Falcons make Matt Ryan NFL’s highest-paid player with record five-year, $150M deal

Matt Ryan will finish his career where it started.
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The Falcons have signed the franchise quarterback to a lucrative 5-year contract extension, the team announced Thursday.

While the financial details were not disclosed, ESPN reported the deal is worth $150 million, making Ryan the first quarterback to earn $30 million per year with $100 million guaranteed. He has now surpassed Jimmy Garoppolo, who signed a five-year contract worth $137.5 million in February, to become the highest paid player in NFL history.

Incognito was suspended by the Miami Dolphins in 2013 for harassing teammate聽Jonathan Martin.聽

Keenum, the 30-year-old undrafted rookie-turned-knockaround backup-turned-breakout 2017 star, sounded happy with his new role as a peerless leader who doesn’t have to compete for every rep.

It feels different. It feels good. I like it. I Larry Johnson Youth jersey think that that puts different things at ease and lets you go out there and play. It lets you cut it loose. It’s nice, he said聽Tuesday,聽per聽Rod Mackey of Denver’s 9News.com

Jermaine Gresham”>Elite Kids http://www.nflcardinalslockerroom.com/elite-jermaine-gresham-jersey”>Jermaine Gresham Jersey Veterans like Emmanuel Sanders also sound thrilled to have Keenum on board. Or at the very least, they’re thrilled to be off a two-year merry-go-round of competitions among untested prospects.

I remember when I got out here, I went out to the team store and I saw Case Keenum jerseys, Sanders said before OTAs, per Andrew Mason of聽the Broncos website. Thank God I don’t have to deal with that again.

Jazz’s Rudy Gobert, Pelicans’ Anthony Davis lead All-Defensive team

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert led the voting for the 2017-18 NBA All-Defensive team Wednesday, joined by New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis and point guard Jrue Holiday, Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo and Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington.

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, who won Defensive Player of the Year last year, was also named to the second team. He was joined by Boston Celtics forward/center Al Horford, San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray and Minnesota Timberwolves guard/forward Jimmy Butler.

The winner of Defensive Player of the Year will be announced on June 25.

While Quinn acknowledged that Jones hasn’t been at OTAs, he said he expects him to be present for the start of mandatory minicamp.

“I was fully aware that he wasn’t going to be here for the start of the offseason program, and I was also aware he wasn’t going to be here this past Monday,” Quinn told reporters Tuesday.

“He’s in great shape, and he’s spending some time this offseason working on some of the things he has not been able to over the last offseason, due to some injuries. I do expect him to be here certainly at the minicamp at the end of the offseason program.”

“I think at this time of year, and as business grows around the NFL, I think that’s pretty common for a lot of players to discuss that and wonder where that’s at,” Quinn said. “That’s something that he and I discussed together but as far as anything past that, unless you guys have spoken to Julio, individually or specifically, I think past that would be a lot of speculation.ravens_079

Matt Light on Nate Solder: You don’t replace a guy like that overnight

The Patriots announced on Wednesday that Matt Light will be the next former player inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame and the 11-year starter at left tackle is a worthy addition to that group.
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Another player who could be up for induction one day is the guy who replaced Light at left tackle in 2012. Nate Solder was an obvious choice to replace Light back then, but the team doesn’t have the same kind of sure Womens Steve Atwater Jersey thing in place now that Solder has moved on to the Giants as a free agent.

While speaking to the media on Wednesday, Light said that Solder is not someone you can just replace.

Light and Solder each missed big chunks of seasons with injuries, but it has been a largely steady two decades at a key position thanks to their presence. Be it first-round pick Isaiah Wynn or someone else, the Patriots would love to find a successor who could extend that to 2018 and beyond.
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The Personal Conduct Policy expressly encompasses [c]rimes of dishonesty such as blackmail, extortion, fraud, money laundering, or racketeering. The NFL, by referring to the situation as a civil matter in its comment on the Manning situation, apparently has concluded that, without a prosecution, there can be no crime of fraud 鈥?even if actual fraud has occurred.

