Running back Jerick McKinnon (four years, $30 million) to the Niners

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Ten Things I Think I Think 1. I think these are my 2018 (Very Early) Free Agency Awards: Three Best Decisions Cornerback Patrick Robinson (four years, $20 million) to the Saints. Robinson resuscitated his career in Philadelphia last season, becoming one of the best slot corners in football and starting the Eagles on their way to the NFC title game rout with a pick-six interception. I like the contract much more than Tennessee paying the flawed Malcolm Butler $12 million a year. Robinson started 12 games in the slot and seven games outside for the Eagles. Versatile piece for Dennis Allen in the rising New Orleans defense.

A little rich, but McKinnon’s just 25, he blocks, he’s very physical for a 5’9″ back, and he can catch; he had six, six, seven and 11-catch games last season. Kyle Shanahan already installed him as his starter.

Saturday’s trade will provide rocket fuel to that effort as the Colts continue their ongoing rebuild.

“We still wanted to stay in that top position in that top 10 where we could still get a premium player,” Ballard said in an interview with the Colts’ website. “We feel at (No.) 6, we’ll still be able to acquire a premium player. Plus, being able to pick up the two 2s this year and the 2 next year, that gives up four picks in the top 50 picks of the draft and then three next year — one in the first and two in the second.

“It gives us a chance to really replenish our young talent and start building a core of young talent like we need to do.”

It remains to be seen whether this trade down will prevent the Colts from getting one of the draft’s elite prospects, like pass rusher Bradley Chubb of North Carolina State or Notre Dame standout offensive lineman Quenton Nelson.

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After going from third-string quarterback to leading the Vikings to the NFC Championship game, Case Keenum is expected to sign with the Denver Broncos when free agency opens Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
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The 29-year-old passer started in 14 of his 15 games played in 2017. He completed nearly 68 percent of his passes, throwing for more than 3,500 yards, 22 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. While the Vikings were known for their defense, he showed at times he could help them win games offensively.

He got his opportunity with Teddy Bridgewater still recovering from his knee injury prior to the 2016 season, and Sam Bradford out with his own knee injury. He did enough to convince the Broncos he can be their starter in 2018.
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How much the team saved by going with Keenum hasn’t yet been revealed and likely won’t be until Wednesday, but Cousins was probably going to cost close to $30 million per year and Denver will save plenty by getting Keenum instead.

On Wednesday we’ll also get a chance to see how committed the Broncos truly are to their new Ed Dickson Womens Jersey quarterback. Keenum will presumably be the starter in 2018, but the team also has 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch on the roster and could identify another quarterback to be the future face of the franchise with the No. 5 pick.

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Poe, 27, played with the Falcons in 2017 on a one-year deal, recording 2 1/2 sacks and 23 tackles. He spent the previous five seasons with the Chiefs, earning Pro Bowl selections in 2013 and ’14 and recording 13 sacks and 156 tackles in his time in K.C.

He has been remarkably durable, starting 92 of 94 games regular-season games.

That’s currently the seventh-biggest cap hit at his position,If the Lions do ship him out, they’ll have a significant void to fill.

Michael Roberts, a fourth-round pick out of Toledo last year, would be expected to pick up some of the slack.

He vastly improved as a blocker throughout the course of his rookie season, and proved he has receiving chops at the collegiate level, particularly in the red zone,That said, Roberts would be the only tight end on the roster who played meaningful snaps last season and additions would be necessary,The free agent market is led by Jimmy Graham and Tyler Eifert,Graham has been one of the top receiving tight ends in the NFL the past seven seasons, but his numbers dipped last season, most notably his yards per reception, which were a career-low 9.1.

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Before prospects’ stocks and teams’ needs change, here’s what we think everybody is thinking for the top 32 picks still well ahead of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Although mock drafts generally are filled with uncertainty, there are some good bets developing this year to help us match players and teams, especially early in the first round.

The Bruce Carter Authentic Jersey Chargers have great edge rushers in Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, plus a shutdown corner anchoring their secondary in Casey Hayward. Their 3-4 defense, however, is one speedy, playmaking linebacker away from being truly elite. Evans would be a huge asset against the pass, both in coverage and in blitz packages.

