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Ryan Shazier Has $8.26M of Steelers Salary Converted into Signing Bonus

The Pittsburgh Steelers reportedly converted the bulk of injured linebacker Ryan Shazier’s 2018 salary into a signing bonus Thursday.

As we trend toward a split in styles of tight ends, with some of the next generation serving as pure pass-catchers acquired for defensive mismatches and all but ditching blocking responsibilities, Witten was a model of both. He blocked willingly and effectively, and cleared the way for four 1,000-yard rushers (DeMarco Murray did it twice in 2013 and 2014) during his 15-year career in Dallas.

Witten served as a reliable target at a variety of depths, finishing with the fourth most career receptions in NFL history (1,152). He also finished first in Cowboys history in career receptions (leading Michael Irvin by 452 grabs) and receiving yards (12,448, the second most of a tight end in NFL history), and third in receiving touchdowns with 68. Witten’s 11 Pro Bowl appearances were bested only by Gonzalez, who finished with 14.

Safety: Jaquiski Tartt is ideal for the strong starting spot, but free safety Eric Reid was unsigned. Seventh-rounder Adrian Colbert played OK as a rookie through six starts, but there’s nothing spectacular yet about his playmaking. Jimmie Ward, who’s better off at either corner or nickel back, isn’t an answer. The 49ers could use a versatile, more adept cover man.

Offensive line: Richburg takes care of center, but at left guard Laken Tomlinson and Jonathan Cooper are makeshift retreads. At right guard, Joshua Garnett, a 2016 first-rounder, didn’t play at all in ’17 after knee surgery. And while left tackle Joe Staley needs a successor soon, he and right tackle Trent Brown were terrific together last season, which makes the interior a much bigger priority.

Bowles was later asked if the Jets would consider carrying just two QBs during the 2018 season, presumably McCown and Darnold while potentially cutting ties eventually with Bridgewater and Hackenberg.

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Orioles claim Jace Peterson off waivers from Yankees

The Orioles have claimed utility infielder Jace Peterson after he was placed on waivers by the New York Yankees.

Hernandez led off Philadelphia’s first by lining a double to right and advanced to third on Dyson’s fielding error. He scored on Santana’s groundout.

David Peralta’s sacrifice fly tied it at 1 in the third. Herrera’s sac fly gave the Phillies a 2-1 lead in the bottom half. Descalso’s sac fly put the Diamondbacks up 3-2 in the sixth.

Diamondbacks: RHP Taijuan Walker had Tommy John surgery on Wednesday in New York. RHP Shelby Miller, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery performed last year, threw his first session of live batting practice Wednesday. He could return this summer.

Phillies: GM Matt Klentak said RHP Jerad Eickhoff could return to the starting rotation by the end of May. Eickhoff has been out with a strained muscle in his back since spring training.

RHP Matt Koch (0-0, 1.13 ERA) starts for the Diamondbacks and RHP Ben Lively (0-1, 4.64 ERA) goes for the Phillies in the series finale on Thursday afternoon.

With the Spurs eliminated from the postseason, let’s look ahead to the free-agency, draft and trade decisions facing San Antonio this offseason.

“If you have to try to make yourself fall in love with a player,” Gettleman said, “it’s wrong.”

And it means the 2018 Giants cannot spell B-E-L-I-E-V-E without an E, an L and an I.

“Eli texted me right away saying congratulations and if I ever need anything let him know and let’s get ready to work,” Barkley said.

Bronx-born Barkley is Gettleman’s master plan to walk the tightrope between the present and future of the New York Football Giants.

Because to him, Barkley represents both Win Now and Win Later.

He is Gettleman’s God Jacket Giant who not only makes life easier on Manning in his last desperate bid for a third Super Bowl championship, but will also pair for years with his fast friend Odell Beckham Jr. for the quarterback who follows Manning.dolphins_102

The Saints have five days to match the tender.

With New Orleans adding Cameron Meredith and re-signing Brandon Coleman recently, it seems unlikely the Saints would match the Ravens’ offer sheet. New Orleans would get no compensation if they decline to match.

Perhaps more significantly, adding Snead would likely take the Ravens out of the running to add Bryant.

After going undrafted in 2014, Snead spent the past three seasons on the Saints’ active roster. In his first two years in New Orleans, the 25-year-old looked like New Orleans’ latest diamond-in-the-rough receiver. He compiled 1,879 yards on 141 receptions with seven touchdowns in 2015 and 2016. Last season, following a three-game suspension and a hamstring issue, Snead’s play dropped precipitously. He earned just eight catches for 92 yards in 11 games.