Of course, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott wasn’t prosecuted, charged, or even sued in civil court. But he was suspended six games for violating the Personal Conduct Policy.

As explained last month, there’s a fine line (and maybe no line) between civil and criminal fraud. If the NFL wanted to use the allegations of memorabilia fraud, the evidence generated during the trial, the fact that Eli Manning settled the lawsuit in lieu of testifying in open court about the situation (including but not limited to answering aggressive questions about an email message in which he asked for 2 helmets that can pass as game used) as the basis for an investigation, it easily could have. Arguably, given the extent to which the Personal Conduct Policy and other league policies premised on the integrity of and public confidence in the professional football are applied to other players, the NFL should have.
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Doug Pederson downplays Michael Bennett’s absence from OTAs

Coaches can’t say much when it comes to players skipping offseason workouts. And so they usually don’t. On Tuesday, Eagles coach Doug Pederson didn’t say much about veteran defensive lineman Michael Bennett missing the first day of OTAs, as Bennett makes his adjustment to a new franchise.
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I really don’t have any concern going forward with him acclimating himself to the defense, Pederson told reporters. You’ve been around long enough to understand Jim [Schwartz’s] style and what we teach, and it fits his strength, and that’s roll off the ball as a D-lineman. So it’s just a matter of getting him in here and getting around his teammates.

But the thing is he’s not. Pederson was asked whether it relates in any way to the pending assault charge against him.

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Jarrod Dyson Womens Jersey The team also announced an addition at guard with Kouandjio out of the picture. They have signed Isaiah Williams to the 90-man roster.

Williams signed with Washington as an undrafted free agent in 2016 and spent the year on the practice squad. He spent time with the Chiefs and Colts last season and spent time on Indianapolis’ active roster without appear in any games.

Kouandjio started the final six games of the year at left guard last season. Shaun Lauvao, Kyle Kalis and Tyler Catalina join Williams and right guard Brandon Scherff on the current depth chart at guard.

Are the Angels using Shohei Ohtani correctly? So far, the planets have aligned for L.A. and its two-way star. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

I just got a calendar reminder that I set a little more than a year ago, to make fun of my friend Daniel. There’s no way a major league team will let Shohei Ohtani hit, he swore to me last spring. Zero chance. Way too risky.

Sports betting: Here’s where you’ll be able to gamble on games in N.J. (VIDEO)

After a nearly seven-year legal battle, New Jersey won its聽 right to permit sports betting Monday after the Supreme Court announced that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) is unconstitutional.
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It opens the door for Monmouth Park, the Oceanport-based race track, to take bets in the very near future.

This is the culmination of the hard-work and dedication of a large group of individuals, all of whom contributed to today’s victory and will undoubtedly contribute to our future success, Dennis Drazin, chairman and CEO of Darby Development LLC, operators of Monmouth Park, said. We started this fight back in 2012 and are grateful that the Supreme Court has recognized that we’ve been right all along. We can now shift our focus on commencing sports betting, which will be off and running at Monmouth Park as soon as possible.’

Monday’s Supreme Court decision 聽put an end to the legal Womens Edgar Martinez Jersey wrangling.

I congratulate all the stakeholders in this endeavor and their steadfast resolve in overturning this now unconstitutional law, Drazin said. I look forward to working with Governor Phil Murphy, who has been a strong supporter of today’s ruling, on implementing sports betting.

Wilson’s path to the Eagles is different than Papale’s, and he hasn’t even technically even made the team yet, but Monday’s signing pushed him one step closer to fulfilling that.

Wilson attended the Eagles’聽 three-day rookie minicamp over the weekend on a tryout basis, and apparently impressed the team enough to be signed as a free agent. Wilson is small (5-9, 170) but dynamic.

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As a receiver, Wilson caught 133 balls for 2,042 yards (15.4 average) and 16 touchdowns in four years.聽
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Mark Ingram’s Appeal Denied, Suspended Four Games For PED Violation

According to Mike Triplett, Mark Ingram‘s appeal has already been heard and an arbitrator has notified all parties of the final decision, which is why the suspension was announced Tuesday.

