March 2018 archive

Mar 30

That’s how rare the sightings are of injury-free quarterbacks under the age of 30 who hit the market with no string attached a la a franchise tag.

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Mind you, Minnesota’s version of the Pequod spent a fortune in bait to net Cousins. Guaranteeing 100 percent of a player’s salary (or awfully close depending on the contract’s final wording) is unchartered waters for any NFL team since the current free-agency system began in 1993. Beyond the gamble on player performance, it’s especially risky …

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Mar 27

Jackson already names Taylor starting QB

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If the Cleveland Browns draft a quarterback with one of the two picks they have in the top four of the upcoming NFL Draft, the rookie will not be competing for a starting job this summer. The Broncos might have come closest by bringing on Case Keenum, but his two-year deal hardly removes the position …

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Mar 25

Jets offered Kirk Cousins $30 million per year

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Appearing in recent weeks on PFT Live, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News predicted that the Jets would offer quarterback Kirk Cousins the most money, but that he would choose to sign with another team. Ronald Gasser was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the shooting death of former NFL running back …

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Mar 22

Nelson broke into the league in 2008 as a second-round pick of the Packers, but needed time to develop into one of the NFL’s most proficient deep threats.

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He eclipsed the 1,200-yard mark in four seasons between 2011 and 2016 to help establish Green Bay as an offensive powerhouse. That earned him a four-year, $39 million contract extension in 2014 — a deal he ultimately couldn’t live up to as age and injury eroded his impact on the game. Nelson has been an …

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Mar 20

Baker Mayfield relishing opportunity to prove himself again this time, in NFL

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With the exception of the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine, Mayfield has prepared for his impending NFL career mostly in California. He has changed that up a bit, with his home training base in Norman for the next two weeks. After that, he’ll spend another week training back in California before beginning the …

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Mar 17

The 49ers met with Sherman on Saturday and wanted to make sure he is healing well from a torn Achilles in his right foot and a bone spur in his left.

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He said he’d be forever grateful to former coach Mike Shanahan for drafting him, three rounds after they selected quarterback Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick. “At the time many people saw his selection as foolish,” Cousins said. “Time proved otherwise and taught me that there are no guarantees in this business — …

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Mar 15

MLB trade news: Pirates acquire Corey Dickerson from Rays

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The Pirates acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson on Thursday from the Rays. Dickerson had been designated for assignment by Tampa Bay earlier this month despite hitting 27 home runs with 62 RBIs last season. Dickerson also had a solid .282/.325/.490 slash line, which helped him become a 2017 AL All-Star. This team is better than the …

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Mar 13

Red Sox finally announce J.D. Martinez signing

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Some tricky language in the five-year, $110 million deal and a final physical held up the signing since it was first reported Feb. 19. Martinez arrived at Boston’s spring training facility last Wednesday, so the wait for an official announcement had Boston fans biting their fingernails hoping the exam came back clean. That’s what Ohtani, …

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Mar 12

Richard Sherman ‘s free-agency tour began with the San Francisco 49ers , and it won’t extend beyond the Bay Area.

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The veteran cornerback has agreed to a three-year deal with the 49ers worth $39 million (including a $5 million signing bonus), NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. The team confirmed the move Sunday. Sherman was released by the Seattle Seahawks earlier in the week after the team decided it wanted to give the veteran an …

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Mar 08

Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Lonzo Ball highlight NBA Rising Stars rosters

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Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and Lonzo Ball headline the NBA Rising Stars rosters announced Wednesday night. The game will feature the same format as the previous three years with 10 of the league’s best rookies or second-year players from the U.S. taking on 10 from across the globe. The Sixers and Lakers each have three …

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