The NFL has added two wild-card spots. There will now be three wild-card teams in the NFC, and another three in the AFC, for a total of seven playoff teams per conference. The resulting six wild-card games will be played in back-to-back tripleheaders during wild-card weekend, this year on Jan. 9 and 10. The No. 7 seeds will play the No. 2 seeds in that round, meaning that only the No. 1 seed will get a first-round bye. That seems like a big deal for the No. 1 seed. Yup, and a pretty bad deal for the No. 2 seed.
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Bill O'Brien has taken flack for what's arguably the worst move of the NFL offseason, trading away DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals as the Houston Texans took on David Johnson and his remaining contract, an albatross for a running back in today's NFL. O'Brien finally had a chance to explain why he would trade arguably the best wide receiver in football with little return.
"I would say the deal with Arizona was a deal that we thought was in the best interest of our team," O'Brien said.
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The Texans and Rams, foolishly, made blockbuster trades for young players – giving up a bounty of picks the likes of which are rarely seen in this league – without having anything close to an extension hashed out with the players involved. And now it has created a logjam for others teams looking to secure their own talent into the future, and coupled with the desperate situations these two franchises find themselves in, and a global pandemic, could create a prolonged cooling period in several critical markets.
The Texans traded two first-round picks and a second-round pick for Laremy Tunsil, a very good left tackle but not one considered in the top five in his position. They did so, recklessly and ridiculously, without having any sense of the young man's price point, heaping unchecked leverage to his camp. Then Tunsil went out and stayed healthy, played good football, and now the Texans find themselves completely splayed out at his mercy during contract talks.
Exactly as everyone around the league expected.