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The Seahawks need to end their nightmare of duct-taping the offensive line and trying to solve problems by moving players around. McGlinchey’s athleticism will allow him to be a rock of a right tackle for the long haul.

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On the side at wide receiver, Chicago also brought back Cameron Meredith as a restricted free agent and avoided the temptation of Jarvis Landry while also making sure Jordan Howard sticks as the stud in the backfield. Using the transition tag on rising corner Kyle Fuller and re-signing Prince Amukamara, too is also bound to pay off, as the Bears kept their defense intact for Vic Fangio. Don’t expect Pace to be finished, but he got off the blocks well for Nagy.

He’s still a young corner with an upward trajectory, as he proved hehandle being outside more and more throughout his all-around breakout season. The Bears should want to keep him for Vic Fangio.

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Offensive tackle Nate Solder can’t receive the franchise tag due to a stipulation in his contract, and cornerback Malcolm Butler doesn’t appear to have a place in the Patriots’ future. The other top New England free agents to bring Jaromir Jagr Youth jersey back are running backs Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead, but committing that much money to a position that the Patriots take a committee approach with wouldn’t be prudent.
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Other impending free agents like safety Kenny Vaccaro, defensive end Alex Okafor and guard Senio Kelemete aren’t worth the price tag that comes with it.
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A former high school wrestling star, Phillips is much more than just the nose guard he played last season at Stanford. Which is saying something considering he topped 100 tackles a season ago. Phillips can play on the inside or the outside in odd fronts and can maul offensive linemen to wreak havoc. (Also, at the combine, Phillips told me his mom reads mock drafts, so hi Mrs. Phillips)

Carl Hagelin Mens Jersey At pretty much any time in the past, the answer would’ve been a resounding no. Nickel corners were considered backups, while NFL teams spent most of their time in base defenses with seven linemen and linebackers, two safeties, and two corners.

Those days are gone. NFL teams now consider nickelbacks to be starters. College offenses have been fanning out in spread schemes for years, and the NFL has come to follow suit. The Eagles won the Super Bowl with their primary nickel corner, Patrick Robinson, playing 69 percent of their defensive snaps. According to the counts at Pro Football Reference, 21 of the league’s 32 teams had three different corners play more than 50 percent of the time.

While some speculated there might be hesitation to give Fuller a tag after his knee injury, GM Ryan Pace clearly figures he is worth at least one more season to see if he can become the player they believed him to be before his injury. Pace can also try to work out a long-term deal with Fuller, which would need to get done by the July 16 deadline.

LeBron James on state of the Cavs: ‘This is a difficult year for our team’

Very little has gone right for the Cavaliers in the last month. They have lost nine of their last 12 games and now sit just a half-game up on the Heat for the third playoff spot in the East.

LeBron James fully acknowledged just how tough this season has been after practice Wednesday.

“It’s been very challenging,” James told reporters, via ESPN. “Just from the simple fact of how many guys have been in and out. This is a difficult year for our team. Seems like I say that every year, but this one has been even more challenging.”

Ruhwedel collected his first goal since Dec. 18 on a knuckler from the point 2:10 into the game, and Malkin doubled Pittsburgh’s advantage 55 seconds later when teammate Bryan Rust forced a turnover by Gillies behind the Calgary net. Malkin collected the puck and flipped it across the goal line before Gillies could scramble back into position.

The Flames, in the middle of their own fight to stay in the Western Conference playoff mix, tied it before the end of the first. Giordano finished off extended pressure with his 11th of the season and Backlund beautifully deked by Letang before beating Jarry with a backhand for his 13th.

John Wall also had an impressive game, scoring 16 points with 11 assists. Six Wizards scored in double figures, including all five starters.

Andre Drummond led the Pistons with 14 points, 21 rebounds and eight assists. The former All-Star has returned to form this season after struggling last year. Tobias Harris added 17 while Avery Bradley added 15, but the two shot just 2 of 10 from 3-point range.

The win moved Washington (26-20) into fifth in the Eastern Conference standings, while the Pistons (22-22) fell to ninth.

