On this episode of the Moran-Alytics Podcast, Patrick Moran is joined by Greg Tompsett of Cover 1 to go over a wild first day of the NFL tampering period as the league year officially began on Monday, both from a Buffalo Bills and league-wide perspective.
As the taping of this podcast began on late Monday evening, the Bills were very quiet except for a linebacker free agent signing a short time before the taping began. However, things exploded about halfway through the segment when Buffalo traded four picks, including a first-rounder to the Minnesota Vikings for wide receiver Stefon Diggs. This forced the guys to have to react in real time and needless to say, they were both excited and frankly a little shook. (Shortly after taping they added defensive end Mario Addison as well.)
They also saw now former defensive end Shaq Lawson bolt for divisional rival Miami, signing a three-year, $30 million deal. The day also saw linebacker Christian Kirksey, who visited Buffalo last week sign a two-year deal with Green Bay. Cornerback Chris Harris and Jordan Howard were rumored to have interest from the Bills although no deals were reported as of the end of Monday night.
Around the NFL it was a whirlwind day with both trades and free agent agreements. The shocker was a trade between Arizona and Houston that sent running back David Johnson and two picks to Houston in exchange for a pick and DeAndre Hopkins, one of the best receivers in football. The guys chime in on that as well as the deal between San Francisco and Indianapolis that brought the Colts DeForest Buckner and a slew of big money deals, including Amari Cooper, Jack Conklin, Arik Armstead, Ereck Flowers and several more.
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