Five franchise tags, one transition tag handed out before deadline

The deadline for teams to use franchise and transition tags on impending free agents passed at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday with six of them handed out.
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Six teams opted to use the tags this year. Five of them went for franchise tags and one transition tag was also used before the deadline passed. The players who received the tag are:

Defensive end Ziggy Ansah, Lions Ansah’s tag carries the same $17.1 million salary that Lawrence is now set to make. He has not signed the tender at this point, however.

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Cornerback Kyle Fuller, Bears The Bears opted for the transition tag, which calls for Fuller to make $12.9 million if he does not work out a long-term deal. It also gives the Bears the right to match other offers for his services, but does not come with the compensation of two first-round picks afforded by the franchise tag.

Game Youth Cole Beasley Jersey According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, the Bills are interested in Vikings free agent Sam Bradford.

Adding Bradford would clearly seem to be step one in the process, with parlaying some of their draft capital into a rookie a logical step two.

Bradford played just two games last year because of his knee issues, so any team investing in the 30-year-old better have a solid backup plan in place.

The Bills are also expected to keep tabs on the Case Keenum situation, as they need a certain level to keep them at a playoff level.

When BB used to trade his top players in the last year of their contract for picks, people called it genius. Well, is Garoppolo for a 2d-round pick genius Anyway, Trader Bill is also doing the reverse trading picks for players including lately for contract-ending players. Do you agree with this rental strategy based on the results it produced so far In my view, only Cooks was a fair deal.

Blaine Gabbert visits Titans

The Titans continued to search for a veteran backup quarterback for Marcus Mariota, meeting with former Cardinals QB Blaine Gabbert on Monday, an NFL source told The Tennessean.
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Gabbert, 28, started five games for the Cardinals last season, winning two, including a matchup against the Titans. He completed 55.6 percent of his passes for 1,086 yards, six touchdowns and six interceptions in those games. He also lost seven fumbles.

It blew me away when I heard it, because it was very quiet. It wasn’t to embarrass JuJu in front of the team. If I wasn’t standing right beside him too, I wouldn’t have heard it. But for him at that age be able to say something to an older kid, an established player on our team and really a star on our team, to be able to do that, that spoke volumes to me about his leadership right from the beginning.

The other thing that he does as far as leadership in my mind is he sets it as an example of what Authentic Vernon Butler Jersey it is to be a pro and pro work ethic. I mean, every day he shows up to work and shows what the work ethic is for our organization. There are no bad days for him. And it was infectious with our team.

Pryor, of course, was anything but successful in 2017 after inking a one-year deal with the Redskins. Before landing on injured reserve in November, Pryor managed only 20 receptions, 240 yards, and one reception in nine games (two starts). Expected to serve as something close to Washington’s No. 1 receiver, Pryor was instead outplayed by Jamison Crowder, Ryan Grant, and Josh Doctson, and the Redskins don’t seem to have any interest in retaining him.

The Jets, for their part, haven’t made any additions to their receiving corps yet this offseason, although they have met or will meet with Allen Hurns and Charles Johnson. The Seahawks, meanwhile signed former Cardinals wideout Jaron Brown and acquired Marcus Johnson from the Eagles, but lost fellow pass-catcher Paul Richardson to free agency.
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Luck told on Friday that he’s looking forward to getting the opportunity to start working with Reich and all the new coaches and players already in place.

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Browns receiver Terrelle Pryor will visit the Seahawks on Sunday, a league source told

First, he isn’t a top-tier quarterback. Based solely on ability and past production, Cousins is comfortably in the top half of NFL starting quarterbacks, but there are probably 8-10 better players at the position. The number is debatable, but his placement in the second tier of quarterbacks is not. He’s being paid like the best. 

Second, he’s acquiring huge expectations. The Vikings just won 13 games and advanced to the NFC Championship Game with Case Keenum–a backup behind Sam Bradford to start the 2017 season–under center. It’s Super Bowl or bust in Minnesota. The Redskins never won more than nine games with Cousins during his three seasons as the starter. 

Third, there’s no realistic way out. Guaranteeing the whole contract means the Vikings are stuck with Cousins through 2020. Minnesota has no way of getting out of the situation without spiraling into salary-cap hell. 

Fourth, the future. The Vikings have done an excellent job managing the health of their salary cap, but the team will have some big contract decisions to make on important players on defense in the near future (see: Eric Kendricks, Danielle Hunter, etc.). Minnesota can afford no mistakes on the cap with Cousins taking up a big chunk. 

