Seahawks were permitted to waive Richard Sherman, despite his Achilles injuries

A simple question has emerged in Cameron Artis-Payne Jersey the aftermath of Seattle’s decision to release cornerback Richard Sherman at a time when Sherman wasn’t healthy: Can teams do this
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The short and obvious answer is yes, because they did it. The longer answer comes from Article 45 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
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The Texans are building a seriously talented defense, as the聽Houston Chronicle’s聽John McClain聽noted. With JJ Watt, Jadeveon Clowney, Whitney Mercilus, Benardrick McKinney and new defensive backs Tyrann Mathieu and Aaron Colvin, Houston has the makings of what could be the best D in football.
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Considering how Watt and Clowney have been hampered in recent seasons, the key moving forward is health. But if these guys stay on the field next season, no quarterback will look forward to facing them.

Browns: Quarterback Tyrod Taylor is not just an underrated quarterback; he’s also an underrated player. Among all of the moves made this offseason, I like this one the most.

Colts: They received three second-round picks to move down three spots. They almost own the early rounds of this draft (see: Browns, Cleveland).

49ers: Added defensive back Richard Sherman, bolstering the defense for one of the fastest up-and-coming teams in the league. San Francisco is rapidly building quite a team.

But Brown’s strategy was always about building for the future, not about winning in 2016 and 2017. And Brown is the one who left the Browns with the most cap space in the NFL, and the most draft capital in the NFL. Having extra cap space and draft picks is why the Browns were able to trade for quarterback Tyrod Taylor, wide receiver Jarvis Landry and cornerback Damarious Randall.

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam was on board with Brown’s long-term approach, until one day last year he decided he wasn’t, and fired him. Haslam replaced Brown with John Dorsey, who is now drawing praise for this week’s trades.

Dorsey, however, should be thanking Brown. Dorsey inherited a bad team, but he inherited a good situation: No G.M. in the NFL has more cap space and draft picks than Dorsey, all because of the way Brown spent the last two years building for the future.

The Packers not only got quarterback DeShone Kizer in the trade of cornerback Damarious Randall. They also will trade places with the Browns in the fourth and fifth rounds of the draft, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports.

News Blitz 3/21: Jason McCourty’s dream come true

On Monday it was Danny Shelton chatting with the New England media for the first time. Tuesday was Jason McCourty’s turn.
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McCourty conducted a conference call with the locals and talked about his reunion with his twin brother and how that sparked memories of their Pop Warner football days. The Boston Globe says McCourty has had his eye on the Patriots for a while. The Boston Herald says McCourty is happy to join a winning environment.

Without Manning, ESPN has a big hole and a big decision on Monday nights, which was once the most prestigious booth in all sports with the likes of Frank Gifford, Howard Cosell and Al Michaels working it. Recently MNF has been downgraded in large part due to the mediocre schedule the NFL gives ESPN in spite of the network paying $1.9 billion per year.

Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss and Louis Riddick will be considered. Outside of Bristol, ESPN could go after Kurt Warner and, though a longshot, Brett Favre can’t be entirely ruled out.

ESPN could go to a three-man team and try to have the smartest booth instead of the most famous. With new ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro added this week, it would seem to be wide-open.

Nelson, 32, has been in Oakland since Wednesday, where he has gotten acquainted with team brass, including Raiders quarterback Derek Carr.
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Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree was released with the official Nelson signing imminent; the 30-year-old wideout is a $7.7 million hit against the Carlos Dunlap Authentic Jersey cap.

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Nelson finished the 2017 season with 53 receptions for 482 yards and six touchdowns. The longtime Rodgers target has totaled nearly 8,000 receiving yards and 69 touchdowns.

A torn ACL limited Robinson to one catch in 2017, but it occurred early enough for him to be fully recovered in time for training camp this summer. Giving significant money to a player returning from a serious injury is tricky, but Robinson will generate a ton of interest. Catching 201 passes from Blake Bortles in three seasons (2014-16) is impressive.

Chris Archer says Rays could have best rotation in baseball

Chris Archer is not a man who is guarded with his words. He will talk with the media freely and do so with a lot of confidence. That faith in himself and his teammates shined brightly Saturday in some comments to reporters.

The 29-year-old pitcher believes the Rays could have the best starting rotation in all of baseball when the season comes to an end.

