It’s usually a median of a NFL season, nonetheless let’s be honest: There are copiousness of fan bases already looking forward to a 2019 offseason.
No offense dictated there to any sold group nor positively to a fact that warn turnarounds are possible. But if you’re a fan of a Raiders, a 49ers, a Cardinals, a Bills or possibly New York team, you’re teasing yourself if we haven’t already started meditative about a draft, giveaway agency, a intensity coaching change … some offseason storyline that will impact a group we love.
So as we hurl out a midseason demeanour backs and demeanour aheads, we suspicion it would be fun to take a demeanour WAY forward and make some predictions for what’s to come once a deteriorate is over.
Without serve ado, here are 19 way-too-early predictions for a 2019 offseason:
1. DeMarcus Lawrence — not Dak Prescott — scores a biggest Cowboys agreement extension
The Cowboys franchised Lawrence final year given they wanted to see if he could do it again. Well, he’s doing it again, that means they should compensate adult now and give Lawrence one of those imagination new $20-million-a-year pass-rusher contracts. we consider they will, even nonetheless they also have to pointer Amari Cooper, Byron Jones and of march Prescott. They have copiousness of tip space, and a gamble here is that Prescott does his prolongation in a Dalton/Bortles/Keenum operation rather than insisting on a Cousins/Ryan/Rodgers deal.
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2. Lawrence will gait a marketplace nonetheless won’t be a usually pass-rusher cashing in
Jadeveon Clowney is in his transport year. Ziggy Ansah, like Lawrence, was franchised this year and will be on a market. Dee Ford has 8 sacks already and his understanding is adult during a finish of a season. Frank Clark and Brandon Graham will be on a market. The pass-rushers are going to browbeat in giveaway agency, and those who make it to a marketplace are going to advantage large time from watchful out this year until Aaron Donald and Khalil Mack reset a market.
3. The defensive line annuity will keep issuing into late April
Yeah, it’s a defensive line draft! That competence not sound as voluptuous as a large quarterback draft, nonetheless with offenses all over a joining dropping 30-40 points a week, teams are going to be salivating during a awaiting of drafting big, fast, jaunty dudes who can assistance them intrigue ways to stop them. Houston’s Ed Oliver and Ohio State’s Nick Bosa lead a stand of college linemen who have defensive coordinators anticipating things tumble their approach in a draft.
4. Justin Herbert will stay in school
Oregon’s timber quarterback will defect QB-needy teams during a tip of a breeze by determining to lapse to propagandize for another season, à la Andrew Luck in 2011, and see if he can make some playoff sound with a Ducks. The outcome is an even thinner breeze QB category than expected.
5. The Broncos are a initial group to collect a quarterback in a draft
The carousel spins. Case Keenum, entrance off a unsatisfactory season, will be thrown into a foe with a rookie (Will Grier?) who becomes a latest wish for John Elway to finally find a authorization quarterback. Most of a teams raised to collect high in subsequent year’s breeze (almost everybody nonetheless a Giants) won’t be QB-hunting, that could work out good for Elway … if he finally picks a right guy.
6. Teddy Bridgewater will pointer with a Giants
By now, it should be transparent to Giants government that it’s time to pierce on from Eli Manning. Unfortunately, it wasn’t transparent final spring, when they were picking No. 2 and had their choice of 4 quarterbacks who eventually went in a initial round. No such fitness for 2019, so it’s giveaway agency, where they will be advantageous to find a 26-year-old Bridgewater, who knows Pat Shurmur from their time together in Minnesota. It’ll cost ’em, given Bridgewater will be a tip quarterback in a skinny free-agent market. But they have to have someone, and Kyle “Leadfoot” Lauletta substantially can’t be a answer as early as 2019.
7. Le’Veon Bell will pointer with a Texans
Houston competence have fluked a approach into half of a victories in a stream six-game winning streak, nonetheless a outcome is a first-place group staid to make a run to a playoffs. It’s also a group with a boatload of projected 2019 tip space and a quarterback on his inexpensive rookie deal. The Texans will be subsequent season’s Rams — a “all-in” offseason group perplexing to maximize Deshaun Watson‘s window. Watson, DeAndre Hopkins and Bell? Look out.
8. The Jets, Buccaneers, Cowboys, Broncos, Packers, Dolphins, Ravens and (obviously) a Browns sinecure new conduct coaches
The Green Bay and Baltimore situations are a many interesting, given Mike McCarthy and John Harbaugh, respectively, spin now fascinating possibilities elsewhere and get new jobs à la Andy Reid when a Eagles let him go and a Chiefs scooped him up. Let’s put McCarthy in Cleveland and Harbaugh in Denver. Dallas goes tough after Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley to reinstate Jason Garrett after blank a playoffs. Dolphins owners Stephen Ross goes tough after a OTHER Harbaugh, perplexing to captivate Jim from Michigan with Jon Gruden-style megabucks. The coaching carousel is going to get weird.
