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A week after the start of free agency, another member of the 2017 Minnesota Vikings has moved on to another locale.
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Numerous sources are reporting that the Oakland Raiders have agreed to terms with linebacker Emmanuel Lamur, though the terms of that deal were not immediately disclosed.

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Could Facebook or Twitter or one of the new possible players try to do something with Francesa? It seems possible, but with no personal social media imprint, he would be an odd choice. That is especially true considering he is said to be asking for big money.

A look ahead to the NFL quarterback market awaiting Cousins upon the conclusion of his landmark three-year, $84 million deal shows a path for him to surpass $35 million average per year (APY) with a few assists from his peers. It’s no guarantee, but here’s how it could happen in a reconfigured 2021 quarterback landscape, as seen through the eyes of league insiders.

My feeling is that replay has screwed this whole thing up, he said. That’s why I’m thinking that we should let these guys who have all the experience and do all the games, let them make these decisions. You talk about the obvious calls. How many of the very obvious ones are they going to miss?

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Shouldn’t replay officials be told not to reverse anything other than clear and obvious mistakes?

The Patriots letting left tackle Nate Solder get away.

All the rest of the free-agent defections from New England are forgivable. Not this one, not with a slow quarterback who will play the 2018 season at 41.

Kansas City giving wideout Sammy Watkins three years and $48 million. There were many hatchet jobs done on the deal—among them a surprise critic in the highly respected Joe Thomas, who said Sherman got “absolutely crushed” by the 49ers—that most saw as Sherman, representing himself, getting ripped off by the Niners. It’s true that Sherman’s deal, with only $3 million fully guaranteed, is fair game for scrutiny.

A few points to make:A couple of things Sherman told me eight days ago in his only interview before the Niners introduced him at a press conference seemed significant. He really wanted to negotiate his own deal, in part for the experience of it. And take this for what it’s worth, but he said he wanted to be fair to the Niners, coming back from Achilles surgery, and to be sure that he earns the money he makes as a 30-year-old cornerback.

New York also has Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg on the roster, along with Joel Stave, but none appear to be viable candidates for the starting job — and their roster spots could be in serious jeopardy. On a busy Sunday, New York also announced the signings of former Titans linebacker Avery Williamson and former Redskins center Spencer Long, along with the re-signings of cornerback Morris Claiborne, defensive lineman Mike Pennel and safety Terrence Brooks.

The 25-year-old Bridgewater could give McCown — and presumably whomever New York takes in the draft — a run in training camp if completely healthy. He’s still looking to return from a serious knee injury in August 2016 that sidelined him for most of the past two years. He threw just two passes last season for the Vikings, including one that was intercepted. ”

I’m excited about the direction we’re headed in,” Bridgewater told the Jets’ website. ”

I’m excited to be a part of something that can be very special and I just look forward to getting to work with the guys and a great year.”patriots_101

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Josh McCown may not get credit for it, but his resurgence in 2017 to keep a tattered Jets offense from falling into complete disarray was one of the most impressive performances of the season. Now, the 39-year-old quarterback is back for another go with the team.
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His five victories as a starter won’t seem especially impressive on the surface, but three of those wins came over playoff teams, including the AFC West and AFC South champions. He torched the Patriots’ beleaguered defense for 354 passing yards, beat the Chiefs behind 331 passing yards, and lit up the Panthers for 307 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for a career-high five touchdowns last season, which is, quite frankly, amazing.

He’s no one’s idea of a long-term investment, though. Not only is he approaching 40 (and, sadly, doesn’t have a single book deal to show for it), but his career has been defined by up-and-down performances. His work in relief of Jay Cutler in 2013 saw him lead the league in interception rate Joonas Korpisalo Youth jersey and led to a two-year, $10 million deal with Tampa Bay after years of settling for the veteran’s minimum. He’d start 22 games in his next three seasons while playing for the Buccaneers and Browns 锟斤拷 and went just 2-20 over that span.

Solid enough to receive a deal expected to be in the range of $15 million per year, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

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Now 28 years old, Johnson will be playing for his second NFL team when he joins the Jets.
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Johnson is a tall, rangy cornerback who doesn’t make many big mistakes, but also doesn’t pull down a large amount of interceptions. He had a stellar seven of them in 2015, but had just one and two in 2016 and 2017, respectively. He doesn’t get talked about much during games, and while that means he’s not making huge plays, he’s also not getting burned regularly.

Pro Football Focus has Johnson allowing just one touchdown in 932 snaps in 2017, while picking off two passes and defending nine others. They have opposing quarterbacks posting a 79.8 passer rating throwing against Johnson in 2017.

The Jets, once reportedly all in on Cousins, had to stumble around for Plan B, starting with a one-year flyer on former Viking Teddy Bridgewater Jersey

The question is, would the Jets be any worse off in 2018 by just rolling with either Josh Allen, Josh Rosen or Baker Mayfield and not forcing a stopgap signing like Josh McCown? In comparison, the Broncos appear to have made a Plan-A signing with their Cousins consolation in Case Keenum.
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Early at other positions, cornerback Trumaine Johnson and running back Isaiah Crowell were meh signings. Inside linebacker Avery Williamson Sidney Jones Jersey was a good get, but he essentially is replacing free agent Demario Davis. GM Mike Maccagnan is saving his best for draft.

