New England could franchise tag Garoppolo next offseason and try to trade him

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As for the Patriots and Belichick, let’s not let them off the hook. They’re setting themselves up to lose Garoppolo as an unrestricted free agent next year with little if any compensation.

Yes, Brady turns 40 in August. But he’s playing great, and given his training and nutrition regimen, it appears he can play for several more years at this level. That’s his stated goal.
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New England could franchise tag Garoppolo next offseason and try to trade him, as they did with Matt Cassel in 2009, when they sent the QB and linebacker Mike Vrabel to Kansas City for a second-round pick. But the rest of the league would know the Patriots can’t keep Garoppolo at a $20 million or so franchise number with Brady still in place.

So Garoppolo’s trade value will be far below what it was last week on draft day. There’s a chance the Patriots could wind up letting him walk in free agency rather than carrying him for a limited time on their cap at the franchise amount.

A solid No. 2 quarterback is always important, and it’s nice to have a backup of Garoppolo’s quality. But not at the expense of giving up a boat load of high future draft choices.

Kevin King, CB, Washington: King is a long corner at 6-3, 200 pounds who can line up on an island, slide inside over the slot as a nickel corner or even play safety if a team needs him to. He was a three-year starter at Washington and could step into a starting role at the next level.

Why Tom Brady is the perfect Madden NFL 18 cover man

Tom Brady already is the GOAT of the NFL. He just got a little greater in eSports as the cover athlete for Madden NFL 18.

For the first time in his illustrious career, fresh off his fifth Super Bowl ring, Brady will see his image grace the front of EA Sports’ iconic NFL video game.

So it’s been a unique relay race of face-saving. General manager, coach, draft pick, returning player 鈥?they all had uncomfortable questions to answer or awkward situations to navigate. Heck, Trubisky himself faced boos from fans at the Bulls’ playoff game the night after the draft. Misdirected boos, of course, since he didn’t trade up to draft himself.

For what it’s worth, though, Glennon got booed while throwing out the first pitch at a Cubs game two weeks earlier.

All things considered, Pace is getting off easy while being the one most responsible for the confusion and frustration.

He wrote the script for this drama. He shouldn’t be surprised if all the actors aren’t in love with the roles he gave them.

Social media aside, Jim Kelly said Chad’s collegiate record speaks for itself and that he has tremendous work ethic.

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Draft picks: Michigan DE Taco Charlton, Colorado CB Chidobe Awuzie, CB Michigan CB Jourdan Lewis, North Carolina WR Ryan Switzer, Louisiana Tech S Xavier Woods, Florida State DB Marquez White, Florida DT Joey Ivie, Ohio State WR Noah Brown, Colorado DT Jordan Carrell
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There’s some high risk/high reward, boom or bust here, but that kind of comes with the territory under Jerry and Stephen Jones. The Cowboys had to address pass rush and coverage to build on their contender status, and they did just that with depth to booth across the secondary. Don’t be fooled by the little Switzer 鈥?he can be a big-time returner for them while also raising their wideout speed.

Colts sign free agent Trey Griffey, son of Ken Griffey Jr.

Williams hasn’t been effective since 2014 and limped to the finish line last year with a career-low 1.5 sacks. He made a hefty salary as the top overall draft pick in 2006 and then broke the bank with the Bills on a ludicrous contract. That said, it’s doubtful he wants to play for $1 million-$2 million, which means he might not play in 2017.

Odrick had one of many overvalued contracts signed by the Jaguars over the last few seasons. He missed 10 games last year, but that was the first time he missed any games since 2010. He’s versatile and, if healthy, will probably be added to a team in need of situational help on the defensive line. He shouldn’t cost much and could be a good addition to a contender.

The son of Ken Griffey Jr. is now an NFL player.

Free agent receiver Trey Griffey was signed by the Colts on Sunday, ESPN.com reported. The Colts didn’t pick any players during the NFL Draft this weekend at receiver, so they likely want Griffey to back up T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett.

Griffey, who played at Arizona, recorded 382 yards and two touchdowns last season.

Interestingly, he was picked by the Mariners during the 2016 amateur draft and sported his father’s old number. However, he said football is his passion and that he didn’t want to pursue baseball anymore.

Ken Griffey Jr. spent more than 20 years in the league and was inducted into Hall of Fame in 2016. He posted 630 career home runs, had 13 All-Star appearances and was a 10-time Gold Glove Award winner.
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The Hawks evened up their series with the Wizards

The Raptors took control of their weird series with Milwaukee on Monday. But it wasn’t DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry who showed out. It was Norman The GodPowell and Serge Ibaka! As an avowed Norm fan, this pleases me. Look at this dunk! Giannis Antetokounmpo was quite good in defeat, but the Bucks’ defense wasn’t able to stop Toronto’s assault. And also, Serge put Giannis on a poster. All of Giannis’ victims smile in unison.

