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Ozzie Newsome: It’s a make or break year for Breshad Perriman

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Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome is entering his final season in that job and the team’s chances of success will be better if one Chris Owings Jersey of his recent first-round picks can come through with his first good season.
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Wide receiver Breshad Perriman didn’t at all as a rookie in 2015 because of a knee injury and he’s caught just 43 passes over the last two seasons while the team has tried to find consistent production from their wideouts. On Friday, Newsome stated the obvious about what’s at stake for Perriman this season.
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Toilolo was a 2013 fourth-round pick of the team and signed a new three-year, $12 million contract with the team last year. Releasing him will clear $2.5 million in cap space with $2 million in dead money left behind.

Toilolo has primarily been used as a blocker during his time in Atlanta. He has 74 catches for 723 yards and seven touchdowns for his career. Austin Hooper is the team’s top receiver at tight end and it’s a good bet they’ll be adding to the group in the draft.

The 6-foot-7, 345-pounder is actually smaller than he used to be, as he was 415 pounds in high school which set him on a certain path to follow his father to the NFL.

I’ve been fat my whole life, he said. I wish I was fast. If I was fast, 6-2, I’d probably be ing [defensive back], but God blessed me. 斜薪 It is what it is. I don’t necessarily try to live up to his expectations.

At least he has a sense of humor about things, and it’s not as if he’s not talented. He’s projected as a first-rounder because of his rare size and long arms, and he was an All-American last season.

The NFL tossed a coin to settle the draft order tie between the teams, and the 49ers won to claim the ninth overall pick. The Raiders will pick 10th.
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Allen Robinson may be Ryan Pace’s last chance to get free agency right

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Last year, Bears G.M. Ryan Pace tried to bolster Chicago’s offense in free agency, signing quarterback Mike Glennon to a three-year, $45 million contract, and wide receiver Markus Wheaton to a two-year, $11 million contract. Those signings turned out to be big mistakes, and Glennon and Wheaton won’t be with the Bears in 2018.

This year, Pace has again tried to bolster the Bears’ offense, agreeing to a three-year, $42 million contract with wide receiver Allen Robinson. If this move doesn’t work out, it may be Pace’s last chance to right the ship in Andre Dawson Jersey free agency.

Tisch called such talk hypothetical, according to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY. He added that contract negotiations between Beckham and new general manager Dave Gettleman have already begun, though they are in the very early stages. I do hope that Odell is with the Giants for the 2018 season. I would like that very much, Tisch reiterated. Gettleman said he will address the contract situation on Tuesday. As for Beckham’s latest video controversy, Tisch called it background noise and said he didn’t even watch it. Tisch’s comments sharply contrast those of fellow co-owner John Mara, who said he’s growing tired of answering questions about Beckham’s antics.

Separately (or maybe consequently), Saints G.M. Mickey Loomis is believed to be holding firm with the team’s current offer.

It’s unclear what the Saints have on the table, but it’s believed to be well south of the $30 million threshold that every agent wants to be the first one to surpass. At a time when Mike McCartney could be the first one to get to that number with Kirk Cousins, Tom Condon wants to get their first with Brees.

So what hasn’t a deal been done? Brees is willing to use his necessarily limited leverage (given that he’s resisting the possibility of leaving) to get the best deal he can, both for himself and for Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, another Condon/CAA client who is next in line to try to get to $30 million per year or beyond.
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There’s still a little leverage that helps Brees get a better deal in the next day. As of Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. ET, his current contract technically voids, creating an $18 million cap charge for 2018. If the deal can be extended before then, that $18 million will be spread equally over the next three years.

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Jordy Nelson: I can still run, I can still catch

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Wide receiver Jordy Nelson didn’t take long to recover from the little shock to the system he got when the Packers released him earlier this week.

Nelson landed in Oakland on Wednesday and signed a two-year deal with the Raiders on Thursday. He said there were other trips planned, but that he liked the fit with Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and that things worked out contractually to make them unnecessary.

Beckham’s other video may not draw such a positive response from the Giants, but at least he won’t have to worry about a delayed response to 2014 when he and Ogletree get back on the field together.

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It came down to my desire to win football games, Cousins said. Minnesota appeared to be that fit for a lot of reasons. Ultimately the leadership of the organization is what set it apart.

