Matthew Stafford trade talks are heating up, and we are beginning to get a clearer idea of which teams are seriously targeting the Detroit Lions quarterback.
According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, three teams are believed to be among the leading candidates to acquire Stafford. The Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers, and Washington Football Team are said to be involved in trade talks.
Birkett believes the Lions will get at least a first-round pick in exchange for Stafford due to the fact that interest is said to be significant enough that a trade could happen within the next week.
All three teams are sensible spots for Stafford. He might prefer one of them to the others if he wants to play for an immediate contender, but Washington made the playoffs this year and the 49ers are a year removed from a Super Bowl appearance. Either way, it sounds like the 32-year-old will be getting the move he wants quite quickly.
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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay dropped a hint about what type of quarterback he may be looking for to lead his team in 2021.
Irsay spoke to the media on Wednesday and suggested that he would ideally prefer to find an experienced quarterback who can win now, noting that he feels the rest of the team is close to being ready to compete for a Super Bowl.
Irsay and the Colts are working to replace Philip Rivers, who retired following the 2020 season.
These comments certainly suggest that Irsay will be in the market for any established quarterback that comes on the market. Rumor has it that there’s one already interested in playing for the Colts. If Irsay believes the Colts really are that close, then it makes sense to do whatever it takes to bring in what may be the missing piece at the quarterback position.
Matthew Stafford became the hottest name on the NFL trade market this weekend, and is expected to get a look from a lot of teams. If it’s up to him, however, there may be one franchise that interests him more than all others.
Stafford is very intrigued by the Indianapolis Colts, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
“This is a spot Stafford most definitely has his eyes on, from what I’m hearing,” Fowler reported on Monday.
It’s not really clear how much of a say Stafford will have over where he goes, but considering how willingly the Lions accommodated his trade request, they may at least listen closely to ensure Stafford is pleased with his destination. Fortunately, the Colts may be equally interested. The team has cap space to spare, and Jacob Eason is the only quarterback on the roster who is signed for 2021.
The Lions are asking a lot in exchange for Stafford, so we’ll see how willing the Colts are to meet that asking price. We’ll also see if that price is influenced at all by Stafford’s preferences.
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The Indianapolis Colts will likely give strong consideration to drafting a quarterback this year, but there is no guarantee that pick will come in the first round. Colts general manager Chris Ballard reminded the media of that in hilarious fashion on Thursday.
Ballard was asked about the possibility of taking a quarterback with the 21st overall pick, and he expressed skepticism that a top QB will still be available then. He then challenged reporters to go back and look at every quarterback taken in the first round over the past 10 years. The GM said the only thing taking a QB in the first round would do is “get y’all off my a—.”
The man has a point.
The Colts want to bring back Philip Rivers next season, though it sounds like Rivers is undecided about playing. Indy also drafted former Washington star QB Jacob Eason in the fourth round last year, but Ballard wouldn’t even commit to him being the primary backup in 2021.
Teams usually start panicking in the first round and snatch up all of the top QBs, which is why Ballard hinted that the Colts may not be able to take a player at that position in Round 1. Unless, of course, he wants to get the media off his backside.
Offensive lineman Jared Veldheer played in a playoff game on Saturday for the Indianapolis Colts. After his team was eliminated, he’ll be playing again this weekend in another playoff game for a different team. Yes, you read that right.
Veldheer, who started for the Colts in Saturday’s loss to Buffalo, has signed with the Green Bay Packers. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, this makes Veldheer the first player in NFL history to play two postseason games with two different teams.
So how is this allowed? Veldheer is a member of the Colts’ practice squad, meaning he is still eligible to be signed by any team. With the Packers in need of offensive line help following a major season-ending injury, making the move for Veldheer made sense.
Veldheer is in his 11th NFL season. He also has some familiarity with the Packers, having played in two games for them in 2019.
Philip Rivers has a decision to make on his future after the Indianapolis Colts’ loss to the Buffalo Bills on Saturday. He already seems to have narrowed it down to two choices.
Rivers said after the Colts’ loss that he has not made a decision on whether he’ll play in 2021. He indicated that if he did, however, it would be with Indianapolis.
