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Star-studded names like Davante Adams and Chris Godwin highlight the 2022 NFL free agency class, but the defensive side of the ball has quite a few playmakers ready to hit the market as well.

Defense may not be as fun in today’s highlight-happy NFL, but it still wins championships. Just ask the Los Angeles Rams.

With that said, here are the top five defenders about to hit free agency.

5. Jessie Bates III, Safety

Jessie Bates is a veteran safety who now has Super Bowl experience under his belt. Sure, it didn’t end well for him and the Cincinnati Bengals, but he showed up big in the Super Bowl and in the playoffs as a whole, and he should be due for a pretty nice payday now that he’s off his rookie deal.

Bates notched six tackles, a pass defended, and an interception of Matthew Stafford in the Super Bowl loss. He also secured an interception in Cincy’s Divisional Round win against the Tennesee Titans.

Including the playoffs, he finished the 2021 campaign with 108 tackles, 10 passes defended, three interceptions, and a fumble recovery.

The Bengals will have close to $50 million in cap room, so bringing back Bates should be a high priority.

4. De’Vondre Campbell, Linebacker

De'Vondre Campbell, Green Bay Packers
De’Vondre Campbell #59 of the Green Bay Packers warms up before the game against the Baltimore Ravens | Rob Carr/Getty Images

If you’re looking for a do-everything inside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, De’Vondre Campbell is likely the best option. He toiled in obscurity for the first few seasons of his career before the Green Bay Packers took a shot on him and asked him to run their defense.

He finished the 2021 season with 102 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles, and two interceptions, which was one of the most productive seasons Green Bay has seen out of a linebacker in ages.

The Packers will desperately want to bring him back, but they may not be able to. Green Bay enters the 2022 league year around $50 million over the cap

3. Chandler Jones, Linebacker

Chandler Jones was excellent in 2021 for the Arizona Cardinals. He finished with 31 tackles, 10.5 sacks, and six forced fumbles. Only Josh Norman (seven), Joey Bosa (seven), and Darius Leonard (eight) forced more footballs to the turf this past season.

Jones was impressive, to say the least. Not bad for a guy in his 30’s coming off a season-ending biceps injury in 2021.

Pass rushers who can impact the quarterback and demand respect from opposing offensive like Jones aren’t often available, so Jones may be able to cash in on his bounce-back season.

The Cardinals will undoubtedly want him back, but he’s going to cost them.

2. Von Miller, Linebacker

Even at 32-years-old, Von Miller has still got it. He proved that and more during LA’s Super Bowl run. Miller notched four sacks in the playoffs, including two against Joe Burrow in the Super Bowl.

Miller finished the 2021 regular season with 9.5 sacks, five of which came when playing with Aaron Donald, Leonard Floyd, and the Rams’ defense.

Speaking of Donald, the superstar defensive tackle is considering retirement, but one of the stipulations for “running it back” with the Rams is having Miller back for another season.

One would think that makes Miller a high-priority for LA this offseason, and Miller has said he wants to be back with the team as well.

The Rams are nearly $20 million over the cap heading into the league year, though, and that’s something that could end up making things very interesting for the reigning world champions.

If he wanted to, Miller could hit the open market and demand a pretty penny. He still is a superstar.

1. J.C. Jackson, Cornerback

J.C. Jackson, New England Patriots
J.C. Jackson #27 of the New England Patriots reacts during the first half against the Buffalo Bills | Kathryn Riley/Getty Images

Lockdown cornerbacks don’t grow on trees, but the New England Patriots found one in J.C. Jackson when they picked him up as an undrafted free agent in 2018.

Because of Bill Belichick’s brilliance in scouting players and specifically scouting defenders, the Patriots have gotten multiple incredible seasons out of Jackson for a great discount. He signed a one-year deal in 2021 worth just $3.3 million. As of now, Spotrac believes he should demand upwards of $20 million a year on the open market.

The Patriots are notoriously stingy, and they don’t have a ton of cap space ($2.8 million), so there is a chance Jackson can take his talents elsewhere. He wouldn’t be the first-star player Belichick has let go for the money.

Jackson notched eight interceptions and a defensive touchdown in 2021. He had nine interceptions in 2020.

Ballhawks like him don’t come around often, so expect Jackson to get a ton of attention on the free agency market.

