Jay Gruden: No-brainer to trade for Alex Smith

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That means Jay Gruden hasn’t been able to talk about his new quarterback in anything but the most general of terms. Now that Smith is officially on the team, Gruden is able to share his thoughts about the move and what it means for the Redskins.

Gruden said that the uncertainty involved with going into free agency with Kirk Cousins likely walking out the door made it a no-brainer to make a move for Smith before the Super Bowl. The move to Smith has Gruden excited about what the offense will be able to do with a mobile quarterback.

That’s something you can’t coach, Gruden said, via John Keim of ESPN.com. Some quarterbacks are better than others, and Alex is one of the best at it. His off-schedule s are well-documented. He’s a problem when he gets outside the pocket. You have to be well aware of your rush lanes when you’re ing Alex Smith.

Golden spent six years with the Steelers, ing 92 games. He was entering the final year of a three-year, $4.95 million deal, and his release will save the Steelers $1.48 million.

Mitchell ed 61 games in Pittsburgh, making 281 tackles and four interceptions in his career there. The Steelers cleared $5 million in cap space with his release.

His grandmother, early on, Felix Hernandez Jersey passed Mathieu off to his uncle and aunt, who supplied a stable household. Yet, a pain remained. Why Mathieu couldn’t understand why his father wasn’t in his life and his mother didn’t care about him. He never verbalized his angst鈥擬athieu tended to hold all emotions in.

But football, with all of its beautiful, legal violence, allowed him to channel everything. He could take all of these negative emotions, load them into a cannon and light a match.

I can be this relentless character on the football field, Mathieu says. And whatever that pain was, I can just put that out there.

Washington V.P. of er personnel Doug Williams nitpicks Kirk Cousins on his way out the door

The Washington Redskins are going to miss Kirk Cousins if for no other reason than they’ll have to find a new target to snipe at moving forward.

Cousins’ tenure with Washington is over and Cousins will get a very large contract to quarterback for another team in the near future. However, that didn’t stop a prominent member of the Redskins franchise taking one last shot at Cousins as he heads out the door.

Doug Williams, a Super Bowl winning quarterback with the Redskins and the team’s senior vice president of er personnel, gave his impression of Cousins’ and being unable to sign Cousins long-term deal to Tom Friend of TheSportsCapitol.com.

It wasn’t exactly glowing.

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But that’s what free agency is all about. You give a man an opportunity to do what he wants to do. The No. 8 era is over. We got to put that on the side and start the No. 11 or whatever era. It’s over.
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Washington erred by being cautious and waiting to offer Cousins a long-term contract. The quarterback market was always going to increase exponentially and Cousins’ over the last three years ensured he was only going to become more and more expensive to keep around. That has given Cousins the chance to hit the market and choose his destiny. It’s no wonder he’s choosing somewhere other than Washington.

Wilson, 25, had a career-high 42 catches, 554 yards and three touchdowns last season. In four seasons with the Chiefs, he had 124 catches for 1,544 yards and seven touchdowns.

One key to developing a desirable product is what the Giants do with the No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft.

Running back? Defensive end? Offensive line? All three spots are needs.
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Report: Eagles, Giants have interest in Pat O’Donnell

The Eagles and Giants are showing interest in punter Pat O’Donnell, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

O’Donnell, a sixth-round pick of the Bears in 2014, had a career-high 87 punts in 2017. He netted 3,500 yards, averaging 47 yards per punt. O’Donnell also pinned 27 punts inside the 20.

“If [Bill Belichick] did listen to me, I would definitely shoot him a text message and tell him, ‘I don’t know if he heard the news, but Jason McCourty is a free agent.,’” Devin said last year. “He’ll listen to me sometimes about my opinion on the deep middle, but scouting ers, he stays away from me.”

That scouting report may not have been the reason the Patriots made Thursday’s move, but they’ve doubled down on McCourtys all the same.

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The most important thing is taking care of your body and pushing yourself to the limit so you can continue to grow not only as an athlete but as a player, Barkley said. Even though through all these visits I might be here and there, I find time to make sure to work out. . . .

