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Footballguys.comDaily Email Update • Vol. 22, #286 • Jan. 28th, 2021


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1. HOU - QB Deshaun Watson requests trade

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson requested a trade from the Texans a few weeks ago, and teams have been calling to acquire him.

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It's now official - Watson wants out. Watson negotiated a no-trade clause in the extension he signed last summer and, by virtue of his contract, would decide what places would be acceptable.

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2. HOU - David Culley, HOU agree on 5-year deal

Source: NFL.com - Grant Gordon

David Culley (Ravens) on Thursday, Jan. 28, agreed with the Houston Texans on a five-year contract to become the team's head coach, according to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network.

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It's an interesting move for the Texans in what has been an interesting coaching search. Culley is known as a quarterback whisperer with both the Ravens and the Eagles. He will likely not be coaching Deshaun Watson as the disgruntled superstar quarterback has requested a trade. Culley has never called plays at any level and will have an uphill battle with a franchise on a downhill slide.

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3. TB - No practice for WR Antonio Brown

Source: Tampa Bay Times - Rick Stroud

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Antonio Brown (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Jan. 28.

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Brown isn't going to practice this week. They are going to keep him out of action with the hopes that he'll be able to at least be limited towards the end of next week.

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4. HOU - QB Deshaun Watson's production elite

Source: CBS Sports

Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson threw 95 touchdown passes in his first 50 career starts -- topping the respective totals of Aaron Rodgers (94), Peyton Manning (91), Tom Brady (78) and Drew Brees (68) in their first 50 starts.

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Watson is a superstar in the NFL. He'll make any team a contender, and he's got a no-trade clause so Watson will get to pick which team he wants to go to.

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5. NE - NE a favorite for QB Matthew Stafford?

Source: NESN.com - Ricky Doyle

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford will likely be traded this offseason, and the New England Patriots are one of the two 'front-runners' due to their quarterback need and favorable salary cap situation, according to a recent article written for The Athletic.

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Stafford is looking for a fresh start and the Patriots are looking for a new quarterback. He's still got plenty of high-quality play left in the tank and could fit with what the Patriots do on offense.

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6. HOU - HOU targeting QB Josh McCown

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Former QB Josh McCown is being targeted by Houston Texans head coach David Culley as an assistant.

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McCown has been basically a player/coach for some time. He's bound to get in the coaching world with his skill set and knowledge of the game.

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7. NE - Mac Jones talks with New England

Source: MassLive.com - Chris Mason

Alabama QB Mac Jones said he talked to representatives from the New England Patriots at the Senior Bowl Wednesday, Jan. 27.

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Jones would be a fine addition for the Patriots and there are early mock drafts out there which have him going off the board at no.15 overall to the Patriots. He's smart and understands defensive concepts. His accuracy is uncanny and his brain works really fast when going through progressions as a passer.

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8. MIA - QB Deshaun Watson prefers Miami?

Source: Pro Football Network - Tony Pauline

Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson reportedly likes the culture that Brian Flores has built,' making the Miami Dolphins his preferred destination, according to multiple sources.

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That's been the buzz for some time. Watson has a no-trade clause in his contract so he can basically choose where he wants to be traded. The Dolphins are one of the few teams who would have enough firepower to get a trade for Watson done. If he's dealt to Miami, obviously the team would be sending 2020 first-round pick Tua Tagovailoa in the deal.

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9. KC - QB Patrick Mahomes fully practices

Source: Chiefs.com

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes (toe) fully participated in practice Thursday, Jan. 28.

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The toe injury is not a problem for Mahomes now. It wasn't a problem for him in the AFC Championship Game and now has over a week before his next game....in Super Bowl LV.

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10. DET - Bigger role coming for D'Andre Swift

Source: The Athletic - Chris Burke

Detroit Lions RB D'Andre Swift will be used in the slot at times next season to allow him to take on linebackers in open space, according to head coach Dan Campbell.

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That's to be expected with the team moving on from Matthew Stafford. They'll also feature more of Swift because of the hiring of new OC (and former RB) Anthony Lynn. Swift will have RB1 upside with such a large role in 2021.

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11. HOU - Pep Hamilton nearing deal with Houston

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Los Angeles Chargers quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton is expected to take over the same role with the Houston Texans, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

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Pep Hamilton has been credited for his work with rookie QB Justin Herbert. The long-time NFL coach knows how to get the most out of the players under his tutelage. Too bad the Texans are likely to move on from QB Deshaun Watson, who reports indicate he's asked for a trade.

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12. MIN - WR Keenan McCardell headed to Minnesota

Source: The Florida Times-Union - Gene Frenette

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell was hired to serve in the same role by the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, Jan. 28.

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McCardell will work with Justin Jefferson in year two. The 2020 rookie from LSU was fantastic and set all sorts of records for a first-year player. We're excited to see what McCardell will have in store for Jefferson.

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13. PIT - QB Ben Roethlisberger open to restructure

Source: The Athletic - Ed Bouchette

Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is not only open to restructuring his contract, but he told Ed Bouchette of The Athletic on Thursday, Jan. 28, that it was his idea 'to basically help the team however I can this year.'

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Roethlisberger has a cap hit of $41.2 million in 2021, and there is $22.2 million remaining in dead money. He'll have to rework that deal in some form or fashion to help out the Steelers salary cap situation for next season. It's the last year of his contract, so there are plenty of ways to make the money work.

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14. CAR - Carolina likely to pursue QB Deshaun Watson

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson is expected to be on the receiving end of a 'strong push' by the Carolina Panthers to acquire him, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.

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Teddy Bridgewater didn't do enough as the team's starter to secure his job for 2021 and beyond. He's a fine starter but lacks the upside and superstar play that Watson would bring to the field. Around 10 teams are interested in Watson, and the Panthers aren't considered a favorite to land his services. We'll see if they can beat the odds.

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15. LAR - QB Jared Goff, John Wolford to compete for job

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Los Angeles Rams QBs Jared Goff and John Wolford are expected to take part in an 'open competition' for the starting quarterback job in training camp, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. This assumes that the Rams don't trade Goff during the offseason.

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There's a chance the Rams go ahead and move on from Goff this offseason. If not, mainly due to his cap number, then he'll have to beat out Wolford for the starting job. It's a situation to watch as the new league year is set to start at the beginning of March.

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16. DET - Detroit considering QB Mark Brunell as QB coach

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Former NFL quarterback Mark Brunell - currently serving as a radio host in Jacksonville - is interviewing with the Detroit Lions to become the team's quarterback coach Thursday, Jan. 28.

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Brunell was a long-time NFL quarterback, and most will remember him as a starter for the Jaguars. Later in his playing career, Brunell served almost as a player-coach and helped guys like Jason Campbell. He has been a head coach, but that was in Jacksonville for the Episcopal Eagles. This would be his first foray into official NFL coaching.

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17. CHI - Chicago likely to set sights on QB Deshaun Watson

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson is expected to be of significant interest to the Chicago Bears if the Texans decide to trade him, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.

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The Bears need to find a quarterback in a bad way. They went through Nick Foles and Mitchell Trubisky in 2020 and neither played well for the playoff team. Watson has some nice weapons on offense who could thrive with Watson in charge of the show.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of the Footballguys Family. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J