The Buffalo Bills are quietly making a run at Nick Foles. Buffalo has offered a second round pick for the back up Eagles QB:

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There’s a lot of rumors right now about the secret AFC team that offered the Eagles a second round pick for Nick Foles. While everyone is being quiet about which team made that offer it appears that the signs are pointing to the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo went to the playoffs last year for their first time in 17 years. They did that while shuffling between Tyrod Taylor / Nathan Peterman at QB and now it appears Sean McDermott is committed to finding the right player under center. Buffalo has an extra second round pick in the upcoming draft so shipping out that pick for Foles would still be a good move. Especially since Foles is coming off a Super Bowl run and has a ton of confidence at the moment. It feels like the Bills will have to sweeten that deal a little bit to really make this exchange materialize. That means another late round pick or a mid-caliber player will likely be added in with that 2nd round pick. One thing is for certain the Bills haven’t been shy about taking risks since McDermott has arrived. They shipped out Sammy Watkins, Ronald Darby, and Marcell Dareus since their new head coach has taken over the reins. Those moves have actually helped this team stock pile some picks but after scoring only 3 points against the Jaguars in the playoffs. It’s obvious that the offense needs to be completely overhauled if they want a chance to succeed next time around. Foles will definitely help the Bills score more than 3 points so that would be a step in the right direction. It’s going to take more weapons on that side of the ball than just Foles to be a true threat though. Expect Buffalo to add another receiver to their group to help the scoring output regardless if this organization lands Foles or not.

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Michael Bennett is officially on the trade block and it looks like the veteran defensive end will be shipped out before free agency starts:

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Seattle Seahawks veteran defender Michael Bennett is officially on the trade block and it looks like Pete Carroll will move on from Bennett before free agency begins. This move will certainly be a tough one for the Seahawks because Bennett recorded 8.5 sacks in 2017. However at 32 years old it was the right time for Seattle to part ways with the veteran and still get some decent value in return. Bennett will likely be in exchange for a mid to late round draft pick. The early indication is the Atlanta Falcons are the team that is going to make a run at the 9th year pro. With 54 career sacks Bennett has constantly put pressure on opposing passers and he’s still got a couple of good years left in the tank. With Atlanta losing Dontari Poe to free agency there’s definitely a spot to be filled on the Falcons defensive front. Bennett is well rounded enough where he can play inside at defensive tackle or bump outside and play defensive end. All those abilities will suit the Falcons well but if Bennett doesn’t head to Georgia there’s still some other candidates out there. There’s been reports that Detroit could be in the market for Bennett as well. With Matt Patricia taking over as the head coach of the Lions, adding a talented defender like Bennet would be a smart addition. Ziggy Ansah, A’Shawn Robinson, and Bennett would be a really tough group so there’s definitely some options available for the Seahawks. It’s all about what Seattle’s front office can get in return for Bennett so whoever is willing to give up the most will walk away with the talented pass rusher. It will be interesting to see if Atlanta does make this trade happen or if some other team steps up and makes a big offer? The bottom line is Bennett won’t play in Seattle this season and the future is unknown for the 3x Pro Bowler.

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The Steelers franchised tagged Le’Veon Bell but it’s a real possibility he could be traded by the end of the 2018 season:

