Monthly Archives: March 2018

Pete Carroll knows Seattle needs to fix its running game

The Seahawks have one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. But they don’t have one of the best running backs. Not anymore.
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In the two seasons since the retirement of Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks have been unable to find a competent replacement. Coach Pete Carroll knows it’s time to fix that.

Carroll is right. But when it comes to finding a guy who will have good luck when it comes to staying healthy, a front office sometimes needs something other than luck to best spot them. In that regard, however, luck also is a factor.

Via TMZ.com, Smith’s fiance茅 said that the suspended Raiders pass rusher has checked into a rehab facility.
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I can tell you this, the unnamed woman said, Aldon called my parents and asked them to take him David Schlemko Youth jersey to rehab…. He complied. They went and got him. I was not there. My family took him and had him checked in.

His fiance茅, the potential victim in the alleged domestic violence incident that triggered this development said she is scared for his life with his addiction, and she declined to comment on the altercation.

Graham has been deemed unlikely to sign a new deal with or get tagged by the Seahawks for some time and Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that the two sides will indeed part ways after free agency opens on March 14. Pelissero also reports that Saints are expected to be one of a bunch of teams interested in landing Graham’s signature on a contract.
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This comes after Schefter聽reported the Miami Dolphins released Suh following three seasons with the team.

Jeff Darlington of ESPN said the Dolphins were looking for a culture change as they got rid of Suh, and in October,聽Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports pointed to questions about Suh’s leadership and on-field behavior and the fact he has been seen as aloof by many teammates.

The Dolphins will need a receiver if Landry leaves. Ridley wants that receiver to be him.

Le’Veon Bell: We’re not coming to a number we agree on

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Early in the Steelers’ offseason, running back Le’Veon Bell said that he and the team were closer to agreeing on a long-term deal than they were last year but things have apparently stopped progressing toward that goal.

In acquiring a trio of potential Hall of Famers this offseason, the Rams have constructed their own 21st century version of the Fearsome Foresome two bulldozers on the line and two ballhawks roaming the secondary all captained by one of the best defensive coordinators in NFL history, Wade Phillips.

But as quickly as this Rams ‘ defensive dynasty has been put together, it will be equally fleeting. Los Angeles has Donald, Suh and Joyner under contract for only聽one season. In other words, just one full year into the Sean McVay Deyshawn Bond Jersey era and with Jared Goff still on his rookie contract, the Rams are going all in now. It’s Super Bowl or bust in 2018.

Patterson was originally drafted with a first-round draft pick the Patriots traded to the Vikings. Patterson has said he felt snubbed by Patriots coach Bill Belichick, and used that as motivation. Now Belichick has made clear that he wants Patterson on his side.

Tebben Lewis, a spokesperson for the Harris County Sheriff鈥檚 Office, told USA TODAY Sports that Bennett was processed and released on bond Monday afternoon.
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Prosecutors announced Friday that Bennett faces a single felony聽charge of聽injury to the elderly, which carries a maximum聽of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.聽

The grand jury indictment stemmed from an alleged altercation at Super Bowl LI in Houston in February 2017.聽

Chiefs place original round tender on Rakeem Nunez-Roches

The Kansas City Chiefs placed an original round restricted free agent tender on defensive tackle Rakeem Nunez-Roches.

The tender carries a value of $1.907 million for the 2018 season. Nunez-Roches is still free to negotiate with other teams but the Chiefs would be entitled to a sixth-round draft pick in return should another team sign him away.

Pick a skill position, any skill position. They’re on the hunt for help at wide receiver, running back — DeMarco Murray was poised for a visit as the weekend drew to a close and the team had been in contact with Damien Williams — and tight end. They did add two wide receivers in free agency, but they’ll still take a look at what’s available there even as they search for help for Kenyan Drake. The Dolphins also would like to find a backup for Ryan Tannehill, but they’re most likely to seek that in the draft at this point. — Jeff Legwold

Retaining starting left tackle Nate Solder was a high priority but the Giants obliterated the top of the market by offering Solder a deal averaging $15 million per season, which was too rich for the Patriots. So that leaves a big hole in the spot that protects Tom Brady’s blind side. There are no surefire answers in free agency, although bringing back LaAdrian Waddle, one of their backups in 2017, is still a possibility. — Mike Reiss

Okafor had a career best eight sacks in 2014. He has 18 the past four seasons after ing only one game as a rookie.

