Lions add Deshawn Shead to secondary

The Lions’ quiet start to free agency has now grown a little louder, with an addition to the secondary.
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Former Seahawks defensive back Deshawn Shead has signed with Detroit. It’s a one-year, $3.5 million deal, with up to $3 million more in incentives.

Shead had ed both cornerback and safety in Seattle, and he was a starter in 2016. But in the offs after that season he suffered a torn ACL, and he ed in only two games last year.

The only need the Falcons have addressed in free agency so far has been at guard by signing veteran Brandon Fusco from the 49ers. The Falcons don’t have the money to go after Ndamukong Suh but they might find a cheap defensive tackle left among the free agents. — Vaughn McClure

The Panthers thought they’d filled the cornerback spot left vacant when they traded Daryl Worley to Philadelphia for wide receiver Torrey Smith. However, free-agent commitment Bashaud Breeland failed his physical on Friday, so that remains the biggest need. A backup tight end also is a priority after losing Ed Dickson to Seattle. Carolina Authentic Michael Frolik Jersey brought Luke Willson anderic Ebron in for visits this past week, but both left without signing. That also remains a huge need. — David Newton
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The NFL projected a range of $174.2 million to $178.1 million for the cap in December, and recently there were thoughts it would be at least $178 million and could exceed $179 million.

Being around the guys all spring and just being here for a whole spring to get ready, I feel way more comfortable and ready, Gray said.

Manager Aaron Boone thinks the comfort issue can be huge for Gray.

No question, he said. It’s a lot when you go somewhere at the trade deadline with all of the adjustments outside of just the baseball and the field.

Much love and thanks to Mr. Jones for standing behind me as he does for all of hisers, Elliott wrote. Great appreciation. Time to move on and look forward to a great season in ’18.

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Report: Aldon Smith pleads not guilty

Aldon Smith pleaded not guilty Monday to assault charges stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident, TMZ Sports reports.

Smith’s fiancee Francisco Cervelli Womens Jersey accused him of biting her wrists March 3. He faces misdemeanor charges of domestic violence, assault with force likely to produce bodily injury, false imprisonment and vandalism.

Smith entered a rehab facility the day after the incident. His next court date is April 5.

Until now, maybe.

On Monday, the Rams added Suh, the interior line version of Kevin Durant, to a line that already has Aaron Donald, the interior line version of LeBron James.

The latest move comes after the franchise had already traded for corner Marcus Peters and future Hall of Famer Aqib Talib. Add a loaded defense to an already loaded offense, headlined by Pro Bowlers Todd Gurley, Jared Goff and Cooper Kupp, and the Rams have to be the NFC favorites.

Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins recently made his pitch to Butler on social media.

Unfortunately, we weren鈥檛 able to do everything we wanted to do last year, so we鈥檙e trying to make that better, Blount said, already assuming responsibilities for his new job. We鈥檙e trying to make that part of the of the offense better. Even though these guys are good, there鈥檚 nothing wrong with making it better and better. Obviously, the Eagles brought in Jay Ajayi last year to make the offensive run game better, too. My job is to add value and our goal is to do our jobs together.

The small goal is to improve the running game, with the larger goal being to reach the Super Bowl. That鈥檚 something Blount has plenty of experience with, earning three rings the past four years, including championships the past two seasons with New England in 2017 and Philadelphia this past February.
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Matthew Slater visits Steelers

The Great New England Exodus of 2018 may not yet be over.

Field Yates of ESPN reports that receiver and special-teams ace Matthew Slater is visiting the Steelers on Saturday.

Brooks, who was named AFC defensive er of the week in Week Three of last season, is mostly a reserve on the Jets’ defense but is a core member of the special teams.

The NFL would probably like to avoid ever seeing the Josh McDaniels coaching fiasco ever happen again, and a subsequent rule change would ensure that it doesn’t.

NFL Competition Committee chairman Rich McKay confirmed that the league is considering a rule change that would allow assistant coaches to sign contracts for head coaching positions even before their teams are eliminated from the playoffs.

“Every year it’s become harder as the media pays more focus to those coaches and who may be going where,” McKay said, via Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk. “For too many years we’ve tried to hold that line on you can’t sign a contract but you can have an understanding.

Maybe this should have been obvious: I’ve been saying all along that Darnold has the best combination of floor and ceiling out of the quarterbacks in this draft, which fits what Cleveland needs to a T. He also just might be the best quarterback in the draft, which would also qualify as a thing that is good for the Browns.