The Browns could make out like bandits in this scenario. They would take Allen, then get Buffalo’s two first-round picks this year — No. 12 and No. 22 — and add at least one more pick in next year’s draft, likely a second-rounder. That’s a haul for a team that is rebuilding. It makes too much sense. Then again, it’s a week to the draft. Does anything make sense? 1. Cleveland Browns Josh Allen, QB,  Wyoming. I just believe he will be the choice for John Dorsey. Draft Twitter will go nuts, but it’s the right choice.

The Colts have seemingly been linked to every non-quarterback prospect expected to go in the top 10. From guard Quenton Nelson, to running back Saquon Barkley, to pass rusher Bradley Chubb, corner Denzel Ward, defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, or linebackers Tremaine Edmunds and Roquan Smith.

If Ballard believes he can get one of his targeted players a few picks later (say No. 11 where the Dolphins reside, or No. 12 from Buffalo), trading back makes perfect sense. If there is a risk he’d get stuck taking a lower-graded player, Indy should stick at six.

With six days until NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell kicks off the draft from Dallas, Ballard said his board is nearly set.

“Well, I guess we’ll see on draft day. We’re still working through it, but we’re getting close,” he said. “Look, you work through when you’re meeting with your coaches and your scouts, you’re still gathering just the last bit of information that you need. I would say it was 90 percent set with just a couple of tweaks here and there before early next week.”
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Longtime Rangers anthem singer John Amirante dies

John Amirante, whose performances of the national anthem were a staple at New York Rangers home games since 1980, has died at 83, the team announced Tuesday morning.

“It is with great sadness our Rangers family shares the loss of legendary anthem singer John Amirante, who passed away this morning at 83. Our thoughts are with his wife Ann, his children and the entire Amirante family. We will forever remember and miss John,” the Rangers said in a statement..

Amirante, a New York native who grew up a Rangers fan, became the regular anthem singer for the Rangers and New York Knicks after debuting in November 1980. His time with the Knicks ended in the 1990s, but he continued with the Rangers until 2015. Afterward, he would appear on occasion to sing the anthem, and the Madison Square Garden faithful would roar in appreciation.

MacMullan: We’ve been reciting the gaudy statistics all season of a Houston lineup that includes (likely) MVP James Harden, resident Yoda Chris Paul and center Clint Capela. The arrival of Paul created even more easy buckets (read: dunks) for the rapidly improving Capela, but aside from his league-leading field goal percentage (65.2), Capela has emerged as one of those agile, rangy big men who track down opponents and simply abuse them by swatting their offerings into the seats. His two-way play has been a tad overlooked amid the plaudits for his high-octane backcourt. As Houston continues to advance, so will Capela’s case for a max deal when the season ends.

Patterson is going after the news outlets for “character assassination,” but the police report supports the stories’ veracity.

“The defendant ran towards the door of the courtroom to exit,” the police report, obtained by TMZ, states. “While running towards the door, the defendant tackled officer B. Robert causing her to fall backwards and sustaining an injury to the back of her head.”

It is unclear how exactly Patterson feels the incident is being misreported. Yet he denies just about everything.

He “never ran out of a courtroom at the Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse in downtown Miami, nor did he injure any polices officers, nor did a Judge order for him to be taken into custody,” his lawsuit states, which went line by line on ESPN’s report, adding “which is false” to many of the details.

Along with the money, Patterson seeks the article’s scrubbing and says it has damaged his reputation. ESPN declined comment.
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Prosecutors made the allegation without naming the Manafort associate but described his role with Manafort in detail.

The description matches the Russian manager of Manafort’s lobbying office in Kiev, Konstantin Kilimnik.

Kilimnik, a White House spokesman and an attorney for Gates did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Kilimnik has previously denied intelligence ties, telling The Washington Post in a statement in June that he has no relation to the Russian or any other intelligence service.

Angels: LHP Andrew Heaney, on the disabled list retroactive to last Monday with inflammation in his pitching elbow, threw 69 pitches over five times getting up and down during an intrasquad game in Arizona. General manager Billy Eppler will meet with the medical staff before determining the pitcher’s next step.

Athletics: OF Joyce was the DH for a second straight game as he nurses a sore right ankle. Manager Bob Melvin hopes it will only be a day or two before he’s back in left. … RHP Trevor Cahill, who signed a minor league deal last month for a second stint with Oakland, is still building his workload and innings at extended spring training.

Angels: RHP JC Ramirez, an 11-game winner last season, pitches the home opener for the Angels against Cleveland.

Athletics: RHP Andrew Triggs pitches for the first time since a hip injury last June 9 that required labrum surgery as the A’s open a series against Texas.

Even if the Panthers add a back in the 2018 draft, there’s a giant question mark hanging over the run game. And it isn’t as though the passing game will pick up the slack, either.

McCaffrey led the team in receptions in 2017. Greg Olsen started showing his age in an injury-marred campaign. Devin Funchess is OK, but he isn’t much more than that. Newcomer Torrey Smith isn’t a magic fix-it.

