WITH SUPPORT FROM ERIC BERTELSON

The action in NFL Free Agency is slowly dying down, with most of the big-name free agents across the board signing contracts with their new clubs for the 2020-21 season. With all the heavy dust of free agency mostly settled, there are four intriguing questions that I feel need to be answered. I combined with fellow GCSN NFL writer Eric Bertelson to discuss these questions and get his take on how they will end up playing out. This is Q&A with GCSN.

Q: Should the Dallas Cowboys pay Dak Prescott $30M+ per year?

A: GCSN Staff

Eric Bertelson: In short, the answer is no I don’t think they should. I understand that may be his market value with others like Jared Goff and Carson Wentz making over $30M a year, but Dak has not yet proven to me that he can do it, even with a stacked Cowboys team around him. What happens after you pay him and he loses those pieces? With all that offensive talent around him, he had a chance at the end of the season to make the playoffs, but still missed. I wouldn’t consider paying him unless he can make a deep playoff run this year while under the franchise tag.

Shane Kunz: $35 million per year maximum. Anything else would be highway robbery for the Cowboys. The Cowboys gave Dak the exclusive franchise tag worth around $33 million per year, which is the same amount of the offer that he earlier rejected. According to sources, Prescott is asking for a new contract that will pay him $40 million per year. This is just ludicrous. Other than being a two-time Pro Bowler, you’ve literally done nothing notable in your career and you’re asking for $40 million a year?! It is worth noting that Prescott is tied with Russell Wilson with the most regular season wins in the NFL (40) since 2016. But Dak consistently can not carry that forward in the playoffs. In my opinion, if Dak can lead the Cowboys on a deep playoff run this year, then you pay the man what he wants. But, if the Cowboys fail to make the playoffs again? No way you pay him $40 million.

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Q: Who finishes with a better record this season, the Patriots or Buccaneers?

A: GCSN Staff

Eric Bertelson: I think the Buccaneers will have a better record; the addition of Tom Brady is just what this talented team needed. The Bucs lost a lot of close games last year, and I don’t see Brady turning the ball over as much as Jameis Winston did, especially in key moments. As far as the Patriots go, I think it will be a tough year with a new quarterback and a real lack at the skill positions.

Shane Kunz: It is still too early for me to make a decision on this one. To me, the answer lies solely on who the Patriots get to replace Tom Brady under center. Despite losing Brady and Kyle Van Noy this off-season, the Patriots still have six-time Super Bowl winning coach Bill Belichick calling the shots, and even though Brady is arguably the best quarterback of all time, I believe Belichick is the main reason why the Patriots have had so much success under his tenure. If the Patriots pick up a Cam Newton or a Derek Carr, they will finish with a better record. But, if they find their new QB at the draft, or promote current backup Jarrett Stidham, then the Bucs will definitely finish higher.

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Q: Who is your favorite college QB coming out of this year’s draft?

A: GCSN Staff

Eric Bertelson: I’m going with Jordan Love coming out of Utah State; he has been compared a lot to Josh Allen and I agree with that comparison. They both have a great arm, are mobile, and make plays happen with less talented guys around them. I hope he falls later in the first round, much like Lamar Jackson did, to put him on a more complete team.

Shane Kunz: 100% Joe Burrow. How can you not love what this kid has done in his college career? He capped off the 2019 season with a national championship, a Heisman Trophy, five awards, and was both the Sporting News and AP College Football Player of the Year. If Burrow can adjust to life in the NFL, he will be very successful. The Bengals seem poised to select him first overall, and I firmly believe Burrow will become a franchise player in Cincinnati.

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Q: What is your favorite offseason trade or free agent signing?

A: GCSN Staff

Eric Bertelson: Mine would have to be Calais Campbell going from the Jacksonville Jaguars to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for a fifth-round pick! I think it was a great move by the Ravens and they are loading that defence up to win now. With QB Lamar Jackson still on his rookie deal, I think you have to bring in veterans to win a championship before you have to break the bank to pay him. The LA Rams did something very similar two seasons ago, and it almost worked out for them, as they made a Super Bowl appearance.

Shane Kunz: Definitely Robby Anderson going from the New York Jets to the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers pick up a shifty wide receiver who has the ability to make an offensive impact in Carolina if given the right opportunity. On the other hand, what are the Jets doing letting their best receiver walk? Anderson was QB Sam Darnold’s favorite target last season and it seemed as though the two of them were always on the same page when they played together. Anderson finished last season with 52 receptions for 779 yards and 5 touchdowns, and has the potential to be a part of an explosive Panthers offence along with new quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater and PJ Walker, running back Christian McCaffrey and fellow receivers DJ Moore and Curtis Samuel.

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