Sure, Super Bowl 55 was a huge dud, both on and off the field, but with the ensuing offseason underway, the NFL rumor-mill is picking up steam like an old-school locomotive. With the first week of the 2021 offseason underway, let’s find out which rumors are currently making their way around the league’s landscape. That being said, let’s get right to it so you can get ready to make your bets against their NFL odds for the upcoming season.
NFL Rumors & Betting News February 9th Edition
Birds Asking Price Too High For Wentz
While a trade is expected in the coming days or weeks, rumors say that Philadelphia is asking for too much for enigmatic quarterback Carson Wentz. Philly reportedly wants something similar to the two first round and third round draft picks that the Detroit Lions received from the LA Rams for Matthew Stafford. While Wentz is coming off a horrific 2020 campaign that saw him toss a league-high 15 interceptions in only 12 starts, the Eagles are selling Wentz as the same guy that tossed 33 TD passes and only seven picks in his MVP-caliber campaign back in 2017.
Bears Getting Impatient With Birds
One of the teams interested in Wentz is the Chicago Bears. A recent rumor earlier this week says the Bears are getting tired of waiting for Philly to improve its trade offer. Reports say Chicago believe Philadelphia has ‘overvalued’ Wentz – and I agree. If you saw any Eagles games this season, then you know Wentz has regressed faster than LeBron James’ hairline.
Indy Tells Philly To Sweeten the Pot
The Indianapolis Colts are one of the other main front runners to sign Carson Wentz, but Colts brass has informed Eagles management that they want the Birds to sweeten the pot on any deal they might make for the embattled signal-caller. Indianapolis reportedly wants “an additional player, players or picks – in any deal for Wentz. Clearly, someone’s done their homework in the Colts organization.
Mariota On The Move?
After signing with Las Vegas and sitting almost all season behind incumbent starter Derek Carr, former first round draft pick Marcus Mariota could be on the move this offseason. The second overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft saw action in only one game last season by replacing an injured Carr in Week 15. Mariota passed for 226 yards with one touchdown and one interception while completing 60.7 percent of his passes in a 30-27 loss against the Chargers. A number of teams could be interested in the former Oregon star, starting with the New England Patriots. The 27-year-old Mariota signed a two-year, $17.6 million deal with Las Vegas last spring.
McCown Texans Coach in Waiting?
It’s a damned shame that David Culley hasn’t even coached his first game with the awful Houston Texans and a recent rumor says that former NFL signal-caller Josh McCown is already looked at as Houston’s ‘coach-in-waiting’.
John Granato of ESPN 97.5 in Houston said Tuesday that the Texans are already looking at McCown as their next head coach after interviewing him for their open position recently.
“This is a real thing. Josh McCown will be your head coach within three years,” Granato said, via Lance Zierlein of NFL.com. “He’s the coach-in-waiting.”
Dak Getting the Big D in Dallas
I find it absolutely laughable that the Dallas Cowboys are now saying that they ‘forgot’ to add franchise quarterback Dak Prescott into the team’s recently released ‘hype video’ for the 2021 season. Yeah, Dak’s getting the ‘Big D’ from the Cowboys – as in dysfunction!
Niners Like Watson – and Darnold!
A recent report says the San Francisco 49ers are quite interested in acquiring disgruntled Houston Texans superstar signal-caller Deshaun Watson (who isn’t?). In addition to that, another rumor surrounding the Niners says that head coach Kyle Shanahan is intrigued by strong-armed Jets quarterback Sam Darnold. One thing seems certain for Frisco in my opinion. Incumbent starter Jimmy Garoppolo will almost certainly not be back under center in 2021.
Last but not least, defensive end Chase Young and two of his Washington Football Team teammates, Nick Sundberg and Dontrelle Inman, all testified before the Maryland House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, expressing support for police reform. Young, the recently named NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year, grew up in Prince George’s County, Maryland, but his father spent 22 years as a police officer in Arlington, Virginia. Here’s some ‘big ups’ for the 21-year-old who is clearly well beyond his actual age.