While the Panthers have a good defense, even Luke Kuechly and Co. can’t reasonably be expected to hold opponents under 17 points every week.

Among all of last year’s NFC playoff teams, the Panthers are the closest to their worst-case scenario at the end of March.

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Former Eagles DT Beau Allen is joining the Bucs.

There was one other bit of unfinished quarterback business heading into free agency, and the Saints took care of it on Tuesday. The Saints got around to locking Brees up with a two-year, $50 million contract on Tuesday, so he will almost certainy finish his career with New Orleans. But they waited long enough that other teams were in touch with Tom Condon, Brees’ agent, about the possibility of signing him. At least one other team was willing to offer Brees a fully guaranteed two-year, $60 million deal to woo him away from New Orleans, according to ESPN’s Mike Triplette. It didn’t work.

After making $9.3 million over the first three years of his rookie deal, Watt signed a six-year extension for $100 million to secure his future with the Texans.

He’ll see at least $62.8 million of that extension before the Texans even consider parting ways with Watt, which would be after this season, bringing his earnings through the end of 2018 to $72.1 million.

Houston had a ton of cap space (and dearth of draft picks)?but hasn’t had a very encouraging offseason to date, missing out on the top O-line prospects. But even nearing his 34th birthday, Joseph continues to be solid player who will provide some needed continuity in the secondary.?

Things went better for Aqib Talib in Denver, but after Talib’s age-31 season, the Broncos decided they were better off going with Bradley Roby and shipped Talib off to the Rams.

Sherman will turn 30 later this month and will be coming off a ruptured Achilles tendon he suffered in November, so the odds are against him returning to his perennial All-Pro form for a significant length of time.

The good news is that he landed in a welcoming location with the 49ers.

The Seahawks were more diverse in their coverages than some might suggest, but Sherman’s size, instincts and spatial awareness made him a perfect fit for the Cover-3 that Seattle ran as its base coverage.
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Tyronn Lue finally admits it’s time to shake up Cavs’ lineup

Tyronn Lue is finally willing to change the Cavaliers’ starting lineup after Tuesday’s 114-102 loss to the Spurs.

Cleveland has now dropped 10 of its last 12 games, which seemed to be the final straw for Lue.

“I’m gonna make a change,” he told reporters after the game.

Boucher was happy that his team finished 2-2 on a week-long road trip.

The Stars have tied the score in the final three minutes of regulation in the last three games but won only one in overtime. They could have extended their lead for the first wild card in the Western Conference to more than three points over Los Angeles.

Dallas’ Tyler Seguin scored twice, on the power play in the first period and from the top of the right faceoff circle with 1:02 left in the third period to tie it.

“We shouldn’t be waiting for the last two, three minutes to start going,” Seguin said. “That’s a point that should never have not been ours.

Sacramento and Cleveland continue to discuss a deal for guard George Hill, league sources tell ESPN. Iman Shumpert and Channing Frye are primary players in ongoing conversations.

The Cavaliers have fallen into third place in the Eastern Conference, just one game in front of the Heat, and have been in trade talks for multiple players during their losing skid (10 losses in past 14 games entering Tuesday). Hill was mentioned as a possibility Saturday and it appears those talks are heating up for the 31-year-old, who is averaging 10.3 points and 2.8 assists per game. However, according to Opta, those are the lowest averages he has had since 2010-11 with the Pacers.

Cleveland’s guards though have not been much better. Jose Calderon is averaging 4.1 points and 2.1 assists per game, while Derrick Rose is putting up 13.4 points and 1.8 assists, but he has only played in nine games. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 16.1 points and 3.6 assists, but he has only played in seven games.
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Don’t expect to see Tim Tebow in the XFL when the league launches in 2020.

The former Florida and NFL quarterback said Wednesday he’s focused more on getting ready for spring training with the Mets later this month and hasn’t paid any attention to the XFL’s pending rebirth.

“To be honest, I really haven’t given it any thought,” Tebow told SEC Country. “I’ve got too many important things going on, and I’m getting ready for spring training in slightly over a week.

Is that enough for the Patriots? Not right now, but watch closely how New England adjusts with two new coordinators. The Patriots won three Super Bowls with the Charlie Weis-Romeo Crennel combination from 2001 to 2004. It took a decade to win another one with the combination of McDaniels and Patricia, and the decade in between saw instability at both of those coaching positions. With Belichick and Brady a lot older now, that would seemingly be the only possible crack as of now.

New England will be listed among the top Super Bowl favorites as long as those two are together. Philadelphia’s victory in Super Bowl 52 didn’t kill this dynasty, but somebody from the AFC could take the next step in ending the Belichick-Brady era.

