Kyle’s update, 4:20 p.m.: Ian Rapoport reported that Packers guard Lane Taylor is visiting the 49ers today. Taylor has started five years for Green Bay, but is coming off an ACL tear as of five months ago. Rapoport said this is mostly a medical check-in. The 49ers could potentially add Taylor down the line.
Taylor missed the majority of 2019 as well as 2020. He did start from 2016-2018 for the Packers. I’ve referenced total points earned as a metric to judge players. Sports Info Solutions has Taylor earning 27, 30, and 21 points from 2016 to 2018.
To give you an idea of where that stacks up for other offensive linemen, Trent Williams earned 29 points this past season in 14 starts, while Alex Mack earned 29 points during his “peak” season with Kyle Shanahan and the Falcons during the 2016 season.
Anthony Harris signs a one-year deal for $5 million with the Eagles. Harris is a popular safety in name and PFF grade, but I don’t believe he is anywhere near as good as his grade suggests. Harrison Smith did a lot of the heavy lifting in Minnesota.
Kyle’s update, 2:37 p.m.: The Jaguars are hosting C.J. Beathard. I was curious where he’d land. This would give Beathard a chance to backup Trevor Lawrence.
Kyle’s update, 11:02 a.m.: The Athletic’s Matt Barrows reported that Joe Flacco left town without a deal. Barrows mentioned that the 49ers are still in the mix for Flacco, and if a deal comes together it won’t be until after the weekend.
I’m curious as to what the Niners are offering backup quarterbacks. Mitch Trubisky only signed for $2.5 million on a one-year deal. That would signal that the Niners weren’t interested in Trubisky’s services, thankfully. Flacco likely knows his days as a starter are done and he won’t make more than $2 million a year.
The free-agent signings are slowing down, but there remains a good bit of talent available. JuJu Smith-Schuster is returning to Pittsburgh on a one-year deal worth $8 million. Ian Rapoport reported the Ravens made a strong push to retain Juju, but he took less money to return to the Steelers. Here is Taylor Bisciotti with the other offers:
Sources tell me these were the other offers— Taylor Bisciotti (@TaylorBisciotti) March 19, 2021
KC 8 mill with 3 mill incentives
Steelers 8 mill
Baltimore 9 mill 4 incentives
That’s a bit surprising as you wouldn’t think players would be lining up to play with Big Ben based on how the future Hall of Fame QB played last season.
The Bengals traded QB Ryan Finley to the Texans. Broncos S Justin Simmons agreed to a four-year deal worth $61 million with Denver. I would not pay him that type of money. Good player, but I’m not sure he has the same type of impact on a game as a guy like Marcus Maye from the Jets.
The Bengals released DT Geno Atkins.
Cincy also signed OT Riley Reiff.
Last night, the Patriots retained David Andrews, giving them a strong offensive line.