Some of the Non-Vikings Moves from Day 2 of NFL Negotiations

The Minnesota Vikings had a busy Day 2 of negotiations on Tuesday, but they weren’t the only team swinging deals. It was another busy day filled with free agency agreements and trades throughout the entire league. Here are a few of the moves from across the NFL on the second day of the “legal tampering period”.

Giants Swing Big Trade

January 1, 2023; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller (83) scores a touchdown ahead of San Francisco 49ers cornerback Ambry Thomas (20) during the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants have had some troubles finding consistency at the tight end position over the past few years, and on Tuesday, they swung a huge trade to try and end those problems. The Las Vegas Raiders decided to deal their tight end Darren Waller to the Giants after he played just nine games in 2022 due to injury.

In return, they get the No. 100 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, a pick that was given to the Giants by the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for WR Kadarius Toney. Waller had back-to-back 1000-yard receiving seasons in 2019 and 2020, making the Pro Bowl in that 2020 season.

Lions Stay Busy

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Sep 11, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery (32) runs the ball in the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions snagged one of the top cornerbacks in the free agency class on Monday when they signed Cam Sutton, and on Tuesday, Detroit stayed busy by snagging a running back from a division rival.

That running back is former Chicago Bear David Montgomery. The report by Adam Schefter suggests that the contract is worth $18 million over the course of three years. It also includes $11 million guaranteed.

Jets Land Lazard

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard (13) celebrates a long first down gain on a reception in overtime against the Dallas Cowboys during their football game Sunday, November 13, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Apc Packvscowboys 1113222139djp

Early on Tuesday, ESPN’s Dianna Russini reported that QB Aaron Rodgers had given the New York Jets a free agency “wish-list” before potentially being traded to them. On that list were a number of veteran Packers, including WR Allen Lazard.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Jets began finalizing a contract with Lazard, potentially putting the ball back in Rodgers’ court. The deal with Lazard is reported to be over four years and worth a total of $44 million.

Colts Begin Tearing Down

Dec 4, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan (2) throws a pass against the Dallas Cowboys in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Indianapolis Colts are a franchise looking to get younger in 2023, and on Tuesday, they began tearing things down by getting rid of a few of their older veterans. Firstly, they traded CB Stephon Gilmore to the Dallas Cowboys for a 2023 compesatory fifth-round pick.

In addition, they officially cut ties with QB Matt Ryan, an expected move considering they are one of the favorites to draft a quarterback next month. Ryan started 12 games for the Colts in 2022, passing for 3057 yards, 14 TDs, and 13 INTs.

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho with a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys running, gaming, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. Check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.