All that said, the risk is worth it for the Vikings, who might be a good quarterback away from winning a Super Bowl. He could simultaneously be the riskiest signing and the best signing. 

Archer adds that this could be the first of a number of visits for Scandrick.

It’s worth mentioning that signing Scandrick to a contract won’t impact a team’s 2019 compensatory picks, given that he was released this offseason.

A spokeswoman for McCabe, Melissa Schwartz, didn’t immediately rule out a job with one of the most liberal members of Congress, which might only need to last for a day or so for him to get his full retirement benefits: “We are considering all options.”

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) tweeted that he’d consider hiring McCabe, too.

It’s not immediately clear if getting fired from the FBI on a Friday and going to work on Capitol Hill on a Monday would solve McCabe’s problems for certain, though at least one former federal official with knowledge of retirement rules says it probably would.patriots_107

Babe Ruth makes video game return in ‘MLB The Show 18’

It has been a decade since Babe Ruth last appeared in a video game. While he was an unlockable character in Backyard Baseball 09, fans will most remember him last from the popular EA Sports game MVP Baseball 05. Ruth returns this year in the upcoming MLB The Show 18.
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Last year the big add was Ken Griffey Jr., who appeared on the cover. The roster of legends featured in MLB The Show has grown from the 30 that debuted in 2015 to a number that will be well in excess of 75 this year. The legends appear in the game’s team-building mode, Diamond Dynasty, and as free agents who can be Kyle Palmieri Youth jersey signed in Franchise Mode.

The Red Sox appear to be the ideal landing spot for the former Tigers and Diamondbacks slugger as they have both the money to sign him and the willingness to exceed the luxury-tax threshold of $197 million with a big contract.

Boston is the landing spot for Martinez, but they also don’t have to go get him if they don’t want to pay more than the $125 million contract they have already offered.

The reality is that we do have Hanley (Ramirez) as a DH, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told The Athletic. If he bounces back, which we think he can, we have somebody for every position we like.
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The Jags were in the market for a tight end to supplement (if not replace) longtime contributor Marcedes Lewis, and Seferian-Jenkins might have some untapped upside given that he’s still just 25, but the two-year, $10 million price tag is a reasonably significant short-term outlay for a tight end who might not have been very good last year.

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Browns: D+ By all accounts, McCourty had an unexpectedly impressive season at cornerback for the Browns last year after being released by Tennessee.

The 30-year-old seemed like a logical candidate to stick in the starting lineup for Cleveland in 2018, but after signing TJ Carrie and Terrance Mitchell, general manager John Dorsey reportedly told McCourty that he wasn’t guaranteed to make the 53-man roster in September and offered him a chance to leave.

Other items of interest from the trailer include a revamped hitting engine with improved physics; additional crowd rituals (see the Judge’s Chambers at Yankee Stadium); and new home run celebrations.

Browns to trade Danny Shelton to Patriots; fourth trade in two days

The Cleveland Browns are trading defensive tackle Danny Shelton to the New England Patriots, league sources told ESPN’s Field Yates.
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The Patriots are also acquiring the Browns’ 2018 fifth-round pick and will send their 2019 third-round pick to Cleveland, sources told ESPN.

The trade, which can’t officially be announced until Wednesday, when the 2018 league year begins, is the fourth trade the Browns have agreed to since Friday.

Shelton joins 2015 first-round pick Malcom Brown and seven-year veteran Lawrence Guy atop the Patriots’ interior defensive line depth chart. The team also has 2016 third-round pick Vincent Valentine, who spent all of 2017 on injured reserve, at the position, along with 2017 undrafted free agent Adam Butler, who is more of an interior sub rusher.

In Womens Will Sutton Jersey Cleveland, Shelton has played under three defensive coordinators — Jim O’Neil (2015), Ray Horton (2016) and Gregg Williams (2017). O’Neil and Horton ran a 3-4 defense that relies on a strong nose tackle, but with the Browns switching to a 4-3 under Williams in 2017, Shelton might not have had the same value to them.

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Shelton helps fill a void after the Patriots recently informed veteran defensive tackle Alan Branch that they wouldn’t be picking up his option for 2018, making him a free agent, and veteran defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois said Friday that he plans to play elsewhere in 2018.
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The move frees up $1.025 million against the salary cap for the Giants, who were approximately $14 million under the cap entering Saturday.