Based on the chatter Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com heard coming out of L.A. this week, Darnold is “going No. 1.” That’s what an AFC exec told him, adding that “everyone” saw the “Browns’ franchise quarterback.”

Breer also talked to Jordan Palmer, the former college (loved him at UTEP!) and pro quarterback who trained both Darnold and Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen ahead of their pro days. Reading how Palmer set the pro day up — basically to highlight his strengths and “address any concerns” teams might have — is pretty fascinating. Go check it out.

The Seahawks truly are creating the Legion of Whom.
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Browns add tight end Darren Fells to early haul

Dmitry Orlov Authentic Jersey Two of the team’s brightest young stars — Pro Bowlers wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and safety Landon Collins — are scheduled to hit free agency after the 2018 season and both would be at the top of their respective position markets.
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Trading Pierre-Paul to the Buccaneers 聽saved a total of $37 million against the cap in 2019 and 2020 that now can be redirected to securing Beckham and Collins if the Giants choose. The pro-rated signing bonus portion of Pierre-Paul’s cap hits ($5 million each year) was accelerated into 2018, when the savings only are $2.5 million.

Authentic Jurrell Casey Jersey The 49ers needed a running back because their leading rusher from last year, Carlos Hyde, agreed to terms with the Browns this morning. The 25-year-old McKinnon, who ran for 570 yards and caught 51 passes for 421 yards last season, is now likely to be the starter in San Francisco.

McKinnon was the No. 58 er in our Free Agent Top 100.

Atlanta is an off-the-wall series where almost anything can happen. But Michael Vick’s cameo on last week’s episode, Money Bag Shawty, may be one of the best moments yet.

In the episode, the former NFL quarterback is outside a strip club and willing to race anybody who wants to take him on. Earn, who’s played by the series’ co-creator Donald Glover, decides to take him up for the challenge after a day of disappointments. Now, club owners want to make the moment a reality (sans Glover). And Vick is considering it.

After seeing that, I’ve gotten a lot of requests to come out and race guys outside of the club, said Vick in an interview with Bleacher Report. Whether it’s a strip club or a regular club, I might make that my side hustle, man. Maybe two weekends out of the month, I’ll go ahead and make me some money.

So who else is available in free agency? Jay Cutler would probably be the No. 2 quarterback on the list, but he is more likely to Kyrie Irving Womens Jersey retire than to in 2018.

ESPN draft expert thinks one QB stands out for the Jets

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Though Kufrin’s season of The Bachelorette doesn’t get underway until late May, Harbor is the most recent suitor with an NFL background to join the cast since Rodgers, 29, in 2016. The former Vanderbilt quarterback, who landed on the practice squads of the Buccaneers and Dolphins, proposed to leading lady JoJo Fletcher in the final week of Season 12. The two have been together ever since.
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As for Kufrin, 27, the Minnesota native is ready for a second chance at a happy ending after being jilted by Bachelor Arie Luyendyk Jr. in Monday’s controversial season finale. The embattled race car driver popped the question to Kufrin, only to break up with her in hopes of reconnecting with runner-up Lauren Burnham. Luyendyk, 36, asked Burnham, 25, to marry him in front of a live studio audience on Tuesday’s After the Final Rose special.

Trader Mike on steroids would attempt to trade up to No. 1 with the Browns, probably for Darnold. Unless he is content sitting where he is now.

It is a bold gamble designed to extricate the Jets from Quarterback Hell.
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The amount to be paid was resolved Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the NFL did not announce details.

Commissioner Roger Goodell held an appeal hearing with Jones on Monday. That came a few days after Goodell assessed the financial penalties for Jones’ lawsuit to overturn the suspension of Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott, and for a lawsuit Jones threatened to stop Goodell’s newly approved contract.

Many owners were consulted on seeking restitution, including members of the finance committee. Some finance committee members are on the compensation committee that was at the center of what became a legal back-and-forth over Goodell’s deal.

The restitution is rooted in a 1997 resolution that states owners can seek repayment Drew Doughty Youth Jersey for legal fees if a fellow owner is responsible for getting them involved in legal action.

Jets’ wild day includes landing linebacker Avery Williamson

The Jets will have a new inside linebacker this season.
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The team agreed to a deal with Avery Williamson, formerly of the Titans, on Tuesday night. That spells the end of Demario Davis’ time with the Jets. Davis, who is a free agent, was seeking big money from the Jets and they were unwilling to give it to him.

