Bengals Get Joe Burrow Some Protection, Patriots Busy on Wednesday, and Other NFL Bullets

For the first time this week, I was able to slow-roll my way into bullets—no crazy early-morning signings or trades. But I can’t lie; it’s been nice. So let’s start the day by discussing some news that surfaced last night, like the Bengals signing Orlando Brown Jr. to help shore up the offensive line in front of Joe Burrow.

  • Joe Burrow is going to get paid. It’s a matter of when not if. So, Cincinnati was wise to throw some money at an offensive lineman to help protect their eventual investment in their franchise QB.
  • Cincinnati gave Brown a four-year deal with $31 million in guaranteed money. The Bengals expect Brown to play left tackle, which will move Jonah Williams to right tackle next season. While some saw Brown as a right tackle, he wasn’t willing to move, and the Bengals were ok with that.
  • And the Bengals’ signing of Brown brings the speculation that he was on the Bears’ radar to an end. Luis discussed that last night:
  • In other Wednesday night news, apparently, Darius Slay isn’t being released by the Eagles after all. It was reported on Wednesday morning that the two sides were prepared to part ways after failing to rework the final year of Slay’s deal. But Slay tweeted on Wednesday night that he was back:
  • Slay is in the last year of his contract and will make $17 million this season. No deal has been reached, but the two sides are working toward a resolution that will keep the veteran cornerback in Philadelphia.
  • Another player I assumed was as good as gone but apparently sticks around is Saints quarterback Jameis Winston. With Derek Carr in town, Winston’s cap hit was a luxury they couldn’t afford. Good thing for them; Winston was willing to take a pay cut to stay in New Orleans.
  • In a social media post, Winston said that he is “still a championship-caliber starting quarterback” in the NFL. Still, Winston believes another year in New Orleans is best for his long-term success in the NFL. Winston has dealt with injuries for much of his time in New Orleans, and a pressure-free season as Derek Carr’s backup will serve him well.
  • Staying in the NFC South, the Carolina Panthers made a splash on Wednesday evening. The Panthers signed former Eagles running back Miles Sanders to a four-year, $25 million deal. Sanders ran for 1,269 yards on 259 carries with the Eagles last season. He will join Chuba Hubbard in the Carolina backfield next season.
  • The New England Patriots were a busy bunch on Wednesday. First, new England was reportedly checking in on wide receivers De’Andre Hopkins, Jerry Jeudy, and Odell Beckham Jr. Then they signed former Steelers and Chiefs wide receiver JuJu Schuster-Smith to a three-year deal worth $33 million (the same contract that Jajobi Meyers got from the Raiders). 
  • The Patriots also added a running back this morning, agreeing to a deal with James Robinson. Robinson was an undrafted rookie in 2020 and started his career with the Jaguars. He was traded to the Jets last season after Breece Hall went down with a season-ending injury. Now he heads to New England on a two-year deal. The contract will pay Robinson a max value of $80 million. Robinson ran for 1,070 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2021 but has seen his production dip since.
  • The Bears landed a backup quarterback last night. Former Panthers’ QB PJ Walker will join his pal DJ Moore with the Bears next season.
  • Walker’s deal with the Bears is a two-year deal. I had Marcus Mariota pegged as a sensible backup for Justin Fields, but Walker serves the same purpose (schematically) and comes at a lower price.
  • Running back Chase Edmonds is heading to Tampa Bay. Edmonds is a low-cost, high-upside signing for Tampa Bay and will pair with Rachaad White in the backfield. Does this take Tampa Bay out of the Bijan Robinson conversation? I don’t know what the Buccaneers are doing this offseason, but none of it makes sense. 
  • Did you catch the WBC action last night? Team USA is moving on to the quarterfinals. So is Puerto Rico.
  • Unfortunately, Puerto Rico lost reliever Edwin Diaz to a knee injury after a freak accident after the game:
  • written by

    Patrick grew up in Chicago's Bridgeport and Garfield Ridge neighborhoods before moving to the Western Suburbs of Chicago before eventually relocating to the Las Vegas area with his family in 2023. He started with Bleacher Nation in 2021 and has spent time as a Staff Writer and on the Chicago Blackhawks beat. He is currently a writer and editor at Bleacher Nation covering the Chicago Bears and the NFL at large and the author of the Bleacher Nation Newsletter. Patrick is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA).

    more nfl news

    New York Giants Schedule: Dates and Times for All 17 Games, Strength of Schedule, Record Prediction

    The New York Giants are gearing up for an exciting 2024 NFL season, and fans have been eagerly anticipating the release of the full schedule. In this article, we'll provide the dates and times for all 17 games, analyze the...

    Memphis Grizzlies Mock Draft: A New Era of Talent and Promise for 2024 Starting with Dalton Knecht

    As the 2024 NBA Draft approaches, the Memphis Grizzlies are in a pivotal position to add depth and talent to their roster. This Memphis Grizzlies Mock Draft focuses on them adding the best player available with their picks. With the...

    New Orleans Saints Schedule: Dates and Times for All 17 Games, Strength of Schedule, Record Prediction

    The New Orleans Saints are gearing up for an exciting NFL season, and fans are eagerly anticipating the games to start after the release of the full schedule. In this article, we'll provide the dates and times for all 17...