Chris Paul’s hot play has him up to No. 11 in this week’s rankings. Who else is making a late-season push? Which players are fading down the stretch?

How much do they need to produce at max level in these last few weeks? Are they trying to will their teams through these last few weeks to make the playoffs? Or is their team mainly trying to store up energy and get ready because they’re already set for the postseason? Are players getting their first taste of starter minutes and fighting to earn more, or to get that next contract? Or are they a vet on a team that’s going nowhere, just playing out the string?

I want my players to be starving. As such, James Harden actually slides a bit in these rankings because he just doesn’t need to go all out the way the four guys in front of him need to.

You think you know what you’re signing up for, and you think you know the vision that you have, but looking around, it was like,’This can be something special,’ Wade said recently.

Newton broke the record for career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback early in the 2016 season and has continued to be an elite threat running the ball. In 2017, he rushed for a career-best and team-leading 754 yards with six touchdowns.

Remember that Miami spent big last year in free agency to bring back their core and add players like Julius Thomas and Lawrence Timmons to fill out the weak spots in a playoff team. patriots_025

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge says shoulder not an excuse for midseason slump

Aaron Judge underwent arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder this offseason, and he said he started feeling the pain in July.
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Judge, who was named American League Rookie of the Year last season after bashing 52 home runs, batted .329 before the All-Star break, but dipped down to .228 after. Despite the pain in his shoulder, Judge said it wasn’t the reason for his dip in form.

Early in the season, Judge and Stanton could split time as designated hitter with the other occupying a corner outfield spot. New manager Aaron Boone was non-committal on who would start the season in the outfield.

I’ve had conversations with both of them, Boone said, and whatever situation we work out in the end, I think we’ll have buy-in from two great players.
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To be fair, even Blackhawks fans are getting a little sick of the outdoor games; they’ll have played in six since 2009 by next year’s Winter Classic. Give Chicago credit, though, as it went from irrelevant even in its own city to one of the gold-standard franchises in sports. For the past decade, no team has run hotter in terms of popularity, but that level of success and popularity always comes with a healthy dose of detractors.
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There’s also the fan-base factor. Fans of opposing Charley Taylor Jersey teams tend not to love the good people of Chicago. Teams like the Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues have tried to make tickets harder to buy for opposing fans when the Blackhawks visit their buildings. The bandwagon accusations have become a regular taunt among fans from elsewhere. It can get pretty nasty out there. Maybe now that the Blackhawks have lost the Stanley Cup glow a bit, they’ll become less reviled — at least until that seventh outdoor game is announced.

The Hurricanes re-assigned F Valentin Zykov to the American Hockey League’s Charlotte Checkers. The 22-year-old Zykov, who leads the AHL with 30 goals, did not appear in any games since his recall on Sunday. … Zuccarello has a point in 15 of his past 19 games against Carolina. … Rangers D Tony DeAngelo left because of an ankle injury. Coach Alain Vigneault said DeAngelo will get an MRI on Tuesday.

Browns acquire CB Damarious Randall for QB DeShone Kizer as trade flurry continues

The Browns are going to be a team to watch next season if their flurry of moves Friday is any indication.
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In their third transaction of the day, Cleveland traded quarterback DeShone Kizer to the Packer for cornerback Damarious Randall, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Elite Kids Derek Watt Jersey Left guard Shawn Lauvao and centers Spencer Long and Tony Bergstrom are all unrestricted free agents. Right guard Brandon Scherff and tackles Trent Williams and Morgan Moses could use some interior upgrades around them.

It would be nice for Washington to find a replacement for either Lauvao or Long with a veteran and draft another lineman who can play either position. Getting the Chiefs’ Zach Fulton would give the Redskins the position versatility with the bonus of a reunion for Smith. The Jaguars’ Patrick Omameh might be in the same price range. This is another place where the Redskins could look at what the Giants had and invest in a possible bounce-back from either guard Justin Pugh or center Weston Richburg.

Having the strong West Coast offense with Gruden plays well into Washington’s hands based on Michael Johnson Authentic Jersey who will be available.