DeMar DeRozan, just named as an Eastern Conference All-Star starter, scored 21 points with seven rebounds and six assists in an 86-83 win over the Spurs. Point guard Kyle Lowry added a game-high 24 points to help topple San Antonio’s stingy defense.

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[Griffin] is obviously a superstar player, Ballmer told ESPN Saturday. But if you look at what happened injury-wise, if you look at the kind of chemistry we were getting on our team, the thing you can see at the high level with the numbers when I started �� one guy got all the assists, one guy got all the points and one guy got all the rebounds. It’s not all quite that way, but I think in the modern NBA, we were seeing it more and more �� there’s a greater distribution of responsibility.

Griffin was a two-year starter at Central Florida and a first-team All-American Athletic Conference selection in each of those seasons. In 2016 he was the league’s defensive player of the year with 92 tackles, 11.5 sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles.

And this past season he closed out his career as the MVP of the Peach Bowl, helping Central Florida defeat Auburn 34-27 and finish with a 13-0 record.

All five Spurs starters scored in double figures, led by Pau Gasol’s 15 points and 15 rebounds, but San Antonio didn’t have the firepower to win playing without Kawhi Leonard, Rudy gay and All-Star Lamarcus Aldridge.

Injuries have started to catch up with the Spurs (35-23), who have now lost four out of their last five games.

DeAndre Jordan is still with the Clippers despite constant rumors linking him to other teams before last week’s trade deadline, and he made his presence felt in a 114-101 win over the Nets. Jordan scored 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting and 17 rebounds.

It’s hard to pick on the Knicks right now given all their injury woes, but Tim Hardaway Jr. signed a monster contract this offseason and he was poor in Monday’s 108-92 loss to the 76ers. Hardaway scored just nine points on 4-of-16 shooting (0 for 8 from Jose Berrios Womens Jersey 3-point range) in 34 minutes.

More than 4,600 children in the United States are diagnosed annually with brain cancer. It is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among children. Still, Jack’s father said, funding lags for research and treatment.

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The Patriots tight end has decided to return in 2018 after he said he was thinking about his future, NFL Media reported Wednesday.

The kind of the pitch you get at West Point is, ‘It’s not about the next four years. It’s about the next 40 years. You’re gonna have responsibilities as well as problems that no other kid in America is gonna have,’ Toth recalled. It just resonated with me to realize that this is a greater calling. You’re gonna truly be unique.

Derek Stepan Womens Jersey Toth is just that among the 2018 NFL Draft class.
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What he does at the Combine is the least of our worries, Chargers general manager Tom Telesco told Sporting News. He’s got bigger things to do at school. We have all the tape to watch.

The time away from football will be hard for him, but he’s a pretty talented player and great person. Those are the types of kids you want serving your country.

Fowler, who was facing up to a year in prison, was charged with battery, criminal mischief and petty theft on Aug. 10. According to an affidavit filed at the time, Fowler punched a man after the pair got into an argument, then took the man’s glasses and stomped on them. He also is accused of taking liquor from the man and throwing it into a nearby lake.

Fowler, 23, was selected by Jacksonville with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, but missed his entire rookie campaign after tearing his ACL during mini-camp. He logged 21 tackles and eight sacks after playing in all 16 games last season.

There’s got to be Matt Prater Authentic Jersey a fine line where I can find I’m still throwing the ball how I usually throw it but it’s able to dive down after a certain height and get to the guy, Allen told co-host Rick Neuheisel and me last month at the Reese’s Senior Bowl on SiriusXM NFL Radio. It’s something I’m working on.

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Allen — whose go-to word is super — is prepared for any draft scenario. His assessment of the Giants’ quarterback situation was particularly telling. He wants to play but is willing to sit behind Eli Manning for a while.
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If I got the opportunity to go and sit behind him for one or two or even three years and learn everything I could, grabbing him whenever I had a question, and hopefully he would answer it for me. Just seeing what he would do on and off the field would be really big for myself, Allen said.

Which team will do a 180 next year and which rookie head coaches are doomed to be on the chopping block sooner rather than later?

