Our weekly afternoon notes with the commerce deadline lower than 24 hours away …
• The Ravens’ commerce of second- and fifth-round picks for Roquan Smith could be very a lot a Baltimore deadline transfer. They’ve made these kinds of offers prior to now, with Eugene Monroe, Marcus Peters and Yannick Ngakoue massive names to come back in over the previous decade. Two of these trades had been made to herald guys, equivalent to Smith, in contract years—they wound up re-signing Monroe in March 2014, 5 months after buying and selling for him, and shedding Ngakoue the offseason after dealing for him.
It will not be low cost to maintain Smith, and the Ravens presumably will not have the franchise tag to protect his rights, absent a deal getting performed with Lamar Jackson earlier than March. But when they lose him, they’d presumably have a third-round compensatory choose coming again in 2024, and so they already had an additional fifth-rounder in ’24, which they acquired from the Patriots two summers in the past for younger nook Shaun Wade.
As for what he’ll do for the Ravens on the sphere, pairing Smith with Patrick Queen off the ball will make it an actual problem for offensive strains to rise up on Baltimore on the second stage. And Smith is best in protection than Queen, which ought to enable coordinator Mike Macdonald a little bit flexibility in how he deploys the 2 of them.
On the Bears’ aspect of this, I believe issues are fairly tutorial. In the event that they weren’t going to re-sign him, and contract talks with Smith—who represents himself—did not go anyplace, then it is sensible to get worth for him now, notably since Matt Eberflus’s system usually favors greater, longer linebackers (à la Shaq Leonard). Doing this now offers Chicago three picks within the first two rounds subsequent 12 months, and eight within the first 5 rounds. So the Bears may have a variety of capital to construct extra successfully round Justin Fields.
• The Elijah Moore scenario in New York continues to mystify these inside the Jets’ constructing—on Sunday, after a loss to the Patriots, he informed the media that he does not know whether or not he has chemistry with Zach Wilson “as a result of I don’ t get the ball.”
Much more complicated: Moore had a sterling popularity popping out of Ole Miss in 2021, a man who was seen as one of many cleanest gamers in that class (regardless of the notorious dog-peeing incident within the Egg Bowl), and projected as a future workforce captain within the execs. It is also not like he is been missing for play-time—previous to his commerce request for him, he really led all Jets receivers in snaps performed.
If that is purely about getting the ball, which it appears it’s, then that is in all probability not going to be nice for his commerce worth since he is in a aggressive receiver room with the likes of Corey Davis, Garrett Wilson and Braxton Berrios amongst these competing for touches. And due to that, it does not make any sense for the Jets to maneuver on now, and promote low on a participant enjoying on the second 12 months of an reasonably priced four-year rookie deal.
So it seems to be just like the Jets will experience this one out. And, sure, like I stated, it is bizarre for the fellows working there. Once I requested one staffer about it earlier this month, his response was merely, “The world we stay in.”
• There is no must go blow-by-blow by contributions of the Seahawks’ super-six rookies (tackles Charles Cross and Abe Lucas, tailback Kenneth Walker III, edge rusher Boye Mafe and corners Tariq Woolen and Coby Bryant) once more like we did. final week. By now, you in all probability know their impression.
Nevertheless it was attention-grabbing to ask Geno Smith in regards to the group basically after Sunday’s win over the Giants, as a man who began all 16 video games as a rookie again in 2013, and what stands out about them.
“Truthfully, yeah, I might say they’re particular,” he stated. “I believe by all measures, you are simply speaking about who they’re as folks, you then go to who they’re as athletes, [and] they’re all-around particular. And you then see them on the sphere being productive, it simply speaks for itself. And so they’re persevering with to develop; they have a variety of room to enhance, which is the scary half, and that goes for our whole workforce.
“So the primary factor that we have now to do is to proceed to remain humble and simply preserve working and never fear about anything and simply keep centered and proceed to work till there is not any work left to do.”
Protected to say, it is a fairly thrilling time for that entire franchise. And that each one of this feels prefer it’s come out of nowhere solely provides to it.
• I did not assume Terry McLaurin would go the place he did once I requested about having Taylor Heinicke’s belief the previous two weeks—Heinicke made a pair throws the place he put full religion in McLaurin being the place he was imagined to be on the wire of Commanders ‘wins over the Packers and the Colts—however I am glad he did.
Here is how the Washington star answered the query.
