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WR Brice Butler Jersey during offseason work

Many NFL players dislike the business aspect of the profession, preferring to focus on the game while their agent handles the contracts.
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Brice Butler enjoys both.

The wide receiver officially became a free agent in March after three seasons with the Cowboys, but the wheels in his head began turning much earlier. As he scanned potential fits across the league, the Cardinals stood out.

The only downside for Donald comes from a possible injury that would impair his market value and potentially prompt the Rams to roll the dice with the RFA tender, securing his rights for 2019 by putting millions less on the table. That dynamic would/could (should) make Donald more likely to carry a holdout deep into the regular season, in order to ensure that, come 2019, he’ll be getting the exclusive franchise tender.

Obviously, if Darby wasn’t in the car for the entire ride, it’s impossible for him to know whether Winston did something he shouldn’t have done.

No goaltender has been taken in the top 10 since Carey Price went fifth to Montreal in 2005. In the years since, the philosophy has shifted drastically from trying to hit on an elite goaltender early in the draft to hoping Womens Christian Vazquez Jersey for the best in rounds 2 through 7 like 23 different teams Deryk Engelland Jersey did on Saturday.

They’re so up and down and very few of them dominate, Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said. It’s hard. There are very few guys that are first-rounders that you can say at 18 are going to be Price or that type of goalie right off the bat. It doesn’t happen very often.

The first goalie off the board at this year’s draft was Olof Lindbom 39th to the Rangers. Armed with a successful Swedish goalie in 36-year-old Henrik Lundqvist, New York GM Jeff Gorton called taking Lindbom an opportunity we couldn’t pass up.

RB David Johnson Jersey The contract thing is gonna get worked out.

FB Derrick Coleman It’s still a little strange to write about a fullback. But Coleman is a vet who will fit well in this offense.
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WR Larry Fitzgerald Back for year 15. Still playing at a high level, still a guy for whom 100 catches is all but expected.

WR Chad Williams There isn’t a ton of conviction here because this Calais Campbell Jersey position battle is so wide open. There a multiple choices that could step forward in camp. But in the end it just feels like Williams will be able to be the one who makes that step.

RG Justin Pugh This is why he was one of your main free agent targets.

RT Andre Smith Although when Smith signed it was before Jared Veldheer was traded, there was already an assumption Smith would be a starter. Smith should end up here, although it will be interesting to see if rookie Korey Cunningham can make any kind of push in camp.

That’s how Mayowa, released in March by Dallas with the Cowboys needing salary cap space, ended up in Arizona. He had a great dinner during his free-agent visit, and knew the team had high interest in him. A quick survey of the position’s landscape made it clear he’d have an opportunity in a spot he figured he was best suited.

I feel like I am the original 4-3 defensive end, Mayowa said.

He certainly looks the part at 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds, even if it took a minute to get to the league. Stuck on some bad Womens Eddie Yarbrough Jersey teams at the University of Idaho, Mayowa not only went undrafted but wasn’t even signed until he participated in the 2013 NFL regional (post-draft) combine in Seattle and then the subsequent super regional combine in Dallas.

Miguel Sano Jersey injury update: Twins activate third baseman from 10-day DL

Twins Sergei Fedorov Jersey third baseman Miguel Sano was activated from the 10-day disabled list Thursday after spending almost a month on the shelf with a left hamstring strain.
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I had so many good moments, but there were also some very troubling times I had to go relive, Johnson explained in a podcast interview with Sporting News. I read the proofs when they came out, but I would never read the book again. I don’t want to go through it.

Though he emphasized to Sporting News that his life and career both are about looking ahead and moving forward — and not looking back — Johnson does an exemplary job recounting the key moments of his life in his autobiography. It just wasn’t always particularly fun for him to do so.

Pedroia’s return comes exactly seven months after surgery on his left knee. He was 1 for 14 in his five-game rehab assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket, prompting Cora to joke to reporters (via The Associated Press), He’s saving his hits for Fenway.

MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports the Yankees and Mariners are interested in Blue Jays southpaw J.A. Happ.

Morosi says the Yankees interest stems from the fact the Red Sox have an MLB-best.813 OPS against right-handed pitchers but only.672 against left-handed pitchers.

This isn’t the first time Happ has been linked to the Yankees this season.

And according to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe, six teams could be in the mix for Happ.

Happ may become one of the most popular targets on the trade market. He will be a free agent at the end of the season, and he’ll Sam Martin Authentic Jersey be owed about $5 million for the rest of the year if he’s dealt in July. This is seen as a bargain. You could see a few NL West teams (Dodgers, Diamondbacks, and Rockies) being interested as well as the Yankees, Braves, and Phillies.

Twins acquire 2016 NL HR leader Chris Carter from Angels

Chris Carter is headed to Minnesota.

The Twins have acquired the slugging first baseman-outfielder from the Angels for cash considerations in a minor-league trade, Minnesota announced Tuesday.

The 2016 National League home run leader, Carter smashed a league-high 41 home runs with the Brewers while batting .222 that year. He last played in the majors with the Yankees last July, finishing the season hitting .201 with eight home runs in 62 games for New York.