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Source: No one offered Brees $60 million guaranteed

Connor Cook Authentic Jersey In the aftermath of the Saints re-signing quarterback Drew Brees to a two-year, $50 million deal, ESPN reported that at least one other team (unnamed, of course) had offered Brees $60 million fully-guaranteed on a two-year Joe Thornton Womens Jersey deal.
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Ultimately, it’s the er’s call as to whether to push for every last dollar with every last ounce of leverage. Brees didn’t want to put the free in free agency, making it impossible for him to get maximum compensation. Given what he’s earned in his career and what he means to New Orleans and what New Orleans means to him, he simply wants going to walk away unless the Saints offer would have been dramatically lower than $25 million per year over two years.

Mathieu is due to have $18 million of his contract guaranteed if he’s on the roster tomorrow, and he’s set to count $14.1 million against the cap. But they would like to find a compromise from the $10.75 million he’s set to make in base and bonuses.

The Cardinals might blanch at the big numbers, but they want to keep Mathieu around.

Mathieu has dealt with injuries but ed all 16 games last year, and is an important part of their defense, and with a Bradford-led offense, that will be important.

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Durability and age are a concern, but all it takes is one team to believe he can compensate with his considerable football IQ.

Chris Baker (30)鈥擲igned With Bengals (one year, $3 million) A better pass rusher than his body type suggests, though didn鈥檛 produce nearly enough here in Tampa Bay.

Jay Bromley (25), Giants He was a steady puzzle piece along a strong run-stopping interior Giants D-line.

Trumaine Johnson says goodbye to the Rams, hello to next payday

Either Trumaine Johnson was the last one to figure this out, or he’s had this one in the hopper for a few days.
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The Rams cornerback said goodbye to his fans (in both St. Louis and Los Angeles) and said hello to the open market in a social media post last night.

It was clear the Rams weren’t bringing him back after using the franchise tag on him twice, then trading for both Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters and also signing Sam Shields.

That there’s room for development is obvious. The two-time ACC Player of the Year must work on his base and driving through the football to become more accurate. Arizona may be able to land someone special without having to trade up, and he could develop within its quarterback-friendly scheme.

A team can never have too many talented pass-rushers. The Baltimore Ravens already feature Terrell Suggs, but he will be 36 years old in October. Matthew Judon, Za’Darius Smith and Tyus Bowser combined for 14.5 sacks last season. However, none of them are as talented as Marcus Davenport.

At 6’6 and 264 pounds, Davenport has the physical tools to be a top-10 overall pick. Yet he’s far from a polished product. Davenport showed explosiveness with a 4.58-second 40-yard dash and 10’4 broad jump.

The 2017 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year registered 55 tackles and 8.5 sacks. According to Pro Football Focus, Davenport finished his final season on campus with 51 quarterback pressures and 33 defensive stops. He achieved those numbers in only 11 games.

The league plans to make more than 60,000 tickets available via the lottery. With the venue holding upwards of 100,000 in the stands and surely thousands more on the field, it’s unclear how many people the NFL plans to accommodate. However, the league easily should be able to surpass last year’s 70,000-person throng in Andreas Martinsen Jersey Philly 銆?and to get to six figures 銆?if the league wants to.

Registration for tickets via the lottery remains open through Wednesday.

The demand for the event is impressive, since it amounts to nothing more than the reciting of names of incoming players, some of whom will be there, some of whom won’t. But the draft keeps getting bigger and bigger, and this year it will be the biggest it’s ever been.

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Any other moves will be more like an Olympic gold medalist diver with barely a ripple in the water.

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The Giants now have many Ereck Flowers options

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The Giants have no plans to release their 2015 first-round draft pick, not even after he underperformed for three years as their starting left tackle. The new front office and coaching regime learned from the mistakes of those who came before them they knew they could not go into the 2018 season with Flowers once again as Eli Manning’s blindside protector. On Wednesday, they ensured that scenario would not play out again, agreeing to terms with Nate Solder, the top left tackle available in free agency, on a mega-deal worth $62 million.