He wasn’t expected to do much, but he had a great season, both filling in well outside for Ronald Darby and thriving when covering the slot. The age is a concern, but Robinsonstill have a strong short-term impact.

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With Brees and Garoppolo going nowhere, Bradford should be right behind Cousins and ahead of his replacement starting teammate, Case Keenum, as a desired veteran QB solution. Health is always the concern; otherwise, Bradford has proved hebe productive in different systems.

I’m certainly not saying today’s GMs have it easy. The huge deals put targets on GMs, as they did when I was signing what I thought were super expensive deals. I sweated it out when I had to match a $5 million-per-year offer (equal to the top of the running back market) for our leading Vikings rusher Robert Smith in 1998. Smith had often been hurt early in his career, but fortunately, he played up to the contract.

Limited Youth Tyler Lockett Jersey It’s no different today for GMs such as the Giants’ Dave Gettleman as he ponders a potential $15 million-$18 million-per-year deal (or a trade) for his diva receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who is coming off a broken ankle and has repeated behavioral question marks to boot.

But at least Gettleman has $20 million or so in cap space as he figures it all out.

I would have thought I had died and gone to heaven had I been given that luxury.

There’s no better time than the short time between the NFL Combine and free agency to clock in with an initial mock draft for 2018.

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This is a tough call. The Panthers could certainly elect not to tag Norwell, with the franchise numbers for offensive linemen set to be over $14 million. That would make him the highest-paid player at his position in 2018, but that may be worth it to keep a first-team All-Pro.
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Former first-round pick Kyle Fuller has a shot at receiving the tag after a bounce-back year at cornerback in 2017. It would still be a surprising move, considering how high the number is at the position, though. Just last year, the Bears declined the fifth-year option and that could cost them.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter shared on Super Bowl Sunday that Shazier hasn’t just regained feeling in his legs, but he’s also regained movement and is engaging in a regular walking routine. But Michele Tafoya reported that Shazier wasn’t walking on his own, which Shazier then confirmed himself.

Days later, Shazier attended a Penguins game and stood up, with some help, while fans gave him a standing ovation:

Lopez failed to recognize what was going on, but those screens from Adams aren’t always well disguised. They don’t have to be, either. All Adams need to do is establish himself as a roadblock by making contact with his defender. When successful, it forces that individual to decide between sticking with Adams to prevent the offensive rebound or abandoning him to protect the basket.

Idaho doesn’t have a lot of people. It also doesn’t have Louis Vasquez Youth jersey a lot of high school football players, which prompts about 50 schools to play in an eight-on-eight classification. A product of that system could be a first-round NFL draft pick at linebacker in 2018.

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Vander Esch became a star for Boise State during a three-year career, and he declared for the draft after his redshirt junior season. His eight-man career laid the foundation for that.
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Stephen Curry defends decision to throw ball at Bulls’ David Nwaba’s back

Warriors guard Stephen Curry’s sportsmanship conduct came under question in Wednesday’s 119-112 win over the Bulls, but he was quick to defend his actions.

At the end of the first quarter, Curry intentionally threw the ball at Bulls guard David Nwaba’s back with 0.1 seconds remaining out of frustration.

This matters because whether the Pelicans can cling to that final playoff might determine Demps’ fate. And Demps has been steadfast in keeping Davis, who is not up for free agency until 2020.

A new front office, however, could be more open to a complete rebuild in New Orleans, which has a hefty contract belonging to Jrue Holiday ($26 million next season), as well as $32 million committed next season to the troika of Solomon Hill, Omer Asik and E’Twaun Moore. There’s some logic to shedding deals where possible and starting over, even if it means parting with a mega-star like Davis.

The Lakers shot 2-14 on free throws Friday, the lowest FT pct (14.3%) by any team in a game in NBA history (min. 10 FTA).

The Pistons went 3-for-17 (17.6 percent) in a 109-86 loss at home against the Pelicans last March.

Three Lakers starters were sidelined with injuries Friday, but of those, only Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (76.5 percent this season) is an effective free throw shooter. Brandon Ingram shoots 67.6 from the line, and Lonzo Ball has been downright poor, at just 48.0. In fact, the Lakers were shooting a league-low 69.5 percent from the line even before Friday night’s performance dragged it down further.

Lakers coach Luke Walton credited his team’s defense for being able to recover from such terrible free throw shooting, a notion supported by the Pacers’ own shooting woes – they made just 2-of-25 three-point attempts. That 8 percent is the worst in franchise history, as well as the lowest by a Lakers opponent in team history with a minimum of 20 attempts, ESPN notes.

Must have been a tough watch at Staples Center.packers_002

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Shields, 30, didn’t play last season after the Packers released him in February. Before he was released he had played in just two of his last 23 games with Green Bay because of concussions.

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He did so with record numbers putting up 28 points in the final round, which is the most any player has ever put up in any round — including Thompson.
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It was possibly the best dunk of the night and wrapped up the contest quickly as he took down Larry Nance Jr. in the finals.

