The Raiders cut him abruptly, and the Broncos could be giving him a landing spot.
Punter Marquette King has spoken to the Broncos about a possible alliance with the obvious goal (at least collateral goal) of tormenting the Raiders.
“Marquette would love an opportunity to come visit there,’’ King’s agent, Wynn Silberman, told Mike Klis of 9News.com. “Obviously, Denver is a punter’s dream. They’re high on his list.”
Averett also believes he impressed during the Combine interview process because of his ties to Saban and how many schemes he was forced to master. That knowledge from learning pro-style defenses should lead to an easier transition than the one he experienced coming from high school to Alabama.
“Teams will ask what coverages we play,” Averett said. “And I’ll say, ‘Cover-1, Cover-2, Cover-3, Cover-4, Cover-5, Cover-6, Cover-7 …'”
More work awaits in the NFL from both an educational and physical standpoint with Averett needing to add weight to his 6-0, 185-pound frame. But this time, he’s truly ready for the challenge.
“I’m glad I stuck with it,” said Averett, who is projected to be selected between Rounds 1 and 3. “I mean, look now. I’m just very blessed to be in this situation.”
When that day finally arrives, Donald will become the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player. That means the Rams have to cut corners in other areas and find less-costly solutions. Parting ways with high-priced veterans like Ogletree who just received an $8 million signing bonus last October as part of a four-year contract extension and Quinn is an example. Snead said their departure has left the Rams still looking for replacements with the draft approaching.
Other top-tier young talents like Peters, Goff and running back Todd Gurley also will be angling for big-money deals as their rookie contracts move closer to expiration. The same goes for safety LaMarcus Joyner, who was designated as the team’s 2018 franchise player. And it would apply to Beckham, who won’t practice for the Giants until he receives a contract extension, per NFL Network.
As history has shown, not every one of Snead’s personnel moves has paid dividends. Extending the contract of wide receiver Tavon Austin in 2016 has proven a huge mistake. Snead also was not able to re-sign Sammy Watkins after sending a second-round pick to the Bills during the 2017 season for the wide receiver’s services. That still stings even though Watkins’ departure to the Chiefs will be mitigated by LA receiving a third-round compensatory pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.