The names include guard Ronald Leary, wide receiver Terrance Williams, defensive tackle Terrell McClain, cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne, safeties Barry Church and JJ Wilcox and defensive end Jack Crawford. Given the Cowboys’ cap situation, it will be near impossible to bring all these players back, especially if they want to go after a bigger-name free agent.
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Leary should have the worst chances of returning. The offensive line is a unit of strength for Dallas, and Leary likely will fetch around $8 million in free agency. Williams also plays at a position of strength for the Cowboys and should earn in the $6 million-plus range. McClain might be the player Dallas would like to retain the most, but a player-friendly contract for Tyrone Crawford would make a McClain deal a hard negotiation for the Cowboys.
The New England Patriots’ Super Bowl 51 parade is scheduled for 11 a.m. ET Tuesday.
Boston will celebrate the Pats’ 34-28 overtime victory Sunday against the Falcons with a Rolling Rally (can you say duck boats?).
The parade, in Boston, will start at Hynes Convention Center and travel down Boylston Street to Tremont Street, before ending at City Hall Plaza.
The NFL Network will carry live coverage on its NFL Total Access: Patriots Parade. CBS Boston will stream the parade live online.
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I think you’ll feel that impact, Angels general manager Billy Eppler told reporters before Monday’s game vs. the Braves (per MLB.com). The team will require multiple people stepping up in his absence. The team will continue to fight, as it always does, but you know you’re losing the heart of your order and the heart of your defense and a leader in the dugout and on the bench. It’s something to absorb, there’s no doubt. But I know the guys in the clubhouse will do their darndest to absorb it.
Those guys weren’t doing much to help Trout as it was, so trying harder might not be enough. The Angels were next to last in the AL in runs per game and 12th in home runs prior to Monday.
Albert Pujols is 37 and headed for the worst OPS of his career. He hit career homer No. 598 on Monday, but St. Louis Albert is long gone. Cameron Maybin, who was flanking Trout in left field, will be fine in center, but his offense isn’t going to spike sufficiently, given his .258/.324/.373 career averages. Right fielder Kole Calhoun needs to end his seasonlong slump pronto. The infield isn’t hitting, either.
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What if we told you there’s an NFL team coming off a three-win season, and they’re going into 2017 with a mess of a quarterback situation? And the general manager and head coach don’t seem to be on the same page? And their splashy move on draft day made them a laughingstock?
Up until this year, we might have been describing the Cleveland Browns. But now we’re talking about the Chicago Bears.
After parting ways with Jay Cutler, the Bears signed Mike Glennon to a three-year, $45 million contract with $18.5 million guaranteed. Then they shocked everyone, even Mitchell Trubisky, when they traded up from No. 3 to take the quarterback with the second overall pick.
So what happens if Watson isn’t the guy?
Well, they might be OK in 2017 anyway. The defense can keep games close, and maybe they’ll eke out another 9-7 year if the AFC South is down again. But that feeling of deja vu is already starting to linger and will only intensify if Houston sold out its first-round pick for a dud.
We’ve seen the Texans’ ceiling without a competent quarterback. We haven’t seen their ceiling with one, and that’s reason enough to be excited for the future. There’s a lot of pressure on Watson, but he’s used to handling pressure.
O’Brien and Smith are going all-in on Watson, if not in Week 1, then in the near future. If their gamble pays off, they could be looking at a Super Bowl contention window. If it doesn’t, they’ll probably be looking for new jobs. That’s the risk you take when you’re pursuing a franchise quarterback in today’s NFL.
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Authentic Matt Paradis Jersey In the second round, Chicago landed Ashland’s tight end Adam Shaheen, who has upside but his adjustment to the NFL may be more challenging as a small-school player. Safety was a need for the Bears, and they filled it with Alabama’s Eddie Jackson, whose injury history is a cause for concern.
Running back Tarik Cohen is a freak athlete, and he’ll serve as a change-of-pace back and complement Jordan Howard. But running back was not the Bears’ most pressing need. Jordan Morgan out of Kutztown was the team’s final pick. He played tackle in college but could convert to guard at the next level, and he may not be ready to contribute in 2017.
