An Early Look into the NFL Offseason

Charles Herrick

This spring will be an exciting time for the NFL. A lot of big names are unhappy with where they are and looking for a change in tempo. So far, Matthew Stafford was traded for Jared Goff and two first round picks, the Colts signed Carson Wentz from the Eagles for a 2nd and third round pick and JJ Watt was cut by the Texans.

Stafford wanted to be on a Super Bowl ready team but was surprisingly traded to the Rams instead of clearer choices like the Bears or Colts. Because of this trade, the Rams won’t get a first round pick until 2024, which will be interesting for next few year’s rosters.

Wentz, on the other hand, is a project player for the Colts after a rough 2020 season. A new environment should help: his relationship with former Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson was in poor shape, and constant questions about being replaced with rookie Jalen Hurts must have gotten to his head. If the Colts can return Wentz to his previous MVP caliber form, this trade will have been a steal.

After a requested release from Houston, JJ Watt’s projected destination was either Cleveland or Buffalo. However, today he signed a $31 million 2-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals, shaking up the entire NFC West.

Elite Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore also hinted at joining the Browns in a tweet where he claimed to be “trying to put Cleveland on the map.” The tweet was later deleted, and Lattimore has not formally requested a trade, but he has insinuated that Cleveland would be his first choice. Watt paired with Lattimore on Cleveland’s defense would be a deadly combo for any team they were to face.

For the future, Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson and eight-time Pro Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson have both talked extensively about leaving their teams. Unfortunately for Watson, the Houston front office has refused to budge on trading him thus far. It will surely be interesting to see how this conflict plays out. Russell Wilson has also stated his frustration with the Seahawks management regarding a lack of protection overall and a lack of say in team matters. His agent has said that should he leave, Wilson would transition to Dallas,  Las Vegas, Chicago, or New Orleans. Once Free Agency officially begins on March 17th, there will undoubtedly be much more to cover and plenty of more trades, cuts and signings to look forward to.