Yes, the same McKenzie who was Sporting News’s Executive of the Year in 2016 … and who was dead last in this ranking just two years ago. He has done everything right since, including this offseason, pulling Oakland’s own Marshawn Lynch out of retirement and taking care of Derek Carr’s contract nice and early. No one will ever know if the Raiders could have taken the Patriots down in the playoffs last year, because Carr got hurt. It’s safe to wonder if they can do it now.
Limited Youth Jonathan Bullard Jersey If he gets Le’Veon Bell signed and happy, Colbert might get moved up again next year, but it’s not like he hasn’t done enough already. That includes massaging enough out of this defense-deficient roster to get the Steelers back to the AFC title game and surviving stumbles like the Martavis Bryant suspension and the Ladarius Green signing. You can’t argue with the results, and the consistent contention.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Pistons — Caldwell-Pope could be next up on the Nets RFA carousel. There is a max offer out for Porter that will be matched by the Wizards, and the Nets could very well just keep cycling through restricteds until they get one that finally won’t be matched. A max offer to KCP, staring at more than $24 million, would put the Pistons, with $100 million in committed salary, in a bind. It would likely force them into unloading other salary (Jon Leuer or Boban Marjanovich most likely) before matching.
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Nikola Mirotic, Bulls — Heading into free agency, rival executives estimated that Mirotic would look for a contract in the $20 million per year range, and while the Bulls would not go that high, they would match reasonable offers for Mirotic. But as cap space dries up, it appears that the Bulls are bidding against themselves, and as we’ve seen in the past (think back to Ben Gordon in 2009, for example), Jerry Reinsdorf will play hardball in these situations. Without another bidder, Mirotic could have to settle for a contract worth closer to $12 million per year rather than the $20 million he was seeking.