Falcons create more cap room with Brooks Reed pay cut

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According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Falcons have adjusted the numbers to allow veteran linebacker defensive end Brooks Reed to stay put.

Reed was scheduled to make $4.5 million this year, but obviously he’ll be bringing home less than that now.

The Herald still lists Borges as one of its two sports columnists, even though he hasn’t written for the paper for a month and even though they’re not saying whether he will return to the paper. On social media, Borges is acting as if he still works for the paper: Jason Pominville Jersey This morning he tweeted at a Herald colleague who’s leaving for the Boston Globe with the message, Our loss is most certainly the Globe’s gain. Yesterday Borges tweeted that he’s waiting to see what the new owners of the Herald do with those 25% layoffs. The Herald was recently sold to a company that plans to lay off a quarter of the employees.

It was a month ago today that a prankster contacted Boston Herald columnist Ron Borges, claiming to be the agent for Tom Brady with a big scoop: Brady was planning to hold out of offseason work for a new contract.

It’s a valid question and one I’ve thought about more than once this offseason. Ameer Abdullah is in the final year of his contract, so cost isn’t an issue, but he’s flashed enough talent that he could generate some interest as a trade chip. If the Lions find themselves in a position to get a back they want, I could see Abdullah being used in a pick swap to help the team move up the draft board in the middle rounds.

Whatever Jones says or does, Goodell likely will decide that threatening litigation in a way that causes the league and its member clubs to incur legal fees constitutes initiating a lawsuit within the confines of Resolution FC-6, and that whatever the Cowboys did in connection with Elliott’s cases constitutes substantial assistance of his litigation under that same provision.

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Texans active early in tackle and cornerback market

Since the Texans are fortunate enough to have a quarterback they trust on that cheap rookie contract, they can afford to be more active right now.

And it appears they’re serious about it.

In addition to their previously reported interest in Chiefs guard Zach Fulton, they’re working on a few other weak spots.

The preparation is everything in the National Football League, from the time prior to the draft to your last game, Vick said. That has to be at a premium for him now more than ever. It’s very important, and I’mma get him there. I’m gonna continue to fight to help get him there.

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Fulton has ed both guard and center with the Chiefs over the last four years and Rapoport reports that the Texans are expected to use him at center if they sign him to a contract. The 2014 sixth-round pick started 46 games over the last four years.

Tackles Chris Clark and Breno Giacomini join guard Xavier Su’a-Filo as in-house free agents on the Texans line. None did a particularly strong job for Houston last season, so Fulton probably won’t be the only er Houston is targeting up front.

Jon Gruden鈥檚 arrival has changed things up. McKenzie鈥檚 no longer the authority on all things football.

Gruden has influence, maybe even the final say on player acquisition. That was clear when he received at 10-year, $100 million contract to lead the Silver and Black a second time.

That was evident over the last week, when the Raiders signed one free agent after another to fit new offensive and defensive schemes. Gruden got his guys.
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Bears signing kicker Cody Parkey

The Bears continued their aggressive early work in free agency, and they just have to hope it works out better than last year’s.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Bears are signing Dolphins kicker Cody Parkey.

I hope, but I’ve been in the league long enough to know that it’s a business, and it’s not always about what I want, Mathieu said, via ESPN.com.

Mathieu ed all 16 games for the first time in his career last season and finished the year with 78 tackles, two interceptions and a sack for the Cardinals.

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This is a key feature of the Goodell era in the NFL: his ability to rake in ever more money for the owners despite mounting problems.

The recent deals give Goodell some good news to bring into an owners meeting that will otherwise be subsumed with ongoing challenges.

The league has been unable to quell the anthem protests by players after two seasons.

Certainly the Rangers rotation or anyone attending a Mavericks game this month belongs in this category.

Then there is the unique brand that can be provided only by the NFL owners at their league meetings.

Next week we will get rules changes in the NFL as we inevitably do.

Shead is visiting the Lions today and will meet with the 49ers on Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports.

In a previous life, I would fly to Maui or Palm Desert to cover these affairs.

Hall of Fame defensive back and former Oakland Raiders assistant Rod Woodson raised some doubts Wednesday about the team’s offseason moves, and the decision to give new coach Jon Gruden a $100-million contract.

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Bengals announce Cordy Glenn trade

About a dozen trades that have been agreed upon in the last couple months will be announced this afternoon. Cincinnati was the first team to announce it technically before it became official.
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Vonn Bell Youth Jersey The Bengals announced at noon ET that they had officially traded for offensive tackle Cordy Glenn. Technically the new league year starts at 4 p.m. ET, which is why other teams are holding off on announcing the trades that have been agreed upon in recent weeks.

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Thomas had marked the start of free agency today as his self-imposed deadline for a decision on his future. He had acknowledged at a fundraiser Tuesday night that he was excited about the Browns’ offseason moves, but that it might not be enough to bring him back for another season.

