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Odell Beckham trade rumors: Here’s Giants asking price

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The Giants say they aren’t shopping Odell Beckham Jr., but have reportedly set a high asking price for teams willing to make an offer for the enigmatic wide receiver.
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According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Giants are looking for a return of two first-round draft picks as a starting point in any Beckham trade discussions:

While rumors have been swirling this week during the NFL Annual Meeting in Orlando that teams such as the Los Angeles Rams or Cleveland Browns could make a run at acquiring Beckham, an individual with knowledge of the negotiations told NJ Advance Media Wednesday that one team not involved in the Beckham sweepstakes is the Indianapolis Colts.

Cravens sat out the entire 2017 season on the reserve/left squad list after contemplating retirement amid concussion concerns. Cravens was reinstated in February.

The 2016 second-round pick played well in his rookie season in a hybrid safety/linebacker role, compiling 34 tackles, one sack, five passes defended and an interception. The USC linebacker employs athleticism and versatility that are a commodity in today’s NFL.

Cravens’ history of concussions put his future in murky territory. If he bounces back, Denver gains a talented, versatile player as Vance Joseph attempts to remake his defense in 2018.

Advice: If Miami wants to use its first-round pick (No. 11) to fill Suh’s shoes, Washington’s Vita Vea and Alabama’s Da’Ron Payne are the clear choices, though the Dolphins could even potentially trade down to acquire more assets. Later-round prospects Miami might be targeting include Georgia’s Trenton Thompson, Florida State’s Derrick Womens Trent Williams Jersey Nnadi, and Miami’s R.J. McIntosh.

2. Deficiencies at outside linebacker have long been a sore spot. Miami needs to address this issue early in the draft.

Advice: Georgia’s Roquan Smith and Virginia Tech’s Tremaine Edmunds are potential first-round options, though both could be gone by the time Miami is on the clock. Jerome Baker from Ohio State could be a solid option in the second or third round, as could Smith’s teammate Lorenzo Carter.

Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton: I won’t wait on leadership role

Giancarlo Stanton won’t wait to earn his pinstripes before calling someone out.
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The Yankees ‘ newright fielder said he believes leadership is organic and he’s OK addressing a problem as soon as he sees it, if the time’s Chris Wondolowski Authentic Jersey right.

It’s not about when I get my Yankee pass to say something, Stanton said in an approximately 10-minute session with beat reporters before Wednesday’s game against the Orioles.

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His dead money hit post-June 1 falls to $4.75 million and the Cowboys wouldn’t lose any money against the cap, but they wouldn’t gain any either. It’s literally a $0.00 savings at that point. The first plausible release of Williams would be in 2019 when the numbers flip in the Cowboys’ favor as they relate to the cap, but any move to cut him this season will either cost you money or gain you nothing at all.
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We looked at everybody, the Broncos General Manager said, via Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post. Case was our guy. We figured that there’s a special fit for everybody. All those other quarterbacks are good ers. . . . I think it’s arguable that, even though Kirk got the most [attention], who had the best year

Keenum did take the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game, while Washington didn’t make the postseason. But the Vikings replaced Keenum with Cousins nonetheless.

Some Broncos ers wanted Cousins, too, recruiting him on social media.

Von [Miller] was the first person that reached out, Keenum said, and I applaud those guys for wanting to make their team better. Just the reception we’ve had, not just from the city, the fans, the coaches, but the ers it’s been great.

I still believe I’m the same successful kicker I was when I was ing in Kansas City, Santos said in a statement. I needed a franchise that would believe in me that I will be that same kicker. By the way I’ve been treated by the New York Jets, that’s how they see me. Those are my goals to come in, have a good year and hopefully remain here for a long time. I think we’re aligned in those goals and one step at a time I pray that we’ll get there.

Bills sign pass-rusher Owa Odighizuwa

The Bills continue to troll around the periphery of the scrap heap, apparently unwilling to risk future compensatory picks.
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The team announced they had signed former Giants defensive end Owa Odighizuwa.

A former third-round pick, the Giants cut him in August after an unusual offseason.

