With all that said, there are some benefits for tagged players, if only because it’s their biggest paycheck yet. Case in point: Kirk Cousins, a fourth-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. The former Michigan State QB was expected to just hold the clipboard for Robert Griffin III, but when RGIII flamed out, Cousins stepped up and managed to establish himself as an above-average QB.
He had some major turnover issues in his early career, so Washington was understandably gun-shy about handing him a major long-term deal last offseason. Cousins played under the franchise tag in 2016 and delivered another solid season, making $19.953 million in the process.
Now Washington finds itself in a difficult position — commit big money to Cousins, or kick the can down the road again and see if he can keep his production up? Right now, rumors suggest that Washington will tag Cousins for a second straight year, which would net him around $24 million. If the sides are able to work out a long-term deal, Cousins is more likely to earn a yearly salary in the $16-18 million range.
The Royals are wearing “Ace 30” patches on their uniforms and plan to honor Ventura this season, but in many ways they’ll be flying blind in their mourning. Manager Ned Yost steered his team through tragedy during the Royals’ 2015 championship season, when Mike Moustakas, Chris Young and Edinson Volquez all lost parents during a painful 10-week span. But it will take a collective effort for the players to soldier on in Ventura’s absence. Yost still catches himself writing out his starting rotation and inserting Ventura’s name by force of habit.
“This happens every day to countless people all over the country,” Yost said. “They lose family members and it’s very, very difficult to move on. It takes time. There’s no statute of limitations on missing somebody. When this happened, I don’t think anybody thought about his contributions on the field. What we’re going to miss is the relationships we built over the last three or four years with him. That’s where the hole is.”
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Make a big move at quarterback. The Bears are better positioned than most to go after one of the more promising options at quarterback. Their defense started to improve last season under Fox and Vic Fangio, rising from 31st to 22nd in DVOA despite missing key players like Eddie Goldman and Danny Trevathan for chunks of the year.
The injuries eventually hit in the second half, as Chicago fell from 16th in defensive DVOA to 30th over the final eight weeks of the season. Chicago also found a burgeoning running game with rookie Jordan Howard, who helped Bears fans forget about Matt Forte. The Bears were 1-6 in games decided by a touchdown or less last year and were the league’s unluckiest team on special teams. They’re closer than you think.
â€œSome people would say a playersâ€™ coach is someone that wants to be a playerâ€™s friend and doesnâ€™t want to disappoint the players,â€ Lynn said. â€œAnd those guys usually last three or four years until thereâ€™s total, undisciplined chaos and theyâ€™re gone.
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The Bucs have not used the franchise tag since Jason Licht became general manager in 2014. The Bucs do have 17 players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents this year, but no one jumps out as a realistic candidate. Defensive end William Gholston is probably the best among them on defense, but it’s unlikely things get to that point. Their most realistic candidate for the tag, punter Bryan Anger, already was signed to a five-year extension worth $17 million in December, which means the Bucs locked him in below the $4.9 million figure he’d play in under the tag.
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The Pistons guard finished with 21 points, helping wipe out a 16-point fourth quarter deficit and moving his eighth-seeded team further away from the Eastern Conference¡¯s bottom half. Detroit was outscored by 25 with lineups on the floor that included either Reggie Jackson or Jon Leuer, but their bench combined for 58 points headlined by Tobias Harris¡¯ 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field.
Detroit overcame a Raptors team led by All-Star starter DeMar DeRozan, who poured on 26 points on 10-of-21 shooting. But Kyle Lowry only contributed 15 points, and Jakob Poeltl, who started at the power forward, scored just five points.
Detroit (26-29) is now tied with Chicago for the East¡¯s seventh seed and is just 3.5 games behind the Indiana Pacers, who have lost their last three games.
Barnes, who has racked up nearly $400,000 in fines from the NBA since 2011, said in an interview with ESPN-Tencent’s Yuan Fang on Sunday night that the Kings have the right pieces to reach their potential. Sacramento sits in 10th place in the West and 1? games out of the eighth and final postseason spot after beating the New Orleans Pelicans 105-99.
Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans will sit out Wednesday’s home matchup against the Utah Jazz with a left ankle sprain, his first missed game outside of planned rest since returning from an 11-month absence in mid-December.
Evans, who was originally listed as doubtful, suffered the injury in the Pelicans’ road loss on Saturday to the Washington Wizards and was forced out of the second half of Monday’s win at home over the Phoenix Suns.
In a Tuesday interview with SportsCenter, Warriors star Kevin Durant referred to the season-long storyline pitting him against former teammate Russell Westbrook as “fake drama.”
“I was doing an interview with someone and I used the word ‘unselfish’ to describe my teammates here [with] the Warriors and someone asked Russell the question, asked if he heard what I said about being unselfish and he phrased the question as if I was saying that the Thunder and the organization and the team was selfish. And once I heard that, I was like, ‘They are trying to get in between this thing and make it bigger than what it is.’
