A monthly offseason lap around the NFL, four weeks after the start of the free agent/trade period and three weeks before the draft:
Broncos: General manager George Paton sends Nos. 9 and 40 this year, a 2022 first-round pick and quarterback Drew Lock to Atlanta for No. 4. Who says no? “Nobody,” a league executive said.
Arizona: The Cardinals have gotten older on defense (J.J. Watt, Malcolm Butler, Shawn Williams) so they need to acquire a young edge rusher to replace Haason Reddick and play opposite Chandler Jones.
Atlanta: New general manager Terry Fontenot comes from the New Orleans Saints School, whose approach has been, “You can never have too much quarterback depth.” To me, that means Trey Lance/Justin Fields … if the Falcons stay at No. 4.
Buffalo: Receiver Emmanuel Sanders is officially a journeyman — the Bills will be his fourth team in less than two calendar years. Nothing wrong with chasing another ring via a one-year contract.
Baltimore: I thought the Ravens would be in the big-money receiver market. Instead, they signed Sammy Watkins. If they don’t add a receiver this month, adding a young pass rusher is smart.
Carolina: The Panthers acquired Sam Darnold, which signals they’re unwilling/unable to move up for a quarterback. Even after signing old friend A.J. Bouye, going cornerback (Patrick Surtain) makes sense in the draft.
Chicago: The current starting cornerbacks are 2020 second-round pick Jaylon Johnson and veteran Desmond Trufant. If…