The May 16 date referenced by Ingram’s agents is the due date for the arbitrator’s full written decision.

The more likely scenario is that Patricia told the truth within a narrow set of questions but did not go further than he had to, thus avoiding disclosure of a murky episode in his life that he has long since left behind. 

Haddonfield School Superintendent David T. Lindenmuth said the district was investigating and has not identified the player involved, according to the Philly.com, which first reported the allegations.

Haddonfield and Sterling school officials could not be immediately reached to comment Thursday night. Representatives for the state civil rights division also could not be reached.

But the Giants see Barkley as much more than a runner. Writers for the team’s official website are making the case that Barkley’s biggest asset is being a receiver, not a runner, and that seems to be coach Pat Shurmur’s view of Barkley as well.

“The most important thing, and the first thing you look for in a running back is, Can he catch? Does he have ball skills? Because we all know, if we can run them all deep, and if they cover them, sometimes the best matchup on the field is just dropping the ball to the running back,” Shurmur said. “He’s multidimensional and you can play him all three downs.”

The top of this draft feels destined to be analyzed for years, and the Giants’ decision to go with a running back over a quarterback will be scrutinized, especially if Sam Darnold develops into a star with the Jets and Eli Manning proves to be past his prime at age 37. But the Giants think Barkley’s value goes beyond that of a typical player at his position.

The Yankees lost on Thursday night 5-4, but won two out of three. colts_089

Victor Cruz hoping for NFL return, willing to move on if no interest in 2018

Former New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz continues to train with the hope of keeping his playing career alive. He has set an undisclosed date later this year for when if he remains unsigned he will retire.
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Cruz was cut last summer by the Chicago Bears and did not play in 2017. He said there was some interest from teams before the NFL draft but nothing serious during OTAs or since.

Last week, The New York Times reported cheerleaders for the Washington NFL team were required to pose topless at a calendar shoot in Johnny Manziel Youth jersey 2013 while men invited by the team watched.

Now I’m not a scientist, but that sounds like sexual harassment, Australian comedian Jim Jefferies said on his Comedy Central show. Wow, and I remember when the Washington Redskins were just the team with the racist logo. And don’t tell me it isn’t. Native Americans were the victims of genocide. It’d be like me supporting a rugby team called the Sydney Aboriginals.

The Colts are set to sign veteran tackle Austin Howard, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported, via a source informed of the situation.
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Baltimore declined Howard’s 2018 option after the 31-year-old started all 16 games at right tackle last season. Undrafted out of Northern Iowa in 2010, Howard has started 87 games for the Jets, Raiders and Ravens over the past six years.

Howard joins first-round pick Quenton Nelson, second-round pick Braden Smith and free-agent acquisition Matt Slauson as new blood on Indianapolis’ blocking unit.

This is perhaps the most proactive approach the Colts have taken toward their beleaguered offensive line since Andrew Luck entered the league in 2012. After years of watching Luck being treated like a pi帽ata in the pocket, Ballard saw Jacoby Brissett lead the NFL with 52 sacks absorbed last season.

Authentic Womens Michael Strahan Jersey It remains to be seen if veteran fliers such as Howard, Slauson and Jack Mewhort can hold off the youth brigade up front. At the very least, Ballard has assembled the deepest O-line of the Luck era.

Phil Savage leaving role as Senior Bowl director after six years

The Senior Bowl and Phil Savage are mutually parting ways after six years with Savage serving as the event’s director.
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Cannot express how much I enjoyed the last six years
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Savage was the general manager of the Browns from 2005-2008. He also spent time as a player personnel executive with the Ravens and Eagles.

The 30-year-old Lauvao has finished two of the last three seasons on injured reserve, hitting the list last year with a neck injury.

He started nine games last season, and figures to come back and compete for the left guard job again this year.

I certainly think my work ethic comes from my dad; we just execute that work ethic in different ways. … His approach to life was very different than it was for me — carefree and kind of a wild man. I’m very Type Erik Walden Jersey A and introverted, but we’re both super focused, both very determined to be the very best at what we do, and both approach things with a discipline and a desire to do it well.