Elite Womens Justin Verlander Jersey “Obviously Russell wasn’t going to hear that [full] interview I had about me just talking about my teammates I have now and someone in Oklahoma City phrased it to him as if I was calling them selfish. It’s that easy. It’s that easy for the media to twist something up and for the media, you know, [to] make a feud between us.”
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In the meeting, Anthony wondered why Jackson always brought up his name in interviews.
As a part-time (and eventual full-time) starter at Michigan, Tom Brady earned the nickname “Comeback Kid,” a handle he’s both outgrown and maintained all the way through his fifth Super Bowl title, the most unbelievable comeback (and/or collapse) in football history. In 1999, Brady helped lead four Michigan comeback wins of varying difficulty, including over Alabama in the first-ever overtime BCS bowl after falling behind both 14-0 and 28-14.
That’s continued, obnoxiously. The top five close-game (touchdown or less) NFL career win percentages by QBs with multiple Super Bowl rings, via an excellent post by Sports on Earth’s Matt Brown:
My colleagues Bud Elliott and Bill Connelly often discuss the theory that close games in football are basically coin flips, except when teams have exceptional talent at head coach, quarterback, or kicker. Then, it’s similar to the difference that a top bullpen can make in a close baseball game. The Patriots have the best-ever head coach, probably the best-ever quarterback, and haven’t exactly been hurting at kicker, either. And at Michigan, the Wolverines evidently had a better QB than anybody on earth realized at the time.
Since leaving Michigan, Brady has repeatedly praised his alma mater and showed his face in Ann Arbor, including at one of Jim Harbaugh’s big recruiting productions. He ended his Super Bowl MVP presser, which furthered the Wolverines’ all-time lead in those particular trophies, with a “Go Blue.”
Many put Jones’ tenure in categories that include Johnson and don’t include Johnson, but he does not apologize for the structure by which he runs the Cowboys.
“I’ve always believed that that gives us, [it] did then, [it] did when we first bought the team, and in my mind [it] does now, allows us to make the kind of decisions that we made early on. It allowed us to make those crisp, clean, fast, aggressively, passionately, it allowed us to do better than the traditional way these clubs are set up as far as I’m concerned,” Jones said. “There’s no question that structure helped us early. I think it just hasn’t dominoed for us relative to getting some more Super Bowl wins, but I think it’s been a continued plus on making decisions regarding football.”
Limited Kids Phoenix Suns Jersey Over the years, Jones has admitted mistakes. He regretted not maintaining a relationship with Johnson, who was a teammate on that bus when Jones was reading about Modell. Jones regretted firing coach Chan Gailey after only two seasons. The owner/GM has made mistakes in personnel, from not selecting Randy Moss in the first round in 1998, to signing Greg Hardy as a free agent two years ago. The Super Bowl drought bothers him.
“I have a high tolerance for ambiguity,” Jones said. “I don’t have to know what is going to happen on Friday every week. I may operate better by not knowing. A Mississippi riverboat gambler may be at his charming best when the next card may get him thrown off the boat. That’s when he operates the best.”
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Call No. 2: The Falcons received a second chance to kick an extra point after Matt Ryan’s 19-yard touchdown pass to tight end Austin Hooper. Patriots linebacker Shea McClellin, who was trying to time his leap to block the kick, was penalized for an illegal formation. McClellin was ruled to have been lined up over long-snapper Josh Harris on the line of scrimmage at the snap. But replays revealed that McClellin actually was in between the long-snapper and guard Chris Chester. Place-kicker Matt Bryant aborted the kick. NFL rules call for an illegal formation penalty if the player is not fully outside of the long-snapper’s shoulders. Patriots coach Bill Belichick was livid, and actually showed the officiating crew photographs of the play shortly afterwards.
Limited Womens Robert Mathis Jersey “I was not in a great place last year,” Joerger says now. “I know I’ve made mistakes. I put a lot of pressure on myself in Memphis. I felt an obligation to the organization, to the community. Love that community. Love those players. We had been successful. So you don’t want to be the guy who comes in after a Western Conference finals appearance and messes up. You know what I mean? So we had this torch of success going forward and then with the mindset of, ‘This is our window. We’re in our window.’ These guys were in their prime and I put a lot of pressure on myself … That’s when I got a little twisted. I wasn’t in a great place personally.”
At his news conference after the injury-ravaged Grizzlies were eliminated from the playoffs, Joerger fought back tears as he lauded the team’s resilience.
Divac, sources say, had been contemplating candidates such as Nate McMillan, Jeff Hornacek, Vinny Del Negro, Mark Jackson and Patrick Ewing to take over head-coaching duties. Ranadive, however, was told by league confidants that Joerger’s relationship with the Grizzlies was on the rocks. Though it proved unnecessary once the Grizzlies let the coach walk, the Kings owner was prepared to offer cash compensation and a draft pick for Joerger, despite the fact that neither Ranadive nor Divac had met Joerger personally. Though the 24 hours between Joerger’s firing and a face-to-face interview were tense, the two sides ultimately agreed on a four-year, $16 million contract, with the final season a team option.
