Just like that, the 2022-23 NFL season has come to a close. The Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl Sunday night with a 38-35 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
In the win, Patrick Mahomes threw for 182 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed six times for 44 yards. These stats were good enough for him to be named the MVP of the Super Bowl.
This is now the second championship for both head coach Andy Reid and Mahomes, and they won this one despite coming into the game as underdogs.
In the loss, Jalen Hurts was sensational. He threw for 304 yards and a touchdown, and he also rushed 15 times for 70 yards and another three scores.
It is never too early to start looking ahead to next season, where the Chiefs are favorites to repeat as Super Bowl champs at +600. The Eagles have the third-best odds at +900.
Smith-Schuster Welcomes A Return To Kansas City
In an effort to regain his market value, wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster signed a one-year deal this season worth just under $4 million (plus incentives) with the Kansas City Chiefs. It appears that the gamble will definitely pay off.
At just 26-years-old, Smith-Schuster could find himself as one of the best wide receiving free agents on the market this offseason, but the wide receiver has indicated a willingness and desire to stay in Kansas City.
In 16 games during the regular season, he had 78 receptions for 933 yards and three touchdowns.
Other notable wide receivers hitting the free agent market include DJ Chark, Jakobi Meyers, and Allen Lazard.
Carr Wants Free Agency
The Las Vegas Raiders want to move on from quarterback Derek Carr. While they would love to trade him, Carr holds all of the leverage as he has a full no-trade clause.
On Sunday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Carr will not accept a trade to any team. As a result, it is very likely that the Raiders will release the 31-year-old quarterback in the coming days.
Las Vegas is limited on time as Carr has more than $40 million that will vest in his contract this week, so a release will likely happen sooner than later.
If he is released, there will be no shortage of teams that will be interested in his services. The New Orleans Saints were interested in a trade for Carr before he indicated that he wouldn’t approve a deal, and they may still be interested in him after his release.
This season, in 15 games, Carr threw for 3,522 yards and 24 touchdowns for Las Vegas.
Colts Plan To Hire Shane Steichen As Next Head Coach
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Indianapolis Colts have finally come to a decision on their next head coach. It appears that the Colts are going to move on from interim head coach Jeff Saturday and hire Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive coordinator Shane Steichen.
Steichen has been the offensive coordinator of the Eagles since the beginning of the 2021 season. Prior to that, he had worked as everything from an offensive coordinator to offensive quality control coach to a quarterbacks coach with both the Los Angeles Chargers and Cleveland Browns.
The Colts finished this season 4-12-1, good for third in the AFC South. They currently hold the fourth pick in the upcoming NFL draft, and they could be looking for a quarterback after the Matt Ryan experiment failed this season.
If they do choose a quarterback, having an offensive minded coach like Steichen leading the charge may be beneficial to getting the Colts back to being a contender.