Not find time. Demand time.

It’s apparent he’s done his work already, after running his 40-yard dash in 4.40 seconds, posting a 41-inch vertical leap and putting up 29 repetitions of the 225-pound bench press. That kind of explosive ability was evident in his game tape at Penn State, but last week’s performance just underscored the potential that’s there.49ers_212

Keith Tandy signs two-year deal with Bucs

The Buccaneers picked up the option on Chris Conte锟斤拷s contract and now they’ve moved to keep another safety in the fold as well.
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The team announced a new two-year deal with Keith Tandy on Wednesday. It’s the second new contract Tandy has gotten from the Buccaneers since they took him in the sixth round of the 2012 draft.

Tandy ed in 14 games for the Bucs last season and made three starts. He’s a key part of Tampa’s special teams units and ended the year with 26 tackles.

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The draft is five weeks away, and in reality, the Giants are still building their draft board. My initial reaction is that the decision to deal Pierre-Paul doesn’t have a ton to do with the No. 2 overall pick; rather, the offer from Tampa Bay – especially since the Giants only had to move down six spots in the fourth round – and getting the financial flexibility were the selling points.

NFL Network reported Thursday that the Giants have already worked out Chubb – defensive line coach Gary Emanuel was up front and center during Chubb’s Pro Day earlier this week – and he is expected to make a pre-draft visit to the team’s facility in East Rutherford next month.

According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, the star cornerback has a visit scheduled with the Lions next week.

There are certainly plenty of teams interested in adding a er of Sherman’s caliber, but the Lions might come as a surprise. Putting him opposite Darius Slay would give new coach Matt Patricia a solid start to his new defense.
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Sherman’s first visit was to the 49ers, and he was reportedly talking contract numbers there. Whether the Lions are a team he’s legitimately interested in or leverage remains to be seen.

DeAngelo Hall didn’t feel a commitment from Kirk Cousins

DeAngelo Hall likes Kirk Cousins, and thinks Kirk Cousins can lead a team to the Super Bowl if that team is just a quarterback away.
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But he didn’t feel like Cousins was all-in at times last year in Washington.

Hall made a lap through the ESPN car wash yesterday, and said he never felt like Cousins sincerely wanted to do a long-term deal to stay in Washington last season.

We kind of felt like the commitment wasn’t there from Kirk, Hall said, via the Washington Post.

I felt like some of the offers that we heard about just being players in the locker room, you kind of hear whispers, Hall said. Some of the offers we felt like we heard, we were like, Man, that’s a good deal. Why wouldn’t Kirk take it ‘ So, we kind of did a lot of talking among ourselves, and it was just a feel. He never said anything. He never walked around like, Man, why am I here ‘ It was never anything like that. Kirk, from the moment he got in that locker room, he was nothing but a professional. He went about his business.

Now he’s going about his business again, and Dede Westbrook Jersey it’s taking him out of Washington to a place that will likely give him more than he was ever offered there.

He does not share that confidence in the Eagles’ medical staff.
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Via Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News, Matthews said during an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio that two really bad diagnoses by the Eagles’ doctors caused lingering knee and ankle damage that limited his effectiveness once he was traded to the Bills. He had surgery in December to fix those problems, among the array of injuries including a broken thumb and a chest injury he dealt with last year.
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I think the worst and most frustrating thing about the whole situation was, when I got to Buffalo, I was still dealing with the things that I had to get surgery on, Matthews said. But I had two really bad diagnoses on the knee and the ankle, so going into the trade, I thought they were both things that were going to heal on their own. But once I got around Buffalo’s doctors, they got me in touch with the right people and then I got really good feedback.

Matthew Slater returning to Patriots on two-year deal

New England Patriots special-teams captain Matthew Slater has reached agreement on a two-year deal to return to the club, according to a league source.
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The two-year deal gives Slater, who entered the NFL as a fifth-round draft choice of the Patriots in 2008, a chance to spend his career with just one team. That is something his father, Pro Football Hall of Famer Jackie Slater, did by playing 20 years with the Rams.

