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NFL Player Moves Coming As Several Free Agents Want A Change

Even though the 2020-21 NFL season is over, there is always something going on in the league.  The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made easy work of the Kansas City Chiefs to win Super Bowl LV, and teams across the league are looking for ways to dethrone Tom Brady as the NFL GOAT.  NFL camps don’t begin for another couple of months, but there’s never a reason to slow down.

T.Y. Hilton Looks For A Change

T.Y. Hilton doesn’t want to be part of the Indianapolis Colts anymore.  He announced, through a Twitter post, that he’s ready to enter free agency and that he’s “ready to work” no matter where he ends up.  Considering the post included a GIF of him dancing, it would appear that he’s more than excited about finding new opportunities.

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There is a lot of talk about quarterbacks right now, with Russell Wilson, Cam Newton and others being discussed.  Alex Smith is on the list, as well, and there’s a chance that he’s ready for free agency.  The Washington Football Team QB could opt to go to the Chicago Bears, if he’s released from Washington.

Another QB name that is being tossed around like a Teddy Bridgewater football is Marcus Mariota.  The Las Vegas Raiders backup wants to play a more prominent role and is tired of bouncing around from team to team.  He could exit the Raiders as they try to work out salary cap issues, and might just have a shot with the Philadelphia Eagles.  That’s not a guarantee, but one unidentified NFL insider has rumored of a possible spot on the Eagles’ roster.

Saints Work Through Cap Space Issues

The New Orleans Saints have a lot of problems with cap space, which could be alleviated if Drew Brees were to retire.  However, while the future of the team’s roster remains a little uncertain, the Saints have already decided that they want to hold onto safety Marcus Williams as a “priority.”  He started in 14 games last year and had three interceptions and head coach Sean Payton believes he’s just getting warmed up.

The Chicago Bears are busy scrambling, as well, and have determined that cornerback Buster Skrine isn’t going to be a part of the team moving forward.  The Bears signed him on a three-year contract worth $16.5 million in 2019 and only started seven games in his first two seasons.  Last year, he was out for the last four games due to a concussion, and his release will save Chicago $2.7 million.  They can save more – $4.9 million – if they designate him as a post-June 1 release.

McPhee Likes Things The Way They Are

Pernell McPhee is happy where he is.  The outside linebacker enjoys being part of the Baltimore Ravens squad and doesn’t see any reason to make a change, at least not this time around.  He was drafted by the Ravens in 2011 before entering free agency and bouncing around for a couple of years.  He made his way back to the team in 2019 and doesn’t want to move again.

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McPhee told Ravens reporter Clifton Brown recently, “Of course, the plan is to come back to Baltimore and continue to play some ball, help win a championship and build a dynasty.  That’s the goal. Myself and my agent haven’t really talked about it yet. I’ve been chilling, taking care of my body. I’ll think about things, but my thought is really just on coming back.”

J.J. Watt knew he wanted to step away from the Houston Texans, where he had spent the past ten years.  Last season was anything but impressive for the team, and the defensive end believes he can do much more.  After being granted a release from Houston in the middle of last month, he has now signed a new deal to move to Arizona.  The two-year deal the five-time Pro Bowler signed is reportedly worth $31 million, with a $23-million guarantee.

Erik is a writer and a sports nut who has had the good fortune to be able to experience a wide variety of world sports action up close and personal. He enjoys staying on top of the changing world of athletics and capitalizing on his writing skills to offer a unique take on what's going on in the ever-changing athletics ecosystem.

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