Other than Whitworth, the Rams didn’t make any huge moves, but they did add depth to their skill positions. With Kenny Britt going to Cleveland, they brought on receiver Robert Woods. Though he’s not a No. 1 receiver, the hope is that he can be a solid possession guy who can help them improve the league’s worst conversion rate on third downs (31.46 percent). The Rams also signed running back Lance Dunbar to be another option on third downs.
In this year’s draft, Los Angeles focused on adding more playmakers. With no first-round pick (they gave it up to get Goff last year), the Rams used a second-round selection on tight end Gerald Everett, a converted basketball player who put up big yardage in the Sun Belt conference.
The Rams followed that up by drafting slot receiver Cooper Kupp in the third round. The Eastern Washington product ran a slow 40 at the combine (4.62), but he was also the most prolific receiver in Division I history. The early reviews are positive.
The Oakland Raiders have a conditional lease agreement in place for the team’s new stadium in Las Vegas. As it stands now, the agreement will allow fans inside the stadium to place bets on games from their phones, according to ESPN’s David Perdum.
The NFL has strict rules about gambling, which adds another wrinkle to the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas. The team’s lease for the new stadium does include a provision banning any gaming or gambling, but nothing in the lease would keep fans from placing bets via one of many sportsbook apps.
It is possible to block access to sports betting apps inside the stadium using geolocation technology. That’s something the league could pursue through the Nevada Gaming Commission, but they haven’t done so yet.
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There were no flags thrown in my dreams. That’s how I knew it wasn’t real. The NFL would never allow players to have this kind of fun … or would they?
They might! Owners are gathering in Chicago this week to make a few rule changes, one of which is an easing of the league’s War on Fun.
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An NFL where players are having fun and fans are having fun watching them? Maybe it doesn’t have to be a dream.
(Next, can we do something about the nightmare that is Thursday Night Football?)
Elite Sam Shields Jersey The NFL’s continued efforts to improve player safety are fine and dandy. They should be commended, in fact.
But if the league wants certain penalized, flagrant hits to result in immediate ejections, as executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent suggested Wednesday, it needs to tread carefully.
Elite Kris Versteeg Jersey Based in part on perpetual confusion over its catch rule despite multiple, public explanations, the NFL apparently has not learned that, sometimes, less is more when it comes to the rule book.
So before it creates another complicated rule, the league at least should examine the nightmare that has been automatic ejections for targeting penalties in college football.
For years, the sights of players limping at young ages, shaking hands with gnarled fingers or struggling to turn their necks from side to side were the saddest sights fans could imagine.
They’re now being replaced by the effects of brains deteriorating and taking bodies along with them — sometimes violently, as the Junior Seaus, Dave Duersons and Andre Waterses have shown.
It’s wreaking havoc through more and more generations of players, coming closer to even the youngest ones.
The time at which we see players being debated in free agency, even the draft, paying the price of playing this sport gets closer every day.
There was the 2006 season, in which the Bengals commonly were criticized for having more arrests (10) than victories (eight). A USA Today database demonstrated the 2006 Bengals were the only team to reach double-figures in arrests in a single year — and that followed the 2005 AFC North championship season that portended such promise for the organization.
There was the Monday night game in 2007 against New England, when Cincinnati was trailing 17-7 at the half and wideout Chad Johnson harangued quarterback Carson Palmer all the way from the sideline to the tunnel, and perhaps beyond. Johnson broke off his route on a key play that led to an interception, and Palmer ripped him on the field. Johnson refused to allow Palmer to assert a quarterback’s leadership, even though Palmer was correct.
Johnson caught lots of ball for the Bengals, an average of 92 per year between 2003 and 2007, so Cincinnati management — and many of its fans — made allowances for his me-first antics. But the Bengals averaged seven wins per year and made the playoffs twice during Johnson’s time with the team. That pivotal New England game, the fourth game of the season, became a 34-13 loss and led to a 7-9 finish.
The Nebraska pass rusher admitted failing a Combine drug test, and everybody immediately knew his top-five status was toast. Then he fell out of the first round, and the next day he kept falling. When the Cowboys took him five picks from the end of the second round, he vowed to use the slide as motivation. He hasn’t quite done it yet: He is suspended for the first four games of the upcoming season.
