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  • CLG Quarterback
    On the Rich Eisen Show, Michigan QB J.J. McCarthy said he had “somewhat of an idea” that he will be selected by the Giants.
    When asked where he will end up, McCarthy said he had “somewhat of an idea. New York Giants, I’ve spent the most time with.” Earlier rumors from The Athletic’s Jeff Howe indicated the Giants and Vikings will be in a race for McCarthy. Joe Schoen, Brian Daboll, and company have been doing their due diligence on quarterbacks, holding the No. 6 pick in the NFL Draft. They currently have Daniel Jones at quarterback, signed through 2026. With injuries through an underwhelming season for Jones, McCarthy would signal a fresh start for the franchise. As the top-two picks shake out, the Giants could trade with the Patriots for No. 3 to pick McCarthy or sit back at No. 6 with the trust the Pats don’t select him or teams like the Vikings or Broncos don’t move up instead.
  • CIN Defensive End #91
    The Enquirer’s Kelsey Conway reports Bengals EDGE Trey Hendrickson is considering retirement, in addition to his trade request.
    Hendrickson requested a trade from the Bengals, but as Conway reports, he is hoping to get a long-term deal done with the team. If not, he is also considering retirement in addition to his trade request. A retirement consideration may just be part of Hendrickson and his agent’s play to get a long-term deal as the 29-year-old is coming off three straight Pro Bowls. The Bengals now have both Hendrickson and WR Tee Higgins asking for long-term deals. With the draft so close, the trade requests could loom large.
  • FA Running Back #15
    CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson reports the Cowboys are meeting with free agent RB Ezekiel Elliott before the NFL Draft.
    While previous reports from the offseason indicated interest in a reunion between Elliott and the Cowboys, Anderson confirms that the two parties are meeting the day before the NFL Draft. Elliott began his career with the Cowboys, spending seven seasons in Dallas and earning three Pro Bowls, a first-team All-Pro, and a second-team All-Pro honor during his time. He spent last season with the Patriots, totaling 184 carries for 642 yards and three touchdowns. The 28-year-old has a lot of tread on his tires but could return to a familiar place in Dallas. The Cowboys currently have Royce Freeman, Rico Dowdle, and Deuce Vaughn in the backfield. They are expected to consider adding a running back through the draft, and a potential Zeke reunion shouldn’t change that.
  • CIN Defensive End #91
    ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Bengals EDGE Trey Hendrickson has requested a trade.
    Hendrickson is set to make $15 million this season before hitting free agency in 2025. He has been looking for an extension from the Bengals, but the two sides have yet to reach an agreement. Any trade for Hendrickson would have to include a new deal for the elite pass-rusher. Hendrickson tallied an absurd 17.5 sacks in 2023 despite playing through several injuries. He is more than deserving of a new deal and could be traded by the Bengals on draft night.
  • DET Quarterback #16
    ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports there is no contract extension “imminent” for Jared Goff.
    The Lions just signed Penei Sewell and Amon-Ra St. Brown to massive extensions, but it sounds like Goff will have to wait. Schefter did note that the two sides have spoken about an extension, though “no deal is close at this time.” Goff is set to enter the final year of his current contract. After getting his team a few plays away from a Super Bowl appearance last year, he is rightfully looking for a new contract before the start of the upcoming season. Goff will become a free agent in 2025 if they don’t get a deal done. The Lions could place the franchise tag on him then as well.
  • DET Tackle #58
    Lions signed RT Penei Sewell to a four-year, $112 million contract extension.
    Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, this is the largest deal ever for an offensive lineman. With the draft just around the corner, the Lions are taking care of their current roster with extensions for its biggest names. They signed Amon-Ra St. Brown to a four-year, $120 million extension earlier today. Drafted in 2021, Sewell played a mix of left and right tackle as a rookie and earned a top-25 grade at the position from Pro Football Focus. He moved to full-time right tackle in the following season. After two strong campaigns, Sewell took the next step in 2023 and was PFF’s top-graded tackle. They charted him with one sack allowed on 674 pass-blocking reps. He is also elite in the run game, perfect for the Lions’ ground-heavy approach. Jared Goff is entering the final year of his contract and should be next in line for an extension in Detroit.
  • FA Guard #74
    James Hurst retired from the NFL after 10 seasons.
    Hurst began his career as a UDFA with the Ravens in 2014 and started a few games, primarily at left tackle, over the next few seasons. He worked his way up to a full-time starting role at left guard in 2017. Hurst eventually joined the Saints as a free agent and has played a mix of guard and tackle for them over the past four years. His retirement adds more credibility to the idea that the Saints are all but guaranteed to take an offensive lineman in the first round of the draft.
  • LAC Head Coach
    Bleacher Report’s Jordan Schultz reports the Chargers are “content staying put” at No. 5 overall and would “likely” take an offensive tackle.
    Per Schultz, the Chargers have explored trading back. With three quarterbacks expected to start the draft and Marvin Harrison Jr. possibly landing in Arizona, the Chargers are likely looking at a choice between offensive tackle Joe Alt and wide receiver Malik Nabers if they don’t move down. Alt is a cornerstone left tackle, but the Chargers would start him at right tackle with Rashawn Slater handling the left tackle duties. Having those two bookending the line would be an enticing idea for Jim Harbaugh and his run-first offense. On the other hand, Josh Palmer is currently in line to be the team’s top receiver in 2024.
  • BAL Wide Receiver #7
    Ravens signed Rashod Bateman to a two-year contract extension.
    Bateman’s rookie deal was set to expire after the 2024 season if the team didn’t pick up his fifth-year option. The option would have Baltimore $14.4 million for the 2025 season alone, making them unlikely to pick it up. Instead, they get to keep Bateman around for a few more years on a cheap deal while Bateman gets more guaranteed money down the road. Head coach John Harbaugh already talked him up this offseason, saying he will see the ball “a lot more” in 2024. Bateman has had a sluggish start to his career because of injuries and a lack of playing time. He peaked at 515 yards on 46 catches as a rookie. However, this deal suggests he still has a shot at breaking out, making him worth hanging onto in dynasty leagues.
  • CLG Quarterback
    ESPN’s Dan Graziano reports the Patriots’ ownership has a “strong preference to come out of the first round with a quarterback.”
    The Patriots currently hold the No. 3 overall pick. All signs point to Jayden Daniels coming off the board second after Caleb Williams, leaving New England to choose between Drake Maye and J.J. McCarthy. Though Graziano says the Pats are willing to trade down, previous reports have called the offers they have received “laughable.” Putting the pieces together, the Patriots want a king’s ransom to move off their pick of the remaining quarterbacks. It doesn’t sound like that is happening.