He never put pressure on my sister or me. I guess I feel a sense of pressure to be able to do right by his name and to do this job with a level of respect for the job at the level of which he was able to execute playing football. I think as long as I’m helping people, he would be proud.

We will see just how serious the NCAA is about reform, and whether presidents will be held accountable for rules violations that occur on their watch. NCAA history has taught us all that presidents like to say they are in charge but do not admit culpability or accept responsibility. Such things are for coaches.

Corporate boards of directors have outside members, as do university boards of trustees. Yet the NCAA has always been one big echo chamber that preaches to its own tone-deaf choir.

Report: Christian Hackenberg Jersey starts over with his throwing motion

Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg remains on the roster. The Jets instead sent Bryce Petty packing.
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But Hackenberg doesn鈥檛 appear to be the team鈥檚 present or its future with Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Darnold also on the roster.

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Current Dolphins coach Adam Gase witnessed that during his three years working as a graduate and recruiting assistant under Saban at LSU in the early 2000s. Gase also fields a running back (Kenyan Drake) whose perseverance as a Crimson Tide backup behind future NFL RBs Eddie Lacy, T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry helped him get a starting shot in the pros.

No one’s ever complacent in Nick’s program, Gase said. You might be a senior, but you never know. There might be a freshman coming on. The best players play. There are no promises.

That’s something I always appreciated working for him. It didn鈥檛 matter if you were a coach, player or involved in something where you’re in recruiting. Everybody was challenged to be the best that they needed to be to keep their job.

If the move is designated as a post-June 1 cut, the Saints will save $3 million against this year鈥檚 cap. If not, there will be $8.2 million in dead money this year.
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Fleener had 72 catches for 926 yards and five touchdowns in 27 games for the Saints over the last two years. He also had a two-yard rushing touchdown during the 2016 season and ended the 2017 season on injured reserve due to a concussion.

The Saints signed Benjamin Watson as a free agent this offseason and have Josh Hill and Michael Hoomanawanui at tight end as well.

George Springer couldn’t help but laugh.

There he was, having a private moment with his wife. The Springers sat by the fire pit outside their Houston home underneath the dark winter sky, enjoying the last little bit of normalcy before the chaos of baseball season once again interrupted their lives. They reflected on an offseason that, thanks to the Astros’ World Series victory, was all too short. As is usually the case in Springer’s life, music played.
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Two former Lions employees sue team and league for discrimination

At a time when the NFL is wrestling with a collection of legal claims arising from a unique issue like protests during the national anthem, the Lions and the NFL are dealing with a more conventional legal challenge.

The comments from Warner make it clear that, since retiring, he’d been toying with unretiring. And while the door apparently is now finally closed (unless it isn’t), the fact that Warner admits to thinking about coming back so long after quitting — and at a Blandian age of 46 — is a stunner.

While Warner may now regret the fact that he blurted it out, he said what he said, and it’s definitely news, slow news day or otherwise.

Zolak suggests that there continues to be lingering frustration and confusion arising from the Malcolm Butler benching. Zolak also addresses the question of whether a new contract would make Brady feel more appreciated than he currently does.

For the full interview, click the thing in the thing. And tune in weekdays to NBC Sports Radio from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. ET for PFT Live, including a two-hour simulcast from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. ET.

Yanagi, 58, is Japanese by descent. Richardson, 52, is African-American.

Richardson contends that he complained to the team’s human resources department in December 2017, claiming that he was the subject of “racist comments by an employee in the Detroit Lions scouting department and disparate treatment by an employee” of the operations department.

“There were comments made about both of my clients in regards to their race,” attorney Angela Mannarino told Birkett. “It was commonplace for comments to be made of that nature and that’s why Michael went to H.R. and made the complaint about what was going on because it made him very uncomfortable. And then Robert supported his complaint, supported what he was saying, and then shortly thereafter they’re both out the door.”orioles_054