Cousins said he’s looking forward to April 16, when he finally gets a chance to talk football with the Vikings’ coaches, and that he’d prefer offseason rules that give the players more time to work — especially when he needs to learn a new offense.

He’s given the organization everything he has, at least give him one more season, Jones said. It’s not going to hurt the team. He’s going to help you. He could have given you one more year.

But at the end of the day, it’s a business. You should never be surprised. I’ve seen Peyton Manning and Charles Woodson and so many other people get released.

While the Packers might have made the offer, their interest in other receivers suggests they simply wanted to move on. In that case, going low wasn’t as much an offer to bring Nelson back, but an attempt to make sure he didn’t.49ers_008

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Report: Patriots offered a deal to A.J. McCarron

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Quarterback A.J. McCarron may finally have an offer, even if it’s not the one many thought he might find this week.
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According to Kirk Minihane of WEEI, the Patriots have made a contract offer to the Bengals backup.

Dontrelle Inman (29), Bears From a mechanical standpoint, he鈥檚 one of football鈥檚 10 best route runners.

Danny Amendola (32)鈥擨ntends to sign with Dolphins At times he was invaluable in his slot role with New England.

Many teams will fear that鈥檚 the extent of what he can offer, though.

Marqise Lee (26)鈥擱e-signed with Jaguars He can be very good underneath (especially on crossing patterns), but he needs clean access off the line of scrimmage.

The fact that he鈥檚 not quite a pure slot receiver complicates things.

Authentic Kids Austin Czarnik Jersey So what does Nelson’s visit mean for Michael Crabtree? Nelson could become his replacement.

Gehlken reported two weeks ago that despite McKenzie and Jon Gruden’s comments to the contrary, Crabtree’s spot on the roster wasn’t secure. The receiver has a cap hit of $7.7 million for 2018.

Tight end Jimmy Graham could be rejuvenated with the Green Bay Packers. Catching passes from quarterback Aaron Rodgers has done wonders for the careers of Brandon Williams Jersey lesser talents.

Maybe the five-time Pro Bowler will dial it back to 2011, his best NFL season when he finished with 1,310 receiving yards.

Maybe he won’t play like a large target who was useful almost exclusively in the red zone during the 2017 season, when Graham produced just 520 yards but scored 10 times.

But all those stars need to align for a tight end who will turn 32 years old midway through the 2018 season and has lost some of his downfield explosiveness. That isn’t an ideal situation for the Packers, who are set to pay Graham $30 million over the next three years ($11 million guaranteed).
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Chargers extend Casey Hayward

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Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward just got some job security in Los Angeles.
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Hayward and the Chargers have agreed to a three-year contract extension that includes $20 million guaranteed at signing, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
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In fact, Ward’s measurables are nearly identical to those of the reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, Marshon Lattimore.

Furthermore, Sherman’s reliability after suffering a torn Achilles tendon only a few months before his 30th birthday should be questioned. A healthy Sherman paired with Ward would make last year’s 22nd-ranked pass defense instantly better. Even if Sherman never returns to form, the 20-year-old Ward has a chance to become a top-flight cover corner.

Since the Oakland Raiders seem intent on running the organization like Al Davis once did in the 1990s, Authentic Kenny Stabler Jersey Tremaine Edmunds makes the most sense.

First, there may not be another height-weight-speed player quite like him in this year’s class. Edmunds is a 6’5, 253-pound off-ball linebacker with 4.54-second 40-yard dash speed. To place those numbers into context, Brian Urlacher, who played safety at New Mexico, ran a 4.57-second 40-yard dash at 6’4 and 258 pounds.

So here’s the question: As teams like the Vikings, Broncos, Jets, and Cardinals prepare to submit offers to one or more other members of an unprecedentedly large class of unrestricted free agent quarterback, are any planning to make an offer to Brees

Brees has said repeatedly that he’ll remain a Saint. Coach Sean Payton and G.M. Mickey Loomis have expressed similar confidence. But until a deal is in place, Brees will fair game for contract offers, and it’s possible that one or more of the teams mentioned above already have let Condon know that, as of 12:00 p.m. ET on Monday, an alternative offer will be coming.

