In between the NBA and college basketball, MLB is preparing for the start of its new season at the end of this month. In the meantime, the NFL is busy making adjustments, as well, with a lot coming down the pipe over the next few weeks.
Raiders Players Want More Vegas
Last Wednesday, the NFLPA released the “free agency report cards” from the league’s 32 organizations. These presented the results of a survey sent to up to 2,200 players, giving their opinion on their own franchises. The players’ union wanted to know where they stood on the treatment of their families, food services, weight room, team trips, locker rooms, physical trainers, training room and training staff.
The Las Vegas Raiders were left behind in this last item. Players opined that HC Josh McDaniels did not listen to them and kept them in the facilities for a long time. In addition, they expected more out of facilities in Vegas. The respondents wanted the facilities to “look more like Las Vegas,” despite already being state-of-the-art. However, team owner Mark Davis might be willing to make some changes.
Franchise Tags On Their Way
Tony Pollard, Daniel Jones and Josh Jacobs could receive franchise tags. On February 21, the window was opened for the teams in the league to use their franchise player tag if they wish, but the deadline is getting closer, extending only until Tuesday, March 7. At the moment, the only official franchise tag is that of the Washington Commanders over DT Daron Payne, but multiple reports ensure that, if a long-term agreement is not reached in these couple of days, at least three more players would be tagged.
Pollard, a running back with the Dallas Cowboys, could see a long-term agreement is not reached on Tuesday. If it becomes official, Pollard will receive a fully guaranteed $10.09 million in 2023, although the organization and player still have until July 15 to work on an extension. Jacobs, an RB with the Raiders, is in a similar situation.
Agents for Jones, a QB with the New York Giants, left the 2023 Scouting Combine with no progress; therefore, the Giants will label him as failing to reach a deal Tuesday. With this, he could receive $32.41 million guaranteed. However, he’s holding out for over $45 million.
Chiefs Tell Players To Man Up
Apparently, the Kansas City Chiefs are discouraging their players from reporting injuries. The NFLPA report card survey, according to multiple reports, determined that Kansas City ranked last in coaching personnel. This is because players don’t feel they’re receiving the level of care they deserve, and the team prefers they don’t complain when they’re dealing with injuries.
They didn’t just finish last in the coaching staff, but also finished poorly in terms of facilities and travel. As a result, Kansas City was the fourth-worst overall franchise in the NFL.
Gould, Carr On The Move
Robbie Gould isn’t going back to the San Francisco 49ers this year. He’s spent the past six years kicking for the team, but now wants something new. That will come through free agency, which hasn’t served him well in the past.
If he sticks around, Gould will be one of the three oldest players in the NFL. Assuming Tom Brady remains retired, only he and Cowboys offensive tackle Jason Peters will be older than 40.
Derek Carr is reportedly going to the New Orleans Saints, after all. The QB had talked with the team after being dropped by the Raiders in February, but then decided against it. However, per NFL chatter from Monday, he has had a change of heart once again. He even tweeted, “Who dat?” in apparent support of his new home.