Everyone knows that. Houston wasn’t going to pay Clowney top-of-market money, and the Texans should have been more aggressive in trying to move him before the July 15 deadline when Clowney could have signed a multi-year deal this year. I think Houston just figured Clowney would come in and play for the franchise number, but as the season got closer and Clowney dug in, the Texans saw that he might continue to hold out and not show up. So Houston mis-read the market. Where it’s a good deal for Seattle: Clowney cost a third-round pick plus two expendable players, and he’ll be motivated to play great and earn a mega-deal somewhere in free agency in 2020. Even if he doesn’t sign long-term in Seattle, the Seahawks are likely to get a third-round compensatory pick in 2021 to sub for the third-rounder in 2020 they paid Houston.
NFL quarterback rankings 2023: Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown ahead of upcoming NFL season
While the NFL is a league that is ever-changing, some things are set to stay the same in 2023 — like the revealing of Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown.
Last year’s list saw Josh Allen take his place atop the quarterback throne, with Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes and Los Angeles’ Justin Herbert not far behind at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. It was, however, Mahomes who would ultimately reign over all NFL quarterbacks at the end of the season, as the 27-year-old collected both the NFL MVP honors and his second Lombardi Trophy.
This NFL offseason, however, has brought some intriguing adjustments that are likely to shake up Simms’ rankings.
While some signal-callers such as Jalen Hurts and Lamar Jackson found their prolonged home with massive contract signings, others will be venturing to a new franchise in search of a fresh start. Aaron Rodgers‘ trade to the New York Jets is unquestionably the most staggering shift, but other quarterbacks on the move such as Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo cannot be forgotten.
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And with three of the first four picks in the 2023 NFL Draft being spent on a quarterback, emerging talent will likely turn the tides for some franchises this upcoming season.
See below for Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown ahead of the upcoming season. Be sure to subscribe to Chris Simms Unbuttoned for more on the 2023 NFL season as well as an unfiltered look at the NFL featuring player access, unabashed opinion, X&O film breakdown and stories from a life in and around football.
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Chris Simms’ 2023 Top 40 QB Countdown:
40. Desmond Ridder (ATL)
39. Sam Howell (WAS)
38. Bryce Young (CAR)
37. CJ Stroud (HOU)
36. Anthony Richardson (IND)
35. Mike White (MIA)
34. Gardner Minshew (IND)
33. Taylor Heinicke (ATL)
32. Jarrett Stidham (DEN)
31. Jordan Love (GB)
30. Davis Mills (HOU)
29. Tyler Huntley (BAL)
28. Andy Dalton (CAR)
27. Sam Darnold (SF)
26. Brock Purdy (SF)
25. Kenny Pickett (PIT)
24. Baker Mayfield (TB)
23. Justin Fields (CHI)
22. Jimmy Garoppolo (LV)
21. Tua Tagovailoa (MIA)
20. Mac Jones (NE)
19. Kyler Murray (AZ)
18. Derek Carr (NO)
17. Jared Goff (DET)
16. Ryan Tannehill (TEN)
15. Geno Smith (SEA)
14. Russell Wilson (DEN)
13. Dak Prescott (DAL)
12. Kirk Cousins (MIN)
11. Daniel Jones (NYG)
10. Matthew Stafford (LAR)
9. Deshaun Watson (CLE)
8. Aaron Rodgers (NYJ)
7. Jalen Hurts (PHI)
6. Trevor Lawrence (JAX)
5. Lamar Jackson (BAL)
4. Justin Herbert (LAC)
3. Josh Allen (BUF)
2. Joe Burrow (CLE)
1. Patrick Mahomes (KC)
2023 NFL Schedule Release: Start time, how to watch, live stream, channel
With another exciting NFL Draft in the books, teams can now turn their gaze toward the road to Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas. The path to Super Bowl glory, however, is about to become abundantly more clear with the 2023 NFL season schedule release.
This year’s NFL season schedule release is nearly here, with the entirety of the 2023 NFL schedule being unveiled on Thursday, May 11 at 8 p.m. ET on both Peacock and NFL Network. See below for everything you need to know for one of the offseason’s most anticipated events.
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When will the 2023 NFL season schedule be released?
While all 272 matchups have been known since the conclusion of the 2022 regular season, the order and dates for these games have remained a mystery. The secret is nearly out, however, with every NFL game on the brink of revelation.
The full 2023 NFL schedule will be released on Thursday, May 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET.
How can I watch the 2023 NFL season schedule release?
The 2023 NFL season schedule release will take place Thursday, May 11 on Peacock, NFL Network, NFL.com and the NFL app at 8 p.m. ET.
While the entirety of the schedule will be unveiled at that time, select games have already been and will continue to be released prior to the official event. Ahead of the 2023 NFL season schedule release, the following games will be announced:
- International Games – May 10 on NFL Network and ESPN
- Black Friday Game – May 10 via Amazon
- Select individual games – May 10 on Fox & Friends and CBS Mornings
- Select individual games – May 11 on Today Show and Good Morning America
Who will play in the 2023 NFL Kickoff game?
The first game of the 2023-24 NFL season will see the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs take the field in Arrowhead Stadium.
The opponent that will meet Patrick Mahomes and company in Kansas City, however, remains to be revealed.
Which NFL teams have international games in 2023?
While the majority of the matchups set to take place next season have yet to be announced, the league has already revealed which teams will head overseas for international showdowns.
Below is the full list of international NFL games for the 2023-24 season, with three in London, U.K., and two in Frankfurt, Germany.
Falcons vs. Jaguars: Week 4, Oct. 1 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Wembley Stadium in London, U.K.
Jaguars vs. Bills: Week 5, Oct. 8 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, U.K.
Ravens vs. Titans: Week 6, Oct. 15 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, U.K.
Dolphins vs. Chiefs: Week 9, Nov. 5 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Frankfurt Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany
Colts vs. Patriots: Week 10, Nov. 12 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Frankfurt Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany
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When is the Super Bowl and where will it be taking place?
Stars will be shining bright in Las Vegas, Nevada, for Super Bowl LVIII, set to take place on Feb. 11, 2024, at the home of the Raiders in Allegiant Stadium.
This will be the first Super Bowl to ever take place in Las Vegas, which hosted the 2023 Pro Bowl and 2022 NFL Draft.
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