According to ESPN, Belichick went to McDaniels and offered him more exposure to the inner workings of the franchise. He reportedly will let McDaniels in on the team’s salary cap and roster management in the coming season, which was very important to McDaniels.

In addition, New England offered McDaniels an extension which would allow him to keep his four children at the same school for an extended period of time.

While the team did not make McDaniels the coach-in-waiting for the Patriots, much of what was offered to him was done under the assumption that it was part of a succession plan for the future.

McDaniels may not be the Patriots’ coach when Bill Belichick retires, but this is the step to take to give him the chance to be hired when the opportunity arises.

That didn’t keep the UCLA quarterback from getting nostalgic about his grandmother’s favorite team winning Super Bowl 52.nike-youth-cardinals-027

The announcement comes just one day after former head coach Bruce Arians also announced he would step away from the NFL.

red_wings_050Why is Palmer calling it a career? Palmer spent a chunk of the 2017 season on injured reserve after breaking his arm against the Rams in Week 7.

He was drafted by the Bengals with the first overall pick in the 2003 draft. Palmer spent the first eight seasons of his career in Cincinnati. The Bengals finished 2010 with a 4-12 record, and Palmer requested, and was denied, a trade by the team, prompting him to retire for the first time.

The Bengals eventually agreed to trade his rights to the Raiders. After the better part of two seasons in Oakland with middling success, the Raiders traded Palmer to the Cardinals, where he experienced a renaissance.

No doubt, there’ll be plenty of stories to come like these over the next few days, both good and bad. What’s for certain now is that the worst of times have brought out the best in a lot of people that work in that building. “We have a great group of guys,” coach Bill O’Brien said, via text Wednesday night. “They’ve concentrated on football when we asked them to, and then supported each other during time off. We have coaches’ families and players’ families that needed to be evacuated—we’re all home now and we’ll begin preparation for Jacksonville and also do our part to help the people of Houston as much as we can.”

Very few players will make such a crucial catch as Diggs did in a game that big. So it’s understandable when he’s at a loss for words.

Hopefully he’s able to enjoy this moment before the Vikings head to Philadelphia with the goal of making it back to Minnesota for the Super Bowl.

I’ve heard that, David, and I respect McQueary for the chances he took that basically ruined his football career. But tell me: In the 400 pages of the investigative report that former FBI head Louis Freeh oversaw on the Sandusky case, Schiano’s name was not mentioned. In the grand jury testimony McQueary gave, and the hours of testimony he gave in the case, he never once mentioned the Schiano/Bradley story.

The story was hearsay—McQueary said another coach, Tom Bradley, said it. After the 2015 McQueary deposition with the Schiano charge in it, no prosecutor went after Schiano for it. No attorney for a victim went after Schiano, a wealthy former NFL coach, for any damages. Schiano denied it. Bradley said it was not so. After all that, if you still want to believe Schiano saw something, you certainly can. But it would not be supported by facts.

The result of mainstream media is in turn a direct result of people on social media using their platform to announce a “guilty before proven innocent” verdict which is unfortunately the environment we live in now.

Patriots without key offensive weapons against Bills

Tom Brady might have to rely heavily on Rob Gronkowski Sunday.

The Patriots will be without a few of their top offensive weapons against the visiting Bills at Gillette Stadium.

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He makes a lot of good plays.But when Cobb suffered a chest injury Green Bay’s divisional playoff game Arizona, the Packers had just three healthy receivers.His 6 record and 4 ERA over 32 starts are terrible numbers, yet his 207 strikeouts 172 3 innings were proof that he often was unhittable.body naturally loses– It didn’t take ?Sometimes goofiness can be read the wrong way, and it would be if he wasn’t a high competitor.A number of changes have been made effort to change their fortunes and with a BBL Trophy Quarter-Final the coming weeks, there is reason for optimism.

After a tipped Matt Ryan pass landed on his backside, Lattimore reached back with his hands and brought his legs up to his rear to prevent the ball from hitting the turf at the Superdome. He got some assistance from fellow rookie Marcus Williams before rolling over to record his fifth interception of the season.

“They’re basically — I don’t want to say my players, but I had a lot to do with that roster. Left them in pretty good shape,” Fisher said, per ESPN. “And Sean, as he’s proven in this very short period of time, is an outstanding young coach. And he’s got the offense rolling, which they needed.”

While McVay has certainly proven himself in a short amount of time, Fisher points to the players he brought to the team, particularly quarterback Jared Goff, who was drafted No. 1 overall in 2016.

“That’s why we traded up with you guys here [the Titans] to get him, because we knew he had that kind of potential,” Fisher said. “We felt like both the quarterbacks had a chance to be franchise quarterbacks. We were right. Philly got theirs [with Carson Wentz], and the Rams got theirs.”
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