Oct 16, 2019

Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey gets his wish with a trade to the Rams

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A month after his trade request, Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey got his wish and was sent to the Rams yesterday in exchange for two 1st-round picks (and a 4th-rounder).

Why it matters: In addition to shaking up the current NFL season, this trade may have also "ushered in a new era of how NFL superstars view and wield their power," writes WashPost's Adam Kilgore.

  • "In the NFL, ownership has forever held the cards in player movement. … But this season, culminating with the Ramsey trade, has shown players hold more sway than ever."

Yes, but: While other players might replicate Ramsey's strategy going forward and essentially force a trade by making their displeasure public, it won't work for everyone. You need to be a full-fledged superstar to take that leap.

"Great players can dictate. Good players like Melvin Gordon [who tried to hold out for a new contract and failed] can't dictate."
— Anonymous NFL agent, per WashPost

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Report: Bezos eyeing NFL team

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Jeff Bezos is interested in purchasing an NFL team and "has strong support within the league to eventually join their ranks," CBS Sports reports.

Potential targets: No teams are currently on the market, but that could change soon.

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Building the XFL (again)

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

The 2-day XFL draft concluded yesterday, with each of the league's 8 teams having put together their initial rosters.

How it worked: Before the actual draft, teams ranked which "Tier One" QB they wanted via a blind-bidding system, then those 8 players were assigned accordingly.

Go deeperArrowOct 17, 2019

The Patriots and the 49ers' roads to 16-0

Data: FiveThirtyEight; Table: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

We're eight weeks into the NFL season and only two undefeated teams remain: The New England Patriots (8-0), who won the Super Bowl last year, and the San Francisco 49ers (7-0), who finished 4-12.

The road to 16-0: The Patriots are favored to win all of their remaining games with the biggest test coming on Sunday night in Baltimore (57% win probability), while the 49ers are favored to win 7 of 9.

Go deeperArrowOct 29, 2019