NFL Draft News & Rumors: Lance Passes Jones, Tebow Gets Jaguars Tryout
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – AUGUST 31: Quarterback Trey Lance #5 of the North Dakota State Bison runs against the Butler Bulldogs during their game at Target Field on August 31, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images)
The quarterback market has changed its direction in a quick way.
When you went to sleep on Wednesday night, Mac Jones was around a -400 favorite to be the third pick in the NFL Draft. But as information spread, including what sources were telling The Action Network’s Simon Hunter, the betting market shifted.
Trey Lance became the favorite at -150 to be the third overall pick to the 49ers while Jones slid to +125.
Justin Fields remained on peripheral of the conversation at +800.
Other quarterback news on draft day included former Heisman winner, first-round draft pick and Mets baseball player Tim Tebow.
According to both ESPN and NFL Network, Tebow called up old friend Urban Meyer and asked for a tryout with the Jaguars — but as a tight end.
No word yet on what will happen with Tebow, but cash your bet if you expected Tebow to make a headline on draft day.
4 p.m. ET Update
Disgruntled Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is making a colossal draft-day stir.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Thursday that Rodgers has told people in the organization that he does not want to return to the Packers. That comes hours after Jay Glazer reported teams were calling the Packers about Rodgers’ status.
Where Rodgers goes from here is unknown. Every time trade rumors appear regarding Rodgers, the 49ers are always mentioned. It helps that they have the third overall pick in this year’s draft, in addition to a capable quarterback in Jimmy Garoppolo.
1 p.m. ET Update
The New Orleans Saints aren’t slated to pick until 28th in Thursday’s NFL Draft, but two major reporters are hearing Sean Payton and Co. are aggressive in trying to move up.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported the Saints were working to move all the way into the top-10. Jay Glazer later said the same, but adds the team wouldn’t be targeting a quarterback. NFL Network’s Jane Slater doesn’t believe cornerback would be the target, either.
11 a.m. ET Update
The San Francisco 49ers have two quarterback decisions to make on Thursday.
One decision will be which quarterback to take with the No. 3 overall pick in the NFL Draft as the debate centers on Justin Fields, Mac Jones and Trey Lance. The other will be whether or not to trade current starter Jimmy Garoppolo.
According to ESPN, it’s expected multiple teams will reach out to the 49ers regarding the availability of Garoppolo. Adam Schefter’s source called the chances of a deal “remote.”
The reason the chance of a deal being completed could be remote is that Garoppolo holds the negotiating power. He has a no-trade clause in his contract until the end of 2021, meaning he can decide where he wants to go if he’s to accept a trade.
Because he’s due to earn a cap hit over $26 million, the options of teams being viable trading partners are limited. He can stay in San Francisco and earn the full contract, or if he’ll be required to restructure his deal, it would only be for a team he wants to play for.
So, New England?
That’s another rumor that came out late Wednesday night and won’t go away. Bill Belichick needs a quarterback and drafted Garoppolo in 2014.
Regardless, almost every story leading up to Thursday night’s draft will be surrounding the 49ers. There are a lot of guesses as to what they’ll do with the third pick, but no one knows for sure.
The mystery has created the biggest handle ever on a draft prop. More people are betting on who will go No. 3 than any draft prop ever before, as Darren Rovell reported on Wednesday.