Agent’s Take: Kyler Murray, DK Metcalf, Deebo Samuel headline nine NFL stars seeking a big deal or trade

Player dissatisfaction with existing contracts and frustration with the negotiation of new contracts regularly occurs every offseason. There are different ways to handle contract unhappiness. Some players attend offseason workouts as a gesture of good faith that there will be a positive result. Others express their displeasure by refusing to attend the offseason workout program, organized team activities and mandatory minicamp. 

The three-day June minicamp camp is the only mandatory offseason activity. Players under contract who don’t attend this minicamp are subject to a $95,877 fine under the NFL collective bargaining agreement this year. It’s a $15,980 hit for the first day missed, $31,980 for a second missed day and $47,936 with a third missed day.

These penalties for missing mandatory minicamp don’t apply to unsigned restricted free agents, franchise and transition players. Their attendance isn’t required because of the absence of a signed contract. Players under contract are withholding services they are contractually obligated to perform while unsigned players have no such obligation.

Twelve of the 32 NFL teams (Colts, Buccaneers, 49ers, Giants, Lions, Packers, Patriots, Raiders, Rams Seahawks, Steelers and Vikings) are holding minicamp this week. Seventeen teams will have minicamp next week. The Dolphins had their minicamp last week. The Bengals and Eagles will not be holding a mandatory minicamp.

Here’s a look at the situations of nine notable players who are unhappy with their situations, who either want a new contract or a trade. Three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald was going to headline the list. He was threatening retirement until the Rams gave him an unprecedented three-year, $95 million contract, which added $40 million to his existing deal without getting any new contract years in return, on Monday. Donald becomes the first non-quarterback to break the $30 million-per-year barrier. He was also

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Dan Orlovsky in ESPN No. 2 NFL booth following Fox Sports pursuit

The NFL Tv cost-free company carousel keeps turning, and Dan Orlovsky will join Steve Levy and Louis Riddick Jr. in ESPN’s No. 2 NFL Tv booth, The Write-up has learned.

ESPN declined remark. 

The position is important because, though ESPN has signed Joe Buck and Troy Aikman as its No. 1 team, Levy and Riddick will simply call a handful of video games this yr and then all over 5 for every period starting in 2023. Levy and Riddick also acquired contract extensions, cementing them on NFL online games.

Orlovsky was pursued by Fox Sports, in accordance to sources, the place he would have fronted a 5-working day-a-week NFL clearly show and finished some games on Sundays, nevertheless he was not a candidate for the major positions, according to resources. Kevin Burkhardt has replaced Buck as Fox’s No. 1 recreation-caller, whilst Greg Olsen is the leading candidate to be his spouse, with Tom Brady’s arrival as an analyst to be decided.

As a substitute of shifting, Orlovsky will continue to be as an ESPN workhorse, showing up on “NFL Reside,” “First Take” and “Get Up,” when continuing to get in touch with school soccer games and now the NFL.

Orlovsky, 38, basically replaces Brian Griese, who teamed with Levy and Riddick on the No. 1 “Monday Night Football” workforce the past two many years. With his agreement up, Griese left to be the 49ers’ quarterbacks mentor. 

Dan Orlovsky will be part of ESPN's No. 2 NFL broadcast booth.
Dan Orlovsky will be element of ESPN’s No. 2 NFL broadcast booth.
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Dan Orlovsky (l.) with the "NFL Live" crew at Disney California Adventure ahead of the Super Bowl on Feb. 10, 2022.
Dan Orlovsky (l.) with the “NFL Live” crew at Disney California Journey in advance of the Super Bowl on Feb. 10, 2022.
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An NFL quarterback for a lot more than a ten years, Orlovsky designed 12 starts off in his

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NFL Power Rankings: Broncos, Ravens, Chargers among big risers post-draft, Rams stay No. 1, new team in cellar

Aside from a few veteran moves here and there, most NFL teams have a good idea of who they will be bringing to training camp. That means with free agency and the 2022 NFL Draft behind us, it’s time for another batch of my Power Rankings.

I bet you can’t wait.

I always keep the defending Super Bowl champions in the top spot until the regular season kicks off, so the Los Angeles Rams stay there. There is no reason to believe they can’t be in the mix to win it all again. 

They will once again be a talented team loaded with stars, but general manager Les Snead also knows how to supplement his roster with young players who can contribute. That won’t change, which is why the Rams remain in the top spot.

Some teams have moved up in these Power Rankings after impressive offseasons, while others have fallen off because they haven’t kept up. The NFL formula seems to be about going for it now, which is the formula the Rams used to win a Super Bowl last year.

In a league of copycats, that seems to be catching on. That’s why the offseason has been wild with a ton of big-name trades that have kept the interest at an all-time high.