Stats courtesy of ESPN and Pro Football Reference. Contract information via Spotrac

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Taylor Swift’s rep responds to reports the singer has the worst private jet carbon emissions



A spokesperson for Taylor Swift has responded to a report that named the singer as the celebrity with the worst private jet CO2 emissions. 

Yesterday, a report released by Yard claimed the American singer was the biggest CO2 polluter of the year so far, having flown in her private jet 170 times since January and totalling 8,294.54 tonnes of CO2.

However, Swift’s spokesperson told Buzzfeed News the statistics are inaccurate.

For context, the report claims the average person produces just seven tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

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Swift’s representative said only some of the 170 flights can be attributed to the singer: “Taylor’s jet is loaned out regularly to other individuals. To attribute most or all of these trips to her is blatantly incorrect.”

Regardless, it is clear Swift’s jet is racking up significant amounts of carbon emissions due to its inefficient use.

According to the Yard report, her average flight time is just 80 minutes, and her jet’s shortest recorded flight flew between Missouri and Nashville for just 36 minutes.

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Other significant celebrity polluters include boxer and domestic violence perpetrator Floyd Mayweather, whose shortest flight was just 10 minutes long but emitted one ton of carbon; Kim Kardashian, who has emitted 609 times more carbon than the average person; and director Steven Spielberg, who took an 18-minute flight between Rotterdam and Amsterdam – a route which, when taken by train, takes only an hour. 

The subject of celebrity carbon emissions has blown up ever since Kylie Jenner shared an out-of-touch photo of her and partner Travis Scott posing in front of their private jets with the caption, “you wanna take mine or yours?”

In the midst of the backlash, many began diving deeper into Jenner’s private jet use by examining the Celebrity Jets Twitter account, which records celebrity private jet trips.

Many were horrified she was regularly taking flights as short as 12 minutes and reprimanded her for “her absolute disregard for the planet”.

Many found it hypocritical that ordinary people were being asked by big companies to reduce their car trips and use paper straws when celebrities are constantly leaving huge carbon footprints with frivolous trips in their private jets.

Despite the wave of criticism, celebrities have continued to take private flights between short distances. 


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Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with ‘Fuller House’ Co-Stars in Attendance!



Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with 'Fuller House' Co-Stars in Attendance!

Jodie Sweetin is married!

The 40-year-old actress, best known for playing Stephanie Tanner on Full House and Fuller House, married social worker Mescal Wasilewski on Saturday (July 30) at a private home in Malibu, Calif. after five years together.

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Jodie and Mescal wed in an intimate backyard ceremony that included her two daughters – Zoie, 14, and Beatrix, 11 – and her Fuller House co-stars including John Stamos, Candace Cameron Bure, and Andrea Barber.

“I know I have the right partner for the rest of whatever life brings me,” Jodie shared with People. “And I couldn’t be more grateful.”

Jodie and Mescal were first introduced through friends in 2017 and dated long-distanced before Mescal moved from New York City to Los Angeles in 2020. They got engaged in January 2022.

This is the fourth marriage for Jodie – she was first married to Shaun Holguin from 2002 to 2006, to Cody Herpin from 2007 until 2010, and to Morty Coyle from 2012 to 2016. She shares Zoie with Cody and Beatrix with Morty.

Congrats to the newlyweds!


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How to Make Sense of a Very Unpredictable Fall Movie Season




All of a sudden, the fall movie season looks very busy. This week brought two big festival announcements loaded with major films to come: First came Venice, with a lineup that includes everything from Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale” to “Bardo”; it was followed by TIFF, where Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans” will premiere alongside Sam Mendes’ “Empire of Light” and Sarah Polley’s “Women Talking,” among many others. Meanwhile, Telluride continues to shroud its selections in secret, but the latest lineups help us get a sense of what to expect there as well.

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson dig through both lineups to get a sense for which films could impact the coming awards season and why it’s almost certain to be an unpredictable ride. They also address the return of competitiveness between festivals that seemed to subside earlier in the pandemic, and touch on the recent changes to the Oscar submission rules in France.

Watch the full episode above or listen it below. 

Screen Talk is produced by Azwan Badruzaman and available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify, and hosted by Megaphone. Browse previous installments here, subscribe here, and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. 


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