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Volume 22, #288 -- Saturday Night, January 30th, 2021
News And Notes From Around The League

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A week from now we'll be teeing it up for the Big Game. Can. Not. Wait. In the meantime, we've got a few bits of News and Notes for you. Let's get to it.

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1. DET - QB Matthew Stafford trade close

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford has drawn 'significant' interest on the trade market, and NFL reporter Ian Rapoport said Saturday, Jan. 30 to expect a deal to be in place before the Super Bowl on Feb. 7.

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The trade can't become official until the start of the new league year. However, this deal can be announced this upcoming week. Several teams have expressed interest in the veteran quarterback, and we're sure the Lions are likely to get at least one first-round pick in exchange for Stafford. Teams like the 49ers, Broncos, and Colts seem to make the most sense. We should know his new destination in the near future.

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2. HOU - Holdout ahead for QB Deshaun Watson?

Source: JosinaMedia.com - Josina Anderson

Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson could hold out the 2021 season if the team refuses to trade him, an unidentified AFC personnel executive said Saturday, Jan. 30.

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There is plenty of buzz that the Texans will absolutely refuse to trade Watson. Of course, that's what the team is putting out there because what else are they going to say? They'll position themselves like they don't want to get rid of Watson, but there's a tipping point for everything. Even if they really don't want to get rid of Watson, there is a price out there they could not say 'no' to. Oh yeah, Watson wants out of there too....so there's that.

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3. CLE - RB Nick Chubb tops RB grades

Source: ProFootballFocus.com

Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb is Pro Football Focus' highest-graded running back (92.9) since he entered the league in 2018.

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Chubb is arguably the best running back in the NFL. It's not surprising that he would grade out this highly by PFF. Expect more of the same in 2021 and beyond.

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4. HOU - DE J.J. Watt done in Houston?

Source: NFL Network - James Palmer

Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt won't be with the team next season, according to a report Saturday, Jan. 30, citing anonymous comments from Watt's teammates and Texans coaches.

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It seems like this is the way things are trending. The Texans could save $17.5 million in cap space by trading or releasing the former first-round pick. There's no more guarantees remaining on his deal, and Watt seems to be frustrated by the decisions made by the Texans franchise. He'll have no shortage of interest if on the open market.

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5. HOU - QB Deshaun Watson removes affiliations

Source: MMQB.com

Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson has removed all mentions of the team on his social-media accounts, according to reports Saturday, Jan. 30.

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Just like changing his relationship status, Watson is sending the message that he's done. That is where things have gone and Watson seems done with the franchise.

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6. MIA - Miami's play-calling duties still up in air

Source: Sun-Sentinel - Omar Kelly

Miami Dolphins running backs coach Eric Studesville and quarterbacks coach George Godsey each called offensive plays for one half of the Senior Bowl Saturday, Jan. 30. Dolphins head coach Brian Flores said Miami is 'still working through the (offensive) coordinator situation.'

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With Chan Gailey retiring, the Dolphins need to find someone who can run their offense. Studesville has been an interim head coach before (with the Broncos) and may be the easy answer if the Dolphins want to promote from within.

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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.

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