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There’s a point in time where you reach a point or you have a relationship and you feel more Authentic Nicklas Lidstrom Jersey comfortable saying things that you just wouldn’t have said even with that guy a few years earlier, Belichick said at the time. I definitely get where you’re at on that and I mean, I understand that.

Currently, who’s in position to provide frank, candid objection to the things Belichick wants to do Who was there to tell him that perhaps he should try to get more than a second-round pick for Jimmy Garoppolo Who was there to tell Belichick that maybe Malcolm Butler should get a chance to during the second half of a Super Bowl in which the Patriots had a hard time stopping the Philadelphia offense with the other seven defensive backs who collectively weren’t getting it done

Rapoport said the Patriots made their offer too late, and Seattle declined to renege on the agreed-to-and-almost-completed trade.

Martellus and Michael Bennett were hoping to together, something they haven’t done since college at Texas A&M. Martellus was willing to take less money to stay if the Patriots traded for his brother, per Rapoport.

A year after mentoring OBJ, Cris Carter seems to be fed up with him

Last May, Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter mentored Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. during the offseason, defending Beckham at a time many were criticizing him for not participating in voluntary offseason workouts.

Odell is going to grow up, Carter said at the time. That why’s he is bringing other people in his life so he can grow up. If he wasn’t trying to grow up, he wouldn’t be calling Cris Carter. He’s getting people to tell him all the right stuff. He wants to be better. Not only as a er, but emotionally, Stephen Vogt Jersey as a son, friend and teammate. He’s in the process of doing that.
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He realized he was too hyped for the game and put too much pressure on himself after he dropped the first pass, Carter said in May. That created anxiety. He didn’t well. He thought he was going to have a great game against Green Bay and destroy them. He tried to do too much after the first drop and that’s when the anxiety came…. What about all the [Giants] who didn’t go to Miami and ed like horse manure?

Mens Bill Lee Jersey It now seems that Carter regards Beckham’s antics to be bull manure, a very strong reaction for a video that was inconclusive at best, possibly shot without Beckham’s knowledge.

NFL senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron just tweeted out word that longtime refs Ed Hochuli and Jeff Triplette were retiring, and were being replaced in the rotation by former back judge Shawn Hochuli and side judge Alex Kemp.

The 67-year-old Hochuli, best known for his tight shirts, big arms and verbose explanations of rulings on nationally televised games, has been with the league since 1990. He’s been the league’s longest-tenured ref since 2007.

Triplette has been with the league since 1996, and hasn’t been as decorated as Hochuli. Regrettably, he’s probably best known as the official who threw the flag which injured former Ravens tackle Orlando Brown, as the flag accidentally hit Brown in the eye.

Curran: Does Belichick have any voices of dissent?

Aaron Colvin set to sign with Texans

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Jaguars cornerback Aaron Colvin will be leaving Jacksonville but remaining in the AFC South.
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Colvin plans to sign a four-year contract with the Texans, according to multiple reports.

People I know in football are concerned about where it鈥檚 going to be in 50-60 years, Fertitta told reporters. I would have been scared to pay $2.2 billion for an NFL franchise today. I know NFL owners might not like hearing that, but the NBA is where it鈥檚 Eddie Vanderdoes Womens Jersey at.

Fertitta鈥檚 comments last October highlight the risks associated with buying an NFL team today. Once the indisputable king of American sports, the league has been criticized over the past couple of years, facing questions about player safety, declining TV ratings and protests during the national anthem.

Hubbard was the No. 81 er in our Free Agent Top 100.

Free-agent tight end and Super Bowl champion Martellus Bennett announced his retirement from the NFL on Friday night after a 10-year career.

Bennett, who was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round in 2008 out of Texas A&M, technically finished his career with the New England Patriots.

The Green Bay Packers waived him in November, just eight months after signing him to a three-year, $20.25 million deal.

The Patriots picked him up the next day, and immediately put him on injured reserve. They waived him earlier this month. It was his second stint with the team. He played for them in 2016 when they won Super Bowl LI.

After Cutler, Tom Savage is the free agent quarterback who had the most passing yards in 2017. He’s unlikely to sign for much more than the league minimum anywhere.

