NFL Rumors: Latest on Urban Meyer, Deshaun Watson Trade Buzz and More
Three more NFL teams entered offseason mode Saturday. The Indianapolis Colts, Washington Football Team and Seattle Seahawks were all eliminated, bringing the number franchises of franchises focused solely on offseason activities to 21.
You can bet that all 32 teams, however, have at least one eye on free agency, the draft and—in relevant cases—the construction of new front offices. For teams like the New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars, the offseason outline involves all three factors.
Here we will dig into some of the latest NFL buzz entering Day 2 of wild-card weekend.
Urban Meyer Preparing for Jaguars Job
The Jaguars have already interviewed former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer for their head-coaching vacancy, and it seems as if Meyer believes he has a reasonable shot at getting the gig.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Meyer has started putting together a potential staff to bring with him into the NFL.
"Former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has been assembling a coaching staff, including some assistants from the college ranks, in case he decides to become the Jacksonville Jaguars' head coach, per league sources," Schefter wrote.
Per Schefter, Jacksonville is expected to make a decision on Meyer within the week.
While there have been conflicting reports about what price Meyer could command, it's apparent that he isn't going to enter the league as a budget option.
"The notion that Urban Meyer is seeking $12 million a year to coach in the NFL is not accurate, source said," NFL Media's Ian Rapoport tweeted. "I'm sure the former Florida and OSU coach will be well compensated if he becomes the Jaguars coach. But that number is not relevant and false."
If the Jaguars do commit to Meyer, they are going to be all-in.
Deshaun Watson Is Not Happy
Unlike the Jaguars, the Houston Texans are not in need of a franchise quarterback. However, that will change if Deshaun Watson works his way out of Houston. According to ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio, Watson has "broached with teammates" the idea of requesting a trade.
According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, Watson isn't pleased with the way Houston handled its general-manager search.
"Watson is extremely unhappy with the organization after owner Cal McNair informed him he would be involved in the GM and coach hiring process and provide feedback...but then did neither in the hire of GM Nick Caserio, sources say," Rapoport tweeted.
According to The MMQB's Albert Breer, Watson also pushed for the Texans to interview Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy for their head-coaching vacancy, only for the franchise to fail to do so.
If the Texans lied to Watson in an effort to placate him, it won't be a surprise if he does want out. For teams like Jacksonville and New York—who are presumably considering quarterbacks at the top of the draft—trading for Watson becomes another intriguing option.
Cam Newton Unlikely to Return to New England
Cam Newton is another quarterback who will likely be available this offseason. According to Schefter, it's unlikely that he will return to the New England Patriots in 2021.
"Both sides expect that it will take them to a different place and a different direction in 2021, with Cam Newton likely moving on and the Patriots in search of a new quarterback for next season," Schefter said on Sunday NFL Countdown (h/t Chris Mason of MassLive.com).
Newton waited until late in the offseason to join the Patriots for the 2020 campaign. It's unlikely that he will wait before making his next move.
"I'm not going to wait in the latter part of another season when I have the opportunity to do something or sign with someone," Newton told WEEI (h/t ESPN's Mike Reiss).
Newton's year with the Patriots didn't exactly go as he might have hoped it would, but a quarterback-needy team could still have interest in him as a stopgap option.