Report: Frank Gore close to a deal with the Lions

Running back Frank Gore is close to a deal with the Lions, Mike Jones of USA Today reports.
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The Lions have spent the past few days entertaining running backs in an effort to improve their 32nd-ranked running game. DeMarco Murray and Jonathan Stewart also visited Detroit.

With teams still not willing to giveers cap-percentage protection, and with the funding rule (which is codified in the Collective Bargaining Agreement at Article 26, Section 9) making teams unwilling to put significant salaries to be paid in the fourth, fifth, or sixth year into escrow, the ideal combination for Cousins became a short-term, fully-guaranteed deal.

That’s what Cousins will get, and it will put him back on the open market at the age of 32. Even if the contract allows the Vikings to tag Cousins, the Drew Brees grievance from 2012 means that Cousins would be eligible for a 44-percent bump over his 2020 cap year (since Cousins has been tagged twice before), making the franchise tag likely too expensive.

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The Cowboys were in hot pursuit of Watkins, who signed a three-year, $48 million deal with Kansas City, getting $30 million guaranteed. Jean-Jacques Taylor of 103.3FM ESPN Radio quoted a source as saying, It was very close… as in money couldn’t have been the reason.

The Cowboys are not expected to re-sign fourth receiver Brice Butler, and Dez Bryant’s future remains in doubt because of his $16.5 million salary cap number.

Watkins would have provided Dak Prescott with another much-needed weapon.

The Bears attempted to address wide receiver, tight end, backup quarterback, cornerback and outside linebacker in free agency, but Chicago still has a glaring need on its offensive line. The Bears’ decision to decline veteran guard Josh Sitton’s option leaves them with a hole along the interior of the offensive line. Chicago may be in for Notre Dame Mike Quick Womens Jersey guard/tackle Quenton Nelson with the eighth overall pick in the draft next month.

Jeremiah Sirles visiting the Panthers today

The Panthers have one big vacancy on their line after losing All-Pro left guard Andrew Norwell to the Jaguars, and need some competition and depth to go with some in-house candidates. The Panthers have also visited with tight ends Eric Ebron and Luke Willson, as they work the fringes of the market after going a big deal for big defensive tackle Dontari Poe.

The antiquated stereotype of women needing to hide for their own protection is not permitted in America and certainly not in the workplace. The Saints responded to The Times via email, stating that the organization strives to treat all employees fairly. At the appropriate time Glenn Robinson Authentic Jersey and in the appropriate forum, the Saints will defend the organization’s policies and workplace rules, said Leslie A. Lanusse, lawyer for the Saints. For now, it is sufficient to say that Ms. Davis was not subjected to discrimination because of her gender.

I’m satisfied at where the numbers are, Jones said. Both Lawrence and the Cowboys are getting value here. I see it both ways. But it’s an acceptable value for the Cowboys as well to be able to do the one-year deal.

Lawrence and the Cowboys have until July 16 to work out a longer deal with their leader in sacks from last season.

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Six years ago, teams lined up for a chance to have quarterback Peyton Manning reject them. Now, with Kirk Cousins hitting the market as the first healthy franchise quarterback on the right side of 30 in the history of free agency, the universe of interested teams sits at four. One eighth of the entire league.

But how many teams are actually interested in Cousins? The Cardinals, as of a week ago, thought Cousins would be too expensive for their budget. Now, they’re back in it. Supposedly.

Here’s a theory/hypothesis/whatever: Only the Jets are seriously interested, and the other three teams are essentially leverage. The Cardinals, Broncos, and Vikings would be willing participants in this dance, because showing interest in Cousins could help them leverage other arrangements.
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Dolphins to sign Albert Wilson on Wednesday

The Dolphins were tabbed as the favorites to land wide receiver Albert Wilson in free agency on Monday night and the deal is set to move forward when the league year starts on Wednesday afternoon.

PFT has learned, via a league source, that the Dolphins plan to sign Wilson to a three-year, $24 million deal. The Dolphins are also expected to finalize a trade sending wide receiver Jarvis Landry to the Browns on Wednesday.

It’s a former Giants employee who got him, though, and Tom Coughlin’s second offseason running the Jaguars’ football operations is starting with a splash.

Here’s a California kid who wants to be a Cleveland Brown, who wants to play in the elements.

He elected not to throw in controlled climate conditions at the NFL Scouting Combine but had no qualms about showing off his tweaked delivery in the rain.

Jones was released from custody Wednesday morning, and the NFL is?looking into the matter, according to TMZ.

