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  • NFL Commissioner
    According to Battista, the Competition Committee “discussed at length the XFL kickoff” and added that the NFL wants to keep kick returns in the game, but there were “too few returns this season.” While some of this may be due to returners being concerned for their own health, the lack of returns can probably be more connected to the number of kickoffs being pinned deep into/out of the end zone by kickers. Regardless, the XFL’s kickoff rule has been proven to reduce high-impact collisions in recent years and could help further the NFL’s initiative to enhance player safety. The idea of the league adopting the XFL’s version of the kickoff has been floated around since the XFL returned in 2020 and appears to be gaining steam. It wouldn’t be surprising to see it (or something similar) adopted in the near future.
  • DEN Quarterback #3
    Wilson, who was benched for the final two games of last season, said he has “more fire now than ever” to win but that he also wants to be in a place that wants him. While the Broncos and head coach Sean Payton haven’t officially laid out their plans for Wilson next season, early signs point to the team moving on from him one way or another. In two seasons with the Broncos, Wilson has thrown for 6,594-42-19 while going 11-19 as a starter. Wilson, 35, also said over the next five years he hopes to win two Super Bowls, suggesting he doesn’t plan on walking away anytime soon. Wilson remains a serviceable starter in the league and can undoubtedly elevate an offense in need of a quarterback. That said, he’s no longer considered to be the difference-maker many viewed him as when he was traded from the Seahawks back in 2022.
  • LAR Coaching Staff
    Desai was dismissed by the Eagles at the end of last season but fielded interest from the Bills and Falcons to fill their defensive coordinator vacancies. Now, the former defensive coordinator who lost play-calling duties to Matt Patricia in the middle of the season will head to the Rams to serve in a not-yet-specified senior defensive role. Desai has spent time with the Bears, Seahawks, and Eagles over the last 11 seasons and could be on the market for another coordinator role as early as next offseason.
  • LV Head Coach
    The Raiders are widely believed to be one of the more quarterback-hungry teams this offseason. With Jimmy Garoppolo expected to be cut early into the offseason and second-year quarterback Aidan O’Connell profiling more as a career backup, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported earlier this month that they could make “a potential move up in the draft” to secure a young signal-caller, which will likely be required of the team that currently holds the No. 13 overall pick in April’s draft. If the Raiders don’t move up in the draft, they’ll want to make sure they go as in-depth as possible on quarterbacks outside the consensus top four to ensure they don’t take a massive reach on a quarterback they hope will be the cornerstone of their franchise for years to come.
  • FA Offensive Coordinator
    Bieniemy didn’t get into detail about what he was offered to do with the Commanders if he were to remain on staff, but the former offensive coordinator of the Commanders and Chiefs is now set to take his talents to the college game after accepting a job as UCLA’s associate head coach/offensive coordinator. Bieniemy also noted that he “had countless conversations and interviews with many teams” after he and the Commanders parted ways, which loosely confirms earlier reports from Adam Schefter, who said earlier this month that “a few teams” interview Bieniemy for their offensive coordinator vacancies. Bieniemy has familiarity with the college game, and last served as Colorado’s offensive coordinator from 2011 to 2012. How long he remains with UCLA could be dependent whether or not the NFL comes calling next offseason.
  • HOU Wide Receiver #12
    Collins is now eligible for an extension heading into the fourth and final year of his rookie contract. The former third-round pick finally lived up to his potential in 2023, going for 80-1297-8 in 15 regular season contests while averaging an impressive 16.2 YPR. Collins said if a potential extension, “If [the Texans] want to negotiate, we can,” but it doesn’t sound like he’s pressing to get a deal done this offseason, also adding he will “let it ride” if that’s what the team wants to do. Regardless, it sounds like an extension between the two sides is more a matter of “when” than “if.”
  • FA Offensive Coordinator
    Per Thamel, new, first-time Bruins head coach DeShaun Foster wants to run an NFL system and was seeking a “splash hire.” Bieniemy is certainly that, though it’s stunning he couldn’t generate continued NFL interest after his one-year stint in Washington. Perceived as pass-happy and “old school” in his demeanor, Bieniemy has evidently worn out his NFL welcome for the time being. He has long been connected to college openings, but always as a head coach. It’s quite possible Bieniemy’s return to the college sidelines — he previously worked for UCLA and Colorado — is a one-year sojourn before returning to the pros.
  • CIN Wide Receiver #5
    It was reported earlier in the month by The Athletic’s Paul Dehner that “all expectations” were that the Bengals would tag Higgins, who was set to be an unrestricted free agent. Higgins is expected to net about $21.8 million on the franchise tag as he and the Bengals will now look to run things back for at least one more season. It’s possible Higgins and the Bengals eventually come to an agreement on a long-term extension, but this extension buys the two sides extra time to figure things out — assuming Higgins is willing to play on the tag. Higgins has been a highly productive receiver through his first four years in the league, totaling 257 receptions for 3,684 yards and 24 touchdowns. Injuries plagued his 2023 campaign, but Higgins still managed to find the end zone five times and averaged a career-high 15.6 YPR on the season. He’ll be a high-end WR2 for fantasy next season.
  • NE Wide Receiver #84
    Bourne is recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in Week 8 against the Dolphins. He was off to a good start to the year before going down, posting 37 receptions for 406 yards and four touchdowns, and is expected to have decent interest on the open market. Bourne will be 29 at the start of next season, but it’s hard to envision him walking into a significant role next season — even if fully healthy.
  • NYJ Quarterback #2
    It’s safe to say Johnson isn’t a Zach Wilson guy. In addition to emphasizing the Jets’ need for a backup, Johnson took things a step further by saying, “We didn’t have [a backup quarterback] last year.” The Jets are almost certain to move on from Wilson, whether via trade or release, as the former No. 2 overall pick has struggled to live up to his loft draft capital. Through 34 NFL games, Wilson has thrown for 6,293 yards, 23 touchdowns, and 25 interceptions while completing a mere 57 percent of his passes. It’s possible a team offers a late Day 3 pick for the soon-to-be reclamation project, but regardless, it’s evident the Jets are eager to improve their backup quarterback situation this offseason.
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