Matthew Slater took a free-agent Riley Reiff Jersey visit to the Pittsburgh Steelers last week, according to ESPN’s Field Yates. That seemed to reflect that Slater’s return to New England was uncertain. Then the club traded for Cordarrelle Patterson, who could fill some of the same coverage roles that Slater has on special teams.

I’ll say this: There’s no more fierce competitor in football than Sam Darnold, Helton said. In my 24 years, I’ve never been around a guy that competes harder and has no fear of competition. He’s also a guy that does not worry about popular opinion. He’s always gonna do what he feels is best in the moment. If he feels it’s better to throw on Pro Day, then I fully support him.

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Mauro joins linebacker Kareem Martin in coming to the Giants from Arizona, where new Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher ran the defense the past three years. Mauro figures to challenge for a starting spot as an end in Bettcher’s three-man defensive line, as the front office adds pieces to improve the run defense.

It’s shoot first, ask questions later, Mauro told the Giants website, describing Bettcher’s defense. It is an offensive defense. I like to play that type of way, just getting off the rock, being explosive, just causing mayhem in the backfield. There’s a lot of pieces that really fit that type of style, that type of mold. I think it’s going to be very effective.
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The Saints remained competitive under Payton and with Drew Brees at quarterback. In 2009, a dynamic offense carried them to a 13-3 record. They beat Minnesota in overtime at the Superdome for the conference title, then defeated Indianapolis in the Super Bowl.

Keith Kinkaid’s red-hot streak just got even better.

Kinkaid’s shutout was his first since April 4, 2017, and Saturday’s win marked his fourth straight victory. Over his last 11 games, he is 9-2-0 while allowing two or fewer goals eight times.

The Devils are now 3-0-0 on their season-long six-game road trip, with Kinkaid winning all three games.

Terms were not disclosed, but a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Friday that it is a five-year deal.

Pugh, 27, was the Giants’ top lineman when on the field the past few seasons, playing well despite a relative lack of talent elsewhere on the line.

A former first-round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back in 2011, Clayborn is coming off the most-productive season of his career, recording a personal-best 9.5 sacks for the Atlanta Falcons.

Clayborn joins a Patriots team that had no player record as many as seven sacks last season.

He fills a major hole as a situational pass rusher for the team.

This comes on the heels of New England losing Dion Lewis, Nate Solder, Malcolm Butler and Danny Amendola in free agency earlier in the week.

Even worse, Burton told Jon Marks and Ike Reese of 94 WIP he was disappointed the Eagles didn’t make him an offer.

Limited cap space or not, the Eagles need to rectify this or Carson Wentz could have some problems next year. It’s probably better to try a proven NFL talent like Eric Ebron than hope a rookie can come in and immediately help keep the Eagles in contention.

Thanks to cap trouble, the Pittsburgh Steelers lost O-lineman Chris Hubbard, cut safeties Robert Golden and Mike Mitchell, and released cornerback William Gay.

With a big chunk of salary going to Le’Veon Bell, the Steelers don’t have a ton of wiggle room on the open market despite the apparent new need in the defensive secondary.

In other words, Tyrann Mathieu was a pipe dream.patriots_121

Almost everything about NFL free agency is risky.

The auction-style method of acquiring veteran players features a limited supply of legitimate options and heavy demand from cash-rich teams. The economics of the situation serves to drive up prices on flawed players. Teams rarely let the best players get to the open market.
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The organization already hired an offensive-minded head coach in Matt Nagy, who, in turn, brought along a brilliant collegiate coach in Mark Helfrich to become the Bears’ new offensive coordinator (and add some spread principles). It’s easy to envision a high-flying offense with these two concocting weekly game plans. It’s even easier to imagine聽knowing the talent the team now has in place thanks to free agency.聽

General manager Ryan Pace has been busy securing the best toys for Trubisky to play with after boasting one of the league’s worst wide receiver corps last season.聽

Allen Robinson is nearly three years removed from a 1,400-yard, 14-touchdown campaign. He disappointed in 2016 before tearing an ACL in Week 1 of the following season. His rocky path in recent seasons adds perspective since he was still considered the top available wide receiver in free agency.聽
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Lynch has a base salary of $4 million in 2018, per Spotrac.