Both Jones’ brother and father, former NFL player Robert Jones, responded to the incident online:?

Jones registered 27 catches for 316 yards and two touchdowns in his rookie season. He was a second-round pick (37th overall) by the Bills in the 2017 NFL draft.

But during a podcast with Cowboys radio host Brad Sham (via the Fort Worth Star Telegram ), Romo defended Bryant.

Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal reports that Tod Leiweke is out as the NFL’s COO. Leiweke will be replaced by Mary Ann Turcke of NFL Media, per Kaplan. Turcke joined the league in 2017.

Leiweke drew positive reviews for his early work with the league. It’s unclear where or how things went sideways, or whether Leiweke simply decided to move on.

The Jets currently have Josh McCown , Teddy Bridgewater , Bryce Petty, and Christian Hackenberg in their quarterback room. They’re going to draft a quarterback third overall .

Expect the Jets to perhaps carry four quarterbacks into training camp, as they assess the health of Bridgewater’s knee. That means Petty or Hackenberg is a goner, fairly soon. And if Bridgewater’s knee looks fine, neither of those two will make the 53-man roster. 49ers_214

Joe Thomas will make a retirement decision soon

Harris had two seasons remaining on the five-year, $17.5 million contract he signed with former Giants general manager Jerry Reese in 2015. Harris took a $500,000 pay cut last offseason, which lowered his salary from $2.975 million to $2.475 million for 2017.
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Harris made the Pro Bowl as a special teamer in 2016 due to his coverage skills. His production as a returner has declined since 2015 when he had two return touchdowns and averaged 28.7 yards on kickoffs and 10.0 yards on punts.

He’s a hell of a er. I’m a big fan of his, big fan of what he’s done, Goff said of Cousins. He’s tremendous. I don’t think he gets enough credit for what he’s done. Some of the throws he made [that] we see on film. You rewind it, you watch it again. It’s unbelievable.

I asked why Cousins doesn’t get more credit.

I don’t know. Because guys like you don’t like to talk about him, Goff said with a laugh.

Cousins has been talked about plenty since then, and he’ll be talked about plenty more as the offseason continues to unfold. The biggest topic will be whether Cousins, on a championship-caliber roster (which he didn’t have in Washington) along with a normally-functioning front office (which he didn’t have in Washington), can improve on what was three straight 4,000-yard seasons, including one that maxed out at 4,917.

Rogers has shown flashes, but caught just 18 passes for 149 yards last year. He was a 48-catch er in 2016, and with the deals passed out yesterday to receivers of similar pedigree, that would have qualified him to get rich somewhere.

The Steelers might still bring him back later, but the timing of the injury kept him from cashing in.
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Manziel eventually met the Brian Cushing Authentic Jersey conditions set by a judge and had his case dismissed in November.

Manziel says he is now sober and on medication for bipolar disorder and has been working out in California in his effort to resurrect his career.

He recently got married, according to reports.

ABC thinks NFL anthem protests are too hot a topic for a sitcom

The ABC sitcom Black-ish has never shied away from hot-button political topics. But NFL anthem protests are apparently a bridge too far.
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Kenya Barris, the creator of Black-ish, confirmed that ABC declined to run an episode of the show that included characters arguing over football players kneeling for the national anthem. The episode was set to run on February 27 but was replaced with a rerun, and ABC has no plans to air the episode or make it available on any other platform.

Given our creative differences, neither ABC nor I were happy with the direction of the episode and mutually agreed not to air it, Barris told Variety. 锟斤拷Black-ish’ is a show that has spoken to all different types of people and brought them closer as a community and I’m so proud of the series.

Darnold is an athletic playmaker (7,229 passing yards, 57 touchdowns, 22 interceptions in two seasons) who can work from the pocket and excels outside of structure. He looked like the No. 1 overall pick before the 2017 campaign, and his talent hasn’t changed between then and now.

When the Jets called teams with a top-three draft pick to inquire about the possibility of a trade, it would appear the New York Giants rebuffed any such overtures.

Two possible reasons why general manager Dave Gettleman wasn’t willing to move the second overall pick: either the Giants are enamored with a quarterback prospect or Gettleman wanted much more in return than the Colts received (the sixth overall pick and three second-round selections).

It will be interesting to see which players we can potentially line up first for initial visits, Maccagnan said. Obviously we’ll be very active on the first day in terms of the higher profile guys. I think the one thing I’ve noticed in the NFL this year or in the past years, I should say, is free agency moves very quickly. If you have guys targeted and you have your range how you value them, we’ll be very active.

