The NFL offseason continues on and while much of the heavy lifting has been done by teams around the league, general managers are still trying to find ways to improve their clubs. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the biggest stories from around the National Football League this week.
Bills Bring In Edge Rusher
Earlier this week, the Buffalo Bills helped solidify their defense by bringing in veteran edge rusher Leonard Floyd. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Floyd has signed a one-year deal that will pay him a base salary of $7 million, which could get up to $9 million in incentives.
The 30-year-old Floyd has been in the NFL for seven years, playing with the Chicago Bears and Las Angeles Rams. Last season, with the Rams, Floyd played in 17 games, amassing 59 tackles, nine sacks, and one fumble recovery.
Now in Buffalo, he will try to help a team that ranked fourth in scoring defense, allowing just 19.1 points per game. In terms of sacks per game, they ranked 13th, averaging 2.5 per game.
Buffalo currently has the third-best odds of winning Super Bowl LVIII at +900.
Bills Extend Oliver
Signing Leonard Floyd isn’t the only work that the Bills have done this week. They also agreed to an extension with defensive lineman Ed Oliver. First reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the extension is for $68 million over four years ($45 million guaranteed).
Last season, in 13 games, the 25-year-old Oliver had 34 tackles, 2.5 sacks, one fumble recovery, and one forced fumble for Buffalo.
Garoppolo Should Be Ready For Camp
In a report by Ian Rapoport, it appears that the Las Vegas Raiders feel comfortable that Jimmy Garoppolo will be ready to go by training camp. Garropolo is recovering from foot surgery, but it appears that he should be ready by the time season rolls around.
Garoppolo is not immune to injuries, but the Raiders are hoping for big things after they replaced the outgoing Derek Carr with Garoppolo.
Last season, with the 49ers, the 31-year-old played in 11 games (10 starts), throwing ofr 2,437 yards, 16 touchdowns, and just four interceptions.
If Garoppolo is unable to go, it will fall to backup Brian Hoyer or rookie Aidan O’Connell to jump in under center.
The Raiders currently have the worst odds of winning the AFC West at +1200.
Hopkins And Titans Gauging Interest
After being released by the Arizona Cardinals, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has been a very popular man. While several teams have been linked to the 31-year-old, it appears that the Tennessee Titans should also be added to the list.
Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports that Hopkins is set to meet with the Titans this weekend. Head coach Mike Vrabel was an assistant coach in Houston prior to securing the head coaching position with the Titans, so there is some connection between the two sides.
Last season, Tennessee ranked 30th in passing yards per game, so an addition of Hopkins could be a big boost to the aerial game.
Last year, Hopkins had 64 catches for 717 yards and three touchdowns in just nine games. His career high in receiving yards is 1,521 and he has double-digit receiving touchdowns three times in his career.
Currently, the Titans have the second-best odds of winning the AFC South at +380.