Jim Irsay Tweeting to Tweet, Quinnen Williams Absent from Jets Offseason Program, and Other NFL Bullets
Jim Irsay is that guy. No, not in a good way, like when Bears fans say Justin Fields is “him.” But in a way, like the awkward uncle who starts ranting about politics on Facebook. Irsay takes to Twitter from time to time, and every time, you can guarantee that Chris Ballard is having that “can you please stop” feeling.
- On Sunday, Jim Irsay decided to take to Twitter to remind fans that the Colts could take a quarterback at No. 4 next week. Or, they could not. Or, they could trade the pick. He accompanied his obvious but vague statement with pictures of the big four quarterbacks in the draft and really said a whole lot of nothing. But just had to say something because that’s Jim Irsay, folks.
- He even used emojis! He really is that uncle that no one wants to acknowledge their relationship with on social media.
- While this tweet was an exercise in pointlessness, he’s not wrong, technically speaking. The consensus is that the Colts will draft a quarterback at No. 4. However, they don’t have to! This brings me back to John Daigle’s mock draft over at 4for4, where he threw out the idea of Indianapolis taking Will Anderson Jr. at No. 4 (after a Cardinals trade back from No. 3).
- As I wrote in a Mock Draft Medley last week, the Colts could select a blue-chip prospect at another position if they’re not in love with a quarterback. Chris Ballard’s job will be tethered to the next QB that Indianapolis drafts. So, it makes perfect sense to imagine Ballard kicking that can one more year and taking a quarterback next year, justifying the decision by pointing to the run on quarterbacks at the top of the draft, leaving them with a quarterback he doesn’t love.
- Regardless, the Colts met with Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud on Friday and will meet with Kentucky’s Will Levis today. You can read more about my thoughts on the Colts potentially skipping the first-round quarterback scenario in the meantime:
- With the NFL Draft just 10 days away, potential first-rounders will wrap up their top 30 meetings with clubs this week. Georgia’s Jalen Carter will meet with the Detroit Lions today. Since his lackluster pro day, he will have met with the Lions, Seahawks, Raiders, Bears, and Eagles. Carter’s agent says he will only take visits with the top 10 teams. If I were a betting man, I would plan to see Carter’s name go somewhere between the fifth and tenth pick.
- Most NFL teams report for their first day of work today as their offseason programs get underway. We’ve already heard that Saquon Barkley and Dexter Lawrence will skip the start of the Giants’ offseason program while they work towards new contracts. Now, we know that the Jets will be without All-Pro defensive lineman Quinnen Williams. Williams is entering the fifth year of his rookie deal and is due to make $9.5 million. Williams has stated that he will not attend the offseason program without a contract extension from the Jets.
- As I was typing these bullets out, news broke regarding a contract extension for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts. Let’s just say; Hurts got PAID! Hurts’ new contract with the Eagles makes him the highest-paid player in NFL history, with an annual average salary of $51 million. The new agreement also features a no-trade clause, the first such clause given to a player by the Philadelphia Eagles.
- I’ve got all the details on the new agreement here, and I will dive into the ramifications on the rest of the QB market this afternoon:
- New Chicago Bears President Kevin Warren’s tenure with the team began this morning. Warren arrived at Halas Hall before the sun was even up today.
- Tab dropped a fresh update to the BN Blackhawks prospect rankings this morning!
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