Wing, 27, had a strong season for the Giants two years ago, when he averaged 42.6 yards per punt. He struggled badly this past season, though, and a shank late in a crushing Week 3 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles proved especially costly.

At the same time, it’s fair to wonder whether the Bills should have been this aggressive to move on from an above-average left tackle in the prime of his career. Glenn’s extension was massive at the time, but the Bengals are acquiring Glenn with three years and $30 million left on his deal.

Davenport was listed at 235 pounds by UTSA during his junior season in 2016 and 255 pounds in 2017.

That’s three consecutive guards, so Luke Appling Jersey Curry could use a backup big man. Towns has played some tremendous games as of late, and he doesn’t have to fear Tom Thibodeau yelling at him about defense. Enjoy, KAT!
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Why not take both Raptors? Lowry is a solid option at point guard, but he doesn’t need to possess the ball to be effective. (Also, Ben Simmons didn’t make the cut, so Curry won’t have to worry about a fight in the hallway.)

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I’m getting used to it, Davenport said. But also I feel like I’ve developed more speed. My body has transformed over two, three years.

What type of player will he be in 2018 and beyond remains to be seen, but he’s certainly shooting high. When asked who he models his game after, he gave a list of names who all wreak havoc, but in much different ways.

It’s weird, I always say like three people 鈥?Calais Campbell, Von Miller and JJ Watt. But then I always like to look at the Freak, Myles Garrett.

When the 2018 NFL Draft arrives, Davenport’s size, speed, athleticism and production mean he probably won’t have to wait until the end of the first night to hear his name called. And that’s something truly remarkable for a player who 鈥?more than 70 pounds ago 鈥?joined a team that never had a player drafted before.

Bennett was the next man up the Patriots needed during their Super Bowl LI run in 2016. Rob Gronkowski missed eight games due to injury, and Bennett filled the void with 701 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in 2016. But a shoulder injury derailed his 2017 season, which he finished with 286 total yards and no touchdowns.
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Now Bennett’s on the market again, and this time, the question is if he will decide to hang it up for good.

Schultz’s OT goal lifts Penguins past Flames 4-3

Mike Sullivan would love to point to a coaching tactic or some semblance of strategy that explains why the Pittsburgh Penguins are so good in overtime.

Letang put the Penguins back in front with a wrist shot off the rush from the right circle that ripped over Gillies’ right shoulder with 2:59 left in the second. Calgary responded again, with T.J. Brodie threading a pass between Ruhwedel’s legs to Brouwer’s awaiting stick. Brouwer had no trouble sending it by Jarry to tie it with 2 seconds left in the period.

The sticks will be auctioned by the team’s foundations, with the proceeds going to the “You Can Play” organization, which promotes inclusion in all sports for LGBTQ athletes. …

Trotz has pulled Holtby four times from a game since Feb. 3 and his backup Phillippe Grubauer has won his last four starts but Trotz affirmed his support for his starter after the Anaheim loss.

“He hasn’t had a real good stretch just like any player,” Trotz said. “He is going to work with our goaltending coaches and get his game in order. He has won a lot of games for us and he is an elite goaltender in this league. Everybody goes through some dry spells and he is having one right now.”

Coming into the season, the Bruins were thought to be rebuilding around players like McAvoy, but success accelerated the plan. They have the second-most points in the Eastern Conference. At the trade deadline, then, Boston traded for wingers Rick Nash and Tommy Wingels and defenseman Nick Holden and signed Olympian Brian Gionta.

But then center Patrice Bergeron, the team’s leading goal scorer, broke his foot at the end of February. He will be re-evaluated next week. Goaltender Tuukka Rask was a late scratch Saturday with a lower-body injury, and Anton Khudobin started in goal Tuesday against the Red Wings.

“We knew if we kept playing hard, the goals were going to come,” Hartman said. “That one felt good.”

Dallas coach Ken Hitchcock took his timeout with 47.6 seconds left and had Lehtonen out for the extra attacker. Klingberg was collecting the puck deep for one last rush when he tripped. Hitchcock said Lehtonen gave the Stars a chance against a deep Nashville team.packers_158

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Mark Cuban would have you believe he didn’t know about the status of his franchise, that the corporate atmosphere had become toxic, according to Paul Posluszny Youth jersey a detailed investigation by Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim and Jessica Luther, with accusations of misogyny and sexual harassment.
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Sneed’s legal issues ‘ he pled guilty to misdemeanor charges of family violence assault and interference with emergency request in 2012 ‘ prevented the writer from gaining admission to Canada, so Sneed was unable to cover games between the Mavericks and Raptors. Considering Cuban is a man who once revoked ESPN’s credentials and bullied Bleacher Report into deleting a joke tweet about Dirk Nowitzki, it shouldn’t be possible for him to be completely unaware of the record of his own media member.

