Road to Super Bowl 55: Offseason Storylines (March 9)

With the road to Super Bowl 55 in 2021 in Tampa, Florida officially underway, we’re taking a look at some of the top story lines from around the league that never sleeps.

Brady Buzz

“Tennessee has been one of the most talked-about destinations for soon-to-be free agent quarterback Tom Brady, based in large part on the strong connection between Brady and Titans head coach Mike Vrabel, his former teammate.

But the Titans have a quarterback of their own who’s about to hit free agency, and they may be more intent on keeping the quarterback they have than making the biggest possible splash next week.”

Read the full story from Yahoo! Sports.

Byron Jones Expected to Break the Bank

“When NFL free agency begins March 18, Byron Jones is expected to set a new benchmark for defensive back contracts.

Per NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero, teams are anticipating Jones, who has spent his entire five-year career with the Dallas Cowboys, will command a deal worth between $16-18 million per season.

Per Over the Cap, Xavien Howard of the Miami Dolphins owns the highest average annual salary among defensive backs at $15,050,000.”

Read the full story from Bleacher Report.

Compensatory Picks Awarded

“The New England Patriots were awarded a league-high four compensatory draft picks, the NFL announced Tuesday.

The Patriots add two third-rounders and two sixth-rounders to their overall haul of 12 picks. It helps them partially fill a void of not having a second-round pick — a selection they traded to the Atlanta Falcons for receiver Mohamed Sanu in October.

New England was one of 15 teams to be awarded compensatory picks. The Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks all received three picks.

The Texans received the highest overall pick, a third-rounder (No. 97).”

Read the full story from ESPN.com.

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