Authentic Womens Kendall Wright Jersey There were also other, more subtle factors possibly affecting Lynn’s play, including one that would have seemed like a benefit: the chance to play close to home in Anaheim.
Elite Denny McLain Jersey I can’t see any advantages other than that you’re in the same house you live in all year long, Lynn said.
He continued, But the demands (on) your time are off the charts because everybody wants tickets, they want to see you because you’re around. I didn’t have to deal with that kind of stuff back east. When I came out here, sometimes I couldn’t wait to get on the road just to relax a little bit.
A lot of his problems were park-related, though. There’s a reason why Fenway Park has long been known as an offensive mecca, why Ted Williams hit .428 there in 1941 but just .380 on the road that year.
One of the reasons it is is that there’s no foul territory, Lynn said. Down the right field line or left field line, if it doesn’t go fair, it’s in the stands. That’s an advantage for the hitter. You don’t foul out much. Plus the background is really good.
Of course, there will always be resistance from myself and others if the powers that be try to bastardize the sport with unnecessary changes, such as the intentional walk rule, or the dreadful slide rules. But just because I don’t like them doesn’t mean I’m not willing to have the conversation about them. Some think both of those changes are good for the game. And that’s OK.
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with baseball’s pace of play at the moment. Same goes for length of game. I think baseball is just fine as is, but that doesn’t mean I’m unwilling to embrace change. (And #EmbraceThePace, too.) Fun is subjective, but as fans, we shouldn’t be so quick to pooh-pooh others’ ideas of what fun in baseball should be.
Before MLB commissioner Rob Manfred officially announced Friday that Cleveland will host the 2019 All-Star Game, he apparently had a thornier issue to discuss with the Indians — the future of the team’s controversial Chief Wahoo logo.
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Indians beat writer Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reported that Manfred met with Indians owner Paul Dolan and minority owner John Sherman at Progressive Field to discuss the future of the logo that is beloved by many fans but reviled by many fans and Native American groups as racist.
When asked about the Chief Wahoo issue after the All-Star announcement, Manfred said he didn’t want to speculate on the logo’s future.
The 30-year old is coming off a season in which he rushed for 824 yards in 13 games, all starts, and scored nine touchdowns. Stewart has not played in all 16 games in any of the last five seasons, but has rushed for more than 800 yards and better than four yards per carry in each of the last three.
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This Panthers have said they are going to try to put more of a focus on getting the ball into Stewart’s hands in 2017 after quarterback Cam Newton was asked to carry the ball nearly 100 times this past season.
The biggest thing, our realization is that our primary runner cannot be our quarterback, coach Ron Rivera said in an interview with ESPN in February. We’re going to look to do a little more backfield sets in terms of two backs and 12 personnel with the extra tight end as the lead blocker.
We’ve got to get guys like Jonathan Stewart rolling. We’ve got to put it in our backs’ hands and get the ball to our playmakers.
That trade was a day after the White Sox’s other big offseason deal, a jaw-dropper that sent left-handed ace Chris Sale to the Red Sox in exchange for Moncada (now first in BA’s ChiSox ranking), right-hander Michael Kopech (fifth), outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe (eighth) and right-hander Victor Diaz. Kopech, who owns a fastball that easily tops 100 mph, could be in Charlotte (and possibly Chicago) at some point this year, too; he’s at Double-A Birmingham and has 20 strikeouts in 12 innings over three starts so far this year.
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The Bears signed free agent wide receiver Kendall Wright on Saturday to a one-year deal worth $4 million, the team confirmed.
Wright, 27, spent his first five NFL seasons with the Titans, appearing in 66 games with 41 starts and catching 280 passes for 2,244 yards and 18 touchdowns.
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After being selected by the Titans with the 20th of the 2012 draft out of Baylor, Wright had 64 receptions for 626 yards and four TDs as a rookie. The 5-10 slot receiver then had a breakout second season in 2013, catching 94 passes for 1,079 yards and two touchdowns.
Last season Wright saw a significant drop in productivity. He appeared in just 11 games with four starts, catching 29 passes for 416 yards and three touchdowns.
Wright could help new quarterback Mike Glennon as a checkdown option over the middle of the field. With Alshon Jeffery now in an Eagles uniform, Wright should see plenty of playing time.