In a story published Monday, Ross told the New York Daily News that while he initially supported players’ rights to protest during the national anthem, his stance changed after Trump’s vehement opposition to the movement Kaepernick started. Trump’s position is that the protests are disrespectful to the United States and its military.
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When that message changed, and everybody was interpreting it as that was the reason, then I was against kneeling, Ross told the Daily News. I like Donald (Trump). I don’t support everything that he says. Overall, I think he was trying to make a point, and his message became what kneeling was all about. From that standpoint, that is the way the public is interpreting it. So I think that’s really incumbent upon us to adopt that. That’s how, I think, the country now is interpreting the kneeling issue.

Ross also said that going forward all Dolphins players will stand for the national anthem, but he later clarified he will not force them to do so.

First of all, this injury is a giant bummer for Cousins.

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He was putting the finishing touches on his second triple-double (15 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists) of the past three games after a monster line against the Bulls on Monday (44 points, 23 rebounds, 10 assists). He was averaging 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists while shooting 47 percent from the field and 35.4 percent from 3-point range.
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This season marked a fourth consecutive appearance on the All-Star team, but more importantly, it looked as though Cousins would finally reach the playoffs for the first time in his career after struggling through six-plus ugly seasons in Sacramento. With the frequent (and often fair) criticisms of Cousins’ effort and attitude, it feels cruel he was injured on a hustle play, in a win, against one of the Western Conference’s top teams.

Why we need you: Like Peterson said, we’ve got it all here in Arizona. Except there isn’t a quarterback. With Carson Palmer’s retirement and both Blaine Gabbert and Drew Stanton hitting free agency, that quarterback room is empty.

A little more injury luck and a competent quarterback, and the Cardinals can be back in business in no time. Come be that competent quarterback.

The replacement players, who were primarily released by Washington after the strike ended, were not given rings, despite their 3-0 mark that helped the team to an 11-4 record, best in their division and tied for the second-best in the league.

John Hannah Jersey The team announced on Wednesday that these players would be honored with rings in the future, and cited ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary, Year of the Scab, in its announcement. That documentary aired in September 2017, and since then, there have been many advocating for those players to receive rings. Washington, apparently, has been listening.

Owner Dan Snyder said that the players’ contributions are part of the team’s history, and that they represent an integral reason why a Lombardi Trophy from the 1987 campaign resides in our Brooks Robinson Jersey facility today.

Kobe Bryant’s 81-point game told in five videos

On Jan. 22, 2006, Kobe Bryant scored 81 points against the Raptors. It’s the second-highest individual point total in a single game behind only Wilt Chamberlain, who scored 100 in 1962. The “Black Mamba” made 28-of-46 shot attempts, hit 7-of-13 from 3-point range and completed 18 of his 20 free throws in the Lakers’ 122-104 win.

The game will be remembered for a long time for a number of different reasons, and we’re here to remember it from different angles. So below are five videos that are connected with Bryant’s historic effort.

That last point might apply to the Hornets fan base. Charlotte has landed in the bottom third of the league attendance numbers since the franchise returned to the Queen City. The Hornets are 22nd in average home attendance and 26th in home attendance percentage this season. Move Walker now, and you’ll hear every command Clifford yells bouncing off the empty seats at Spectrum Center.

Walker is in the process of building a house in Charlotte. In some ways, he considers North Carolina home more than his native New York — and that’s something Hornets supporters have noticed and embraced.

Barea — who is in his 12th NBA season — responded by saying he “finally has someone in the NBA he doesn’t like,” and added that he doesn’t “think his [Wall’s] teammates like him, either,” according to MacMahon.

Barea’s comments came just days after Washington held a players-only meeting that did not go according to plan.

“A couple guys took it the negative way and it hurt our team,” Wall said of the meeting, according to The Washington Post. “Instead of taking it in a positive way like we did in the past and using it to build our team up, it kind of set us back a little bit.”

Wizards forward Jason Smith, a 10-year NBA veteran, said he didn’t think the meeting caused any kind of “dysfunction” in the locker room.

“Sometimes you need those moments to just get everything out in the air,” Smith said, via the Post. “Just like any family. You got to let things out. You can’t hold it in and let things fester.”