Other available quarterbacks who started games last year include Drew Stanton, Blaine Gabbert, Geno Smith, Brock Osweiler, T.J. Yates, EJ Manuel and Matt Moore. Derek Anderson, Ryan Mallett and Chad Henne are still floating around, as are some well-known quarterbacks who didn’t in the NFL last year, including Johnny Manziel, Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick.

Some of those ers will end up starting in the NFL in 2018. Few would inspire confidence.
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Tom Benson remains in stable condition but showing signs of improvement

Tom Benson remains in the Intensive Care Unit at Ochsner Medical Center in stable condition. But the Saints owner has shown signs of improving, the Saints announced in a tweet.
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Mr. Benson once again thanks everyone for their continued support and prayers, the team added.

As a result, Stafford realistically has a four-year, $108.5 million deal before the Lions could give any thought to moving on from their longtime quarterback.

The former Georgia star pushed the quarterback market way forward. Eli Manning set the bar for three-year money at $68.5 million in 2015, only for Andrew Luck to leap to $75 million the next year. Fourteen months later, Stafford pushed the bar significantly higher to that $87 million mark.

That’s the genius of the low-key lowball deal that 49ers executive Paraag Marathe negotiated with Sherman for Sherman. Sherman the client always will boast that it was a great deal, to justify the work of Sherman the agent. And Sherman the client/agent is/are boasting.

I don’t think any agent in the business could have done a better job of negotiating this contract, Sherman told Peter King of As long as I’m content with what I’m making, nothing else matters to me.

That second sentence seems to undercut the first one, coming off as a recognition that maybe an agent could have done better but that doesn’t matter because I’m happy with the deal that I negotiated for myself. Sherman has to be happy with the deal. Ego and pride will prevent him from ever calling it was it is: A substandard deal, one that any good, experienced agent could have improved upon easily and quickly.

The Texans have reacted strongly to a Houston Chronicle report regarding the team’s potential lack of interest in free agents Womens Bryce Petty Jersey who protested during the national anthem.

The report from Jerome Solomon of the Chronicle cited a pair of unnamed agents who claimed that the word is the Texans aren’t interested in any players who participated in protests. The report was picked up by various outlets, including SportsBusiness Daily.

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the first player to protest, has found himself shunned by the NFL. It will be interesting to see whether other players who protested experience similar difficulties if/when they are looking for work, starting with 49ers safety Eric Reid, a looming free agent who supported Kaepernick and who has spoken out against the deal struck by some of the players with the NFL.
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Rosen, Darnold have nothing in common except being the best

INDIANAPOLIS The two California kids likely will be the first two quarterbacks off the board and their worth is certainly in the eye of the beholder, because they are so very different.
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Just listen to how they answer a simple question: Are you the best quarterback in the NFL draft?

Josh Allen, the strapping Wyoming gunslinger, is also part of the discussion, but is considered more of a project. The Giants were scheduled to meet Friday night with Darnold, Rosen and Allen.
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Rosen is the best pure passer and NFL scouts love the way the ball spins out of his hand. He is the most ready to play right away, smart and polished. He is not especially mobile think Manning in the pocket and does have an injury history (shoulder surgery two years ago, two concussions this past season). He is opinionated and has an edgy personality that will intrigue some and scare off others. His skills are obvious; his ability to lead a team and be the face of a franchise is less obvious.

If they think I’m a good player, but not a good fit for their personality profile, you can respect that, Rosen said. I’m not going to present a fake image of myself. I think you have to be yourself. You have to be authentic.

The talk here at the NFL Scouting Combine all week has been the Jets are planning to be aggressive bidders for Cousins, the 29-year-old quarterback who will be a free agent on March 14. The Jets are desperate to find an answer at quarterback and like what they have Robert Covington Youth jersey seen from Cousins in his three years as a starter for the Redskins.

There had been speculation that the Browns would be in the chase for Cousins, but that talk has cooled. The general belief around the league is the Browns will target Bengals free agent AJ McCarron and draft another quarterback with the first pick next month.

The Jets are expected to make a monster offer to Cousins, but it might not come down to money. The tougher task for Gang Green will be selling Cousins on coming to a team that has not made the playoffs since 2010 and lost 22 games in the last two seasons.

