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New England Patriots v Arizona Cardinals
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  • NFL Nation (ESPN) 2023 NFL offseason questions: 32 teams’ free agency, draft issues.
  • Albert Breer (SI) MMQB: Play that set the tone for Super Bowl LVII, next development for Lamar Jackson-Ravens future.
  • Andrew Brandt (SI) Business of Football: Big QB contracts are not the problem. Salary cap management is.
  • Joel Corry (CBS Sports) Agent’s Take: How to keep NFL players out of free agency; everything to know about franchise, transition tags.
  • Gilberto Manzano (SI) To tag or not to tag: Options for every NFL team. Pats not included.
  • Cody Benjamin (CBS Sports) 2023 NFL free agency QB market: Projecting contracts, landing spots for Lamar Jackson, Derek Carr, more.
  • Jared Dubin (CBS Sports) 2023 NFL free agency wide receiver market: Odell Beckham Jr., Jakobi Meyers headline best available.
  • Tyler Greenawalt (Yahoo! Sports) Ranking every team’s QB situation at this early stage of the offseason. ‘Mac Jones in the “Upgrade potential” group that either finished with a below average composite ranking or could see improvements with a different/better passer, or both. But it doesn’t necessarily mean they must find a replacement to succeed’.
  • Danny Heifetz (The Ringer) The 2023 NFL Quarterback Commitment Index.
  • Matt Cassel (The33rdTeam) Way-too-early NFL Quarterback rankings for 2023. Mac Jones 25th.
  • Cody Benjamin (CBS Sports) Ranking every QB to throw a pass during 2022 NFL season. Mac Jones 28th.
  • Kevin Patra ( All 32 teams’ WR situations ahead of free agency, draft.
  • Jeremy Fowler and Jamison Hensley (ESPN) Lamar Jackson, the Baltimore Ravens and an awkward year in limbo.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Could Lamar Jackson sit out 2023?
  • Chris Trapasso (CBS Sports) 2023 NFL two-round Mock Draft. Pats pick Iowa EDGE Lukas Van Ness at 14.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Broncos interview Matt Patricia for defensive coordinator.
  • Myles Simmons (ProFootballTalk) Report: Chargers interviewed DeMarcus Covington for defensive coordinator.
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Report: Browns expected to hire Bubba Ventrone as special teams coach.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Will the 49ers try to get Tom Brady to end his second annual retirement?


  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Netflix, NFL partner on Quarterback series.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Michael Irvin names three witnesses who support his claims.