It’s Sunday, January 19, and as of this morning there are four teams remaining in Super Bowl contention. As of this evening, only two will be left. The Chiefs and Titans play for the AFC title at 12:05 PST and the Packers-49ers kicks off at 3:40. In the meantime, here are some links that relate to your LA Chargers, and a few other notes around the league.
For the first time in his NFL career, Tom Brady is prepared to discuss a future with teams beyond the New England Patriots, sources said, and for the first time since he took over as a starter nearly two decades ago, the Patriots are unsure of who will be under center in 2020.
When a player is a restricted free agent, it makes it much harder for other teams to wrap their hands around them and lure them away. The Chargers will have the right to place a tender on Austin Ekeler, meaning they will get compensation in return if another team signs him. They will also have the opportunity to match any offer sheet Ekeler may sign with another team.
As arguably the top prospect at the Senior Bowl this week, Herbert could amplify the buzz surrounding him by showing off his considerable physical tools. The Chargers have to be thinking about their future at quarterback —be it in the near or long term —as they move into their new digs, and the 6-6, 237-pound signal-caller has the downfield throwing aptitude to take advantage of Keenan Allen and Mike Williams.
If it isn’t Burrow or Tua, the Chargers should pass on the quarterback position in the first round. Andrew Thomas is as close as it comes to a consensus best lineman in the draft. His power, reaction to opposing defenders, and timing are all on point.
The rationale for both teams is fairly evident. The Chargers have reached the end of the road with Philip Rivers and need a new passer to build the franchise around. Rumors exist about Tom Brady coming to town, but even if that were to happen, it would be a short-term solution. Carolina, meanwhile, just hired former LSU guru Joe Brady as the team’s new offensive coordinator. Brady is heavily credited for Burrow’s transformation from a college football journeyman to generational talent. Pairing them up again would make a lot of sense for a Panthers team with no clear right option at quarterback.
3 way-too-early free agency targets for the offseason - ClutchPoints
Jack Conklin would be a fine addition, as he would fill a huge need at right tackle, and at just 25 years old, he has ample room to grow. Conklin was a First-Team All-Pro during his rookie campaign with the Tennessee Titans back in 2016, and outside of an injury-riddled 2018, he has remained a steady presence along the Titans’ offensive line ever since.
Now, what I mean here by “safest QB pick in this class” is that Bryant is probably a day 3 guy, and if you can get solid production out of a late-round quarterback, that’s a safe pick in my eyes. Some may view it as a risk, that there is no way Bryant turns out to be good. I disagree.
The Los Angeles Rams are about eight months from taking the field at SoFi Stadium, though we’re not yet sure who they’ll face in their first home game at the new venue. Fans have already been purchasing personal seat licenses (PSLs) and season tickets, so they know where they’ll be sitting when SoFi Stadium opens. They can get a view from their seats, too.
The recently named Comeback and Most Improved Player by the Pro Football Writers of America, Tannehill’s statistics earned him nearly $3.5 million in incentives, according to a source who has viewed his contract.
Jaguars will interview Jay Gruden for their vacant offensive coordinator job, sources say - Mike Garafolo
#Jaguars will interview Jay Gruden for their vacant offensive coordinator job, sources says. Gruden recently told @RapSheet he’s “itching to do something” and would “like to have an office to go to.” Perhaps it’ll be in Jacksonville.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) January 19, 2020
Jason Garrett: Giants job just felt right to me - ProFootballTalk
“I really liked how he played when we played against him and when we saw him on film this year,” Garrett said, via the team’s website. “He was tough, he was competitive, playing the game the right way, which is not easy to do as a rookie quarterback in the NFL, but certainly excited to work with Daniel.”
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