Cousins is expected to get around $30 million per season with a large portion of the contract guaranteed. ESPN reported that most of the final four teams are preparing short-term deals, possibly three years.

Orioles start program to let kids come to games for free

Major League Baseball has the oldest fan base among the four major sports, and the Baltimore Orioles want to do something to change that. The team announced Monday that it is starting a program called Kids Cheer Free in which parents can bring children age 9 and younger to games for free.
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Every parent who buys a regularly priced upper-deck seat can get two free tickets in the upper deck for their kids. The promotion runs month-to-month, so tickets for games from March 31 to April 29 are available now.

Sacramento’s Willie Cauley-Stein came off the bench for the second straight game on Sunday after returning from a four-game injury layoff due to a back issue. For the second straight game he played near-starter minutes, this time notching 29 minutes while AJ McCarron Jersey producing 9 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block. Kosta Koufos started at center on Monday, but only played 16 minutes.

James Harden returned for the Rockets after missing Sunday’s game (knee), and he turned in a ho-hum 28 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 3-pointers. Chris Paul and Eric Gordon both only played 23 minutes, though Paul was much more productive with 18 points, 9 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 3-pointers and 1 steal in his limited time on the court.

Top draft needs: As Pat said, I still expect the Browns to take a quarterback at the top of Round 1, and I expect this to be an offense-heavy draft for Cleveland. Top running back Isaiah Crowell is a free agent, so the Browns should replace him in the first or second round. They need weapons for their new quarterbacks, even after acquiring wideout Jarvis Landry. Cornerback is a position to watch on defense. — Kiper

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Making yet another appearance in this space since his trade from Boston, Spooner clearly merits a little more fantasy cheerleading in the season’s concluding weeks. Competing on a Rangers’ second scoring line with Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello, the former Bruin has two goals and 11 assists in his eight games with the Rangers. With his current contract expiring after the season, the 26-year-old RFA-to-be would do well to maintain that torrid pace as best he can.

Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard, Gregg Popovich meeting Tuesday for clarity on impending return

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he’ll speak to Kawhi Leonard on Tuesday when the team returns home following its 109-93 loss to the Houston Rockets. It’s expected the club could gain some clarity about the star forward’s potential return to the lineup.
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Leonard’s pending return date hasn’t changed, and is barring a setback from a right quad injury, sources told ESPN. Leonard said last week he planned to return soon from the injury, which has kept him out for all but nine games this season.

A two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Leonard played in those nine games after missing the season’s first 27, but returned to the sideline after playing against the Denver Nuggets on Jan. 13.

Leonard said he has been riding a stationary bike and participating in 3-on-3 drills to simulate the physical contact of games, but he has done so with Spurs staff members, not teammates.
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Leonard admitted that the only way to work himself into proper cardiovascular condition is to actually play in games.

Last season, you could have gotten 17 HR from your catcher with either Realmuto or Robinson Chirinos on your roster. The major difference was that Chirinos did so in 270 fewer plate appearances. He’s locked in as the starter again for Texas, only with the team planning to limit his workload to a maximum of about 120 games. I know people tend to shy away from a player when they hear that word limit but keep in mind Chirinos played in only 88 games last season. This particular limit is actually a huge leap forward in playing time and could easily result in a 25-HR season. — AJ Mass

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NFL protests are going to play into free agency, and possibly the draft

The protests that went on in the NFL last season over the oppression faced by people of color in the United States was a topic of discussion all season. While that slowly burned off, it’s not over.
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Barkley’s only a couple inches shy of the record among all RBs, in fact, set by 195-pound Jerry Azumah and 200-pound Jay Hinton.

That reality could lead the Lakers to a more proactive solution. If they see that Clarkson would be hard to move in June or July, the front office could try to trade Randle at the February deadline. Doing so would allow the Lakers to extract some value, which could come in the form of a pick or their trade partner taking on a contract, ideally Clarkson’s or Deng’s. The acquiring team would have Randle and whomever else they acquired for the stretch run and playoffs, plus restricted rights on Randle.