There’s lots of roster activity in the NFL as teams scramble to reduce their preseason rosters to the 53-player maximum by Tuesday’s 4 PM Eastern deadline. Here’s a look at the latest activity around the league.
Garoppolo Agrees To Remain With 49ers
After much speculation in the offseason of a trade involving San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, the two sides have agreed to continue their relationship. The new deal is for one year, includes a no-trade and no-franchise tag clause, and guarantees Garoppolo $6.5 million this season with incentives worth another $9.9 million. The organization had permitted him to negotiate with other teams and has worked with him since last week on negotiating his reduced contract.
The agreement is far from the $24.2 base salary he would have been paid this season. However, keeping that salary on the books was never an option for the team. The veteran will still become a free agent in 2023 and will be backing up starter Trey Lance this season. He still has an opportunity to make a decent salary and stay in San Francisco while coming back from off-season shoulder surgery.
Trubisky Likely To Be Starter In Pittsburgh
As the battle for the starting QB job in Pittsburgh continued in Sunday’s preseason game against the Detroit Lions, many wondered if rookie first-round pick Kenny Pickett would do enough to secure the starting job in Week 1. However, Pickett did enough in the first two preseason games to have a legitimate shot at taking the QB1 position from the veteran, Mitch Trubisky, throwing for three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Trubisky also did well in the first two games and certainly didn’t do anything to lose the starting job. However, after going 15 for 19 for 160 yards and a touchdown while leading Pittsburgh to a 16-0 first-half lead against the Lions, most experts feel that Trubisky will be the opening day starter for the Steelers as they approach their season opener on September 11 in Cincinnati. After the game, Coach Mike Tomlin said he would inform the media when a starter was named but didn’t say how soon that would be.
Jackson and Ravens Continue Contract Negotiations
The Baltimore Ravens and Lamar Jackson are working on getting a contract extension finished before the start of the regular season after reports surfaced that say the team offered him more than the $230.5 million contract signed by the Arizona Cardinals’ Kyler Murray. Jackson doesn’t have an agent and is negotiating his deal, which makes things a bit more difficult for both sides.
There’s no question that part of the reason negotiations have stalled is due to the fully guaranteed $230 million, five-year deal Deshaun Watson recently signed with the Cleveland Browns. It’s not difficult to see why he would want the Ravens to reach that level with three postseason appearances and an MVP trophy on his resume.
From a player’s standpoint, Watson’s contract is probably the best deal in history, with many teams reportedly being angered by it. Taking anything less than Watson’s guaranteed money wouldn’t be justified for a player with the talent of Jackson. The Ravens can thank their division rivals for this latest obstacle in negotiations.