Everyone is looking at whether the Jets will make a huge offer to quarterback Kirk Cousins, but they should also be preparing to call Drew Brees锟斤拷s agent tomorrow, if Brees and the Saints don’t come to a deal today. Everyone expects Brees to remain in New Orleans, but the two sides haven’t reached a deal yet, and so the Jets should touch base with Womens Vernon Hargreaves III Jersey Brees’s agent as soon as they’re allowed to tomorrow.
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The New York Jets should sign Allen Hurns or Terrelle Pryor

There have been a few free agents who I’ve written articles about the Jets signing, including Allen Robinson and Tyrann Mathieu. So far the team hasn’t signed a one, but here’s hoping that this article breaks the trend.
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In theory, the Jets already have a decent receiving corps with Quincy Enunwa, Jermaine Kearse, Robby Anderson and two very young receivers with potential in Chad Hansen and ArDarius Stewart.

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Hurns, however, is two years younger than Pryor and perhaps has more potential, so Jets fans shouldn’t be upset if he’s the one Gang Green goes with.

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It’s not clear where the 27-year-old Fluker will fit along Seattle’s offensive line. He played right guard for the past three seasons after beginning his career at tackle. Ethan Pocic finished his rookie season in 2017 as Seattle’s starting right guard but has also played left guard and right tackle. Luke Joeckel, Seattle’s starter at left guard for much of last season, is an unrestricted free agent.

The agreement was first reported by the NFL Network and CBSSports.com. The financial terms of the deal weren’t immediately available.

Fluker spent last season with the New York Giants, appearing in nine games with six starts, after beginning his career with the Chargers, who drafted him 11th overall out of Alabama in 2013. In Seattle, he’ll reunite with Womens Sammie Coates Jersey offensive line coach Mike Solari, who was hired by the Seahawks this offseason after spending the past two seasons in the same capacity with the Giants.

The Giants signed Fluker on the cheap last offseason to a one-year, $3 million deal. He began the 2017 season on the bench before working his way into the Week 4 starting lineup at right guard, where he was a difference-maker in the run game when healthy.

The Texans weren’t alone in their pursuit of Mathieu.Odd as it sounds, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots need a win this offseason, too.

They lost Malcolm Butler, Solder and Lewis, which is quite a bit to cough up in one offseason.

And while the team got an extension done for safety Nate Ebner, it shouldn’t stop the Pats from grabbing a playmaker in the defensive secondary—though it can’t be Mathieu after his deal in Houston.

As usual, the Patriots are an attractive destination for a free agent. If the Patriots are willing to pay the necessary cash, they’ll add a player on a market that has yet to really develop while waiting on Mathieu to find a landing spot.

New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman made a solid trade for linebacker Alec Ogletree.

The Los Angeles Rams apparently didn’t like Ogletree’s fit with defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, though one could guess the team didn’t like his $10 million cap hit in 2018 either.

There is an out in Ogletree’s contract after this year, but a team with hardly $1 million in free space as of this writing is bound to need some relief.

Grabner’s second goal in as many games was the Devils’ 10th shorthanded goal of the season.

The Devils doubled their lead at 13:27 when defenseman Damon Severson threaded a long pass to center Nico Hischier at the Kings’ blue line. Hischier entered the offensive zone and snapped his 16th goal of the season past Quick.

After the Devils failed to capitalize on three second-period power plays, they added a third goal in the third period. Brian Boyle set up a 2-on-1 rush for Miles Wood and Drew Stafford, where Wood kept the puck and beat Quick for his 17th goal of the season at 6:06.

The Devils continue their California swing with the second leg of a back-to-back on Sunday, when they play the Anaheim Ducks at 9 p.m. Eastern at Honda Center.

They then play the San Jose Sharks at 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday at SAP Center in San Jose, and the Devils end their marathon six-game road trip against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. patriots_145

Andrew McCabe was just offered a job by a congressman so he can get his full retirement. And it just might work.

That’s one way of protesting Andrew McCabe’s firing as deputy FBI director, roughly a day before he was set to retire: At least one Democratic congressman has offered McCabe a temporary job so he can get full retirement benefits 锟斤拷 and McCabe appears to be considering.
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Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) announced Saturday afternoon that he has offered McCabe a job to work on election security in his office, so that he can reach the needed length of service to retire.

