We are pleased to welcome you to the Friday editions of the Pick Six newsletter
The NFL’s June month is notoriously slow, but Tom Brady has made it a fast one this year. We are only 10 days into the month, and he already: Won a tournament with Aaron Rodgers. underwearDyed His hair was turned orangeHe also held his first press conference of offseason.
I don’t know what Brady will do for the rest of the month. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if Brady buys a castle or adopts a kangaroo. At this point, anything is possible.
We’ll be looking closely at what Brady had to say on Thursday during his first press conference. We’ll also be reviewing what Davante Adam had to say during his offseason meeting with the media.
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1. Today’s show: What is the Rams Super Bowl window? Is their roster-building plan sustainable and sustainable?
Even though we are approaching the slow part of NFL offseason, things have not been slow this week. There’s been a lot happening this week, from Cooper Kupp getting an extension to Brady’s first media conference in almost five months. Will Brinson, Tyler Sullivan and I are here to break it down for Friday’s Pick Six podcast.
The episode was a lot about the Rams’ team-building philosophy. “trade away all your draft picks for star players.”It’s certainly an interesting strategy, but it’s also quite risky. This is probably why we haven’t seen other NFL teams try to replicate them.
Les Snead decided that the Rams would be run like an NBA franchise. He has a thought process of “we’re going to get some superstars in here and then we’re going to fill in the gaps with players who cost $2 million per year and then we’re going to be competitive.”
In 2022, the Rams will have nearly 40% less cap space than they had in 2022 thanks to four superstars: Matthew Stafford, Aaron Donald, Jalen Ramsay, Cooper Kupp, and Jalen Ramsay. While most teams don’t allow four players to eat that much space, the Rams don’t care as their philosophy just won them a Super Bowl.
You might be wondering how they manage to continue giving out these large contracts. Snead isn’t afraid to kick the can down the road. Drew Brees’ contract was one example of this strategy that the Saints used to master, but it was thrown out the window when the salary cap was reduced in 2020.
Snead’s good news is that he doesn’t have to worry about it because the salary cap is. Expected increase in revenue by $15 million-20 millionThe new TV deal will pay the player a salary cap of $1,500 per year. The Rams have their core players covered now so it will be easy to calculate how much salary cap space they’ll need going forward. This is why they feel like they have a strong Super Bowl window. On the other side, the Ravens don’t know what their cap situation will be over the next few year because they don’t know what amount of Lamar Jackson’s potential new contract will cause them to take.
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2. Tom Brady holds his first press conference after announcing his return. Here’s what they had to say.
Brady has been back to football for almost three months, but he managed to go three months without holding a press conference. We were blessed to have a break in the drought when Brady finally met up with the media on Thursday. He spent a lot of time answering questions during the presser about everything, from his relationship to Bruce Arians to whether or not he had ever sex with the Dolphins.
Here’s Take a look at all he has to say: Brady is open to flirting with the Dolphins.Brady was asked whether he had spoken with the Dolphins in the off-season about joining the team. He definitely did not deny it. The 44-year old could have said “no, they didn’t talk”, but instead he said this. “I’ve had a lot of conversations with a lot of people, as I’ve had for the past three or four years in my career, about different opportunities when I’m done playing football. I kind of made a decision of what I’d like to do. I’ll get to be in the game of football. … The most important thing is where I’m at now and what I hope to do for this team. That’s been my commitment, to this team and this organization.”That sounds like a guy that talked to the Dolphins. What is the status of Brady’s relationship to Bruce Arians? After Arians surprisingly retired on March 30, there was some speculation that he only stepped down because he wasn’t getting along with Brady. The Buccaneers QB refutes that claim. “He and I have a great relationship,”Brady spoke of Arians ESPN.com. “Part of the reason I chose here was because of Bruce. I mean, he and I have been — incredible communication — I have great respect for him. He knows how I feel about him — that’s the most important thing. And I know how he feels about me.”Brady was also asked about Gronk. Rob Gronkowski’s return is a big question this offseason. Brady He was asked if there were any insider informationUnfortunately, he doesn’t. “I think it’s just, obviously, totally up to him. We’d all love to play with him, but he’s got to make the best decision for himself, and he knows that,”Brady said. “Anybody that cares about him knows that he is doing what’s right for him, which is trying to figure it out. We don’t have training camp for about six weeks, so whatever he has to do to figure it out. I think we will be hopeful if he does. And if he doesn’t, we’ve still got to go out there and figure out what to do.”
