NFL insider remarks: factors that fueled Eagles-Saints trade, as well as optimism about QB’s best prospects

This week the Eagles played in the draft and the Saints aren’t really about what will be an improved quarterback draft class next year. In essence, it was about the redistribution of assets and balance and sustainable team building.

And it makes full sense.

Philadelphia and New Orleans swapped elections in the first round in 2022, and along the way the Eagles took additional choices in the first round in 2023 and the second in 2024. The Eagles were largely appreciated for the exchange, and for good reason. Only I wouldn’t be so focused on the relative strengths and weaknesses of any potential group of positions in the call-up as part of the post-trade calculation.

After talking to a few sources who know the thinking of each team, I would like to compile the following. For the Eagles, it was about the relative benefits of three turns in the first round of one particular first round, not about what could be gained by being able to move up and down future call boards that already have several first – round elections on a tow . In terms of team building, if you manage to complete all three choices in the first round, then you will consider potentially three fifth-year options with significant pay spikes occurring simultaneously, compared to if it is spread over several years.

“It’s about trying to balance your list and be in a better position to implement a short-term and long-term plan,” one source concluded. And I fully understand.

Also, consider the rare dynamics of this first round. Eight teams control half of the first round, with two elections. If you look at the teams ahead of the Eagles, the Giants, Jets and Texans control only six of the first 13 elections. Trying to laugh at it and recognize the players that fall for you is hard under normal circumstances and amazing under these. Think about how much these dynamics can affect future deals, and the ramifications of what that means for actual player selection. Could there be more certainty in 2023 if fewer teams will have multiple choices?

“I would have thought it was in Howie’s mind (GM Eagles, Howie Roseman) when he was doing it,” one GM NFL told me. “I’ve never seen a draft like this before, with so many teams having multiple choices in the first round. Never. Never. Never. It’s new to all of us. It’s unique.”

As for the Saints, I would not jump to conclusions that for them it is about a quarterback or enough draft capital to stay ahead of competitors in the division who need a QB like the Falcons or Panthers. New Orleans may be a tough team to read, but I’ve talked to a few grandmasters who think the trade is more about going all-in right now (like their deal on Marcus Davenport a few years ago) than about to find their QB future or beat someone up for it.

“Saints generally play their cards very close to the vest, but I don’t think it’s about capturing a quarterback,” said another GM. “They really like James (Winston) and I think they look back on the NFC and think they have the same good shot as the others, especially when they land two players with these picks. To me, it’s more like a step they took when Sean (former coach Sean Peyton) was there than finding a quarterback for two or three years later. “

Two top 10 QB?

News: NFL scorers are significantly higher in this class of defenders than in the media, and all three teams I spoke to earlier this week believe the two salesmen are in the top 10. At least two.

It has been very fashionable to tear down these children, but the executives I am talking to do not intend to collect the highest QB – and thus have less profit or loss by lying about their true feelings for them – continue to claim that running after them will begin. quite early. Perhaps with the lions in second place overall, and probably by the time the clock will have panthers (sixth) and falcons (eighth).

“You guys (in the media) are harsher on these children than we are (in the Scout community),” said one senior official. “I don’t care if someone whispers, (Kenny) Pickett and (Malik) Willis are legitimate quarterbacks. Willis, if all comes together, can be really special, and Pickett played as a pick in the first round last year. If I am now I’m trying, two of them are in the top 10, and four are going on Thursday night. It’s not as bad as some people think. “

Watch the money

The NFL fans have been deceived by adhering to salary limits as if they are a real indicator of an intention to win the Super Cup, and as if this is an indicator of actual spending. This is not the case.

Please, please look at the actual wage figures. That’s where it is. And in light of the fact that the bills made another big spike this week, providing lead receiver Step Diggs a huge boost with a $ 70 million guarantee, I would urge you all to keep an eye on projected cash for the 2022 season as a much bigger barometer attempt the owner win the Lombardi Trophy than how much – or how little – space for capital there was in any team on paper at any given time (because it’s a soft cap and is always variable anyway).

According to Spotrac, as of Wednesday morning, it was projected that 15 teams would exceed the $ 208 million salary limit in real terms (almost half of the league), with some teams significantly exceeding that number. Here are the top five cash expenses in the NFL at the moment, according to Spotrac:

  1. Browns $ 252 million
  2. Sheep 242 million dollars
  3. Dolphins $ 234 million
  4. Accounts for $ 232 million
  5. Saints $ 232 million

Keep in mind that each owner receives approximately $ 360 million a year just for the rights to broadcast their games nationally. Do not give in to the okeidok. Want to know if your team owner really goes for it or not? Keep an eye on the money and keep an eye on the money spent. Not everyone who spends a large amount wins, but it’s better to be distracted if you think you’ll win something significant when you’re in the bottom third of spending.

More insider notes

  • Certainly, there are strong divisions in opinions about the prospect of the Oregon Caivon Thibado edge. Is he really the one who will regularly fall into 10 bags? What is the height of the ceiling? He didn’t exactly wipe each team properly through the process. I suspect there is still enough talent to keep him in the top 10-12 election, but opinions differ.
  • Despite the Achilles injury he received on his professional day, Michigan prospect David Ojab will still probably hear his name in the first round as I understand it. The strong team selected at the end of this round will want him to have a fifth-year option, knowing that 2022 is likely to be a year of rehabilitation in a red shirt. Too much potential to fall on the second day.
  • The veteran market of hustle and bustle – and they still have no shortage – is likely to be seriously affected by how deep this group of rushes will be. Expect a flurry of signatures right after the draft among OLB / DEs veterans in early May, among teams not getting what they need in the selection process.

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