Carr to Saints, Rodgers & Jackson in limbo


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Though the players hung their helmets up for the final time in February, the month that follows begins the annual dramatic saga across the NFL: Free Agency.

In the first two weeks of March, plenty of mainstays have seeked opportunity elsewhere, pursuing a second chapter in their careers. Perhaps the most notable move was four-time Pro-Bowl quarterback Derek Carr signing a four-year deal with the New Orleans Saints, who hope that they have found their franchise quarterback after a season that had three different players get the starting nod.

The signing comes just one year after the former Fresno State signal-caller’s top receiver, Davante Adams, left the Green Bay Packers for the Las Vegas Raiders to reunite with his college teammate. Carr and Adams picked up right where they left off nearly a decade ago, connecting on 88 receptions for 1,290 yards and 12 TDs in 15 games last season.

After losing arguably the top receiver in football last offseason, the Packers find themselves in a similar position with future Hall-of-Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who recently took a ‘darkness retreat’ in rural Oregon to help decide whether to stay in Green Bay, retire or move elsewhere.

Though the 39-year-old has spent the entirety of his 18-year career at Lambeau Field, Trey Wingo of Pro Football Network reported that the New York Jets had conversations with Rodgers this past Monday, and that he is “open” to playing at MetLife.

Rumors of the Jets making a strong push for Rodgers have only heated up since then, with ESPN’s Dan Graziano reporting that a delegation of Jets team officials traveled to meet with the quarterback in-person that same day.

The Jets have made some salary cap moves in the days following the meeting, restructuring tight end C.J. Uzomah’s contract to free up $3.6 million as well as releasing wide receiver Braxton Berrios, freeing up another $5 million, potentially making way for Rodgers’ contract.

While the Jets still look for their future signal-caller, the New York Giants have placed their faith in quarterback Daniel Jones, signing the 2019 sixth overall pick to a $160 million, four-year extension.

Big Blue’s star running-back, Saquon Barkley, was franchise tagged by GM Joe Schoen, raising concerns about the Penn State standout’s long-term future with the Giants. Barkley, 26, has played 16 games just twice in his five-year career, with injuries tainting an otherwise stellar career.

2019 NFL MVP Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens have similarly been unable to agree on a multi-year contract extension, with general manager Eric DeCosta placing a non-exclusive franchise tag on the star quarterback for the upcoming year. Though contract negotiations have stalled, DeCosta has stated that the Ravens hope to “build a championship team with [Jackson] leading the way for many years to come.”

Despite losing just 16 games since entering the league, several teams, including the Atlanta Falcons, Washington Commanders, Miami Dolphins, Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots, have stated that they will not be pursuing Jackson. As free agency rolls on, the future of the electrifying Jackson remains up in the air.

Idk if this sounds weird or it’s just me. Can’t it just be reworded as “two seasons”?