9. Josh McDaniels will get during slightest one head-coaching talk nonetheless won’t take a new job
It’s usually too soon, right? How can an owners trust that McDaniels won’t splinter post-Super Bowl again like he did on Indianapolis in February? How can impending assistants trust that he won’t leave them unresolved if he changes his mind during (or past!) a final minute? McDaniels is still young, gifted and well-regarded adequate that teams will have him during or nearby a tops of their wish lists. And we trust he’ll be a conduct manager in a NFL again during some point. But still … too soon.
10. Jameis Winston earnings to a Buccaneers on a short-term extension
Winston reclaims a Bucs’ starting QB pursuit from Ryan Fitzpatrick during some indicate in a second half of this season. And while interception problems remain, a Bucs see no improved choice than to pierce Winston behind and give him nonetheless another shot. But not for $20.9 million. They do what a Jaguars did final year with Blake Bortles, swelling out a income over a integrate of years and gripping a income low adequate that they can get to work on that defense. Speaking of that …
11. The reserve marketplace bounces back, with Earl Thomas during a top
Thomas will be usually 29 when a marketplace opens subsequent spring, and he’ll be in demand. The Cowboys would do it if they didn’t have so many of their possess guys to sign. The Chiefs, Chargers and a garland of other good teams will be in on him. But a Bucs chuck him a garland of income and sell him on a thought of a group that needs usually a integrate of timber pieces on invulnerability to compare a high-flying offense. Elsewhere, Lamarcus Joyner, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Tyrann Mathieu lead a installed reserve category while a Giants keep Landon Collins off a marketplace with a authorization tag.
12. Jeers spin to cheers for Jon Gruden after a draft
Gruden is holding a lot of feverishness for a tear-down pursuit he’s doing in Oakland, and we can see why. He’s ripping detached a group that was 12-4 dual years ago so he can make it as clever as probable for when it moves to Las Vegas in dual years. Pretty tender understanding for a people who live where a group plays now, and a on-field product is dreadful. BUT … one of a formula of Gruden’s glow sale is that he has 3 first-round picks subsequent year and dual in 2020. This will capacitate him to scheme in a breeze to get fundamentally whomever he wants. The whole breeze will run by Gruden and core on a moves he wants to make. When it’s over, he’ll be praised for how he did, if usually given a perfect volume of picks will capacitate him to breeze guys everybody loves — and given roughly each position will be a position of need!
13. The Seattle Seahawks sell for some-more income than any sports group ever
In a arise of Paul Allen’s death, a group he owned goes adult for sale, and fetches $2.6 billion, some-more than David Tepper usually paid for a Carolina Panthers. The order change a owners upheld in Oct permitting cross-ownership of teams in opposite sports will boost a series of billionaires peaceful and means to bid, so a cost goes up. Don’t ask me who’s going to buy them. we don’t know that many billionaires.
14. Marshawn Lynch, Antonio Gates and Larry Fitzgerald announce their retirement
15. The joining announces mixed general games featuring a Raiders
London? Absolutely. Mexico? Yup. Germany? Brazil? Hey, a Raiders need to play SOMEWHERE subsequent season. Their Vegas track won’t be prepared nonetheless and their franchise in Oakland is adult after 2018. They’re negotiating with Oakland, nonetheless it’s not going great, given since in a universe would Oakland cut them any breaks during this point? Minimizing a series of genuine “home” games competence be a artistic approach of removing a overpass deal. Hey, don’t order out a probability of a Raiders usually being a transport group for 2019. Remember, it’s ALL about 2020 and over for a Raiders now. They’ll apparently take any lumps they have to take in a meantime.
16. Eli Manning ends adult in Jacksonville …
Sometimes, a apparent is a apparent for a reason. The Jaguars apparently need someone to come in and (VOTE FOR ONE: 1. push; 2. competition with; 3. mentor; 4. replace) Bortles, and Manning’s tie with Tom Coughlin creates this an easy pairing that creates everybody happy. Except maybe Bortles.
17. … and Joe Flacco in Miami
Flacco has a tough time anticipating a pursuit after a Ravens confirm to pierce on to Lamar Jackson, nonetheless a conditions in Miami is a mess-up and Ryan Tannehill isn’t sealed in over this season. If Adam Gase is still coaching there, Flacco comes in as a backup to maybe competition for a job. If not, maybe he signs as a starter.
18. Drew Brees and Tom Brady announce they’ll lapse for 2019
It’s about time to assume about that of these guys will play longer than a other, and either they see it as a contest. But it feels roughly certain that both will play over 2018, exclusive damage or a preference to retire after winning a Super Bowl. These decisions keep Sean Payton and Bill Belichick in their stream jobs for during slightest one some-more year, of course.
19. Russell Wilson, Marcus Mariota and … Jared Goff get outrageous QB agreement extensions
This assumes a large 2018 finish for Mariota and a Titans, nonetheless he’s streamer into his fifth-year choice deteriorate usually like Winston is, and a worst-case is a Bortles-style prolongation for Mariota like a one we likely for Winston. Best box is a whopper of a deal, that is positively what Wilson will be in line for. Expect Wilson to transcend Aaron Rodgers and spin a league’s highest-paid quarterback. As for Goff, his fifth-year choice deteriorate isn’t until 2020, nonetheless a Rams’ story (Robert Quinn, Todd Gurley) says they tend to do these things a year early. Goff should be a latest to benefit.