10 crazy NFL offseason predictions: Tom Brady jumps ship, Jim Harbaugh returns and Chiefs get new owners

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The last offseason had to be the wildest in NFL history. The wide receiver market was completely reset as several stars were traded, we saw plenty of quarterback turnover, Tom Brady retired and then never retired, and Sean Payton retired his position as head coach of the New Orleans Saints. It’s going to be hard to top the craze from last season, but expect this upcoming season to be interesting as well.

What does the future hold for Brady? For Aaron Rodgers? What kind of changes are coming to the league this season, and which headline will be the most surprising head coach? Below, we’ll make and break down 10 crazy predictions for this NFL offseason.

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With the San Francisco 49ers’ decision to tab Trey Lance as the starting quarterback and the emergence of Brock Purdy, it looks like Jimmy G’s days in the Bay Area are numbered. The quarterback carousel this offseason is going to be interesting, and it could be just as wild as last year. Garoppolo is going to be one of the most interesting visiting marks looking for a new home.

After we all saw the struggles of Zach Wilson, the Jets are going to look to add another quarterback. With Robert Saleh’s knowledge of Garoppolo, it could be a game. The Jets have been short on talent in the backfield and at wide receiver. Adding a quarterback who can be a consistent game manager would immediately make New York better.

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The Chiefs love to make questionable quarterback decisions. From letting Kirk Cousins ​​walk, to signing Mark Sanchez out of desperation in 2018, to trading for Carson Wentz, to backing Taylor Heinicke for the The aforementioned Wentz and throwing away the 2022 campaign, Washington has almost done it all. Carr signing with Washington feels like a “Commanders” decision.

Washington is unable to lure Tom Brady or select one of the top signal callers in the 2023 NFL Draft. So, in Carr’s footsteps. The old Raider isn’t bad, but he’s not the young gun that’s going to revitalize the franchise either. Some fans really like this decision, but others don’t.

8. Tony Pollard is very interested in free agency, leaving the Cowboys

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There are several interesting prospects looking for new deals this offseason, including Saquon Barkley, Josh Jacobs and David Montgomery. The one I expect to get the most interest, though, is the Cowboys’ Tony Pollard.

Pollard picked up Pro Bowl honors this season by amassing a career-high 1,359 scrimmage yards and 12 touchdowns in 15 games played. Whether he’s working in the passing game, hitting defenses in the corner off a jet sweep or just working as your average back between the tackles, Pollard is a versatile tackle that teams will be clamoring for – more than Barkley, Jacobs. or Montgomery.

Spotrac projects Pollard will sign a three-year, $25.40 million contract that has an average annual value of $8.4 million. My prediction is that it will be higher than that, with its new AAV exceeding $10 million.

7. Dan Snyder sells team to Jeff Bezos, Jay-Z, Matthew McConaughey

This offseason, it’s finally happening. After more than two decades, the Washington NFL franchise will be under new ownership, as Snyder is selling his beloved commanders to a group that includes Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, musician Jay-Z and actor Matthew McConaughey.

The CEOs announced on November 2 that the Snyders had hired Bank of America Securities to “consider potential transactions.” League stores are considered Inside CBS Sports NFL Jonathan Jones that the entire franchise would sell for between $5.5 and $6.5 billion, but some believe it could go for even more.

After being cut by the Cowboys this season, OBJ is set to sign with his former team. It looked like the Cowboys were all in on signing Beckham, then he showed up for his tour and Dallas signed … TY Hilton. Despite all the reports that the two sides were/are still talking, we haven’t seen anything come to fruition, and it’s fair to wonder if anything ever will .

Another reason Beckham may be interested in his former team is because he seems to be on the rise. Brian Daboll was clearly a great recruit, Saquon Barkley is back to being a star and Daniel Jones may be a franchise quarterback. At the very least, he’s earned the right to be the guy in 2023. The Giants have a need at the wide receiver position, and OBJ has been in contact with some of his friends the that.