He touched on many subjects, but the Dolphins matter is my favorite. It’s clear that the Dolphins were in talks with him. This is important because Brady will be a free agent after 2022, meaning he can sign with anyone. It wouldn’t be surprising if he spoke to Miami this season, and he would have a conversation with them in 2023.
3. Davante Adams explains how he switched to Derek Carr from Aaron Rodgers
Brady wasn’t only the star NFL player who held his first press conference of offseason on Thursday. Adams also did so, and Adams had many interesting things to share with the media.
Let’s take a look into what Adams was thinking: Uncertainty regarding Aaron Rodgers future played a role in the decision of asking for a trade.Adams stated that he spoke a lot to Rodgers this offseason. “We talked throughout the whole process and he was aware of where I stood, and I was aware of where he stood,” Adams said. “We had talks just like what he said the other day. He mentioned we had talks about his future and what he thinks his duration in Green Bay or just football in general would look like, and that played into my decision, as well. Adams seems to think that Rodgers only has one or two years left. Adams wanted out of Green Bay because he simply doesn’t think Rodgers is going to be around much longer, “This is where I am in my professional career. I don’t mean to criticize anyone, other Green Bay quarterbacks. I love Jordan Love, he’s a great man. I had aspirations of doing really big things and being remembered. It wasn’t a point in the course of my career that I was willing sacrifice Aaron not being there after a few years.”Adams thinks Derek Carr is as good as Aaron Rodgers. In the biggest surprise of the day, Adams said that Carr is just as good as Rodgers. “Adams stated that talent and ability are very similar if you keep it real. NFL.com. “The release is different. But being able to get it to your late, if they see that you are coming out of a stop, not many quarterbacks will be able to get it to them before you get to sideline if there aren’t enough numbers. They share another similarity: two strong-armed men who also understand the game and its mental side. They are both obsessed with it and know everything out there.”The Packers did offer Adams more money than the Raiders. After Adams was traded to Las Vegas, it was reported that the Packers offered him more money than the Raiders, but that he turned it down because he wanted to play for the Raiders. As it turns out, that’s actually true. “You guys must have heard Green Bay offered this higher than what I was offering. [going to make with the Raiders]All of that. It was true, I’ll admit it. Adams stated, “Okay, it was true.” via PFT. “But there are many other things that go into it. Family is an important part of it for us.”
After the trade, Adams signed an agreement with the Raiders for a five-year contract worth $141.25million. Adams’ family is from the West Coast. It’s clear that Adams wanted to be closer to his family after eight seasons in Green Bay.
4. The 2022 offseason was the best for each AFC team
It’s been a busy offseason in the AFC, with everything from free agency to drafts to making trades. One thing that is constant about the offseason, however, is that some moves are more successful than others. Cody Benjamin compiled a list of the top moves made by each AFC side this offseason.
Here’s the best move by five of these teams: Bills: Signing Von Miller. “If Miller brings anything close to what he brought during his peak moments in Denver and Los Angeles, Sean McDermott should feel good about his “D” helping Josh Allen make a real run.”Colts: Trading for Matt Ryan. “Yes, the Colts still have long-term QB issues, and Ryan is more steady than special these days, but with another big run game and defense, they’ve got the recipe for a playoff bid.”Dolphins hire Mike McDaniel to be their head coach. “In an offseason where Miami landed Tyreek Hill, Terron Armstead and literally three starting running backs, their new coach is the biggest reason Dolphins fans should look forward to what Tua Tagovailoa and the offense can do in 2022.”Patriots: Drafting Marcus Jones, CB. “Jones has been compared to former Chiefs playmaker Dante Hall as a return man, and he figures to see an immediate role in Bill Belichick’s defense.”Bengals: Signing OL Alex Cappa. “The top of Cincinnati’s draft haul (S Daxton Hill, CB Cam Taylor-Britt) brings juice to the defense, and ex-Cowboys tackle La’el Collins is the bigger name. But Cappa brings such stability to the interior of a line charged with protecting the team’s top asset, QB Joe Burrow. He hasn’t missed a regular-season start as one of Tom Brady’s most underrated blockers the last two years.”
You can view the complete list, which includes all 16 AFC teams. Then, make sure to click here.
