Penn State football coach James Franklin: Aaron Donald ‘has hurt college football’ (nittanycentral)
“Aaron Donald is one of the greatest defensive players in NFL history, but Penn State Football coach James Franklin has received some scathing criticism for his impact on college football.
As the Nittany Lions opened spring practice, Franklin addressed the media, discussing his program’s quarterback situation, setting expectations for some key positions and making some surprising comments in Donald’s direction.
“I’m a huge fan of Aaron Donald,” Franklin told reporters. “Aaron Donald has hurt college football.”
Donald is likely to be designated as a future First Ballot Hall of Famer, but his impact on the way young players view defensive line position has changed, in Franklin’s opinion, significantly.
“Because every single one of these kids think they are Aaron Donald,” Franklin revealed. “’Well, I’m going to lose weight and I’m going to be more athletic.’ Well, there has been an Aaron Donald, in 50 years, the size of him, as disruptive as him, as fast and explosive, the problem is that everyone thinks they are the exception ”.
2023 NFL Free Agency Team-by-Team Rankings: Eagles, Dolphins, Seahawks, Bears, 49ers Among Early Winners (cbsspports)
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Key additions: TE Hunter Long (Miami Dolphins, via trade), 2023 third-round pick (Miami Dolphins, via trade)
After years of going “all-in” for a Super Bowl title, which they clinched in 2021 by winning Super Bowl LVI at their home stadium, the Rams are going through a knockdown. General manager Les Snead and head coach Sean McVay realized the need to rebuild the roster after the Rams fell apart to a 5-12 finish in 2022, the worst by a defending Super Bowl champion in the league. NFL history. Their “mainstay” quarterback Matthew Stafford, wide receiver Cooper Kupp, and defensive tackle Aaron Donald suffered injuries that caused them to miss several games.
As a result, they’ve allowed an exodus of talent to occur this offseason, with linebacker Bobby Wagner, cornerback Jalen Ramsey and kicker Matt Gay, among others, jumping ship. Ramsey’s trade to the Miami Dolphins for a third-round pick and 24-year-old tight end Hunter Long was a grim reminder of what could happen from ignoring the draft in favor of high-priced veterans for a five-year contract. To six. Los Angeles has until March 15 (Wednesday) to exceed the salary cap at the start of the new league year. At least they will be able to pick in the first round for the first time in eight years in 2024.”
After Gilmore deal and Slay release, LA Rams Jalen Ramsey trade looks much better (ramblinfan)
“The NFL free agency market is a fickle market. The price of the players depends on supply and demand, it is true. But the supply of veteran players at higher market prices is often compared to an influx of low-cost rookie talent in the next NFL Draft. Several years ago, a deep and talented crop of rookie quarterbacks pushed the price of veteran quarterbacks to their lowest levels in years.
This year, it’s a crop of talented deep rookie cornerbacks that is sending the value of veteran defensive backs into a downward spiral. Ironically, the lack of elite quarterback talent in the 2023 NFL Draft is helping the value of veteran quarterbacks exceed projections.
No, suddenly I’m not happy about the return of the Rams from the Miami Dolphins. Time can be a great lens to add better perspective, but it will take a long time to prove to me that the Rams received even close value to what the Dolphins received in their trade. But I no longer feel like the Rams have been fleeced. Now, it’s just a matter of the Rams selling a star NFL player from the wrong position for optimal value. For now, that will just have to work.”
Rams don’t offer Bryce Perkins but are interested in his return (nbcsports)
“The Rams did not offer restricted free agents. Bryce Perkins, making him a free agent. The Rams, however, are interested in bringing Perkins back at a lower price, NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero reports.
The bidding would have cost the team $2.6 million.
Perkins made his first career start last season and completed 13 of 23 passes for 100 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. The Rams lost to the Chiefs 26-10.
He is 19 of 34 for 161 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in the five games he played in during the 2022 season.
Seahawks offseason continues to go perfectly after Jalen Ramsey trade (fanside)
“The Los Angeles Rams have been a thorn in the side of the Seahawks since 2015. This is before Los Angeles got really good. But Seattle beat the Rams twice in 2022. The feeling was that Los Angeles was so battered that they were just a shell of the team they expected to be.
But the Rams have made so many moves this offseason to let go of talent that the team they were at the end of 2022 could be better than the team the Seahawks face in 2023. Jalen Ramsey is reportedly being traded to the dolphins. Ramsey is among the best cornerbacks in the NFL. Seattle wideout DK Metcalf seems to often face Ramsey when Seattle plays Los Angeles, but without Ramsey around, Metcalf should have an easier time against the Rams. This means Seattle’s offense should have an easier time against LA as well.
Seahawks offseason going almost perfectly so far
But the Rams are not just letting go of ramseyThey are also releasing linebacker Bobby Wagner and running back Leonard Floyd. Wagner was a member of the Associated Press All-Pro second team in 2022. Jalen Ramsey was a Pro Bowl player. Floyd has had at least 9 sacks in each of the past three seasons. That’s a lot of talent for the Rams to say goodbye to.
Meanwhile, both the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers, the Seahawks’ other NFC West rivals, will have questions at quarterback ahead of the 2023 season. Arizona’s Kyler Murray tore his ACL in late 2022. , so who knows when it might return? San Francisco has multiple injured quarterbacks. Arizona also made a coaching change this offseason.
But the Seahawks have re-signed quarterback Geno Smith, so the team’s quarterback situation is stable and solid. The Seahawks could even re-sign Bobby Wagner as a free agent this offseason that would improve the defense. And because panthers and bears resolved a trade where Carolina would get the No. 1 overall pick and likely pick a quarterback, either defensive tackle Jalen Carter or running back Will Anderson should fall to the Seahawks with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2023 NFL draft.”