We scour the news around the NFL to bring you what matters most to you and your dynasty team: the most current news on players, both superstars and the relative unknowns, and analysis to decipher the respective situations. These are many of the major stories and not meant to be an exhaustive look at all the recent happenings around the league.
Monday morning, Adam Schefter tweeted, “Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger, who leads Pittsburgh into Cincinnati tonight for Monday Night Football, intends to return next year for his 18th season, per sources.” The Steelers are going to try to extend their Super Bowl window as long as possible, but the team will lose several starters to free agency on both sides of the ball. Former NFL agent and salary cap expert Joel Corry followed up Schefter’s tweet with, “Steelers will need to address Ben Roethlisberger's $41.25M salary cap number, which is the NFL's largest for 2021. $15M of Roethlisberger's $19M 2021 salary is in a 3rd-day of league year (3/19) roster bonus. 2021 is the final year of his contract.” This will an interesting offseason for several teams.
Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was forced from Thursday night’s game on the second drive of the game. He was rolling to his right and was visibly grabbing his right groin, hopping on one foot out of bounds. Former Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota replaced him in the lineup and played well. Mariota completed 17 of his 28 pass attempts for 226 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. But it was Mariota’s running ability that shined. He picked up 88 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Mariota was more effective than his time in Tennessee. It could have been the designed runs in the Gruden offense. The 88 yards were the second-most of his career. Ian Rapoport tweeted an update on Carr’s injury, “Source: #Raiders QB Derek Carr suffered a significant groin injury and it’s expected to have a 10-to-14 day timeline. Carr, who has been having one of his best seasons, will fight to be in the lineup against the #Dolphins if he somehow can.” The Thursday game gives Mariota an extra few days to get ready for Week 16. As for Carr’s future, he is likely back in Las Vegas next year. He turns 30 years of age right before the draft and has played very well this season.