Yeah, the Dirty Birds did Matty Ice cold. But there’s no blame here. This played out the way it had to. The Falcons HAD to make a run at Deshaun Watson. Just as the Saints did. Just as the Panthers did. Just as the Browns did. But unlike Baker Mayfield, who threw an infantile fit, Matt Ryan saw the scenario for what it was, and handled it like the veteran professional he is. Ryan is late in his career. He can still really sling it, and the Colts are a perfect fit for him, and vice versa. Indy will win at least ten games and will slug it out with the Titans in the AFC South. And Ryan now has the distinction of being the largest “dead money” hit-man in NFL history. The trade put a 40-million dollar cap dent on the Falcons’ books.
So now almost all of the quarterback dominoes have fallen in the NFC South after Brady’s return to the Bucs set off the scramble to lure Watson. Marcus Mariota is the placeholder in Atlanta for the moment. And Jameis Winston has signed a new two-year deal with the Saints. Winston played well last year until he tore his ACL on Halloween. I know there’s a theory that if a guy was once a turnover machine, he will always be a turnover machine. But Jameis genuinely appears to have matured.
I said “almost” all the qb dominoes are down in the NFC South. Kenny Pickett’s throwing hand apparently grew sometime between the Combine and his pro day at Pittsburgh on Monday. Atlanta? Carolina? Pickett is an interesting guy with an undeniable “It Factor.”
Chris Godwin has a fat new deal with the Bucs and is recovering nicely from his late-season ACL surgery. And his QB is coming back after all. I’d make Tampa Bay the early ’22 favorite in the NFC. The Packers are going to take a step back, and the Rams—while still very good–will be unable to duplicate last season’s lightning.
The Cowboys? “Tier 2.” But that was a stabilizing move they made Monday in keeping leading tackler Jayron Kearse in the fold.
Lebron says he’s “Having the time of my life.” Will he now record a duet with Jennifer Warnes?
No Lefty? No problem. I’d be ok if his annual absence at Augusta became a Tradition Unlike Any Other.