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Texans remain the favorites to employ Deshaun Watson in 2021

The oddsmakers see the Seahawks as the strong favorites to keep quarterback Russell Wilson. The oddsmakers have the Texans as the favorites to keep quarterback Deshaun Watson, but the numbers aren’t nearly as strong. The Texans, via PointsBet, are +250 to be the team with which Watson takes his next snap. That means a $100 [more]

Top 100 free agents 2021: Dak Prescott again tops the list

The following are PFT’s top 100 free agents for the start of the 2021 league year. The rankings include prospective unrestricted free agents, as well as released players. The list will be updated as events warrant, with signings, tags and re-signings denoted when announced and/or reported. 1. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott 2. Bears receiver Allen [more]

Report: 49ers called Panthers about Teddy Bridgewater

49ers General Manager John Lynch said recently that he has no doubt that a healthy Jimmy Garoppolo will be the team’s starting quarterback for the 2021 season, but added that Garoppolo’s injury history means that the team has to have “better options” to back him up than they did last year. One of the options [more]

John McClain calls for the Texans to trade Deshaun Watson

The Houston Texans seem to think they’ll win a standoff with quarterback Deshaun Watson. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle knows that the team won’t. McClain, who has covered the Texans since their debut in 2002 and the Houston Oilers before that, makes the case that the time has come for the Texans to trade [more]

Mel Kiper sees some Tom Brady in Mac Jones

The 2021 quarterback class is coming into focus. Only one of them has drawn a comparison to the quarterback who started 2021 with his seventh Super Bowl win. Via Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, Dean of Draftniks Mel Kiper compares Alabama quarterback Mac Jones to Tom Brady. Sort of. “I hate to say, but he kind [more]

Deshaun Watson would lose up to $20.2 million if he sits out the 2021 season

If, as it appears, quarterback Deshaun Watson will never play for the Texans again and if, as it appears, the Texans won’t trade Watson, the stage will be set for a holdout. Different numbers have emerged regarding the monetary losses that Watson would incur. Below, we’ll try to identify the full scope of the financial [more]

Report: Teams have called to make trade offers for Deshaun Watson, Texans won’t talk

Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson wants to be traded. The Texans do not want to trade him. Or even hear what teams would be willing to give up for him. That’s the word from Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, who reports that the Texans have been unwilling to discuss Watson with any of the teams that [more]

Cam Newton is definitely better than plenty of starting quarterbacks

Soon-to-be-free-agent quarterback Cam Newton recently declared that there aren’t 32 quarterbacks better than him. He’s right. On Tuesday’s PFT Live, Simms and I went through all 32 teams and identified several starting (for now) quarterbacks who aren’t as good, in our view, as Newton. Check out the attached video for the full discussion. Or keep [more]

Panthers re-sign Trent Scott to one-year deal

The Panthers have brought back offensive tackle Trent Scott on a one-year deal, the club announced on Tuesday. Scott was slated to become a restricted free agent next month. Carolina claimed him off waivers when the Chargers cut him in September. Scott appeared in 14 games for the Panthers in 2020, starting four of them at [more]

Jerry Richardson, Domonique Foxworth once had a heated (and entertaining) exchange over 17 games

If long reads are your thing, ESPN.com has a new item that explores a full field of rabbit holes regarding the relationship between the NFL and the NFL Players Association over the past decade. The item from Seth Wickersham and Don Van Natta, Jr. focuses largely on the tenure of NFLPA executive director Demaurice Smith, [more]

Panthers promote Frank Okam to DL coach, hire Terrance Knighton as assistant

The Panthers have made a few coaching moves, notably promoting Frank Okam to defensive line coach. Okam served as Carolina’s assistant defensive line coach last season, the team’s first under head coach Matt Rhule. Okam replaces Mike Phair in the role. The Panthers announced Phair would not return for a second season on Jan. 25. [more]

Kawann Short has heard from a few teams since being released

The Panthers released defensive tackle Kawann Short last week in a move that did not come as a surprise to the eight-year vet. Short said on SiriusXM NFL Radio that he “wasn’t shocked” by the move because he missed so much time the last two seasons with rotator cuff injuries to both shoulders. Short only [more]

Panthers re-sign Keith Kirkwood

The Panthers have re-signed another member of their receiving corps ahead of restricted free agency. Shortly after word broke that they’d re-signed Brandon Zylstra, Joseph Person of TheAthletic.com reported that the team will also be holding onto Keith Kirkwood. Kirkwood signed with the Panthers last April, but injured his collarbone before the season and then [more]

Cam Newton: I intimidated the Panthers; Patriots were only place that made sense

Quarterback Cam Newton was a free agent for quite a while last year after being released by the Panthers and there didn’t appear to be anyone other than the Patriots knocking on his door when he finally signed in July. Newton’s season got off to a decent start, but he missed time after testing positive [more]

Panthers re-sign Brandon Zylstra

The Panthers have taken care of some business for an offensive player — though it probably isn’t the transaction Carolina’s fans have been waiting to hear about. Carolina has re-signed wide receiver Brandon Zylstra to a one-year deal, according to multiple Monday reports. Zylstra was slated to become a restricted free agent at the start [more]

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