NFL Rumors have given intriguing tidbits on the future of Bill Belichick with the Patriots, the Ravens replacement for Lamar Jackson, the Lions and more.
Though the heavy lifting of NFL free agency has subsided, the league’s annual meetings this week in Phoenix have provided us with plenty of fodder and numerous NFL rumors that we can sink our teeth into.
Whether it’s been one Lamar Jackson update after another, DeAndre Hopkins trade updates, or a number of other things, the NFL rumors have been flying around the league over the past few days with coaches, general managers and owners speaking with each other and to the media.
But what about replacing Lamar Jackson on the Ravens? What about a shocking word on Bill Belichick and his outlook with the Patriots? What about the Lions having the potential to derail the Raiders’ future? That’s on deck as we run through some key NFL rumors here.
NFL Rumors: Lions could devastate the Raiders plans at QB
Since the Detroit Lions were a tiebreaker away from the playoffs in the NFC, there has been speculation that the team could look to upgrade from Jared Goff at quarterback moving forward. Frankly, common sense says that’s the next step for the franchise, especially after the immense defensive improvements Detroit made in free agency.
However, general manager Brad Holmes and head coach Dan Campbell have maintained steadfastly that they are confident in Goff as a quarterback who can get them to the playoffs. What we may have failed to realize, though, is that doesn’t mean they still aren’t looking to upgrade.
When asked about the possibility of drafting a quarterback — the Lions hold the No. 6 and 18 picks in the 2023 NFL Draft — Campbell left the door completely ajar to the possibility.
Dan Campbell on drafting a QB: This year, as with most, you’re always looking to upgrade. And free agency has given us the ability in areas to, man, we can do whatever we need to do in the draft. . . . It doesn’t matter what the position is.
— Charean Williams (@NFLCharean) March 28, 2023
For the Lions, it’s hard to say if that move would behoove them considering that they would end up with the fourth or fifth choice at quarterback in the draft at best. More pressing than the effect on Detroit, though, is what it could mean for the Las Vegas Raiders.
When the Raiders inked Jimmy Garoppolo in free agency, the contract was clearly structured in order to bring in a developmental quarterback, work with him while Jimmy G starts, and then turn the page in the next year or two. But if the Lions were to take a quarterback at No. 6, Las Vegas sitting at No. 7 could end up in a world of hurt.
Of course, there is always next year with highly touted prospects like Caleb Williams and Drake Maye at the top of the QB class but, given the clear and obvious plan put forth by the Garoppolo deal, Detroit could devastate those plans when they turn in their draft card on April 27.