Elite Youth Washington Redskins Jersey Financial terms of the deal with Williamson were unknown Tuesday night. The 26-year-old was considered the top free agent inside linebacker on the market. He started 59 games for the Titans over four years and is known as a stout run-stuffer. He will team up with Darron Lee in the middle of Todd Bowles’ defense.

And McDonough was stuck with it, week after week.

Why should the sports media be so reluctant to address the lack of fundamentals, as if making an issue of such things relegates you to the window of an antiques shop?

For example, unless you anchor ESPN’s SportsCenter, there shouldn’t be any shame in reporting that a basket scored off an ally-oop slam dunk counts for the same two points as two made free throws.

To that logical end, in the second half of Thursday’s Seton Hall-N.C. State, Brad Nessler and Steve Lavin, calling the game on TBS, identified what would prove a significant determining factor: free throws.

While Philadelphia is shaping up to have a formidable front four, joining the NFL’s elite defensive lines throughout history could be tough. Even picking a top 10 can prove challenging, but we took a crack at the top 10 line units in league history.
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(Note: Since we’re talking about the 2018 Eagles specifically, this?list will go by individual season, even if many of the D-line units mentioned were dominant for long stretches.)

A year before sacks became an official NFL statistic, this famed Jets front four was nicknamed the New York Sack Exchange. The Jets unofficially?led the league in 1981 with 66 sacks. It was the success of the Jets’ defensive front, and a rookie game-changer who played for the crosstown Giants (Lawrence Taylor), that forced the league to Tom Wilson Womens Jersey acknowledge sacks in its record book.

At LSU, Mathieu was one of the most dynamic defensive players college football had known, becoming a finalist for the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore. But he got into trouble with marijuana and eventually was kicked out of school.

QB Matt Barkley signs two-year deal with Bengals

Quarterback Matt Barkley has signed with the Cincinnati Bengals, he announced on his Twitter account Saturday.

According to team’s website, it’s a two-year deal for Barkley, who will serve as the backup to starter Andy Dalton.

Barkley, 27, was drafted by the Eagles in the fourth round of the 2013 draft. The USC product most recently played for the Chicago Bears in 2016, but he was with the San Francisco 49ers in training camp last year and was signed midseason by the Arizona Cardinals but never played.

It’s unknown if he’s capable. He played behind Ertz and Brent Celek for much of his time in Philadelphia, making just 63 catches in 61 career games. Burton finished with only 23 catches for 248 yards and five touchdowns for the Eagles in 2017, and he had just one game with over 50 yards receiving. 

The Bears are hoping Burton keeps ascending as he takes over the No. 1 role at tight end in Chicago. But for now, he remains a big projection. 

But in 2016, Fuller missed the entire season after a knee procedure performed in August. The Bears became frustrated with the amount of time it was taking for him to return and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio questioned publicly whether Fuller was trying hard enough to come back.

As a result, the Bears declined the fifth-year option on Fuller, making him a free agent after the 2017 season. Fuller came back and had the best year of his career, finishing third in the NFL in pass-breaks (22) and playing far more aggressively against the run than he had.

He started all 16 games and finished with 61 tackles and two interceptions.

The New York Jets entered free agency with the most available salary-cap space and took advantage by signing the top available cornerback, a starting running back, a new inside linebacker and two bridge quarterbacks. 
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Rest-of-season fantasy basketball rankings for roto leagues

Kevin Durant has spent the entire season near the top in fantasy basketball this season, and this week he leapfrogs LeBron James to claim the No. 3 spot. With Stephen Curry sidelined because of another ankle injury, Durant has scored 37 or more in the last three games and his fantasy value continues to be boosted as long as Curry is sidelined.
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While Anthony Davis and James Harden stay at No. 1 and 2, there are some changes in the top 10 as Nikola Jokic moves up to claim the eighth spot, and Damian Lillard and Victor Oladipo round out the top 10.

Kerr joined U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna, U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson, chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, and students from throughout the South Bay to discuss the issue. Also in attendance was Matt Deitsch, 20, whose younger brother and sister stayed locked in closets during last month’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

I think he sees what so many of us see: There’s a moment in this country that can make a difference, Khanna said.

Deitsch identified himself as the oldest member of the Never Again movement. He and others in his group plan to march in Washington, D.C., on March 24.

It will change things because the youth is mobilizing at a rate that scares the status quo, said Deitsch, who noted: This is affecting all communities. It can happen anywhere.

The Celtics were expected to recall rookie Guerschon Yabusele from the G-League to add available depth. Yabusele hasn’t played in an NBA game since early February.