Why shouldn’t there be alternative offers Brees is the top free agent available, and a team looking to win right now should be looking to win with Brees, a first-ballot Hall of Famer who has missed only one game to injury in the 12 years since he joined the Saints. If any team is thinking about paying market value to Kirk Cousins over five years, why not offer market value to the 39-year-old Brees over two or three

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Raiders land Jordy Nelson, dump Michael Crabtree

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Jordy Nelson headed west and will stay there.
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The Oakland Raiders and the former Packers star agreed to a two-year, $15 million deal with $13 million guaranteed on Thursday afternoon, reported. Nelson was one of Aaron Rodgers’ targets in Green Bay and the quarterback was disappointed when the team cut him.

After a 1,047-yard season for the Bills in 2015, Watkins combined for 1,023 receiving yards over the next two years for the Bills and Rams. In other words, his career arc moved in the wrong direction as free agency approached. But his size (6-foot-1, 211 pounds) and efficiency (eight touchdowns on 39 receptions last season) will intrigue some shoppers.

Poe proved reliable, if nothing else, after signing a one-year deal with the Falcons. He was on the field for 745 snaps, the second most on the Falcons’ defensive line, and started all 16 games.
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Gilbert Arenas Elite Jersey was first with the news that special teams captain Matthew Slater re-signed with the Patriots on a two-year deal.

The Boston Globe compares the contracts of those brought in by the Patriots this offseason to the ones of the players the team lost. NBC Sports Boston ranks those offseason additions. ranks the team’s areas Authentic Thaddeus Young Jersey of need going forward. looks at some ways the Patriots can explore replacing Nate Solder at left tackle. One of those options could be Tony Garcia, who wrote on Instagram that he has been cleared to play after dealing with an issue with blood clots. recaps Bill Belchick’s day scouting South Carolina tight end Hayden Hurst. NBC Sports Boston tries to determine some meaning in terms of draft strategy from Belichick’s pro day tour.

Tom Brady’s ranking on ESPN’s list of dominant athletes has caused a stir in New England. The Boston Herald weighs in on the subject as well.

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Vesey, Zuccarello lead Rangers to 6-3 win over Hurricanes

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Zuccarello extended his goal-scoring streak to three games.

If this line does get a little frosty, I’m wagering he stays with Barkov and potentially reunites with Jonathan Huberdeau. He could be a difference-maker for your opening playoff bout. Bonus: The Panthers have more games remaining than anyone on the playoff bubble, including seven contests over the next two weeks.

Julius Randle has locked in as one of the most productive players in the NBA for the last month, averaging 21.3 points, 9.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.6 combined blocks/steals during his last 12 games.

Larry Nance Jr. has taken over as an impact player, arguably the second-best player on the Cavaliers since Tristan Thompson joined Love on the sidelines. Nance has averaged 16.8 points (61.7 FG%, 75.0 FT%), 12.0 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.3 assists during his last four games.

Sounds like a character from a Star Wars novelization, playing lately like a top-liner for the Sharks. Donskoi is second on the Sharks in scoring chances per 60 (37.55) and even-strength goals per 60 (2.92), trailing only Evander Kane in both categories. He’s recently taken up residence on the wing of Kane and Joe Pavelski, and we don’t expect the production to slow.

The Colts have a ton of money under the salary cap, but they have been eerily quiet. With the Jaguars being winners in the division, the Texans (Aaron Colvin) and the Titans (Malcolm Butler) made early splashes with impact cornerbacks.

Cleveland didn’t wait until March 14 to reshape the roster. The Browns spent the days just before the legal tampering period opened making several big trades. The team acquired quarterback Tyrod Taylor, wide receiver Jarvis Landry, and cornerback Damarious Randall, and jettisoned quarterback DeShone Kizer and Danny Shelton. Altogether, it cost the team several mid-round selections, but the Browns added a few 2019 picks along the way.

The quarterback market was affected by the Browns’ moves. Cleveland still has more than $80 million in cap space and plenty of roster reshaping left to do, so it didn’t change free agency too much aside from leaving the Bills without a quarterback and the Packers hungry for more cornerback help.patriots_004

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Tigers pitcher Travis Wood nearly loses finger in crossbow accident, report says

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Tigers pitcher Travis Wood is getting a cast removed from his finger Thursday, according to Detroit News, after an obscure injury.
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According to the report, Wood nearly had the right index finger on his non-pitching hand snapped in two a month ago in a crossbow accident.

