The passing touchdowns stat is the most likely one to fall. That record has been broken three times this century, in 2004, 2007, and 2013. Peyton Manning is the current holder, after throwing 55 touchdowns with the Broncos. The next closest are Tom Brady (from 2007) and Patrick Mahomes (2018), both with 50. It’s that latter name that I’d bet on eclipsing Manning’s mark. Though a 17-game schedule would have put Mahomes on pace for just 53.1 touchdowns in 2018, short of Manning’s record, Mahomes’s preternatural talent could have him well within striking distance sooner rather than later. And if it’s not Mahomes, it’ll be someone else. The NFL’s passing boom is a rising tide that will slowly lift all boats.
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Contract value: $80 million/5 years ($16 million yearly average)
Contract guarantees: $46.89 million ($17 million signing bonus)
Fully guaranteed at signing: $31.8 million
Three-year cash flow: $48 million
Earliest realistic exit point: 2024 ($48 million earned)
Thuney became the NFL’s first $15 million-per-year interior offensive lineman. The previous benchmark had been the four-year, $56.55 million extension averaging $14,137,500 per year Brandon Brooks received from the Eagles during the middle of the 2019 season. Thuney also raised the bar for overall guarantees in offensive guard contracts. There’s an additional $4 million which can become fully guaranteed that isn’t included in the $46.89 million. Two million (which is currently unsecured) of Thuney’s $15.5 million 2024 base salary is fully guaranteed on the third day of the 2024 league year. The same holds true with respect to 2025, where the guarantee date is the third day of that league year. Thuney is behind only Zack Martin in money fully guaranteed at signing. The Cowboys right guard has $32 million.
Wilson played both outside linebacker positions for the Chiefs over the past two seasons, starting 29 regular-season games and six postseason games during that span. In his time in Kansas City, Wilson amassed 154 total tackles, 1.5 sacks, six tackles for loss, two passes defended and two forced fumbles. Adding Willie Gay Jr. in the 2020 NFL draft ultimately lead to Wilson’s exit in free agency.
The Jaguars already have a trio of talented linebackers on the roster in Myles Jack, Joe Schobert and Leon Jacobs. Wilson’s ability to play both the SAM and WILL spots is probably appealing to new defensive coordinator Joe Cullen and OLB coach Zachary Orr. Jacobs has an injury history and Wilson would likely be in direct competition to earn a starting job on the strong side. He could also fill in for Jack in case of an injury.
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Barmore next to Chris Jones would be tremendous for a Chiefs defensive line that’s long needed more juice on the interior.
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Plus, like Cinderella’s slipper, the Bolts just feel right.
It starts with the quarterback. Regular readers (and listeners and viewers) know I’ve been obsessed with Justin Herbert since long before Los Angeles’ brilliant decision to draft him sixth overall last year. I was enamored with Herbert’s arm, athleticism, accuracy, smarts, leadership and poise, and how it could translate into instant NFL stardom. It all came to fruition in a debut season for the ages, with the former Oregon Duck throwing for 4,336 yards and 31 TDs (against just 10 picks) before capturing the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. He developed a tremendous rapport with underrated star receiver Keenan Allen while showing he’s the kind of special player who elevates everyone around him. The kid has it.
That former teammate, quarterback Drew Lock, enters a pivotal third season that could be his last if he doesn’t play well enough to meet the Broncos’ expectations. The clock is as short as ever on unproven quarterbacks, and Lock is entering the fourth quarter, something Lindsay now knows about all too well.
“Drew holds his own future,” Lindsay said during an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio, via 9News’ Mike Klis. “Things have been set in place for him to be successful. He has to take advantage of it. ... He needs to continue to develop, that’s on him. He’s in a battle between him and him. Nobody else.”
NFL owners unanimously approved Snyder’s purchase of the remaining 40.5% of the Washington Football Team from the franchise’s minority owners, a source told ESPN.
The NFL also approved a $450 million debt waiver as well as the $875 million sale. Snyder bought out his three longtime minority investors, Fred Smith, Dwight Schar and Robert Rothman, who have been with Snyder since 2003.
The Seahawks are giving wide receiver Tyler Lockett a four-year, $69.2 million contract extension that includes $37 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Wednesday.
Lockett was entering the final season of a three-year, $31.8 million extension he signed in 2018. He has had his three best seasons since then, with 28 receiving touchdowns (fifth among NFL wide receivers) and 3,076 yards (13th).
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Reid is famously addicted to routine. But when necessary, he’s also been willing (and able) to institute changes. With a shortened exhibition season, how should he alter his preseason approach?
It would be tempting to assume that the Chiefs will simply truncate the schedule. Starters would play a small amount in the first game, a bit more in the second game and sit out the third.
And make no mistake: that could be exactly what happens. But now that there will be a week off before the season begins, this would mean the starters will not have played a live snap for three weeks before the first one that counts.
That doesn’t sound like a move Reid would be inclined to make; he’s been comfortable with his starters having two weeks of rest before the opening game of the season.
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