long-term agreement since becoming eligible for a contract extension more than a year ago. two years. Sources told ESPN last year that Jackson wanted a fully guaranteed deal like the one given to Deshaun Watson last year by the Cleveland Browns. Baltimore opposes it because the team views the Watson deal as an outlier.
The Ravens used the non-exclusive tag on Jackson, sources told ESPN. With the Ravens using the non-exclusive tag, Jackson can enter into contract talks with other teams. If Jackson signs an offer with another team, Baltimore has the right to match the offer to keep him or take two first-round picks as compensation. The non-exclusive tag — which will net Jackson $32 million this season — is cheaper than the exclusive tag (projected at $45 million), which would have given the Ravens control of his rights this year.
Buccaneers release starting left tackle Donovan Smith | ESPN
“I want to thank Donovan for all he has done for the Buccaneers on and off the court over the past eight seasons,” Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said in a statement. “He came on as a starter at left tackle in 2015 and his durability and reliability in one of football’s most important positions played a big part in our attacking success during his time here.”
The Bucs entered this offseason $55 million over the salary cap — $35 million going to recently retired quarterback Tom Brady — and must comply with the cap by 4 p.m. ET on March 15 when the new year of the league starts, so the move was planned. The Bucs not only need to come out of the red, but also fix the quarterback situation, as Kyle Trask is the only quarterback on their roster.
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Chiefs Offseason 2023: 5 options at left tackle as Orlando Brown Jr. walks
1. Anton Harrison Project
I’ll start with a possible 30-pick draft selection: Oklahoma offensive tackle Anton Harrison, who just turned 21 and recorded 1,807 snaps over three seasons playing left tackle in a modern spread attack; the pattern had him doing a lot of straight passing sets, moving or leading into open space on screens.
Harrison excelled, earn first team All-Big 12 in 2022 with an incredible technical game. He handles pass rushers with clean hands, bent elbows and sound feet that help him catch speed rushers in the arc, but also slow down a scramble just enough. The strong fundamentals help mask a lack of playing strength he needs to develop.
He won’t be the brightest prospect in the 2023 class, which is why he could fall into Kansas City’s lineup at the end of Day 1. Even if the Chiefs have to go up, I think Harrison is worth it – giving them a starter and a long term response.
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