Wood signed with the Tigers this winter with an invitation to spring training, where he is expected to compete for a spot in the rotation. Wood has a career record of 47-59 and a 4.26 ERA, but he struggled with the Padres last season, finishing 4-7 with a 6.80 ERA.

Things didn’t work out that way.

Robinson was inconsistent at best and downright disastrous during stretches with the Saints, leading him to hit the bench on multiple occasions.
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Youth Brett Kern Jersey After his rookie deal expired, Robinson moved on and produced a competent campaign with the Chargers, but a three-year deal with the Colts ended poorly and led him back to free agency after one season.

It seemed like Robinson was closer to being out of football than he was to a meaningful role on a playoff team, but the Eagles signed him for one year and $775,000, stuck him in the slot, and got the best season of his life.

In ESPN leagues in which a mere one active catcher is needed, I mostly ignore the position until the final round or two. There is not much reliable depth, but then again, I do not want to spend a high selection on Gary Sanchez, either. Catchers are not like other hitters in terms of dependability, either statistically or for durability. Buster Posey is awesome; he averaged a mere 13 home runs the past two seasons! Give me Yadier Molina or Welington Castillo in the final round. — Eric Karabell

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Many NBA players are ill-equipped for life after basketball. Bosh, who was raised in a tech-savvy home (his mother was a longtime employee of Texas Instruments), appeared as though he would be the exception.

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This has been a disastrous 5-year, $48 million-deal for Washington since 2016.

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He isn’t solid anymore, is often injured, is recently coming off a 10-game PED suspension and is going into his 10th season at age 31. There’s no upside to keeping him for Romeo Authentic Johnny Bucyk Jersey Crennel.
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Reed simply can’t stay healthy with a variety of injuries in his supposed prime (age 27). When he has played of late, he has looked more pedestrian than dangerous athletic pass-catcher.
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The good news is the Jets are fueled up for the makeover. According to, they are more than $73 million under the NFL salary cap, and that’s before factoring in moves like the releasing of defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson ($11 million cap hit). They also are sitting on eight picks in the 2018 NFL Draft, including two second-rounders from last year’s Sheldon Richardson trade.

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SI reported the two sides mutually agreed to the change.

The New York Post reported that ESPN’s Joe Tessitore will replace McDonough.

The MNF booth will have an entirely new look this season, as McDonough’s broadcast partner the past two years, analyst Jon Gruden, left to coach the Raiders. Earlier in the day, the Post reported that Peyton Manning had turned down a reported offer of $10 million to serve as the MNF analyst.

Tessitore is taking on one of the most iconic broadcasting jobs in sports. Since MNF debuted in 1970, only five men have filled the post: Keith Jackson, Frank Gifford, Al Michaels, Mike Tirico, and McDonough.

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A year ago, the Cardinals had to prevent Chandler Jones from reaching free agency.

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The Falcons haven’t used the franchise tag since it was given to Brent Grimes in 2012, and there isn’t a reason to use it in 2018. The only candidates are Dontari Poe and Adrian Clayborn, but neither is worth the huge numbers for defensive linemen.

Nope, not this team either. Center Ryan Jensen is the top impending free agent for the Ravens, but the franchise tag doesn’t split up offensive tackles, guards, and centers. That makes the price of tagging a center an unreasonable way to keep Jensen around.

I don’t think Vince (Williams) stopped crying until after halftime, and that’s one of the most gangster dudes on the team, safety Mike Mitchell said, via The MMQB’s Greg Bishop. People had to grab him by the face mask and be like, ‘Yo, you’re the middle linebacker now. You can’t be sniffling.’

If the Patriots think Lauletta has what it takes to be an eventual starter in the NFL, odds are a lot of other teams will too. But what’s especially silly about assuming New England and Lauletta are a match made in heaven is that there’s still plenty of evidence that he’s not the next Garoppolo at all.

Lauletta is projected to go in the fifth round by and there are serious concerns about his arm strength. Garoppolo was a second-round pick due mostly Womens Tre’Davious White Jersey to his lightning fast throwing motion. There weren’t many questions about his arm talent.

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Will the Patriots take Lauletta in April? Maybe. But the landing spot doesn’t look any more likely than 31 other teams.

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