The top team from the AFC in these rankings is the Buffalo Bills. I think they were the best team at the end of last season and would have won it all, were it not for those horribly-played 13 seconds at the end of the playoff loss to the Chiefs.

The Bills have done a nice job of filling in some key spots this offseason, but made a big splash adding pass rusher Von Miller. Sacking the quarterback late in games won’t be an issue

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2022 NFL Mock Draft 3.0: Derek Stingley Jr. climbs up draft board, Jets trade up to select first wide receiver

Georgia

• 6’5″

/ 275 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

1st

The market shifted wildly Monday with Walker now the favorite. I’m actually sort of mad at myself for not moving Hutch out of here earlier. Hutch’s arms don’t meet Trent Baalke’s requirements in terms of length, and he played for Jim Harbaugh in college. No chance Baalke gives Harbs that shine at first overall. There is still a small chance this could still be an OL (Ickey most likely), but I’ll ride with Walker.

Oregon

• 6’5″

/ 258 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The easy move is to put Hutch here, and he may very well be the No. 2 overall pick. But Thibs has massive upside and Brad Holmes was laser locked in on him through this process. The Lions also have intel via his former teammate Penei Sewell. Too much is made of the Michigan stuff and Dan Campbell making the selection of “one of his guys” here.

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

2nd

I’ve been thinking OL here for the Texans for a while now, or maybe even the best available EDGE player. But this is a “bad” draft class and there aren’t many elite players. One guy who might flip that narrative is Sting, who would have been a stone-cold lock at No. 1 this year if the only thing people saw was his 2019 tape. Skills are repeatable, so why wouldn’t the Texans reach for the stars with one of their first-round picks?

Michigan

• 6’6″

/ 265 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

Shocking drop here for Hutchinson given how the draft process has played out, but it’s not really that unrealistic to think he

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2022 NFL Draft: 10 underrated sleepers who won’t be picked early but will turn into quality players

The bulk of the hype entering the NFL Draft is typically centered on who will go in the first round, as fans generate visions of immediate stardom for the players their teams will pick. But the draft, which is set for Thursday through Saturday in Las Vegas, is a seven-round affair that offers more than just a single pick for teams to try and get rich quick.

If played right, teams can find value throughout the draft, both with immediate contributors and long-term fits who may have slipped through the cracks of the first round after poor showings at the combine or for other reasons. Take Detroit Lions receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown, for example. The former USC star went in the fourth round to the Detroit Lions in last year’s draft and proceeded to catch 90 passes as a rookie.

Defensively, one example of a steal is Saints cornerback Paulson Adebo, who was a third-round pick out of Stanford last season. Adebo made 17 starts as a rookie, picked off three passes and would almost certainly be taken higher in a re-draft of the 2021 class. As it stands, he’s a mid-round steal for the Saints to build around moving forward.

So who are the overlooked potential difference makers in the 2022 NFL Draft pool? Here is a a look at 10 underrated sleepers to watch on Day 2 and Day 3 of the draft.

DL DeMarvin Leal, Texas A&M

You’re telling me that an Associated Press First-Team All American capable of playing multiple spots on the defensive line after a strong three-year run at a great college program has no chance of going in the first round? That seems to be the consensus among draft experts, which means that Leal is going to be a steal for someone when

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2022 NFL Draft insider notes: The surprising No. 1 pick some GMs expect, why two QBs will go top 10 and more

The NFL Draft is now less than two weeks away, and there is no clear consensus first overall pick. And certain scenarios that may have seemed unusual or extreme early in this process, to those actually involved in it, just may come to be rote by the time the Jacksonville Jaguars actually make their initial selection.

That’s a complicated way of saying that Michigan pass rusher Aidan Hutchinson, who many would have penciled in with this pick weeks or months ago, might not be the guy for the Jags. And Georgia pass rusher Travon Walker, who blew up the combine with ridiculous athletic feats but who doesn’t necessarily have the game film to back it up, just may end up being the first name called. At this point, to the evaluators I spoke with this week who are preparing to make picks, neither scenario would be shocking.

Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke has a history of gambling on talent, and in particular on being heavily influenced by athletic metrics. He was rarely afraid to trust his gut or take a shot on an injured player or be a contrarian of sorts, and while it ultimately had a lot to do with his demise in San Francisco, there is little indication to his peers that Baalke has changed to any great degree. Furthermore, the Jaguars have long been an organization that has focused on the numbers – and testing scores – as a major factor in player selection, and Walker is obviously the darling of that cohort.

Does Baalke look at Walker and see Aldon Smith, the 49ers former pass rushing savant, only without the off-field issues that derailed what may have been Smith’s Hall of Fame career? Is he captured by Walker’s boundless upside, and intent on taking him, with

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