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On Thursday, McCabe pleaded with Justice Department brass to be AJ McCarron Jersey spared. Late into the evening Friday, top officials drafted their own report on what McCabe had done. Just before 10 p.m., it was emailed to him and his attorneys. Minutes later, Sessions announced McCabe had been fired, effective immediately.

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All along we have said nothing, never wanting to distract from the mission of the FBI by addressing the lies told and repeated about us, McCabe wrote. No more.

McCabe锟斤拷s firing just short of his 50th birthday on Sunday, is likely to cost him significant pension benefits. One House Democrat, Rep. Mark Pocan (Wis.), offered McCabe a job to work on election security in his office so that he can reach the needed length of service to retire.

The dismissal once again drew the FBI into a political controversy as those inside the bureau already fear the institution锟斤拷s reputation may not survive unrelenting attacks from Trump and his allies.

Certainly the FBI is in the barrel, and they badly want to get out of it 锟斤拷 the workforce does, said former FBI assistant director Ron Hosko. But headlines like this are not the way out.

Inside the FBI, the mood was tense this weekend, with some agents exchanging messages about how they might help McCabe and expressing anger at what they saw as a cruel and vindictive dismissal.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch on Gerrit Cole: ‘He doesn’t need to be fixed’

Gerrit Cole has possibly the best arsenal in MLB with a fastball in the upper 90s and three more pitches many scouts grade as above average. Despite all of the tools in his toolbag though, the talk around Cole this offseason is how to fix the former NL Cy Young candidate after the worst season of his career.
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That is what Hinch wants him to do, and with a pitching coach like Brent Strom who had every Astros’ starting pitcher from a year ago adjust in some way, Cole could see his numbers come back to the mean rather than the outlier of a season he had in 2017. Cole said he is looking forward to doing some new things and doing it somewhere new.

I’m pretty relaxed right now, Cole said. A change of environment has been really nice.

How did he do it?

Ramirez said he read Tom Brady’s book, The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance, and adopted some of the concepts, including the use of fitness bands to increase flexibility.

Ramirez, 34, admitted he was terrible last season. The 2009 NL batting champion hit a career-low .242 in Chris Scott Authentic Jersey 2017, with 23 home runs and a .750 OPS.

After undergoing surgery on his left shoulder in the offseason, Ramirez said he feels fantastic.

Entering the final season of a four-year, $88 million contract, Ramirez can vest his option in 2019 by getting 497 plate appearances this year. Ramirez told reporters Friday he feels like he can play 150 games.

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Both teams have won three Stanley Cups since 2009. Both teams have had good fortune in the draft. Both are way too overexposed, and both are frustratingly well-managed (with a few bumps here and there). But in the end, we have to give the nod to the Pittsburgh Penguins as the Duke Blue Devils of the NHL, despite the presence of the joyously popular and all-around good dude Phil Kessel. But, hey, the college program that produced Greg Paulus also produced Grant Hill. It happens.

Bucs agree to extension with Cameron Brate, to re-sign Brent Grimes

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Brate’s deal is for six years and $41 million with $18 Kerry Hyder Womens Jersey million guaranteed, while Grimes’ deal is for one year and $10 million.
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Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has helped develop unheralded inside linebackers such as Todd Davis and Brandon Marshall in years past, so the Rams might be able to get by without big-money players on the interior.

Gettleman gives up fourth- and sixth-round picks to the Rams, who send a 2019 seventh-rounder back as part of the deal. The Giants managed to avoid sending the 102nd pick and instead sent their later fourth-rounder, the 135th selection, but they’re not in a position to trade away draft picks given how bereft the back of their roster is at the moment. This is a better swap for the Rams.

The Seattle Seahawks are keeping a key member of the Legion of Boom in place after releasing one of the leaders of the group last week.

The team has agreed to a three-year deal with versatile safety Bradley McDougald, one of the team’s 16 unrestricted free agents.

McDougald entered the league with the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2013 and was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers later that season. He went on to start 36 games from 2014 to 2016 for Tampa Bay and had a career-high 91 tackles in 2016.

Given the rapid-fire succession of trades we saw from Dorsey on Friday, though, it’s difficult not to see this as an inflection point for Cleveland’s team-building strategy. It has been popular (if not entirely accurate) to think of the Browns as the NFL equivalent of the Philadelphia 76ers, compiling draft pick after draft pick while failing to show any shred of competitiveness for a number of seasons.

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton has publicly declared that he’s not the least bit worried that his franchise quarterback could become an unrestricted free agent Wednesday afternoon.