The Hawks evened up their series with the Wizards — the home team has won all four games. How’d Atlanta do it in Game 4? The only thing that stands out much is that the Hawks were awesome when Jose Calderon (?!) and Kent Bazemore were on the floor together (+24 in 14 minutes). That might have something to do with the Wizards bench, of course … anyways, check out Marcin Gortat tying his shoe in the middle of a possession!

Guys such as Travis Zajac, Cory Schneider, Andy Greene and Michael Cammalleri are not getting younger and are all over 30; while Zajac and Schneider should still have some gas in the tank, Cam and Greene looked to take a step back this season. If the Devils feel they can shore up a few weaknesses this summer (looking at you defense) and push for the postseason with Kovy in the fold, then what’s to stop them from trying to bring playoff hockey back to Jersey?
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While the thought of Hall/Zajac/Palmieri and Henrique/Kovalchuk (along with someone not named Cammalleri) is enticing, it doesn’t really take into account long term success, which results in stretches such as the last 5 seasons. As a result of that, it might be worth exploring the other option at hand.

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Vince Carter, the NBA’s oldest active player, plans to return for a 20th season

Vince Carter says he plans on returning for the 2017-18 season and doesn’t see retirement in his future right now, according to Real GM. At 40 years old, Carter is the oldest active player in the NBA and still provided valuable minutes for the Memphis Grizzlies as a rotation player throughout the year.
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I said to myself, I want to play 15 years,’ Carter said. I don’t know where I got that from. And the I got to 15 years and I kept going. I never capped it, but at the same time I’ve had a lot of players remind me of things I’ve said. I’m still saying, Two more years and I’m done.’

In the 48 hours between the two games, much of the talk surrounded LaMarcus Aldridge, as well as the team’s defense on James Harden. In Game 2, both those things improved, particularly the Harden-led defense. (He had just 13 points on 3-of-17 shooting.) Aldridge was better with 15 points, although it took him 14 shots to reach that number. But the biggest improvement, game to game, was San Antonio’s star.

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Rockets owner fined $100k for one-on-one chat with referee during game

Rockets owner Les Alexander has been fined $100,000 by the NBA for walking onto the court during the middle of the Rockets Game 5 matchup with the Thunder, according to ESPN’s Marc Spears.

The fine is referring to this moment in Game 5 where Les Alexander walked out on the floor while the clock was running and spoke to the referee.

Les Alexander has been the Rockets owner since 1983, so I’m sure he has a lot of strong feelings about his team. But you can’t be walking down to the court like that.

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The timeline is the final, and maybe the most important, reason to sign Kevin Shattenkirk. The Leafs are good now, and they will only have Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner on cheap entry-level contracts for two more years. In that period, the Leafs can put out one of the deepest forward cores and one of the deadliest top four defence groups in the league, and they can contend for the Stanley Cup. The window opens earlier than anyone thinks¡ªthink of how quickly Chicago and Pittsburgh went from last to a Cup¡ªand it may close earlier, too. If you can put yourself into the contending tier of the NHL, you do it when you have the chance.

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Switzer’s ability to run routes from the slot and beat nickel defenders makes him a solid developmental slot WR for the Patriots.

They both caught 240-plus passes as four-year college contributors, with nearly the same stat lines (95-plus catches for about 1,100 yards) as seniors in spread offenses.
They’re within three quarters of an inch of each other, height-wise.

Switzer’s a little speedier, and Welker’s a little stockier, but they both had four-second times in the 20-yard shuttle, an excellent mark in a drill meant to measure agility and change of direction, crucial traits for slot receivers.

Our Patriots blog, Pats Pulpit, sees the comparisons, too:

Switzer’s ability to run routes from the slot and beat nickel defenders makes him a solid developmental slot WR for the Patriots. Like Welker, his sudden and quick acceleration makes him an ideal candidate to run routes in the middle of the field against linebackers and safeties, as well as return punts.
“Wes was just a little bit before his time, before the slot receiver/returner was really valued.” Switzer said when asked about the comparison. “And I think it’s valued at what it is today because of guys like Wes Welker and Julian Edelman.”

Take a look at the testing numbers for each, bearing in mind that Welker wasn’t invited to the combine in his draft year, 2004. (He went undrafted.)

