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NFL Notes: Super Bowls, Dolphins, & Rams

Super Bowls

  • NFL owners officially awarded Super Bowl LIII (2019) to the city of Atlanta on Tuesday. New Orleans, South Florida and Tampa Bay were also in the running to host the event.
  • Super Bowl LIV (2020) will be held in South Florida following a vote from NFL owners on Tuesday. Tampa Bay was also a finalist to host the event.
  • The third and final Super Bowl awared by NFL owners Tuesday was Super Bowl LV (2021), which will be held in Los Angeles.

Dolphins

  • Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald writes that even though second-round CB Xavien Howard is likely the front-runner to start opposite of Byron Maxwell, Tony Lippett is expected to be in the competition for the starting job.
  • Veteran DL Jason Jones said he decided to sign with the Dolphins, despite interest from the Cowboys and Steelers,because I just felt comfortable. My gut feeling is what I went with.”

Rams

Rams GM Les Snead explained that one of the major considerations in the trade with the Eagles that swapped quarterbacks Sam Bradford for Nick Foles was that it helped them from a financial point.

And initially you’re like ‘Hey, we haven’t really thought of (trading Bradford),’” Snead said on the Peter Schrager Podcast last week, via NFL.com. “Who’s the answer after him? We’re really looking to try to get something done contractually. Those few teams kept calling and calling, now we’re talking about it internally. Eventually, we made the move. You very rarely see starting quarterbacks swapped. One of the reasons for us was it helped us from a financial standpoint.

Snead added that they knew there was a chance that Foles wasn’t going to work out for them, but the 2016 second-round pick they acquired in the deal turned out to be a valuable asset in the end.

We also knew grabbing that extra second-round pick, whoever our quarterback was going to be last year might not work out, so it would be time to start looking again,” Snead said. “We knew by getting that extra second-round pick it would give us the ability to maneuver more in the next draft.”

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