If you’re looking for a reason why the NFL remains the top sport in America, it’s because it can continue to generate drama even when there are no games played.
There was some controversy before the Scouting Combine because the league initially wanted to maintain a bubble-like set-up.
Eventually, the Combine went smoothly and those with insane numbers became the talk of the town.
Then there’s free agency that generates massive interest because one deal can separate winners from losers.
The NFL’s hard cap ensures that all teams have the capacity to be competitive money-wise.
Therefore, a big transaction can change a team’s fortunes, as long as they have enough cap space to absorb the contract.
That said, the league went through an eventful week even if no balls were snapped, as CBS Sports’ Will Brinson summarized.
Insane week for NFL, maybe craziest ever
Mon – Calvin Ridley popped for gambling
Tues – Rodgers returns to GB, Russ traded to DEN
Wed – Wentz traded to Washington
Thurs – Mack traded to Chargers
Sat – Amari Cooper traded to Browns
Sun – Tom Brady unretires for 23rd season
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) March 14, 2022
Brinson looked back at a highly eventful week that started when the Atlanta Falcons’ Calvin Ridley got a one-year suspension after getting caught gambling $1,500 through a betting app.
He was a prime candidate for a trade before the incident happened, and he lost an opportunity to earn at least $10 million annually.
Tom Brady Is Back
In a week filled with major developments, it seemed as if Tom Brady saved the best for last.
The 44-year-old quarterback will return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after one of his best seasons under center.
His 23rd season will re-energize the Buccaneers faithful and entice their free agents to re-sign with the team.
What a way to cap off a busy week in the NFL offseason.