Tag. You’re it!
It’s franchise tag (or not) day in the NFL. Here’s what we know. The ‘Boys put the tag on RB Tony Pollard. That was a no-brainer. Now what to do with Zeke? I suspect that Lil’ Abner will try to keep him at a much lower price, but I would probably favor releasing him and then drafting a RB next month.
It seems to me the Giants are bidding against themselves. Yes, Daniel Jones had a nice year, and I think he’s going to be pretty solid going forward. The Giants are offering Jones a deal that is north of the money he would make if they tag him. He’d be wise to take the Giants’ offer, IMO. There’s no hot market for Jones. That then would enable NY to tag Saquon Barkley and keep their rhythm section together. If they don’t tag Saquon, he’ll have more than a few suitors around the league.
I’m very happy for Derek Carr. He and the Saints are a notably good fit for each other.
I’m also happy for Geno Smith for getting an extension in Seattle. He’s owned it.
That was a pretty slick move by the Jaguars a few months ago. They worked a trade with the Falcons for WR Calvin Ridley, even though at the time Ridley was serving his league suspension for gambling. But the NFL has reinstated Calvin, and there is no doubt he can help the Jags and QB Trevor Lawrence.
Finally, what’s this about an immediate “open competition” between Quinn Ewers and Arch Manning for the Longhorns’ starting QB job. Look, I don’t know who will ultimately be the better player. But Ewers started ten games last season, and Manning would normally be completing his final semester in high school. If for right now at least if there’s not huge difference between Ewers and Manning, it doesn’t say much for the ‘Horns’ player development.