With Theis out, midseason addition Greg Monroe will likely see more time, while rookies Semi Ojeleye and Abdel Nader should see an increase in playing time as well.

We are equipped and we will battle on, I think is the way you gotta look at it, Stevens said. I’ve never been in a season that’s been like this. Obviously it started right out of the gate this way with Gordon. But, the rest of the year, we’ve dealt with what would be small, week-to-week or couple-weeks-out type things.

Despite the injuries, the Celtics (46-21) are seemingly entrenched as the No. 2 seed in the East. Two head-to-head matchups remain with the East-leading Raptors, but Toronto owns a 3.5-game lead entering Tuesday’s action. Boston has Authentic Shaquil Barrett Jersey a seven-game lead over the surging Indiana Pacers, the closest rival behind the Celtics.
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Harrison Barnes scored 30 points and the Dallas Mavericks turned around the game in the third quarter on their way to a 110-97 victory Tuesday night over the New York Knicks, who lost their eighth straight game.

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The Red Wings made it a one-goal game later in the second when Tyler Bertuzzi deflected a shot off the post and Nyquist knocked it in off the goal line.

Detroit appeared to get the equalizer on the power play later in the second but Anthony Mantha’s goal was immediately waved off because he redirected it into the net with his skate.
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Sobotka’s goal put St. Louis up 3-1, and after Chris Kelly’s shot deflected off Grant to pull Anaheim back within one, the Ducks turned it over and Berglund answered to put it away.

It just seems like we’re making the right decisions, said Alex Pietrangelo, who had two assists. We’re picking each other up.

Jake Allen stopped 20 shots for the Blues.

We’re trending in the right direction, Allen said. We still have a decent shot to get in there and make some noise. Hopefully we keep going.

The loss snapped a nine-game point streak for the Ducks. . The Blues will continue to play teams they are trying to chase down in the West when they next host the Avalanche. . Anaheim’s Adam Henrique skated in his 500th career game.

It is the rare spring training when the biggest theme of a March weekend is not about the latest injuries, interesting lineups or new closer situations but some really big names mercifully finding jobs, but such is the case this season. Right-hander Jake Arrieta is joining the Philadelphia Phillies and third baseman Mike Moustakas Mathieu Perreault Authentic Jersey is staying with the Kansas City Royals. Fantasy managers generally read far too much into the statistics of meaningless spring games — and nothing has changed there — but there is little question Arrieta, Moustakas and others are the big story from this weekend.

But I think it’s good for the first unit though, he added, because we actually get to have someone out there we’re going to run stuff for and who is a threat, as opposed to having somebody who is not an option.
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Smith said his scoring in the starting lineup came more in the flow of the offense, rather than featured sets.

Those are ‘go-get-’em’ buckets, Smith said. Those wasn’t like, ‘All right, look, this is what we’re looking for …’

Stanford’s Harrison Phillips wants to bring ‘intellectual brutality’ to the NFL

INDIANAPOLIS 锟斤拷 Stanford defensive lineman Harrison Phillips will make you feel bad about yourself.
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At Stanford last season, Phillips’ production came mostly while playing as a nose guard. Phillips said he only played the zero-technique role out of necessity because of Stanford’s roster depth. In the NFL, he thinks he could play the zero-technique, or a the more penetrating three-technique, lined up between the guard and center.

I don’t have a preference, Phillips said of his ideal position. I like Connor Barth Authentic Jersey being around the ball, closer to it. I like rushing from a (three-technique), but I think everybody does. I know that I can play both, and that versatility is a positive.

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The franchise tag gave Bell $12.12 million last season. If he’s stays on it again in 2018, it would pay him $14.544 million. While that’s a nice chunk of change, Bell wants a commitment from his team that’s never been seen in NFL history. He just might get it, too.

I believe I am [confident]. … I think with both sides wanting to get something done. … I think that certainly aids your ability to get that done, GM Kevin Colbert said in mid-February, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

He added, We do know that Le’Veon has been a great player for us. We think he can still be a great player from this point forward, and we would love to have him to be with the Steelers for the rest of his career.

After trading Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers in October, the Patriots’ backup quarterback for Tom Brady 锟斤拷 who is 40, in case you haven’t heard 锟斤拷 is Brian Hoyer, a 32-year-old journeyman.

Garoppolo was traded because his impending free agency meant the Patriots couldn’t keep him on the depth chart behind Brady any longer. His brief time with the San Francisco 49ers at the end of 2017 season was impressive enough to warrant a record-breaking contract in February.

So it’d make sense for the Patriots to go back to the well.

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