It’s going to be challenging for the Cincinnati Bengals to keep their Terrific Trio of Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins together long term. The Stripes will have to break the bank to pay Burrow, and Chase and Higgins will each command north of $20 million. Those numbers led to recent speculation that maybe Cincy would have to trade Higgins. Forget it. Bengals Director of Player Personnel Duke Tobin told reporters at the Combine in Indy that he’s not in the business of helping other teams. I like his style.
Contract talks between the Seahawks and QB Geno Smith reportedly are progressing. But that didn’t keep Pete Carroll from casually reminding everyone that his team has the fifth overall pick in the draft, and is fully up to speed on available quarterbacks. Message to Geno?
The Bucs and Leonard Fournette are parting ways. That was inevitable. Aging running backs who make a lot of money are an endangered species.
That Tush-Push quarterback sneak that the Eagles have used so effectively is legal. But it shouldn’t be. Somebody is going to get seriously injured—or worse—in the wash of that scrum. Outlaw it. And do it now.
The Titans could save $18 million in cap space by cutting veteran QB Ryan Tannehill, who is still rehabbing from last season’s knee surgery. Tennessee is not going to release Tannehill, but a trade remains a possibility. The Jets could be interested, especially now that former Titans O.C. Todd Downing has joined the NY staff.
The Dolphins are conflicted about whether to pick up Tua’s fifth-year option, which is worth $23.2 million in 2024. That’s about as tough a call as a team could have to make. I’m glad that’s not my problem.
Dan Snyder, just go away, please.
Vanessa Bryant has settled her remaining claims against Los Angeles County for $28.85 million. I wish the settlement had been for billion. The L.A. County deputies who shared photos from the scene of the 2020 helicopter crash that killed her husband, daughter and seven other people committed despicable acts.