I do believe the networks and the payments to the NFL will not be increasing.
The fan base and the viewership have been going down for the last few years. Thus the advertising money will not have the return as much as in the past.
Like it or not a large portion of the NFL fans are turning away for various reasons.
I myself do not even listen to a NFL game no longer. I watch but without sound. Thus negating what the advertisers are trying to accomplish. I have lifelong NFL friends who don't even follow the game any longer.
What is happening to the NBA is slowly happening to the NFL.
They want to release him before the league year of March 15 or 17th whatever. Why? Because they are negative cap space. They have to be right before that date. They aren’t waiting and not keeping him until next year either. The next two weeks you will have a lot of players being released because of cap casualties. Ertz is just that. Teams who “were interested” can see now that no one is making a move. They are will big to wait. Ertz was great at one point but now he is a good vet.
As for the draft... not sure why you claim this is the worst in history because I would say you are way off.