New Oakland coach Jon Gruden did not commit to Lynch returning Bradley McDougald Jersey to the team in 2018 back in February, although he did refer to the 5’11, 215-pound back as a beast and noted he was excited about the opportunity to work with him. Speculation about the veteran’s future continued when the team signed two-time Pro Bowler Doug Martin in free agency.

However, it appears Martin was brought in to complement Lynch, not replace him.
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Lynch ran for 891 yards and seven touchdowns with his hometown Raiders in his first season out of retirement.

He will be 32 by the time next season rolls around, but after sitting out the 2016 season and only playing in seven games in 2015, he is fresher than most backs his age, although his punishing running style certainly has resulted in wear and tear on his body through the years.

MLB spring training 2018: Three things on the Red Sox’ to-do list

The Red Sox have looked like world beaters at times during the last two seasons, but haven’t been able to produce long postseason runs. Can that change this season?
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Boston has been quiet this offseason, playing cat-and-mouse with high-priced free agents such as J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer. The Sox also reportedly turned down a trade for Yasiel Puig.

While the Red Sox have failed to win a playoff series since 2013, they still boast one of the strongest rosters on paper entering the 2018 season.

Like the Yankees with Aaron Boone, Boston opted to hire an inexperienced manager this offseason to try to help spark the team. Cora, 42, spent last season as a bench coach Andrew Benintendi Jersey for the World Series-winning Astros, and had previously been an ESPN analyst. While Cora appears to be a players’ manager, he will have to earn their trust in the spring.
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The Red Sox have had tumultuous dugouts in years past, leading to discord and distracted play. Cora has to nip that in the bud and get the most out of his talented squad this year.

The Raiders theoretically could have traded a conditional pick to the Packers and inherited the final year of Nelson’s contract at nearly $10 million, so by assuming an extra $3 million in risk, the Raiders are getting a cheaper 2018 salary and the possibility of an extra season in 2019.

Is Nelson an upgrade on Crabtree? It’s hard to say.

The story is that Nelson’s production fell off once Aaron Rodgers was injured and replaced by Brett Hundley, which is accurate but also misses the fact that Nelson’s production before Rodgers’ injury wasn’t great.

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But can the Twins actually be the team to convince the Rays to trade Archer?

Sean McDonough reportedly leaves ESPN’s ‘Monday Night Football’ for return to college football

Game Womens Rogie Vachon Jersey Sean McDonough has reportedly left his role as play-by-play announcer on Monday Night Football to return to broadcasting college football games, reports Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated.
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McDonough has been with ESPN since 2000, following an earlier stint from 1989-1995. He has called multiple sports in his career, including marquee events such as the World Series, NCAA Final Four, and the Olympics. He has also called NFL games for ESPN Radio since 2013.

The Vikings fell one game short of reaching Super Bowl 52 in their home stadium. They have a lot of work to do this offseason in order to get back to that point.

It all starts in 2018 NFL free agency, where Minnesota’s top three quarterbacks from 2017 鈥?Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater 鈥?are set to become unrestricted free agents. With offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur gone to become head coach of the Giants and replaced by former Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, it’s looking like none of the three will be the Vikings’ starting QB in 2018.

General manager Rick Spieman did a terrific job a year ago with other teams’ free agents, adding better-than-expected insurance in Keenum and upgrading at both offensive tackle (Riley Reiff, Mike Remmers) and running back (Latavius Murray).

The Redskins’ smart move is to cut ties, but they might try to force it with Alex Smith given some solid existing cap room.

Maclin had so much promise as a key receiver for Joe Flacco after signing with Baltimore late in the offseason, but injuries played a part in his limited production. The Ravens should prefer keeping Mike Wallace over him. Maclin is more likely to be cut than to stay at a reduced salary.

In their fourth year together, general manager Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles face the biggest stage yet in New York’s rebuilding process. The offense needs an overhaul, while the defense will need replacements at core positions on Robin Roberts Youth jersey every level.
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