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â€œYou walk into an elevator or room and they say, â€˜Itâ€™s a basketball player,â€™ and thatâ€™s automatic. And I know I fit the description,â€ Black told The Undefeated. â€œIâ€™m tall. I have the stature. I have tattoos. But, itâ€™s another thing when you actually continue the conversation, because Iâ€™m personable, I love talking to people, I love socializing, I love communicating. I just get to know people.
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The Patriots started the year without Tom Brady, going 3-1 ATS without their star quarterback. They were even 8.5-point underdogs in their season opener on the road against the Arizona Cardinals, a game they won 23-21. Once Brady came back, New England was never an underdog again. They went 12-2 ATS with Brady, including a cover in each of their last seven games. The Patriots covered a 15.5-point spread against the Houston Texans in the Divisional Round, the largest spread in a playoff game in 18 years. While this has been the best season New England has had against the spread in the Brady/Belichick era, the winning ATS record is nothing new. Since Brady became the starting quarterback in 2001, the Patriots have covered 59 percent of their games, by far the best mark in the NFL over that span.
“Everybody” is right. Eleven of Irvingâ€™s 14 assists went to someone other than James, as he found Channing Frye for four buckets, Tristan Thompson for four and Kyle Korver, Richard Jefferson and Iman Shumpert one time apiece.
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Meanwhile, James was his normal excellent self, scoring 27 points on 11-for-14 shooting to go with eight rebounds, two steals, a block and 12 assists, making him and Irving the first pair of teammates in the league in the past two seasons to both go for 12-plus assists in the same game, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. They made everyone look good, with Korver going off for his highest-scoring game as a Cav (20 points), Thompson coming one shy of his season high (18) and Frye being three points off his season high (18).
Quinn is still a relative unknown in terms of how he handles in-game decision-making, if only because the former Seahawks defensive coordinator hasn’t really faced many critical game-management situations during his two years as coach. His game against the Seahawks last week was out of hand by the middle of the third quarter, in part because opposite number Carroll made mistakes of his own.
Quinn’s mostly empty slate is preferable to the obvious, glaring mistakes McCarthy has made during his run in charge of the Packers.
The most concerning Quinn decision in recent memory came last season. Down 17-13 to the 49ers and facing a fourth-and-1 on the San Francisco 4-yard line with three minutes to go, Quinn bizarrely chose to kick a field goal and try to regain possession instead of attempting to convert for a first down against one of the league’s worst defenses. His Falcons never got the ball back and lost.
Quinn suggested after the game that he thought his defense was capable of forcing a three-and-out to return the ball to his offense, but even if he had the ’85 Bears, the numbers were strongly in favor of going for it. NumberFire suggested Quinn’s decision reduced Atlanta’s win expectancy by 37.3 percent even after the field goal was made, dropping them from a 50.7 percent favorite to a 13.4 percent underdog.
This season, with the league’s best offense, Quinn has rightfully been more aggressive. Atlanta went for it 13 times on fourth down while the game was within 14 points or less, tied for the eighth-most times in the league.
He notably went for it on fourth-and-1 on Atlanta’s 45-yard line on the opening possession of overtime against San Diego, only to be stuffed and end up losing the game on the next drive. It was the correct call, even if the move didn’t pay off.
London’s Evening Standard reported Friday that Jaguars owner Shahid Khan was considering selling his current English soccer club, Fulham, to buy Tottenham in part to move the Jaguars, the NFL team he owns, to London on a full-time basis.
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That followed news earlier this week that the new Tottenham Hotspurs stadium in North London will host two NFL games a year. Jacksonville already plays one home game a year in London, and has anchored the league’s marketing efforts in the UK.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are not moving to London. Even if they were thinking about it, they definitely shouldn’t.
Last November, I traveled to the NFL’s International Series at London’s Wembley Stadium to watch the Jags “host” Dallas. At first glance the addition of Tottenham’s North London location to the mix seems ideal to expand the International Series without relocating a franchise. Multiple locations in London’s sprawling geography allow for better accessibility. Tottenham isn’t next to Big Ben, but it’s much more centrally located than Wembley, which is far, far flung from the city’s center. It’s like Levi’s Stadium or Gillette Stadium.
Bryant’s deal came just minutes before Demaryius Thomas signed an almost identical deal with the Denver Broncos. Thomas, who was also a franchise-tagged player, wound up signing a five-year, $70 million extension with $43.5 million guaranteed. It was an interesting turn of events, given the fact that the Broncos and Cowboys were both targeted by the NFL Players Association with claims of collusion on the contracts of Bryant and Thomas.
Jerry Jones said there was no collusion in any way with the Broncos, according to Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas. It’s unclear if the concerns will be raised by the NFLPA going forward, given that Bryant and Thomas got deals within their market value.
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