There are several quality guards available in the draft and there is every reason to believe the Giants, with their second-round pick (34th overall) can find an interior lineman able to compete immediately for a starting job. If that is the case, Flowers moves over to right tackle where many scouts and talent evaluators believe he should have been all along and he is unburdened as far as dealing with the opponent’s best pass-rusher on a weekly basis. If the Giants uncover a right tackle in free agency or early in the draft a less likely scenario Flowers will be given a shot to compete for a starting job at guard.

At present, the Giants have John Jerry on the roster as a returning starting guard and Justin Pugh is an unrestricted free agent. At 6-foot-6 and 325 pounds, Flowers looks more like a tackle than a guard, but players with his size and bulk have made the transition. Either way, Flowers as the left tackle is a thing of the past for the Giants.

The shocking thing was the Jets didn’t make me an offer, so that made my decision easy, because all I had to do was look at the contenders, Davis said, according to the New Orleans Advocate. It would have been something to weigh [if the Jets made an offer]. The hardest decision isn’t where to go, but deciding if you want to go or stay. So I didn’t have to make that decision, so that was the peaceful thing about it. I was able to just weight my options objectively.

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New Jet corner Trumaine Johnson signed his contract Friday and what a contract it is. The five-year, $72.5 million deal includes a $20 million signing bonus. His base salaries are $6 million in 2018, $8 million in 2019, $11 million in 2020, $13 million in 2021 and $14.5 million in 2022. The first two years are fully guaranteed. The third year becomes fully guaranteed on the third day of the league year.
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Vea won’t just be a good player for the team that drafts him, he is going to be a tone setter.

A lot of guys Vea’s size shut it down when the play isn’t in their immediate and try to save themselves for the next play. Vea’s motor, however, runs hot, regardless.

I see Vea getting even better in the NFL if he gets paired with a defensive line coach who teaches him how to play with just a little more finesse than he did in college. I get why Vea leaned so heavily on his power, but sometimes you can make the same play without putting that kind of stress on your body.

Of course, Mike Trout doesn’t single-handedly win games for his team: he can’t play every position, take every at-bat and pitch every inning.

Eventually, a player receives credit for so many runs over the course of a season, and to find WAR, we subtract the number of runs we would expect a replacement level player to produce, and then divide that by the number of runs that are equivalent to a win.

He usually trades for veterans who haven’t lived up to expectations in their old locations and either extends them for relatively cheap or lets them leave in free agency and uses the resulting compensatory pick to trade for the next guy.

Recent Pats history is littered with players like Barkevious Mingo and Kyle Van Noy, and when New England developed Jamie Collins, they traded him away in lieu of handing him a new deal.

QB Case Keenum, Broncos Grade: B- Six years ago, the Broncos were happy to get into and win a bidding war for Peyton Manning, who produced three great seasons, two Super Bowl trips, and one title over the ensuing five seasons.

This time around, though, general manager John Elway either didn’t think he had a shot at winning the war for Kirk Cousins or didn’t want to bide his time at the table.

The Broncos moved to Plan B before Plan A even came off the table, as they came to terms on a deal with Keenum late Monday night.

WAR across all the sites is calculated consistently, however, in the sense that each is calculated using offensive, base running and defensive components for position players and using run prevention for pitchers. Each of these components relies upon the same principle: each play has a quantifiable value in terms of run prevention, be it stealing a base, knocking a double, or striking out a hitter. By awarding players credit for making these plays and adjusting for replacement level, we can see how valuable a player is.

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He’s still figuring out how to climb his way out.

It has been almost a year since the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association ruled that Bosh’s clotting issues were career-ending, and it has been two years since he played professional basketball. Yet he continues to discuss the possibility of a return next season, provided he can find a willing partner to employ him. Bosh says a few guys have reached out to him about playing, but would not name them. Asked how he plans to prove to skeptical franchises that his health would not be at risk if he donned their uniform, Bosh answered, That’s on them.”
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Bosh’s medical records with the Heat are sealed; even though other NBA teams have not had access to them, many have already reached their conclusion.

ESPN contacted four general managers to gauge their interest in Bosh. All four said if Bosh was given a clean bill of Draymond Green Authentic Jersey health, there would be a clamor to sign him. But as one GM explains, If he was healthy, he’d be playing for the Miami Heat right now. The fact they determined it was not an option makes me say we’re not going there.”

It is believed to be the first such initiative offered by a major league team.

