Let’s say the Giants, who are sitting at No. 2 with Eli Manning set to return for the 2018 season, decide to take Chubb. The Colts could decide that taking a running back at No. 3 isn’t good value. They could then trade back a few spots, watch teams draft quarterbacks they’re not even interested in, and then get a guy like Barkley or maybe guard Quinton Nelson or any other “difference maker” who can help Luck.
Peterson was released Monday by Arizona Cardinals, as their back field that no longer needs him. David Johnson will return to the team next season from a wrist injury, and with a new coach coming and a new scheme likely following, the team did not want to pay almost $3 million for an aging backup with the mindset of a superstar. The Cardinals will likely find a more versatile backup, as I-formation running backs are not exactly in vogue in today’s pass-happy NFL. But that is exactly the sort of traditional system that the Cowboys operate.
Free agent tight end Jimmy Graham might be on his way to starting a bidding war. Not only do the New Orleans Saints have interest in a reunion with him, the Green Bay Packers are reportedly reaching out to him as well. Things are going to heat up fast here in Graham’s camp. The 31-year-old tight is among the best at his position as a free agent. Not only can we imagine him back catching passes from Drew Brees, we now have Aaron Rodgers in the mix.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to a six-year extension with tight end Cameron Brate, a source told ESPN’s Jenna Laine. The deal is worth $41 million, with $18 million guaranteed. The four-year veteran was a restricted free agent. He caught 48 of 77 targets last season for 591 yards and six touchdowns in 2017.
We’re also including potential fallback plans, draft needs and prospect fits (with some help from ESPN NFL draft experts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay) for each team, including the Browns and Bills, who are out of the Cousins sweepstakes but are still likely to draft a quarterback on Day 1.
ESPN NFL Insider Mike Sando is back to take on the role of Cousins’ agent and pick the best offer for his client — he picked the Jaguars’ offer last time, but Jacksonville is now out of the race. Go here to see which offer he picked this time.