New Net Jahlil Okafor ready for fresh start

Jahlil Okafor finally got the fresh start he wanted.

“It just never really was the right fit.”

The Smiths didn’t take the threat seriously.

“If someone was going to kill me, they ain’t going to call me and tell me,” Smith Jr. said.

Tyrod Taylor, a two-time Pro Bowler who has been a solidly average passer in Buffalo, appears to be headed toward his release. If Jimmy Garoppolo doesn’t re-sign (or get franchise tagged) with the 49ers, he’ll be available. So will a rejuvenated Blaine Gabbert, whether you believe in him or not. And as tough as it may be to imagine him anywhere else, Drew Brees’ contract with the Saints ends this winter.

NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote separate letters to Talib and Crabtree, berating the latter for also punching Broncos cornerback Chris Harris.

“Your actions triggered a melee and endangered various sideline and League personnel, including one of our game officials who was injured trying to maintain control of the situation,” Runyan told Crabtree. “Finally, during the ensuing altercation, you grabbed and twisted that same opponent’s facemask and threw a punch at him.

“Such actions have no place in this game, engender ill will between teams, and lead to further confrontations.”

Runyan scolded Talib for tossing Crabtree helmet toward the sideline, possibly endangering others. He also cited Talib as the instigator for ripping off a chain for Crabtree’s neck for the second straight year.

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