5. AFC players under-the-radar who could be stars in 2022
This newsletter does not cover AFC teams today, apparently. After looking at the best moves of each AFC team during this offseason, let’s now examine one player under-the radar who could be a star in 2022.
This is Jeff Kerr’s list. Ravens RB J.K. Dobbins “Dobbins missed the entire 2021 season with a torn ACL, making many forget how productive he was in his rookie season two years ago. Dobbins was the first rookie in NFL history with 800 rushing yards, nine rushing touchdowns, and 6.0-yards-per-carry average in a season — one of six players all time to accomplish the feat.”Browns: WR Donovan Peoples Joness. “Already a big-play threat in Cleveland’s offense, Donovan Peoples-Jones should thrive as the No. 2 wide receiver to Amari Cooper — especially if Deshaun Watson is the quarterback to start the season.”Texans QB Davis Mills. “Did you know Mills led the NFL in red zone passer rating last season (116.8)? A surprise of the Texans’ offense, there could be an argument made Mills was the best of the rookie quarterbacks in 2021. Mills ranks third in NFL history among all rookie quarterbacks in completion percentage (66.8%) and had three games with a passer rating of 125 or higher — tied for the second-most among rookie quarterbacks since the 1970 merger. Even though the Texans’ offense leaves much to be desired, a better offensive line and a year under his belt could set up the QB for an even better second season.”Jaguars: RB Travis Etienne. “Missing all of his rookie year with a Lisfranc injury, the Jaguars’ offense will be set up for Travis Etienne to shine. Doug Pederson’s West Coast-based scheme will give Etienne plenty of targets in the backfield, especially while James Robinson is taking time to rehab from his injury.”Chargers: CB Asante Samuel Jr. “He had an impressive rookie season, allowing just a 69.2 passer rating to opposing quarterbacks when he was the primary defender with three touchdowns. His two interceptions also showcased a playmaking ability, similar to when his father was controlling the secondary. … Year 2 in Brandon Staley’s complex defense could help Samuel become one of the breakout cornerbacks in the league.”
You can view the complete list of AFC players under-the-radar here Then, make sure to click here.
6. Rapid-fire roundup – Hunter Renfrow gets extension from Raiders
It’s been an exciting 24 hours in the NFL. Since it’s almost impossible to keep track, I decided to compile a roundup for all of you. Hunter Renfrow is extended for a two-year term Renfrow’s rookie contract was set to expire at the end of the 2022 season, but that’s no longer the case after he signed an extension on Friday. Jonathan Jones, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jonathan Jones reports that Renfrow’s rookie contract was set to expire at the end of the 2022 season. Two-year deal worth $32 MillionIncludes $21,000,000 in guaranteed money Browns unlikely not to pursue Odell Beckham. Last week, we saw Myles Garrett trying to recruit Odell to the Browns, but maybe he should have spent his time trying to convince the Browns that they need Odell. According To the Akron Beacon JournalIt is unlikely that Beckham will return to Cleveland with the Browns in this offseason. New ownership of Broncos discusses possible role for Peyton Manning. The former Broncos QB could soon be getting a job with the team now that it’s about to be under new ownership. According ESPN.comThe Broncos may be interested in Manning’s advisory role. ESPN reports Manning hasn’t expressed interest in a job with an NFL franchise since his retirement. But, it seems that the Broncos might offer him a role that could result in an equity stake in the franchise. Jason Garrett is likely to move to NBC. The former Cowboys coach could be headed for NBC’s Sunday night pregame show. According to The New York PostThe network is considering the possibility of bringing Garrett in to replace Drew Brees. Drew Brees has left NBC after only one season. Michael Thomas is unsure if he will be able to attend minicamp. The Saints receiver has been dealing with his ankle injury for almost two years now and he’s still not quite fully healed. Dennis Allen, Saints coach Thomas was admitted to the university on ThursdayHe isn’t 100% yet, so it’s uncertain if he’ll be available to participate in mandatory minicamp. Ex-Cowboys star passes away at 84. Don Perkins, who spent his entire eight-year career with the Cowboys, Thursday, April 12, 2012: Died. In six of his eight seasons, the running back was named to the Pro Bowl. His Cowboys career saw him rush for 6,217 yards with 42 touchdowns. These numbers still rank fourth among franchise history. Perkins was a top-10 rushing player in each of his eight NFL seasons. Perkins was inducted in the Cowboys Ring of Honor 1976.