This is the best they have been playing. I don’t want to mess anything up. And I told (coach Luke Walton) that. Whatever he needs me to do, I am willing to do that. Yes, I would love to be a starter. I feel like I deserve that and earned that, but at the same time, it’s a new chapter for me. I am here to help this team, help these young guys, continue to be professional, continue to work hard and continue to jell together.

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Walton applauded Thomas’ dedication to learning the team’s playbook before finishing his Los Angeles debut with 22 points and six assists.

He brings another dimension to what we have, Walton said. When he is able to control pick-and-rolls and get people shots, obviously we couldn’t run a ton of stuff because he has been with us for one day, but he was good.

So the team has a little flexibility to address some of its more pressing needs for 2018 with free agents before going to work with its eight current draft picks in April.

I remember watching that when he was back in Boston, said Lonzo Ball, who started at point guard and filled the box score with 8 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds and 6 steals. That is what it reminded me of.
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Thomas said Thursday morning that he was capable of being the player who was the focal point of the Celtics’ success if given the opportunity, even if some have forgotten what he is capable of doing.

The biggest priority is giving Smith support on his unfamiliar team, but the Redskins also have to consider replacements for who they might lose from the back seven of their defense.

Today’s analytic is 39, as in the combined number of wins between the Dallas Mavericks and the Chicago Bulls, vs. their combined 84 losses. This game is the Bad Teams Bowl for the night, and Mikhail Grabovski Jersey the Bad Teams Bowl has led to great fantasy lines on both sides in each of the past two nights that I’ve been talking about this. We go for the trifecta on Friday, as the Mavs and Bulls could each put up better-than-expected value as a teams against another squad that’s similarly bad with similarly weak defense.

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In Los Angeles, Thomas is trying to rebuild his value while coming off the bench and adjusting to the Lakers. He says he is healthy but still not 100 percent, and he is focused on doing what he can to help the young Lakers.

Such negotiations on outside free agents are not supposed to take place until the legal tampering period, which is two days before the start of the new league year (March 14). It is the NFL’s most absurd rule, as it is constantly broken by every team beginning long before the Combine. Things only escalate in Indy.

As a former GM who now is a consultant for an agent group, believe me when I say Cousins’ agent has been fielding offers since last season ended, and probably before that. Things only intensified once the trade of Alex Smith from Kansas City to Washington was announced several weeks ago — even though it laughably can’t become official for two more weeks.

Cousins, a fourth-round pick in 2012, started the last three seasons, twice setting franchise records for passing yards.

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Though Williams couldn’t discuss Smith, he did respond to why the team opted not to try negotiating one more offseason with Cousins. The sides had discussed long-term deals each of the past two offseasons, though there was never much traction as both sides rejected overtures by the other.

Kirk has been here for six years and I’m sure there have been opportunities that deals could have been worked out, Williams said. It hasn’t worked out. As a team you’ve got to always put yourself in position where in case what might not happen. We can’t afford to let it come to the 12th hour and Kirk decide not to come back and leave us with the bag. We got to make decisions that are best for the organization and whatever decision we make or made, that’s what we’ve got to live with.

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Arizona does have a good core in place defensively with players like Chandler Jones, Patrick Peterson, and Tyrann Mathieu. However, that side of the ball needs plenty of help too, especially if Wilks switches over to a 4-3. But defensive-minded head coaches have a knack for coaxing a good performance out of those players, keeping their teams competitive while they undergo a rebuild.

Lee is a versatile, good hands receiver. The problem is he hasn’t been able to stay healthy, related mostly to his hamstring injuries. His size limitation (6-0, 196 pounds) hurts him near the red zone. He should be viewed as more of a possession No. 2 or No. 3.

Richardson’s only real production came during a healthy 2017 season in which he racked up 44 catches for 703 yards and six touchdowns. He’ll break the bank due more to his upside as a young potential game-breaker than anything else. He will price himself out of Seattle, but he can thrive as the No. 2 deep threat in the right situation elsewhere.

Wallace has found a solid home on his fourth team, becoming a more complete receiver as a veteran and establishing a great connection with Joe Flacco. Given Wallace’s age, Baltimore should be able to keep him at a fair price.