Washington (26-21) holds the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference standings and is one game behind the fourth-place Heat in the loss column. Monday’s loss was the Wizards’ third in their last four games. giants_050

The 5 best moments from Kobe and Shaq’s TNT interview

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The relationship between Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant will forever be remembered throughout NBA history. Two of the greatest players to ever pair up won three titles together with the Lakers and then separated due to personal issues.
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The two Lakers icons got together for a special interview on TNT. The conversation aired Saturday night before the All-Star festivities, and while nothing groundbreaking was revealed, a lot of fun stories were shared by the dynamic duo.

Recapture that old Nurkic magic. The Blazers have one of the two or three best backcourts in the league, but they need help from the frontcourt. Last season, after Portland traded for Jusuf Authentic Joel Bitonio Jersey Nurkic from Denver, the Blazers went on a hot streak, winning 14 of 19 with him in the starting lineup. Nurkic got off to a bad start this season, but has been more efficient in recent weeks, shooting 53.6 percent in his last 22 games, up from 44.9 percent in his first 33 games.

Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with 15 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. Steven Adams and Carmelo Anthony added 14 points apiece, while Paul George struggled with just five points on 1-of-14 shooting.

The Warriors pulled even with the Rockets atop the Western Conference standings with the convincing win. Golden State outscored the Thunder in every quarter, proving they can still stifle people on defense.

Kyrie Irving flirted with a triple-double, scoring 31 points with nine rebounds and eight assists in a 121-112 win over the Knicks. Irving, also adding two steals, helped the Celtics (42-19) earn their third straight win.

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Lions use franchise tag on DE Ezekiel Ansah

The Lions have designated Ezekiel Ansah as their franchise player, the team announced Tuesday.
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Ansah was set to become a free agent in March, but the team is willing to pay the price to keep him there for at least another year. According to ESPN, the contract is expected to cost $17 million for the defensive end, although the exact number isn’t known until salary cap numbers are finalized.

The Timberwolves will play in Portland on March 1, a nationally televised game — so it’s going to get out late — then will fly out immediately after — losing an hour along the way — for Salt Lake City, where they’ll close out a back-to-back against the Jazz. The Jazz, meanwhile, will enter this game with a monster three-day rest advantage and will be on the 12th day of a 12-day homestand, so they should be plenty rested.

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The Broncos need to look for some veteran swing depth before the draft, with the potential of that lineman being able to start over Watson or Garcia if needed. Justin Pugh played both positions for the Giants last year and would be guaranteed to start at one. The Steelers’ Chris Hubbard offers strong inside/outside versatility, as well. The Colts’ Jack Mewhort and the Titans’ Brian Schwenke are cheaper options to consider from West Coast offenses.

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At his pregame media address, Kerr revealed that his team had a 100.0 defensive rating in the first five minutes of games last season.

Nobody could blame the Broncos (No. 5), the Jets (No. 6) or the Buccaneers (No. 7), either, if they considered trading up to land a 21-year-old phenom who became Penn State’s second all-time leading rusher in just three seasons before turning pro as a junior.
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The pure numbers matter, too. The Eagles, on the surface, aren’t better than the Jaguars defensive front the Patriots faced in the AFC Championship. That unit was second in the NFL with J.J. Jansen Youth jersey 55 sacks and led the league in pressure rate when not blitzing. The fact that they can go deep into their rotation means they won’t gas out like the Jaguars appeared to do at the end of that game, however. They certainly won’t fall off like the Falcons late in last year’s Super Bowl. Via The Ringer’s Danny Kelly:

Dickson, the MVP of the Texas Bowl, skipped his senior season with the Longhorns to enter the draft. ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has the Australian ranked as the fifth-best player among kickers, punters and long-snappers — but Dickson will have his work cut out for him.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, only two punters who left school early to enter the NFL draft have been selected — Bradley Pinion (drafted 165th overall by the 49ers in 2015) and Chris Gardocki (No. 78 by the Bears in 1991). Both played for Clemson.

This season, that rating has skyrocketed to 114.0. Before Thursday, Golden State (45-14) had split its past eight games.

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Brady was always accepting of it, but that changed in 2017. After a win over the Texans in the playoffs last season, Belichick was reportedly a little tougher on Brady than usual over a rough outing.

Any time that stuff does come out, you’re subject to be suspended from the league. So any time that starts happening, regardless of what they decide, that’s always a risk, Shanahan said. So we’re very well aware of that, and we have to take that into account. He has put us in a tough situation. Hopefully it works out for all sides. But that is realistic.

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