“If you wish to be a terrific receiver on this league, you wish to be a go-to man,” he stated. “You wish to be in these conditions with the sport on the road to be trusted to make that play. And I do know I sort of stated it final week, towards a nook like [Jaire]Alexander, that simply does not occur. Coach [Scott] Turner simply does not name the play. I believe it comes from the reps, I believe it comes from the belief that I’ve tried to earn since I’ve walked into this constructing, since this teaching workers’s been right here, since Taylor’s been again there, Carson [Wentz]whoever’s again there.
“My sole focus is attempting to make them as comfy as potential, to know that 17’s going to get his job performed and he’ll make the play. I simply wish to proceed to attempt to earn that respect.”
• The Lions shifting on from defensive backs coach Aubrey Nice is, certainly, the primary signal of the warmth being turned up on the Dan Campbell–Chris Spielman–Brad Holmes braintrust the Ford household put in place 21 months in the past. Merely put, Detroit’s protection was a catastrophe, and somebody needed to pay the value.
I additionally assume it is attention-grabbing how notion strains up with actuality right here. I can keep in mind asking round about place coaches a pair years in the past, and touching base with Rams folks on promising younger assistants there. I introduced Nice’s identify up, who was well-regarded on the time. However, I used to be persistently informed that the true man there was the quieter, extra reserved of the secondary coaches, Ejiro Evero.
That is the identical Evero who’s led one of many NFL’s high defenses in Denver over the previous couple months, in his first season as a coordinator.
• It was attention-grabbing to take heed to Kyle Shanahan increase Christian McCaffrey’s upbringing as we talked on Sunday evening. It is not, after all, why the 49ers traded for him, however that Shanahan knew how he was raised positive did not damage.
“I’ve identified Ed and Lisa for thus lengthy, and that is simply been completely separate from this,” stated Shanahan of McCaffrey’s mother and father. “I by no means anticipated to get Christian, and it simply kinda occurred in a pair days, and to have him, to have a participant like that, that is what was so neat. Everytime you make a giant deal for a proficient man, you would possibly fear if you do not know him that nicely. I imply, I did not know him besides from when he was like 3, 4 years previous. So it was simply his mother and father that I actually knew.
“However you already know what sort of particular person you are coping with. You understand how essential it’s to him. You already know he is been planning for this second since he may keep in mind, which is similar to how I might have a look at issues, too. It is neat to have him on our workforce.”
• In Monday morning’s Week 8 takeaways, we gave the 12 groups with probably the most cap house forward of tomorrow’s commerce deadline. Right here, on the opposite aspect of the ledger, are the 12 with the least:
1) Vikings: $1.35 million
2) Titans: $1.59 million
3) Patriots: $1.77 million
4) Payments: $2.07 million
5) Ravens: $2.38 million*
6) Texans: $2.96 million
7) Lions: $3.00 million
8) Rams: $3.02 million
9) Giants: $3.12 million
10) Seahawks: $3.21 million
11) Saints $3.24: million
12) Chiefs $3.39: million
*The Ravens’ quantity is from earlier than the Smith deal.
• The Colts are in a captivating spot going into the deadline. If I had been a workforce on the lookout for assist at linebacker (Bobby Okereke? EJ Pace?) or receiver (Parris Campbell?), I might be checking in with GM Chris Ballard to see if there are offers to be made.
• So as to add on to what I had from Titans middle Ben Jones within the Monday morning takeaways, there was one thing he stated to me that I believed was attention-grabbing on Mike Vrabel’s bond together with his workforce.
“You already know he cares,” Jones stated. “He cares about you as a participant and your loved ones, and he is aware of what it takes to really sacrifice and undergo it as a result of he is been by it. And he places all the pieces on the desk for us so we will exit and play. And he is aware of how laborious it’s to win on this league and what we play by to get wins right here and the way we give it our all, and a man that … it means quite a bit to him. We’re his household of him.
“We’re not simply gamers to him. We imply one thing to him. I examine on us always. We’re simply part of his household from him. ”
• To wrap up right here, it is value reiterating that the massive go rushers (Brian Burns, Bradley Chubb, Josh Allen) are those value watching earlier than Tuesday’s 4 pm ET cutoff. The Rams, who made a monster, quarterback-level supply for Burns, are one workforce in that blend. I might put the Chiefs, Ravens and Titans in there with them.
Chubb, to me, is especially attention-grabbing as a result of he is in a contract 12 months, and talks on a long-term deal between him and the Broncos have not but gotten off the bottom. Keep tuned on that one.
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