When teams make a change at General Manager in January, they typically wait to make other changes to the personnel department so that they can have an operation in place for the draft.
LESSON OF THE WEEK You’ve heard this one before: The most recent franchise quarterback to get paid will be the highest paid player in league history, almost invariably.
The last time you could say that the new king of the financial hill legitimately was the best player was five years ago, when the Packers struck a five-year, $110 million extension with Aaron Rodgers, who stayed on top for almost three years.
And that’s not a slight against Matt Ryan, who took the mantle in signing a five-year, $150 million deal late last week, or anyone else.
The other 12 additions are UTSA quarterback Dalton Sturm, Troy running back Jordan Chunn, San Diego State tight end David Wells, Tennessee offensive lineman Jay Robertson, Iowa State offensive lineman Jacob Campos, St. Cloud State offensive lineman Bryce Johnson, Purdue defensive end Austin Larkin, Louisville defensive end James Hearns, Oklahoma State defensive tackle Dequinton Osbourne, Iowa State linebacker Joel Lanning, Villanova linebacker Ed Shockely, and Northwestern linebacker Kyle Queiro.
Way too early talk about the 2019 quarterback class.
There was always pressure on the four teams that took QBs in the Top 10 to get one this year, since each of them passed on the position high in the 2017 draft.
(The Browns took Myles Garrett at 1, and traded out of the spot that became Deshaun Watson; Jets took Jamal Adams at 6; Bills dealt out of the spot that became Pat Mahomes; Cardinals sat at 13, and watched both the Chiefs and Texans jump ahead of them to get their guys of the future.) And here’s what turned up the temperature another notch: There really was no guarantee going there’d be a viable first-round prospect next year.