That’s pretty cool, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Monday. Nobody else is doing that.

He’s been great, Colorado coach Jared Bednar said of Varlamov, who has an 18-13-6 record this season. He had some time off when he re-tweaked his groin there midseason, so we gave him three weeks or so off, and he’s getting lots of rest on practice days. He looks good, feels good, so not a problem with him carrying the load.

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I think it’s in the back of your mind a little bit for sure, Staal said after Minnesota’s Monday practice. They’ve spanked us pretty good twice in their barn, we’re coming off a good practice day today, another opportunity at home, and the points are huge.

It’s that odd time of year for the Wild where Xcel Energy Center is the epicenter of all things hockey in Minnesota, meaning the NHL team gets home games early in the week and the amateurs take center stage on weekends.

Vote on best destinations for NFL’s top free agents

The 2018 NFL free-agency frenzy has arrived.
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Quinn will be a massive upgrade at defensive end on Branch, but the Dolphins will likely need to perform cap gymnastics to either fit Quinn in on his current cap hit of $11.4 million or as part of a new contract. It seems likely that Quinn could serve as a replacement for Ndamukong Suh, whose departure would free up $17 million in cap room for a Dolphins team which is nearly $16 million over the salary cap at the moment.

The one-year, $5-million deal the Bills inked with Vontae Davis is a good short-term risk for a team who probably would have had to pay more to bring back the oft-injured E.J. Gaines next season. Davis slipped badly in 2016 and was impacted by injuries in 2017, but the former Colts standout won’t turn 30 until May and was a legitimate number-one cornerback up to that point. In a free-agent pool where mid-market starting corners are likely to approach $10 million per season with Breshad Perriman Authentic Jersey two years of guaranteed money, getting Davis on a short-term pact for half that is a win for Bills general manager Brandon Beane.

He was a true sports icon, Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler said from the stage near second base. My view of Dick was he was truly a man for all seasons, figuratively and literally. He did all sports. Dick was known as a world-class sports broadcaster. He was in a class by himself. I followed him all the time. I didn’t care what he was doing.
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Timmons was suspended one game by the Dolphins last season for after he went AWOL a day before the team’s opener in Week 2 against the Los Angeles Chargers. The Dolphins’ Week 1 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was postponed until later in the season because of Hurricane Irma.

It’s a free-agent version of Tom vs. Time, the documentary that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady recently produced about his life. And now Cousins is producing something similar about his free-agent experience.

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NBA All-Star 2018: Let’s play captains as LeBron James, Stephen Curry in All-Star fantasy draft

Unfortunately for NBA fans, the league is determined to keep the draft order for this year’s All-Star rosters a secret, so we may never know exactly how LeBron James and Stephen Curry chose their teams. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun with it, right?
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The slump should end eventually, but one has to wonder if the non-stop pressure surrounding Tavares’ future and contract talks are getting to him – despite his protests to the contrary. He finished plus-2 in the loss to the Penguins on Saturday, so perhaps he’s getting over the hump. Either way, there’s not much you or the Islanders can do but weather the storm at this point. Don’t consider benching him, as this week’s swing through Western Canada looks good for offense.

There are few players I’d rather have heading into the head-to-head fantasy playoffs than Barkov. Not only is he scorching hot on the Panthers top line with 21 points in his past 15 games, but the Panthers’ schedule is stacked for the fantasy playoffs. I’ve noted it before, but it’s worth repeating that head-to-head leagues would be well served to load up on Panthers for the fantasy postseason. While Barkov isn’t available, his linemates are. Evgenii Dadonov (rostered in 65.0 percent of ESPN leagues) has 16 points in his past 11 games, while Nick Bjugstad (13.1 percent) has 10 points over that same span.

Whether they could actually make that run would depend on Walker’s fit with Victor Oladipo. They certainly have the potential to complement each other 鈥?both have the tools to play on and off the ball 鈥?but a lot of Oladipo’s success this season comes from the fact that the Pacers have basically turned him into their Authentic David Rundblad Jersey point guard.

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If they could make it work? The Pacers would have a dynamic 1-2 punch in the backcourt few teams in the Eastern Conference could match up with. It might even be enough for them to get out of the first round of the playoffs, something nobody could’ve predicted when they decided to move on from Paul George in the offseason.