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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.


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.

Falcons in talks with Seahawks about trading for Michael Bennett

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The Atlanta Falcons are one of multiple teams talking to the Seattle Seahawks about a trade for defensive lineman Michael Bennett, sources told ESPN on Sunday night.
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Nothing is imminent, one of the sources said.

Bennett, 32, signed a three-year extension in December 2016. The contract has three years remaining, with base salaries of $1.65 million, $6 million and $7.5 million. Bobby Clarke Jersey ESPN’s Brady Henderson reported last week that the Seahawks were open to trading Bennett.

The Falcons entered the offseason intent on bolstering their offensive and defensive lines. They have two exceptional young edge-rushers in 2016 sack champ Vic Beasley Jr. and Takk McKinley, plus a budding superstar in nose tackle Grady Jarrett. Bennett could help solidify an athletic, fast defense that ranked in the top 10 in both yards allowed and scoring last season.

Bennett is known to be outspoken and took a stance against social injustice by sitting during the national anthem. Those who have played with him and coached him say he is a great teammate.

Bennett is represented by Doug Hendrickson, the agent who represents Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff.

Offensively, the team has also fallen but just a single spot from fifth to sixth. Overall, Cleveland was the eighth-best team in the league prior to the trade deadline based on NBA 2K18 evaluations, and even with all the moving pieces involved, the Cavs remain eighth behind three teams in the East.

James obviously lifts all those rankings single-handedly. (A team with James and the rest of the roster made up of the worst free agents found in the video game finds itself ranked 25th. LeBron is essentially considered better on his own than the entirety of the Bulls, Hawks, Kings, Nets and Suns. Cavs fans are hoping James can carry this roster to another NBA Finals appearance.

Less than two months remain before the 2018 draft (April 26-28), when teams will jockey for the prospects who will make up the majority of the league’s rosters in the coming years. Next week’s free-agency period, of course, is a supplementary exercise that includes a handful of intriguing quarterbacks but otherwise represents a pool of players whose current teams have either cast aside or are wavering about their value.

Sixers showcase themselves for LeBron, down Cavs 108-97

First, the billboards. Now, the scoreboard.
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The Philadelphia 76ers are giving LeBron James an eyeful and even more to think about.

He knows, Simmons said. He knows. He’s a very smart guy. His IQ on the court is amazing.

And if the rumors weren’t enough, Embiid posted a photo on Twitter of him and James with the comment: Trust The Process??? Always a great time playing against one of the best to ever play the game (hash)summer2018goals.

Philadelphia nearly blew a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter as the Cavs, who never led, got within 95-94 on Kyle Korver’s 3-pointer with 2:25 left. However, the Sixers showed poise down the stretch by scoring the next eight points to seal an impressive win.

We’re proud of the win, coach Brett Brown said. Any time you can beat a team LeBron James plays on you must have done something fairly decent. Saric’s 3 really was the back-breaker.

Wilson Chandler, Denver Nuggets (59.0 percent available): Chandler has been starting and playing well for the Nuggets. The elephant in the room is that Paul Millsap is back and likely to eventually retake his starting job, but Millsap came off the bench and played limited minutes in his return, and Chandler likely maintains a solid amount of playing time over the next week.

Trevor Ariza, Houston Rockets (50.5 percent available): Ariza was out for a while and isn’t a high impact player even when available. With Authentic Mohamed Sanu Jersey that said, he can get hot from downtown and he plays enough minutes to rack up garbageman production in the other categories over a four-game period.

NFL Combine week is here, and despite all the hype about more than 300 draft-eligible prospects participating in boring on-field drills, the most important activities are taking place away from the cameras and spotlight.

In the evenings, I was off to the player hotel to attend as many of the important player interview sessions as possible in order to get a feel for their personalities.

I remember moving quickly through my hotel and the skyways between the hotel and the Convention Center leading to the stadium. I would try to avoid getting cornered by agents with whom I was not planning to meet, which could be difficult since they knew the routes of the team execs.
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Kawhi Leonard remains on rosters in nearly 90 percent of ESPN leagues, but at this stage of the season, managers have to consider dropping him.

NFL free agency in 2018 won’t open for business until the new league year kicks off at 4 p.m. ET on March 14. But in the next month-plus, teams will hope to reach terms on long-term extensions with the free agents they would like to keep for next season and beyond.
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You want multidimensional players, players who are good against the run and the pass because we can’t dictate if they’re going to run the ball or pass the ball, defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz says. You can’t just be a pass rusher and expect to have success.

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Is there any chance he will return to a full workload for the final month or so of the season?

Michael C. Wright: Until talking to Spurs coach Gregg Popovich recently, I would have told you absolutely. But now, I view such prospects as being slim.

Popovich recently said he’d be surprised if Leonard returns this season. Popovich doesn’t just throw around those types of statements freely.
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The Patriots actually play in Foxborough, Mass. Here’s why they’re called ‘New England’

New England is the term used for a region of six Northeastern states: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Maine. The Patriots are the most northeastern team in the NFL, and they can stake a legitimate claim to being the team of that part of the country.
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The Patriots are one of two regionally named franchises in the NFL. The other is the Carolina Panthers, who play in Charlotte but consider themselves the team of both Carolinas. The league’s other 30 teams are named for cities or states, with the partial exception of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who play in Tampa.

Authentic Mens Bernie Kosar Jersey The shutout was Andersen’s career-best fifth of the season. The 28-year-old goalie reached 30 wins for the third time.

Andersen also improved to 7-0-2 with a 1.82 goals-against average, a .952 save percentage and two shutouts this season when facing 40 or more shots.

Opponents are taking note of his elevated game.

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Instead, the Rams can focus on their true priority in the secondary, elite safety Lamarcus Joyner. He is their top free agent at any position, the Rams shouldn’t hesitate to use the franchise tag on Joyner at an approximate one-year tender value of $11 million. In turn, that would push the Rams to a long-term deal for wide receiver Sammy Watkins or see him hit free agency.

It would be smarter for the Rams to let Watkins walk if it means being able to bring back another corner, Nickell Robey-Coleman, a solid slot man. With Joyner also proving he can be a strong nickel back, keeping Robey-Coleman intact with Troy Hill provides ample insurance for No. 2 corner Kayvon Webster, who’s coming off an injury-riddled season marred most by a torn Achilles in December.