Pryor broke out at his new position with the Browns in 2016, but they made a horrible decision to replace him with Britt, matching the Redskins’ mistake in thinking he could help fill the void of the polished Pat Edwards Jersey Garcon. The 6-4, 228-pounder should be able to go home again to Cleveland, supplementing Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman.

At 6-2, 215 pounds, Latimer has some upside because of his side, but he was disappointing in not coming close to his potential as a 2014 second-round pick in Denver. He is worth a flyer for a team and a coach that believe they can mold him into something productive with regular snaps outside. With the future of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders in doubt, his best fit may still be with the Broncos.

Only three kickers had been taken in the first round before Janikowski, and none has gone that high since.

When Nazem Kadri ripped out a chunk of Joe Thornton’s beard last month, we’ll be honest: We thought it was pretty gross. The multicolored bushel has been Thornton’s signature since 2015. Seeing a patch of it yanked from its owner’s face, fall to the ice like tumbleweed, then get bagged up by the San Jose Sharks’ training staff wasn’t something you see every day.

For NHL players, well, it wasn’t as novel. Hockey is inherently physical and fast-paced. Combine that with sharp metal blades and the occasional shove and you have a recipe for some nastiness. We asked several players to share the grossest thing they’ve ever seen on the ice. Warning: This article may not be safe for work, and you definitely don’t want to read it on an empty stomach.

“The guys learned how to play without me,” Ball recently said. “… They know what works: pace and defense.”

But just as the Lakers were discovering their groove, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. were traded to Cleveland in a cap-clearing move that brought in Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and a protected first-round pick. While the trade was a major win for Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka — who positioned the team to have up to $70 million to spend on two elite free agents either this summer or next — the Lakers’ surging chemistry and play took a hit.

Many of the young Lakers had never experienced a trade deadline deal that cost them not only two of the key components to the marginal success they have had this season, but also two well-liked personalities in the locker room.

It’s exactly as risky as it sounds now, and as it sounded then. The party-animal factor didn’t exactly even up the odds.

As the San Francisco Chronicle reported in 2002, with Janikowski’s status for a playoff game in doubt because of the foot condition: “When you’re drafting a kicker that high — when you’ve made that position that big a priority, when you’ve chosen to buck conventional wisdom that blatantly — you’re drafting dependability, consistency, long-term stability and peace of mind. Or so it would seem; there’s no real track record for what the Raiders did that pivotal April day in 2000. But if that’s what the Raiders were drafting for, it’s not what they got.’’

Here’s looking at some team needs the 49ers should consider addressing on the free-agent market, plus some specific veterans to target at each position.

Carlos Hyde is unlikely to be re-signed after a hot-and-cold first season with coach Kyle Shanahan. Undrafted rookie Matt Breida had a few flashes and is a good bet to remain in the mix. Fourth-rounder Joe Williams had his entire rookie season wiped out by an ankle injury.49ers_112

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While Gronk said that he didn’t know how the reporter had heard he might not play, he also wouldn’t say for certain he would be back:

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Hellebuyck made several key saves early as the Blues had the first seven shots of the game. Hellebuyck also made tough saves on Brayden Schenn and Steen during a power play late in the second.

Yeah, you know, hats off to the guys in front of me, Hellebuyck said. They’ve been blocking shots and giving me sight lines. Their details are so good. I hope we never have to talk about the other way around. Let’s keep it playing this well and I can keep telling my players that they’re playing phenomenal in front of me.
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Just this week, Dawkins’ words inspired Eagles players and fans a alike as the team prepared to face the Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

The biggest thing I’ve been able to take from B Dawk, especially this year, is how every play is an opportunity to impact the game, whether it’s to punish the guy with the ball or take the ball away or a bunch of ways that I hadn’t really thought about, Jenkins said, via Penn Live’s Aaron Kasinitz. So it’s just that awareness on every single play of how you can impact the game.

The Hall hasn’t been welcoming to safeties. But the voters did the right thing by giving Dawkins a bust in Canton.

Have you ever gone to a mall specifically to go to a Journeys? Nobody wants to get something from Journeys, you just end up with something from there. Then in the end you’re always like Huh, I kind of needed this. It’s Foles’ football career in a nutshell.