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Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn is quite content with his starting quarterback situation, as he believes Philip Rivers has many more years in the NFL.
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Speaking Thursday on Sirius XM Radio, Lynn said he wouldn’t be surprised if Rivers played into his 40s. The 36-year-old quarterback threw for 4,515 yards and 28 touchdowns last season.

What I would hope to see is by the time he throws the ball on Pro Day (at Wyoming in March) is a more consistent thrower from the ground up, NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said earlier this week on a media conference call. I don’t want to see every fourth or fifth ball get missiled somewhere and you go, ‘Where did that come from?’

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Mayock correctly pointed out that Combine drills won’t necessarily generate a clearer picture of Allen’s accuracy, because he will be working with unfamiliar wide receivers. Allen, though, hopes to display some of the progress he has made while training with former NFL quarterback Jordan Palmer.

It’ll be curious to see what kind of market the Broncos can get. And it’ll be interesting to hear what they do on defense because they have Bradley Roby, who might be the best pure athlete on the team. They can just slide him in at corner and maybe even get a little younger, get a little better.

The starting lineup for the Nets had an average age of 26.2 years in their last game. If 23-year old Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is able to return to the starting lineup soon, he could lower that number even more, especially if he replaces 31-year old DeMarre Carroll. Meanwhile, in their last game, while the Kings did start 36 year-old Zach Randolph, they put him out there with 25 year-old Bogdan Bogdanovic, 24 year-old Willie Cauley-Stein, 22 year-old Justin Jackson and 20 Bruce Bochy Jersey year-old De’Aaron Fox — with 24 year-old Buddy Hield and 21 year-old Skal Labissiere as the first two players off the bench.

This just has the feel of a game when the young players should get to control the action. Both the Nets and Kings are headed deep into the lottery and, like the Chicago Bulls, have no real impetus to play 30-something players. While Randolph and/or Carroll could still start and be productive, this is a game where I’d look to the youngsters to find streamers and to take risks on unexpected production.

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Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones pleaded no contest Wednesday to a marijuana-related charge stemming from a traffic stop last year.
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Jones, the team’s second-leading rusher last season, was cited on Oct. 1, when he was stopped for speeding on Highway 172 in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin. A police officer smelled marijuana and said Jones’ eyes were red and bloodshot. Jones said he told the officer that he had smoked marijuana that morning. No drugs were found in Jones’ possession. Police administered a sobriety test and then took Jones to a local hospital for a blood test.
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The Packers had no immediate comment, but coach Mike McCarthy previously said he had been aware of the situation since shortly after it occurred.

I spoke to Aaron after the incident, McCarthy said in November. It’s been a while since, I don’t recall the date. He made a mistake, and I know it’s a pending legal situation. But yes, I am aware of it.

Jones could still be subject to a suspension from the NFL, but the league wasn’t expected to act until the legal case was resolved.

You always have to be very strong on the offensive line and defensive line, Hurney said. Our offensive line, I would think, was top five in the league last year. And our defensive line, we were able to put consistent pressure, not only outside but from the inside. That’s very important these days because so many of these quarterbacks get the ball out of their hands so quickly.

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Nick Foles won Super Bowl MVP after a heart-stopping Eagles win over the Patriots in Super Bowl 52. So, what will he take home as a prize?

For more than 10 years, the winner of the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award went home with a new car. That was thanks to the NFL’s deal with General Motors, which saw Super Bowl MVPs like Santonio Holmes take home a Cadillac Escalade Hybrid in 2009 and Aaron Rodgers receive a Chevrolet Camaro in 2011.

But when Hyundai took over as the NFL’s corporate sponsor for the 2015 season, the tradition of Super Bowl MVPs winning cars was abandoned and has not been replaced. Tom Brady is about to play in his eighth Super Bowl and has already taken home four MVP awards in five Super Bowl wins.

A signing that would make a ton of sense is the Jaguars’ Paul Posluszny. A long-time middle man for the Jaguars, he thrived on the strong side of their defense last season. The 34-year-old is only one season removed from having 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh as his position coach.

Posluszny’s versatility and leadership would be welcome for Lynch, and the veteran would help San Francisco hedge bets should Foster, who also was hurt a lot as a rookie, need to be disciplined and miss time.

In theory, there is a reason a team might prefer a left-footed punter, and Patriots coach Bill Belichick may be one of the people most responsible for people being aware of it.

Punts off left feet spin in the opposite direction of those coming off the feet of right-footed punters, and former Chiefs returner Dante Hall once described it as trying to catch “a Roger Clemens curveball coming from the sky.”

According to a study in 2013 by Bird Breakdown, 3.24 percent of punts from left-footed punters were muffed over a nearly 12-season span, compared to 2.34 percent of right-footed punters. Less than 1 percent difference isn’t much, but NFL teams love any advantage they can find.

“Now that you have more lefties, I think people get used to it a little bit more,” Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt told SI. “But it’s most definitely still a point of concern and a topic. I’ve never heard anybody say, ‘We are facing a right-footed punter this week,’ ever. But it’s always mentioned if there is a lefty.”49ers_113