“If it’s God’s will that I’m in Indy with the Colts next year, then I’ll be here,” Rivers said, via Zak Keefer of The Athletic. “If not, I’ll be on the sideline with a ballcap on my head, coaching football.”
Coach Frank Reich made clear that he would like to have Rivers back for 2021.
“Yeah … those things will work themselves out, but he exceeded expectations in my mind in terms of what he was bringing to the team on and off the field,” Reich said, via Keefer.
Rivers already has his retirement plans sorted out. The only question is when he’ll commit to them. It sounds like the 39-year-old would still like to play, but he’s admitted he might not. He doesn’t seem interested in uprooting his family again for a one-year deal, and it’s hard to blame him.
Carson Wentz may ask the Philadelphia Eagles to trade him this offseason, and apparently the former first-round pick already has a preferred destination in mind.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported on Sunday that Wentz would prefer to be traded to the Indianapolis Colts over “several other choices.” Colts head coach Frank Reich was the offensive coordinator for the Eagles in 2016 and 2017.
There have been some conflicting reports about Wentz’s future in Philadelphia, but the latest from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen claims the relationship between Wentz and the Eagles is “fractured” and the quarterback plans to ask for a trade.
It’s unclear if the Eagles are ready to commit to Jalen Hurts as their starting QB going forward. Wentz appears to still have some supporters within the organization, and Philly has invested a ton in him. Ownership may not be willing to give up on Wentz just yet after all the Eagles have paid the former second overall pick.
Of course, the Colts could also bring back Philip Rivers. There has been talk of the 39-year-old retiring after the season, but it sounds like he would prefer to keep playing.
It may be hard to believe, but we’ve reached the final stretch of the 2020 NFL regular season.
Despite the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NFL has managed to maneuver their way to the tail-end of the schedule. And with just two weeks remaining this season, playoff contenders are beginning to separate themselves from the pretenders, which also means each game is of the utmost importance.
With plenty left to be decided, here’s a look at the five most important games remaining on the NFL schedule.
5. Week 16: New Orleans Saints vs. Minnesota Vikings
The Saints currently lead the NFC South by one game, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looming. Meanwhile, the Vikings find themselves on the outside of the wild card race looking in and cannot afford to lose again this season. Although these two teams seem destined for different outcomes, they collectively make up one of the most important remaining games of the season — third in terms of importance factor heading into Week 16. The reason for that is simple: regardless of the outcome, it will impact both the Saints and Vikings, as well as the Buccaneers, Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals. And that’s the fun of late-season games during a tight playoff race.
Indianapolis Colts linebacker Matthew Adams was ejected for throwing a punch during Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans, and those who follow him on Twitter may have seen the incident coming.
Adams was ejected in the first half for throwing a couple of swings at an opposing player on a punt play. He got tangled up with Titans linebacker Nick Dzubnar and threw a right and a left, which drew a flag and ejection.
Here’s where it gets great. Adams tweeted on Saturday that he wants to become a boxer when he retires from playing in the NFL.
You’re well on your way, Matthew.
Adams isn’t the first NFL player to be ejected for throwing a swing this season, but he’s definitely the first to tweet about becoming a boxer less than 24 hours before it happened.
The Baltimore Ravens appeared to catch a huge break during the second half of their game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters made a great play on the ball to break up a deep pass from Philip Rivers. It appeared Peters had a shot at the interception, but Colts wide receiver Marcus Johnson turned into a defender and broke up the pass — or so we thought. Here’s the play in real time:
Officials ruled that the pass was incomplete, as it appeared Peters did not control the ball for long enough. Ravens coach John Harbaugh challenged the play, and the call was overturned. Peters was somehow awarded an interception.
The NFL quickly posted a video in which senior vice president of officiating explained that the call was overturned because there was “clear and obvious visual evidence” that Peters secured the interception. Riveron cited the multiple steps Peters took. Here’s a better look at the play:
Peters may have taken several steps with the ball in his hands, but it looked fairly obvious that he did not complete the process of the catch. At most, it was a 50-50 call. Officials almost always go with the call on the field in a situation like that, but for whatever reason they felt there was sufficient evidence to change the ruling.
Baltimore went on to score a touchdown and take a 14-10 lead on the ensuing drive.
That wasn’t the first controversial catch we have seen this week (see this video), but you can understand why the Colts were unhappy with the call.