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NFL News March 12, 2021

The new league year and free agency are scheduled to start on March 17. Despite being a week early, the offseason is still getting into full throttle as teams are getting a jump start on crafting their rosters. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest stories from the week.

Prescott And Cowboys Finally Hammer Out Deal

On Monday night, the Dallas Cowboys finally agreed to a deal with franchise quarterback Dak Prescott. The two sides agreed to a four-year deal worth $160 million. Of that number, $126 million is guaranteed.

Last season, Prescott was knocked out with an ankle injury that let him play in only five games. In that span, he threw for 1,856 yards, nine touchdowns, and four interceptions.

In 2019, Prescott threw for 4,902 yards, 30 touchdowns, and just 11 interceptions. He also rushed 52 times for 277 yards and three scores.

The 27-year-old is expected to be ready to go at the beginning of next season, and now Dallas will turn its attention to putting a contender around him. The Cowboys are currently +2900 to win the Super Bowl next season.

Ingram Heading To The Lone Star State

The other team in the Lone Star State, the Houston Texans, also made news this week. They have agreed to terms with running back Mark Ingram on a deal that could fetch the veteran as much as $3 million based on incentives, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN and Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

Last season, the 31-year-old played in 11 games for the Baltimore Ravens, rushing 72 times for 299 yards and a couple of touchdowns. He also had six receptions for 50 yards.

It appears that he will go from one timeshare to another. Last season, he found himself behind J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards on the depth chart. In Houston, he will likely split carries with another veteran running back, David Johnson.

The Texans are currently +10000 to win the Super Bowl next year. That is likely in large part due to the uncertainty of quarterback Deshaun Watson, who has requested a trade out of Houston.

Robinson, Godwin Receive Tags

A couple of big-name wide receivers received the franchise tag this week. The Chicago Bears used their franchise tag on Allen Robinson while the defending Super Bowl champions used theirs on Chris Godwin.

For Robinson, this is the second time that he has had the tag used on him. Last season, with Chicago, he had 102 receptions for 1,250 yards and six touchdowns.

It was a little surprising that the Bears and Robinson have not been able to work out a long-term contract, but the Bears are hoping to keep him in the fold nonetheless. Chicago, who is also desperately trying to address their quarterback situation, are currently +5000 to win the Super Bowl next year.

For the Buccaneers, they are bringing back the 25-year-old Godwin. Last season, he played in 12 games and had 65 receptions, 840 yards, and seven touchdowns. The Buccaneers are currently +950 to win the Super Bowl next season, trailing only Kansas City.

Milano Signs Extension With Bills

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, the Buffalo Bills will be retaining one of their own. The Bills have agreed to a four-year deal worth $44 million with linebacker Matt Milano. $24 million of the deal is guaranteed. Milano was scheduled to become a free agent, but the deal will keep him in Buffalo.

Matt Milano only played in ten games this season because of injuries, but he had 45 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and one interception in that time. The 26-year-old now returns to a Bills team that is hoping to take the next step after making the playoffs this season. The Bills currently are tied for the third-best odds to win the Super Bowl next season at +1100.

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