    Seattle Seahawks Schedule: Dates and Times for All 17 Games, Strength of Schedule, Record Prediction

    The 12th Man is buzzing with anticipation! After silencing doubters by coming 1 win from a playoff appearance in 2023, the Seattle Seahawks head into the 2024 season with a swagger. Led by the veteran leadership of Geno Smith and...

    Los Angeles Rams Schedule: Dates and Times for All 17 Games, Strength of Schedule, Record Prediction

    The Los Angeles Rams enter the 2024 season coming off a scorching hot end to 2023 that saw them win seven of their final eight games to sneak into the playoffs. Can they pick up where they left off and...

    Washington Commanders: Dates and Times for All 17 Games, Strength of Schedule, Record Prediction

    In 2024, the Commanders are embarking on a new phase. Following a disappointing 4-13 season under new owner Josh Harris, Washington saw the necessity for reevaluation and change. This offseason, Harris made decisive moves. The Commanders parted ways with head...

    New York Jets: Dates and Times for All 17 Games, Strength of Schedule, Record Prediction

    The Jets were expected to soar in 2023, but their hopes were dashed just four plays into the season when Aaron Rodgers tore his Achilles against the Buffalo Bills. With a 13-season playoff drought, the longest in professional sports, the...

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers Schedule: Dates and Times for All 17 Games, Strength of Schedule, Record Prediction

    Tom Brady's retirement may have left a void in Tampa Bay, but the Buccaneers rode a 5-1 record over their last six games into an NFC South title and eventual Division Round win in 2023. With Baker Mayfield back under...

    Las Vegas Raiders Schedule: Dates and Times for All 17 Games, Strength of Schedule, Record Prediction

    The Las Vegas Raiders are looking to continue their ascension in 2024 after finishing last season winning three of their final four games. They still have to decide who’ll be behind center but Antonio Pierce has built a roster capable...

    Tennessee Titans Schedule: Dates and Times for All 17 Games, Strength of Schedule, Record Prediction

    It was a rough season for the Titans in 2023 and the team looks to make huge strides in year two with Will Levis and Derrick Henry now on the Baltimore Ravens. Let's look at the 2024 schedule and break...

    Latest News

    Oilers vs. Stars Stanley Cup Semifinals Game 3 Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Monday, May 27, 2024

    The Edmonton Oilers are -125 favorites over the Dallas Stars (+105) playing on home ice on Monday at Rogers Place in Edmonton.Watch the NHL on Fubo!Oilers vs. Stars Favorite, Moneyline, TotalFavorite: Oilers (-125)Underdog: Stars (+105)Total: 5.5Best Oilers vs. Stars Promo...

    Indy 500 Odds and Picks: Will Penske Power through the field at Indianapolis Motor Speedway?

    The "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" is upon us! The 2024 Indy 500 roars to life tomorrow, with a field of hungry drivers vying for checkered flag glory. But before the engines fire up, let's take a look at the Indy...

    Enhanced Box Score: Cardinals 7, Cubs 6 – May 25, 2024

    After blowing the lead in the 8th, the Cubs tried to put together their own comeback in the 9th, but that Christopher Morel bouncer just didn't find the right spot. Worst fake rally ever. The Cubs were in that spot,...

    NHL Playoffs Anytime Goalscorer Bets and Odds Today – May 26

    We have just the one Stanley Cup Playoffs Semifinals game on the slate Sunday, and anytime goal-scorer odds for players from each team are listed in this article.Watch the NHL on Fubo!Today's Top Anytime Goal OddsSam Reinhart (Panthers) +125 to...

    Cardinals vs. Cubs: Start Time, Streaming Live, TV Channel, How to Watch

    The St. Louis Cardinals (24-26), led by Brendan Donovan and aiming for a series sweep, host the Chicago Cubs (27-25) at 7:10 PM ET on Sunday.The article below will give you everything you need to watch St. Louis play Chicago.When...

    Astros vs. Athletics: Free Live Stream, TV Channel, How to Watch

    Kyle Tucker and the Houston Astros (23-29) visit JJ Bleday and the Oakland Athletics (22-32) on Sunday, with first pitch at 4:07 PM ET.Find out how to watch the Houston-Oakland matchup below.When is Astros vs. Athletics and when does it...

    T.J. McConnell Player Props: Three-Pointer Props and Odds vs. the Celtics – Conference Finals Game 3, Saturday, May 25, 2024

    At 8:30 PM ET on Saturday, in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, it'll be the Indiana Pacers against the Boston Celtics -- with T.J. McConnell needing to connect only once from beyond the arc to beat his 3-pointer...

    How to Watch Guardians vs. Angels: Live Stream or on TV

    The Cleveland Guardians (34-17), with Ben Lively on the mound and trying to sweep the series, visit the Los Angeles Angels (20-31) who will hand the ball to Reid Detmers, at 4:07 PM ET on Sunday.If you're planning on watching...

    Padres vs. Yankees: Start Time, Streaming Live, TV Channel, How to Watch

    Going for a series sweep, Juan Soto and the New York Yankees (36-17) play the San Diego Padres (27-27) on Sunday at PETCO Park, with first pitch scheduled for 4:10 PM ET.If you're planning on watching this game, keep reading...

    Orioles vs. White Sox: Free Live Stream, TV Channel, How to Watch

    On Sunday, trying to complete a series sweep, Kyle Bradish starts for the Baltimore Orioles (32-18) against Garrett Crochet and the Chicago White Sox (15-38), with first pitch scheduled for 2:10 PM ET.Keep reading to see how to watch the...

    more nfl news