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After the season, Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens will once again engage in contract negotiations. It didn’t go too well last year thanks to those involved with the Cleveland Browns, who gave Deshaun Watson a fully guaranteed contract. ESPN reported that Jackson turned down a five-year extension worth more than $250 million with $133 million guaranteed at signing before the start of the 2022 season.

That full commitment contract is a huge hurdle to overcome in this situation, which causes tension between the two sides – who both want the same thing. My prediction is that Jackson will ask for a trade after not getting that fully guaranteed contract. Armed with the franchise tag, the Ravens will use it. According to CBS sports cap guru Joel Corry, the specific license specification will be more likely. Four of the last five times he was tagged as a franchise player, the special tag was used.

Now, the question is Jackson really want out of baltimore? I say no – and there is no way the Ravens are offering for their star quarterback. In the end, Jackson will play on the tag, but the fans will not have a fun season.

4. Sean Payton is not returning to the NFL

As we get closer to the end of this regular season, my prediction is that you are going to see the Payton’s hype train leave the station at full speed. The former Saints coach is that there will be a “big fish” after every NFL team in need of a new head man, and it will turn into some kind of sweepstakes.

However, I predict that Payton will shock everyone by not returning to the sidelines. There will be several reasons why Payton will not return in the end, but one of them is because his main job was not available. There has been plenty of noise surrounding Payton and his level of interest in Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers. With them making the playoffs, Brandon Staley isn’t going anywhere.

3. The NFL makes the traveler even worse

there was reported last month that the NFL is going to discuss the possibility of a review penalty on the passer. The league has made it a daunting task for defenders to touch the quarterback, as sack artists aren’t even allowed to let the natural force of gravity affect them – like when they put their weight on the quarterback immediately as they brought him down to the ground. Instead of reversing course with these rules, my prediction is that the NFL is actually going to review the penalty – which will be a disaster.

Remember when the NFL reviewed pass interference for one year back in 2019? It seemed like a good idea in theory, but it didn’t work out that way. Only 13 of 81 pass interference challenges were successful in 2019, according to SI.com. There were two reasons, in my opinion. One, I think the league wanted officials to approach their first call, and two, by slowing down these types of plays in the review process, he worries a lot about things.

Basically, we stopped games to see what we saw as clear and obvious pass interference penalties in slow motion, only for the official to turn his son around and announce that there was no penalty. He was nervous, and that’s what happens when the passerby is taken away.

It’s become an annual tradition: “X NFL team interested in Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh.” I thought it would be easy to ignore the Harbaugh stuff this season since he turned down the Minnesota Vikings last year and returned to the University of Michigan “with a passion unknown to mankind!” while telling the athletic director that this NFL flirtation was a “one-time thing.” Well, here we go again.

According to The Athletic, if offered a job to return to the pros, Harbaugh is expectation to take

“I think it’s a done deal if he gets an offer,” a source close to Harbaugh told The Athletic.

Harbaugh played for the Colts from 1994-97, and is in their Ring of Honor. While he went just 20-26 as a starter in the regular season, Harbaugh helped the Colts reach the AFC Championship game during the 1995 campaign while picking up Pro Bowl honors and winning Comeback Player of the Year. We already know that Jim Irsay likes his old players. Harbaugh would be a better choice than Jeff Saturday.

1. Tom Brady jumps on pirate ships

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The 2022 campaign got off to a rough start for Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he and the offense bounced back, and could be poised for a playoff run in a difficult-to-predict NFC. What will happen in 2023 though?

Brady will be a free agent, and I’m sure he’ll retire again. In the end, I say he decides to go to the west coast and join the Las Vegas Raiders – jumping one pirate ship for another. The Raiders have some pieces on offense with Darren Waller, Hunter Renfrow and Davante Adams, and Brady has plenty of experience working with Josh McDaniels. The AFC West is full of Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert, but Brady doesn’t care. He is going to try to win one of the best divisions in the NFL before he steps up to the cleats.

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