The NFL regular season is just a few days away, with teams making last-minute moves to shore up their rosters for Week 1. Here’s the latest news around the league this week:
Jackson Gets Improved Offer From Ravens
Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson has been negotiating with the team all summer to have a long-term deal signed before the start of the regular season. Reports are that the Ravens have submitted another offer to the former league MVP just days before the regular season begins. The deal is supposedly better than the last offer the team proposed a few weeks ago but isn’t fully guaranteed like Deshaun Watson’s recent contract with the Cleveland Browns.
Jackson is negotiating his contract without an agent and has informed the team that he won’t negotiate during the 2022 regular season. Although Jackson missed the last four games with an ankle injury in 2021, the team has expressed its desire to sign him to a multi-year extension.
There are no details about the terms of the latest proposal. Still, it is thought to be bigger than Kyler Murray’s recent deal with the Arizona Cardinals, worth $230 million over five years, with $160 million guaranteed.
Peters Signs With Cowboys
Former Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles LT Jason Peters has agreed to terms on a deal sending him to the Cowboys less than a week before the start of the regular season. After the injury to Tyron Smith in the preseason, Rookie Tyler Smith has moved into the starting left tackle position, with Peters hopefully moving into the backup role once he’s ready for the season.
The former two-time All-Pro had been waiting for an opportunity while teams figured out which free agents they might sign and found an opportunity to meet with the Cowboys. Head Coach Mike McCarthy said the move for Peters was about adding depth with Smith out of the lineup.
Peters started in 15 games for the Bears last season but won’t be ready to start playing until he gets up to speed physically. He has been practicing with the team since Monday.
Trubisky At Top Of Steelers Depth Chart
It looks like Mitch Trubisky will be the starting QB in Pittsburgh in the first season of a new era without Ben Roethlisberger at the helm. The Steelers released their unofficial depth chart on Monday, showing him as QB1 for the season opener on the road against the defending AFC Champion Cincinnati Bengals. He was also recently chosen as one of five team captains by his teammates.
Trubisky wasn’t guaranteed to start the season under center for Pittsburgh, as Kenny Pickett had two outstanding preseason performances that coach Tomlin praised. In the final preseason game against Detroit, Trubisky had his best game as a Steeler, completing 15 of 19 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown, which solidified his position as the starter. Pickett is mysteriously listed as QB3 behind Mason Rudolph on the depth chart, which could be related to the team trying to up his value if they decide to trade him.