Follow the action with our 2017 NFL draft tracker with pick-by-pick results and analysis updating in real-time for all seven rounds.

While his athleticism isn’t in question, his place in the NFL is. The multi-faceted player is a jack of all trades but master of none. He’d be most useful as a linebacker, but at 5’11 and 213 pounds, is too small to be effective at the next level. He’s got the speed and explosiveness to play safety, but failed to show off the kind of ball skills he’ll need to provide for over-the-top help against NFL quarterbacks. His work on the offensive side of the ball was more novelty act than reliable weapon.nike_broncos_2627

2017 NFL mock draft: Kansas City Chiefs land Davis Webb

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To take a quarterback or not take a quarterback? At some point in the 2017 NFL draft the Kansas City Chiefs will take a quarterback. But every time they’re on the clock they’ll be asking that question until they get one.
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In the first round of the SB Nation NFL writers’ mock draft, four quarterbacks were taken before Joel Thorman of Arrowhead Pride was even able to get a pick in. Now in the second round he’s targeting a quarterback who has built some first-round momentum in the weeks leading up to day one of the draft.

The following groups outproduced Tennessee — a six-time national champion and the alma mater of Peyton Manning, Reggie White, Jason Witten, and Eric Berry — in total picks over the previous two years:

In 2017, UT sends three of the top 100 prospects and a handful of other candidates, including an interesting later-rounds QB. The Vols are assured of participating in their second draft of the College Football Playoff era.

Jones’ Vols haven’t exactly reached new heights and are unlikely to play for a national title any time soon. But the droughts are over, including back-to-back ranked seasons for the first time since 2007 and UT’s first win over Florida since 2004.

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Treadwell was limited to just one catch for 15 yards on just three targets last season. Injures kept him out, but with Cordarrelle Patterson gone and Sam Bradford emerging as a perfectly cromulent replacement for Teddy Bridgewater, he should be seeing more burn in 2017.

Philly showered Joel Embiid with Trust the Process chants at the NFL draft

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Embiid appeared at the NFL draft in Philly on Thursday and being the social media maven he is, decided to post some videos of his trip on his Instagram story. That prompted nearby fans to erupt, chanting: Trust the Process!

Bryant responded in a tweet thats since been deleted:

The football season is still many months away, and we dont know whether Coates, Bryant, or neither is correct. Bryants reinstatement to the NFL still depends on him clearing several hurdles this offseason. While Bryant was suspended last season, Coates played poorly, dropping bushels of passes from Ben Roethlisberger. Both are talented deep threats, but theyve both struggled, somehow or another.

The Steelers have a crowded receiver group. Antonio Browns the obvious No. 1, with Smith-Schuster and Eli Rogers locks to make the roster out of training camp. That leaves only two or three spots for Coates, Bryant, and a few other targets who kicked around the roster last year. The NFLs a tricky business sometimes.

Friday nights draft action was interesting with trades coming fast and furious. A draft record 19 defensive backs were selected in the first two rounds.

The draft wrapped up on April 29 with the final four rounds, officially concluding when the Denver Broncos named Chad Kelly as 2017s Mr. Irrelevant with the 253rd pick of the event.

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Yep, NFL draft prospect Chad Kelly is Jim Kellys QB nephew

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Chad Kelly wont be an early pick in the NFL draft. Most evaluators rate the former Ole Miss quarterback as around the 10th-best player at his position, hes dealing with injury, and he had his NFL Combine invitation rescinded, likely for earlier off-field transgressions.

But if youre looking for a reason to be optimistic about Kelly, you dont need to look much further than bloodlines. Hes a nephew of Hall of Fame Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, a universally loved figure who brought the Bills to four Super Bowl appearances and beat cancer in his post-playing career.

Chads father, Kevin, is Jims younger brother. Chads younger brother, Casey, is also a quarterback. (Chad once ran onto the field during one of Caseys high school games after a heavy hit on his brother, in an incident that went viral.)

Elite Kids Ty Lawson Jersey The nephews QB talent has never been in doubt. McCoughtry single-handedly willed the Dream past the first round of last years playoffs, scoring 37 points in the win over Seattle. And replacing 19.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game will not be easy for head coach Michael Cooper. However, Atlanta has three picks (7, 19 and 31) to get it right. The obvious need would be a stretch forward who can also play some off-guard, but post depth is plentiful, and Atlanta cant go wrong with that either.

Look for more coverage from Swish Appeal in todays draft. Television coverage of the draft will come from ESPN2 (7 p.m. ET; first round) and ESPNU (second and third round).