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The Pittsburgh Steelers and Le’Veon Bell find themselves in a situation they’re very familiar with. Bell has been franchise tagged by Pittsburgh in the past and now the team will tag him again this upcoming season. As much as the Steelers would like to work out a long term deal with Le’Veon Bell they don’t have the cap room to do so with only $8 million dollars available. This organization has been tapped out on cap resources the last couple of seasons and it’s preventing them from making any moves in the off-season. Luckily General Manager Kevin Colbert has done a great job of improving this roster through the draft (JuJu Smith Schuster, TJ Watt). However eventually this franchise needs to be able to maneuver like the rest of the teams if they want to have championship success. Ultimately that could cause Colbert to shop Le’Veon Bell’s services because the name of the game is always “sell high.” Bell has been having tremendous output the last five years as a runner and catching the ball out of the backfield. Other teams would be willing to give high compensation in order to acquire Bell because of his huge numbers. Why wait until Bell’s value declines before trying to trade him? The only way the Steelers retain Bell is if they believe they can win a Super Bowl with him on the field. To be honest though it’s beginning to become obvious that Pittsburgh is starting to reach their ceiling. Jacksonville is emerging as a true threat in the AFC. Colbert knows his personnel has to evolve to keep up with Jacksonville which could lead the G.M to try to shake things up a bit. Right now Bell is scheduled to make over $14 million if he does get tagged again. So the Steelers would be looking at a mega-contract if they would like to hash out long term deal with the running back (Bell). That’s money that could end up being used on three players. Bell is on another level but the NFL is a business and a salary game as much as anything else. A trade is definitely possible.

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The Jets have expressed interest in signing Malcolm Butler. It seems like Butler would be ecstatic about joining New York after how his time ended in New England:

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Malcolm Butler’s New England days came to a screeching halt after he was benched in the Super Bowl. Butler was the Patriots number 1 defensive back for most of the season only to watch the Eagles defeat his team from the sideline. The public still has no idea why that benching took place but we do know that New York will get a boost from having Butler in their secondary should he sign there. Getting to play his former team twice a year will also give Malcolm Butler the chance to get a little payback. Those two organizations have been rivals since the 1960s and if Butler goes to New York it will just be another chapter in the saga. Bill Belichick was actually supposed to be the Jets head coach before resigning from that position and taking the Patriots job. Belichick has to hate hearing Butler might end up in the Big Apple but at least he knows he can beat Gang Green convincingly like he’s done his entire career. On the field the Jets should be a little bit better from a coverage stand point if they can work out a deal with the 28 year old. Butler has made a name for himself by producing big plays against the pass. Maybe none more notable than the interception against the Seahawks to help clinch Super Bowl XLIX. Clearly G.M Mike Maccagnan is trying to tap into those playmaking abilities and give his team a spark on the back end. It will be interesting to see if Butler can bounce back from that Super Bowl letdown because it was definitely a negative mark on his legacy. The best way to turn the page on those unfortunate circumstances are by getting back on the field and forcing some turnovers. Keep an eye on if New York does end up inking Malcolm Butler to a contract because it appears they will make a run at him.

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Quenton Nelson looks like he could be an impact player from day one. The Notre Dame alum can anchor an NFL team’s offensive line:

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Notre Dame Guard Quenton Nelson is one of the top offensive lineman in the country and now it looks like he will be a high first round player. Nelson made it clear he believes he should be a top 5 pick and it appears teams around the NFL are starting to agree with him. Nelson received a prospect grade of 7.40 by NFL.com. What that essentially means is this kid is supposed to be a Pro Bowl caliber player and that’s going to have organizations lined up to draft the Fighting Irish stand out. Solidifying the offensive front might not have the same appeal as drafting a wide receiver or quarterback but when you can win consistently at the offensive line of scrimmage good things tend to happen. Nelson can be a match up nightmare for opposing defenses which clearly has franchises like the Giants, Colts, and Broncos considering the bone crunching blocker. When a general manager has a chance to select a player who can get nasty upfront like Nelson can that’s going to open holes in the running game. Not only that but the pass protection will improve as well so really you get better in two phases of the game when you bring in a guard of Nelson’s caliber. That’s opposed to a wide receiver who really only makes an impact through the air so you can begin to see why one of those teams mentioned above might want to roll the dice on Quenton Nelson. It should also be noted that Nelson believes he can take on some of the toughest defensive lineman the league has to offer and that is in contract to most other offensive lineman in the league who will get blown into the offensive backfield. All these factors will have Nelson coming off the board within the first ten picks and that makes its obvious some team will get a hell of player next month.

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