Quarterback Market: Misdirection Is Perfect Game When It Comes To Deciding On The NFL’s Most Valued Position

You can get yourself in trouble in this league and take people at face value. Especially this time of year.

We are in the peak season ahead of the draft, every word is chosen carefully and analyzed on several levels, and secrecy and excesses and smokescreens are paramount. Especially when it comes to the men who play the most important position in all professional sports. Quarterback. You may have heard of them as they are furious in this league and we have seen more trades, transactions (retirement?) And contract extensions with them the last few weeks than apparently ever before.

They’re making this league go round, and we’re on the verge of another fruitful time for QBs on the NFL calendar, with the draft right in front, and most likely four of them are being selected in the first round alone, for not to mention any of the other deals involving established quarterbacks who are still threatening (Baker Mayfield and Jimmy Garoppolo, first).

You need to tread carefully when making decision makers about quarterbacks these days. Not everything is as it seems, or certainly not everything that goes on is revealed by those who talk about them. There are delicate situations and unique circumstances surrounding several young passers-by in this league, and there is the potential to potentially win or lose depending on how the teams manage to handle some of these matters. Words mean something, and often the unspoken resonated louder than what is actually expressed.

No one wants to shake hands in a way that potentially spends more money than necessary or thwarts a potential trade and / or gives others a read on what the club’s real intent is with the draft. People in this league work long and hard to do the opposite. Which brings me to three of the more interesting interactions between NFL decision makers and the media regarding quarterbacks in the last week.

And I’m here as a public service to decode and interpret what’s really going on here. Consider me a kind of translator. I want to say what these guys can not say out in the open and throw in the light. I will explain where they, for the most part, would prefer to attribute the “less is more” philosophy for obvious reasons. And feel free to play with it at home (or at work, or wherever you happen to be reading this):

Lions coach Dan Campbell, who has the second overall pick, on the need for a star quarterback in the modern NFL: “No, I do not think you need that. I think such guys are obviously special. And “They can definitely give you a better chance. But no, I do not think you need to have one of those guys to be successful.”

What he means: Hi, I’m also the one who told you we were going to eat kneecaps, and you did not take it literally, did you? We just took on a brutal contract on a cross-border QB a year ago to extract as much draft pick value as possible in return. Follow what we do and not what we say. I can hang out with Jared Goff for another year, and even though we name a kid as a 2-year-old, he’s probably not ready to play right away. So I have to step dance a little bit here (maybe a lot).

And with this draft not having the same QB appeal as some newer drafts, what do I gain then by toppling over Malik Willis or Kenny Pickett or someone else? Why throw flowers that way. There are chances that no one trades up to 2 to get them, but if we make it look like we are not in the QB market, there might be someone switching up to land a tackle or pass rusher and we get even more working capital and still get our QB there? What is it, you say, I’m a dreamer? Yes, I’m not the only one. But do not be shocked if we get a QB somewhere in the first round.

Packers President Mark Murphy on the future of the last round of the first round, Jordan Love in Green Bay: “We think he can be a good player, but we have not seen enough. So I think this preseason will be good for him. “

What he means: It would be good for us if we could get something back for him in a trade that is even very close to what we handed over to move up and overdraw him in the first place. Yes, with a little luck this will be a huge preseason for him … trying to win a starting job in Seattle, or Carolina or Atlanta or somewhere. By the way, do you think the Panthers and Falcons will definitely take a QB in the top 10?

OK, at least, so I’m assuming you watched the one game in regular season he started, right? Do you think there is a way we can treat that feature film? And if I keep talking enough about our rich history of developing quarterbacks, and how we managed to switch from Brett Favre to Aaron Rodgers, and how our backup is often better than your starter, then some GM can actually buy into that game and give us a 2 for this boy? For we all know he will not be cool in ruling out his entre rookie deal that supports our crazy starts. Dude, we gave Rodgers $ 102 million over two years; he likes Kung Fu going around the world solving problems, but he does not walk away from that money. It will take us at least until 2024. Which first-round election is valid for four years? So, yes, about that feature film …

Ravens coach John Harbaugh on the team’s ability to sign a long-term deal with Lamar Jackson as he plays out his fifth-year option: “He’s a unique guy. People have been scratching their heads and trying to figure out Lamar for probably a long time. , you know, ever since he was a kid. And he has his way of doing things. But that’s what you love about him, that’s what I love about him. Get him in here and ask him. Maybe he will tell you.”

What he means: I want nothing more than to win a Super Bowl with Lamar. Heck, we changed our whole identity right away to try to put him and us in the best position to do it ASAP. But this one is above my grade. Deshaun Watson could be suspended for half the year, and he has just received $ 230 million fully guaranteed over five years. Jimmy Haslam puts $ 180 million in a blocked account just for the right to throw enough money after Watson to finally convince him to go to Cleveland.

Now Derek Carr earns over $ 40 million a year. Kirk Cousins ​​received an additional $ 70 million fully guaranteed. So what is Lamar worth – $ 240 million fully guaranteed? $ 250 million? Do you think I have that kind of money? This one is about Steve Bisciotti. I do a lot around here and everyone knows what I think of Lamar and how much I want him here as long as possible, but I’m not the guy to iron that check. And if Lamar does not want an agent and his focus is on being the best QB he can be and not on negotiating a new contract right now and he is willing to continue playing on himself, it is not my place to try to convince him Otherwise. It is my job to win as many football matches with him as possible, and we have done that very much together. I have a draft to prepare for and a season to prepare for, and the only way you are going to fight in this conference is with excellent QB games. Lamar gives it to us. But I do not negotiate the contracts. And the guys who seem to have their work cut out for them in this case.

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