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.

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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.

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 — […]

Red Sox finally announce J.D. Martinez signing

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, […]