Broncos sold to Walmart heir for record price, plus new details on Deshaun Watson’s legal situation

Well, well, it’s Wednesday again. That means we’re another day closer to the 2022 NFL season. John Breech can’t get enough of his favorite team’s quarterback being ranked so high among this year’s top starters (more on that below), so you’ve got me, Cody Benjamin, to guide you through it all. the latest NFL news.

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We’ve got major Broncos news, QB rankings, Aaron Rodgers comments and more:

  1. Today’s show: fallout from big-name contract situations

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Ryan Wilson and John Breech joined Will Brinson on Wednesday’s “Pick Six NFL Podcast” to discuss the latest off-pitch news around the NFL, from contracts to legal situations involving big names. Some highlights:

  • Breech thinks the Rams giving Aaron Donald the biggest non-quarterback contract in NFL history was “the easiest deal in the world.” Why? Because Donald is undeniably on a Hall of Fame trail, and LA’s defense wouldn’t be the same without him. “You’re going to give Superman everything he wants,” Wilson repeated, “or he’s gone.”
  • Brinson suggests that Deebo Samuel may have to readjust his own contract demands in San Francisco. “You want to take AJ Brown’s money and then renegotiate down the road,” he said. The guys agreed, noting that some of the more inflated receiver salaries, like Tyreek Hill’s total of $30 million a year, are actually worth less if left early.
  • The guys also discussed the ramifications of Deshaun Watson and the Broncos’ latest ownership situations.

Watch the entire episode (and subscribe to all kinds of daily NFL discussions) here.

2. Broncos sold to Walmart heir for a record $4.65 billion

For the first time since 1984, the The Broncos have a new owner. Denver announced this week that Walmart heir Rob Walton, along with his daughter, Carrie Welton Penner, and her husband, Greg Penner, have agreed to buy the franchise for a record $4.65 billion. The sale, from the Pat Bowlen Trust, must be approved by league ownership and the NFL’s finance committee, but is expected to be finalized. Walton is the son of Walmart founder Sam Walton and lived in Colorado.

3. Ranking AFC’s 16 QBs: Mahomes tops the list

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The AFC is absolutely loaded with young stars at quarterback. So how would we classify the 16 callers of the conference? A certain Chiefs gunslinger still reigns supreme as we look to 2022. Here’s a look at our top 10:

  1. Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs)
  2. Josh Allen (bills)
  3. Justin Herbert (Chargers)
  4. Russell Wilson (Broncos)
  5. Joe Burrow (Bengal)
  6. Lamar Jackson (Ravens)
  7. Deshaun Watson (Brown)
  8. Derek Carr (Raiders)
  9. Ryan TannehillTitans
  10. Matt RyanColts

Check out the full AFC QB rankings here.

4. Aaron Rodgers is “definitely” considering retirement with the Packers

Well, how about that? Months after hinting that a move to a new team was possible for 2022, and a year after confirming a feud with the Packers brass that would have brought him to the brink of a bitter divorce, A-Rod is based in Green Bay, going so far as to tell reporters this week that he is “definitely” plans to retire in green and yellow. “Unless they trade me”, that is. (Don’t count on it. The most likely scenario, with Rodgers re-hired with the Packers on a new deal through 2026, is that Green Bay is exploring a move involving former first-round pick Jordan Love over the next year. or two.)

5. Rookies who could surprise: James Cook, Isaiah Spiller, more

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Draft expert Chris Trapasso knows all eyes will be on this year’s top rookies, but what about the guys drafted after the first round who could surprise with big roles in 2022? He identified a pick after Day One to watch for every AFC team. Here are some of his freshman favorites:

  • RB James Cook Bills: He runs routes like a receiver, and his 4.42 speed makes him a nightmare to cover for linebackers and most safeties. In Buffalo’s powerful offense, he will receive more touches than many probably expect.
  • RB Isaiah Spiller Chargers: Spiller was tied with Ken Walker as my RB1 in the 2022 class… (He) can handle more “traditional” tasks between tackles with Austin Ekeler gravitating to a more hybrid role in his sixth NFL season.
  • Jaguars RB Snoop Conner: Sure, there’s James Robinson and Travis Etienne ahead of him, but in Philadelphia, Doug Pedersen was never shy about spreading wealth in the backfield, and Conner’s dynamic brilliance and power (got it).
  • Patriots BC Marcus Jones: Jones is that player in “Madden” that your friends won’t let you use for kick and kick returns because he’s so damn hard to tackle. He is, of course, an edgy slots advocate too.

6. Quick roundup: Watson drama, tough DK Metcalf, more

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