Before the Colts traded down from the third overall pick in the draft, some thought they would target defensive end Bradley Chubb. Even with an emerging belief that there will be a run on quarterbacks, Chubb still could end up being a top-five pick.
Chubb’s agent, Erik Burkhardt, tells PFT that the former North Carolina State pass rusher will meet with five teams between Sunday night and Monday morning, in advance of his Pro Day workout in Raleigh. All of the teams with whom Chubb will be meeting currently pick within the top seven of the first round.
But Cousins was firm that he wouldn’t sign until he met the coaches and staff—he did not know offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, and didn’t know quarterback coach Kevin Stefanski well. The Jets were two (thanks to Jeremy Bates, and, presumably, a higher offer), Arizona three.
McCartney and Cousins had several conversations about all of the teams. But one point McCartney wanted Cousins to realize about the two teams was this: The Vikings were closer to winning right now, with a talented young base, and the kind of team that could win when Cousins didn’t play his best. The Jets didn’t have as good a supporting cast, and so Cousins might have to be more of a team-carrier there. And in New York, there wouldn’t be the kind of patience there’d be in Minnesota if Cousins struggled. McCartney did say last week that Cousins didn’t take the biggest deal, so that infers the Jets offered more money than the Vikings. In fact, the Broncos felt sure the Jets would be the highest bidders of the four teams.
Another factor to consider in the coming years is how expansion could help Ovechkin. Bobby Orr and Gretzky benefited from expansion. In Orr’s first seven seasons, the NHL went from six teams to 12, to 14, to 16, constantly spreading out the talent. The NHL went from 17 teams to 21 teams for Gretzky’s rookie season.
Expansion generally spreads out the talent pool, thus weakening certain teams — although the Vegas Golden Knights are on their way to winning the Pacific division crown in their inaugural campaign. With expansion to Seattle potentially on the way, this could further thin the waters.
“I wanted the invite to the camp with a chance to make the roster,” Acuna said. “I got it, and now it’s time for me to take advantage. I want to be on the opening day roster in Atlanta. I know I have work to do, and that’s why I’m early.”