Thomas, who ed 10,363 consecutive snaps before his injury last season, made 10 Pro Bowls and six times was voted All-Pro.

The Browns knew the longer it took Thomas to decide the less likely he was to return, which is why they pursued several tackles in free agency, including Nate Solder, who agreed to a deal with the Giants.

Maurice Hurst had irregular EKG, was cleared while at Michigan

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Hurst called it a little bit devastating that he wasn’t able to work out, but stayed in town for the event and said he was excited just to be able to meet all these great coaches and players. Hurst is hopeful that his absence from the field is just a temporary matter. He had a similar experience while at Michigan and said all checked out OK after further tests.

Bears general manager Ryan Pace already supplemented the offensive skill positions in free agency. The 6’5, 329-pound Nelson has the potential to be a franchise building block, even as a guard.

Richard Sherman’s signing may be the San Francisco 49ers’ most noteworthy defensive deal of the offseason, but they’re far from settled in the secondary. A bookend is required. After spending multiple first-round assets on the defensive line recently, San Francisco can concentrate on building up the back end of its defense.

Denzel Ward is the best pure cornerback in this year’s class, with exceptional hip fluidity in his backpedal through his turn and well into his downfield coverage. At 5’10 and 191 pounds, Ward doesn’t necessarily fit the physical profile to play corner in the Seattle Seahawks-style system Robert Saleh deploys. Yet the defensive back has decent length with 31录-inch arms, according to Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson.

I feel like they have given me the opportunity to really break the bank next year, Lawrence said.

Lawrence vowed to work my butt off in order to improve the chances of that happening and another year like he had in 2017 would make that a likely outcome. Lawrence missed seven games to suspension and injury in 2016 and, in the event he doesn’t sign a multi-year deal, another full year leading the way up front for Dallas’ defense would leave him well-positioned for a big payday a year from now.

Eagles general manager general manager Howie Roseman 聽had been manuvering around the salary cap 聽all off-season to clear out space in order to acquire new talent, but clearly wanted to turn his attention to rewarding one of the team’s most popular players as well.

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Broncos sign Taylor Bertolet, Christian Kuntz

The Broncos announced the signings of kicker Taylor Bertolet and long snapper Christian Kuntz on Wednesday.
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Bertolet spent the 2016 offseason with the Rams after going undrafted out of Texas A&M. During his senior season, Bertolet converted all 38 of his extra points, made 71 percent of his field goal attempts and connected on a career-long 55-yard field goal.

Bertolet has yet to attempt a kick in an NFL game.

Kuntz played linebacker and long snapped while at Duquesne. He finished his career with 71.5 career tackles for loss, the fourth-most in FCS history.

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Slater, 32, is a veteran of 10 NFL seasons with the Patriots after originally joining the team as a fifth-round draft pick (153rd overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft out of UCLA. The 6-foot, 205-pounder has played in 141 regular season games with three starts and 20 postseason contests with one start. Slater is a seven-time team captain and has earned seven consecutive Pro Bowl invitations as a special teamer, matching Steve Tasker (1987, 90-95) for most special teams Pro Bowl honors in NFL history. He has registered 136 special teams tackles during his career in the regular season and 14 in the postseason. In 2017, Slater was limited to nine regular season games and finished with seven special teams tackles. He played in all three playoff games and made two special teams tackles.

Bradford demonstrated in Week 1 what he can do when healthy, carving up the Saints for 346 yards and three touchdowns. But after a long history of knee injuries caught up to him, forcing surgery and limiting him to two starts this season, it’s fair to wonder how a team could commit to him for anything more than an incentive-laden flier. Mike Zimmer has painted a discouraging picture recently by saying that Bradford’s knee condition is degenerative.

Rams agree to 2-year deal reportedly worth $15M with John Sullivan

The Los Angeles Rams have agreed to a two-year contract with center John Sullivan, the team confirmed Friday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the Rams but Sullivan’s contract is worth $15 million, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The 33-year-old veteran managed 200 yards receiving and 56 yards rushing in eight games last season for the Ravens, who never really figured out how to properly use him.

Part of that problem traces back to the hamstring injury that kept him sidelined for most of the first half of the season.

On his first drive with Baltimore, he caught three passes for 33 yards (including a one-handed reception) and ran once for 4 yards.

That’s when he aggravated a hamstring injury and was eventually placed on injured reserve.

He didn’t return until Nov. 19.

While the signing has yet to be made official, Mathieu tweeted to a number of Texans players, including Watt and quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Mathieu was suspended by LSU before the 2012 season for failing drug tests and then was arrested on drug-related charges that October before leaving school to begin preparing for the NFL draft.

He missed the entire 2012 season, leading to him fall to the Cardinals in the third round of the 2013 draft.

