Around the NFL: Let’s Do That Football, Rams Extend McVay and Snead, Jets Rolling With Flacco, Dawson Knox Gets Paid, More

Hours before the Rams begin the defense of their Super Bowl Championship (against the odds-on favorite to unseat them, no less), they’ve announced that Les Snead and Sean McVay will be sticking around to see through what they’ve built in LA.

Rams Extend McVay, Snead

Ahead of their Week 1 matchup with the Buffalo Bills, the Los Angeles Rams announced on their Twitter account this afternoon that the team has extended both GM Les Snead and head coach Sean McVay for five more seasons, putting to bed anymore McVay to the TV booth discussion that was prevalent during this offseason.

This is the Sean McVay + Les Snead extension tweet. 👏

— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL)

Snead and McVay have built the Rams into an NFC powerhouse that has made two trips to the Super Bowl under their tenure and won last year’s big game against the Cincinnati Bengals. No word on the money for Snead and McVay, but The Athletic‘s Jourdan Rodrigue reported this afternoon that new extensions will make Snead and McVay among the highest paid in football in their respective roles.

Fittingly, the Rams’ pursuit of a title defense kicks off tonight against Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills, a team considered by many the most likely candidate to supplant the Rams as the next Super Bowl champions.

We’ll have a closer look at tonight’s matchup in our Thursday Night Football Pre-Gamin’, which you can expect all season, along with our Monday Night Football Pre-Gamin’ in addition to our comprehensive Bears coverage. Let’s do that football!

Been waiting all offseason for this 🔥

📺: #Kickoff2022 — Tonight 8:20pm ET on NBC
📱: Stream on NFL+

— NFL (@NFL)

Joe Flacco, QB1

Just like he was when he took the Baltimore Ravens to the Super Bowl (XLVII), Joe Flacco will open the season as QB, this time for the New York Jets. With Zach Wilson still recovering from surgery to address a knee injury suffered in the Jets’ preseason opener, Flacco will start for the Jets in Week 1 against none other than the Baltimore Ravens.

With Joe Flacco starting for the Jets against the Ravens in Week 1, it’s only right to bring back his incredible Super Bowl run

— Kevin Oestreicher (@koestreicher34)

I’m not sure how long Flacco will assume the starting duties in New York, but there’s plenty of familiarity in the Jets schedule for him, with their first four opponents all being AFC North teams, the division where Flacco spent the majority of his career.

Zach Wilson is still dealing with a bone bruise and recovery from the meniscus tear that has kept him off his feet for a couple of weeks. According to Ian Rapoport, we could see Flacco as the starting quarterback in New York until at least Week 4.

From NFL Now: The #Jets are starting Joe Flacco in Week 1 and more. A look at where it all stands…

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet)

Bills Extend Dawson Knox

Yesterday we learned that the Buffalo Bills extended tight end Dawson Knox in a deal that was reportedly set to make him one of the highest-paid tight ends in the league. We now have the numbers on that deal thanks to Bills beat reporter Alaina Getzenberg:

Dawson Knox during camp: “I want to be here for an extended amount of time, so whether that’s getting the extension now or later, I definitely hope that happens.”

Today, Knox signed a four-year extension that ties him to the team through 2026:

— Alaina Getzenberg (@agetzenberg)

The new deal will pay Knox $53.6 million over four seasons, keeping him in Buffalo through 2026, and includes $31 million in guaranteed money. Knox thanked the Pegulas and said that he’s in love with the city of Buffalo and the Bills fan base in a statement:

“Very, very excited. Just very thankful to the Pegulas and to [general manager Brandon] Beane and just my agent for getting everything going,” Knox said Wednesday. “… I mean, I love the city of Buffalo. It couldn’t be a better football city. I fell in love with the fans, with just the culture here. So I knew I wanted to be here for as long as I possibly could be. I couldn’t be more excited to lock this deal in.”

The new extension avoids the possibility of Knox leaving in free agency after this season, one in which he enters as one of Josh Allen’s favorite targets and could be ticketed for a monster season. Knox set career highs last season with 49 catches for 587 yards, nine touchdowns, and 31 first-down receptions. Only Stefon Diggs was targeted more than Knox in the red zone last season, with Knox getting 18 targets from Josh Allen.

Extra Points

“I gave it my all. Every single rep, every single play, I tried to go 100 percent as hard as I can. And that’s why I can hang my hat and say I gave the game everything I had and the game gave it back to me.”@ESanders_10 announces his retirement as a Bronco:

— Denver Broncos (@Broncos)

How it started vs. How it went

12 seasons, two Pro Bowls, and a Super Bowl win. Congrats on retirement, Emmanuel Sanders 👏

(via @broncos, @esanders_10)

— NFL On Prime Video (@NFLonPrime)

Monday Night Football is a huge reason so many people fall in love with the game…it’s surreal to be a part of that tradition.

See you in Week 1, @ESPN @ESPNNFL. Let’s go!!!

— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald)

The #Rams and OT Rob Havenstein have agreed to terms on a 3-year, $34.5M contract extension that includes $24.1M guaranteed, source said. The deal for the first-time captain includes another $6M in incentives. Havenstein becomes the 6th highest paid RT in the NFL at age 30.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet)

#Rams QB Matthew Stafford and #Dodgers P Clayton Kershaw — two old friends — actually rehabbed the same injury to their throwing elbows in the same offseason.

My story:

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet)

“The divorce was inevitable”: Inside the Seahawks-Russell Wilson breakup. Excellent reporting from @BradyHenderson.

— Cristina Daglas (@cristinadaglas)

New year, new logo. #NFL

— Sunday Night Football on NBC (@SNFonNBC)

The journey to #SBLVII begins today.

📺: #Kickoff2022 — Tonight at 8:20pm ET on NBC
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— NFL (@NFL)

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