Former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett won’t attend the Saints rookie minicamp on a tryout basis, after all.
Instead, the former Buckeye signal caller will attend the minicamp as a bona fide member of the team.
The Saints are signing Barrett as an undrafted free agent, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport adds it’s a three-year deal for the signal-caller.
Second-round CB Duke Dawson eases the Malcolm Butler divorce. The Pats also swung a deal for San Francisco RT Trent Brown, who’s started 26 games over the past two seasons, and picked up Chicago’s second-round pick in 2019. The head scratcher was the decision not to take a quarterback who could develop behind Tom Brady… unless LSU’s Danny Etling surprises on a Brady-esque level.
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GM Mike Maccagnan’s gamble to trade up three spots to No. 3 (for three second rounders) paid off more handsomely than he probably could have imagined. Eight months ago, Jets fans wondered if their team would go 0-16 in order to secure QB Sam Darnold. New York finished 5-11 but got Darnold, who’d likely win an election as the draft’s top passing prospect,聽anyway. Now, will he end the Jets’ perpetual quest for a franchise passer?聽Third-round DL Nathan Shepherd and fourth-round TE Chris Herndon could both be Week 1 starters, though that says as much about the state of the roster as it does about their readiness.
Mills shared this scenario in a post-Draft edition of The Business of Sports with Andrew Brandt podcast.
We had another team, which is going to surprise you. Another team had said,’You may get a big surprise on draft day, at No. 2, if he’s available.’ And it was the Patriots, Mills told Brandt, via Orlando Scandrick Jersey ESPN. They had (No.) 23 and they had (No.) 31 and they had two seconds. We thought,’That’s gonna be a heck of a move, to get up that high from where they are.’ And, of course, he wasn’t available, so we never knew if that was a reality or not.
Jim Palmer Youth Jersey Mills also weighed in on the Jets, saying that Gang Green called Mayfield our guy if you’re there when New York picked at No. 3 overall. Instead, the Jets were thrilled to wind up with USC’s Sam Darnold.
As for the Patriots, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport confirmed that New England did their share of homework on Mayfield.
They did send Josh McDaniels to Austin just to go talk to Baker Mayfield, Rapoport told NFL Network. And this is kind of what the Patriots do: Make sure they’re ready for all situations. What if he fell to five, six or seven, would they make a move? They had two first-round picks, they were ready to come up. I also think Josh Rosen might have tempted them if he had gotten a little bit closer, maybe 14, 15 or 16.