In 66 career games, Mathieu has 303 tackles, 25 pass breakups, 22 passes defensed, 11 interceptions, 4 sacks and 4 forced fumbles.

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With Titans clearing DL room, is a Ndamukong Suh move next

The first wave of free agency is done, but there are still some marquee names on the market, starting with former Miami Dolphins defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh.
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The Tennessee Titans are among multiple teams that have interest in Suh, and he’s scheduled to visit with the Titans in Nashville this weekend, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Titans general manager Jon Robinson isn’t afraid to make splashes. He’s known for being aggressive in trades, and he started free agency by signing star cornerback Malcolm Butler and explosive running back Dion Lewis. Robinson is focused on pushing the Titans to become a championship roster, but he’s been adamant in building the right culture to do so. The latter will be the most important element when determining if Suh-to-Tennessee is a serious possibility.

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Kirk was not going to sign before he met the coaches and got a feel for the culture, McCartney said. It was a curious decision by McCartney. Cousins had waited more than two years for this chance to be on the open market. Now it was going to be a sprint
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Hroniss Grasu Youth Jersey To that end, Tampa Bay flew Ryan Jensen in on the first night of the new league year, according to ESPN’s Jenna Laine. That paid off, as Jensen inked a four-year deal with the team, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

The Buccaneers shouldn’t stop there. Low-cost linemen with big upside should be the name of the game, which comes down to a matter of tying scheme fit to the right guy.

These sorts of low-investment gambles could range from a Cameron Fleming (who is for some reason still on the market, to a Mike Pouncey, who is still 28 years old and could perhaps use a change of scenery to have a bounce-back year.

The Tennessee Titans are on fire, using the apparent Patriots-Mike Vrabel connection to reel in major upgrades at running back and cornerback Eddie Vanderdoes Womens Jersey with Dion Lewis and Malcolm Butler, respectively.

With linebacker Avery Williamson gone, though, the middle of the defense becomes a problem.

MLB free agent rumors: Giants sign reliever Tony Watson to multi-year deal

The Giants and reliever Tony Watson agreed to a contract Friday night, believed to be a multi-year deal, according to FanRag Sports.
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Watson, likely an eighth-inning candidate for the Giants, had a 2.57 ERA while pitching seven innings over 11 relief outings in the Dodgers’ 2017 postseason run. Watson was an All-Star for the Pirates in 2014. He has a 33-17 career record with a 2.68 ERA in 474 relief appearances.

The Miami Dolphins trimmed a significant amount off of the contract of Julius Thomas when he was acquired via trade in 2017, but he still lasted just one season in South Beach before he was released Wednesday to clear cap space, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

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His 12-touchdown campaigns in 2013 and 2014 earned him a five-year, $46 million deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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However, Oh struggled last season as the team’s full-time closer, finishing with 20 saves and a 4.10 ERA.

Last season, Texas (78-84) finished fourth in the AL West, missing the postseason for the first time since 2014.

Like Tabor, Agnew saw very little playing time on defense until late in the year.

The former University of San Diego standout set his school record with 48 pass breakups.

If he can translate those ball skills to the next level, he’ll thrive,To complement that promising youth at corner, the Lions will likely want to add some veteran depth to the group,The free agent market is star-studded at the top, led by Trumaine Johnson and the recently released Richard Sherman,After franchising him twice, the Rams opted to part ways with Johnson, swinging a pair of trades in recent weeks for Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib.

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The 2017 season was tough for Pugh, as the 2013 first-rounder had to bounce around from left guard to right tackle again in New York’s often makeshift line. He also played only half of the season because of a back injury. His versatility to play multiple positions gives him nice rebound appeal away from the Giants.

McKinnon took advantage of the early-season injury to Dalvin Cook, remaining more active than ever as an explosive receiving back. He isn’t a guy a teampound between the tackles or give 25 touches, but hebe a valuable cog to boost a passing game.

Okafor was having his best, most disruptive season with 4 1/2 sacks in 10 games before going down with Achilles injury. He’s a solid all-around end with double-digit sack potential in the right system.

The 6-2, 213-pound former seventh-round pick tallied 65 tackles and two interceptions in Los Angeles last season. He was rated Pro Football Focus’ No. 69 cover corner out of 121 qualifiers last season.

Los Angeles tagged Johnson the past two seasons but he became expendable after the franchise traded for Pro Bowl cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib this offseason.
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Robinson and Watkins got paid most, but former Seahawk Paul Richardson (5 years, $40 million from the Redskins) and former Chief Albert Wilson (3 years, $24 million from the Dolphins) can’t complain about averaging $8 million in annual salary coming off limited production. Heck, even former Patriot Danny Amendola (2 years, $12 million from the Dolphins) got more than he’s worth. John Brown ($5 milion) and Ryan Grant (four years, $29 million) got paid well by the Ravens, too. The Eagles paid Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith last year. Copycat city.