Carter, 31, batted .255 with 13 home runs and 43 RBIs in 38 games for the Angels’ Triple-A Salt Lake affiliate this season.

He’s 21 years old. It’s OK that he’s not perfect yet. And another thing his teammates wanted to talk about: He’s allowed only 13 hits in those 22 innings — 11 singles and two doubles. Opponents are making contact, yes, but not solid contact.

Put it like this: He’s gonna throw the ball in the middle, and it ends up at the knees, first baseman Jose Martinez told SN. When it moves, you’ve got to change your angle. That’s why he’s getting weak contact and ground balls all the time. For me, if he goes out there and it’s 10 ground balls every time, that’s perfect. Don’t worry about the strikeouts. Go out there and throw it in the middle. Pena sets up in the middle, and that ball’s gonna move, 100 percent. That guy’s nasty. He’s going to be good, and I’m glad he’s going to be around.

The sink on Hicks’ fastball is creating lots of balls on the ground for his fielders to handle. Of the past 19 balls opponents have put in play, only four have been in the air.

When you’re facing 105 with sink, that is not fun at all, Martinez said.

It is fun to watch, though.

On Thursday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the NFL was planning to suspend Winston for the first three games of the 2018 season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy in relation to the allegation. The NFL had no comment Friday.

The female Uber driver — who has only ever been identified as Kate — did not go public with the allegation that Winston grabbed her crotch during the Uber ride until last fall, when she told BuzzFeed News that she wanted to tell the truth about a powerful man who felt entitled to my body when all I wanted to do was my job. She did, however, file a formal complaint about Winston to Uber soon after the ride. She ended that complaint by stating, He is NOT safe for other drivers, according to the BuzzFeed News story. Winston’s Uber-riding privileges were revoked, but Winston did not notify the league of the complaint against him.

The woman has not filed a police report to date, and her attorney, John Clune, said Thursday that he did not have any comment about the NFL’s decision or what steps the woman might take next.

Browns sign Ross Martin Jersey, waive DeMarquis Gates

The Browns signed kicker Ross Martin, who participated in the team’s minicamp this week on a tryout basis. Sam Bradford Jersey To make room on the roster, the club waived linebacker DeMarquis Gates.
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The punt isn’t a problem because players don’t have the same opportunity to collide at a high rate of speed and, in turn, with a high degree of momentum. That’s the play to which the new kickoff should be compared, when it comes to charting concussions.

So if the kickoff-sort-of-punt becomes as safe as the punt, the NFL can keep the kickoff-sort-of-punt. If not, the NFL can replace the kickoff with a 4th-and-15 play from the 30 or 35 of the kicking team, allowing the team to punt (simulating the kick) or go for it (simulating the onside kick).

Or the NFL, as Pereira puts it, can put the ball on the 25 in lieu of a kick/punt and give the kicking team the ball in a 4th-and-15 scenario for onside kicks. The only problem with this approach? It removes the ability to replicate on of the most memorable moments in Super Bowl history: The surprise onside kick to start the second half of Super Bowl XLIV.

Ohtani’s elbow injury was discovered after he left his start June 6 with a blister. The Angels said following the diagnoses that Ohtani would be re-examined in three weeks. But that time frame has been pushed back, Scioscia said.

The 23-year-old two-way player has registered a 4-1 record with a 3.10 ERA in nine starts on the mound this season. He has also slashed .289/.372/.535 with six homers and 20 RBIs at the plate.

The Angels enter their game Monday against the Diamondbacks with a 38-34 record. They’ve lost six of their last seven games.

The Seahawks hope for better trends at safety. Phillip Gaines Jersey Earl Thomas wants a new deal ahead of his free agency in 2019 and still could be traded. Chancellor wants to keep playing, but that won’t happen unless he’s cleared (neck) about a month before training camp.

Panthers tell Cam Newton Jersey it’s OK to check down and go to the next play

When Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner said in May that he thinks quarterback Cam Newton can have a completion percentage in the mid- to high-60s this season, many people responded with skepticism thanks to Newton completing 58.5 percent of his passes over the course of his career.
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Watching how this new approach takes form will be one of the leading storylines in the early part of the Panthers season. Newton has one MVP on his mantle and the Panthers went to the Super Bowl the year Authentic Antoine Bethea Jersey he won it, so the best version of him would be a major boost to Carolina’s hopes of success in 2018.

They traded a third-round pick to Tyrod just doesn’t make sense, Womens Anthony Castonzo Jersey Mayfield said. We got a lot more out of that than anybody else could. The guy that he is for this franchise, for all of our teammates is unbelievable. For me to watch him and learn him has been great. He sets the bar high, shows up, his work ethic, it’s a great situation for me to come into to have someone like that. It’s good for me.

The Bills were ready to move on from Taylor, so they traded him away even though he was their first quarterback to start a playoff game for them in the 21st Century. Mayfield thinks Taylor is ready to show that was a mistake.

Ryan is getting that chance to compete. He’s still on the Seahawks’ roster as the team breaks for six weeks before training camp begins at the end of July. While Dickson can do some impressive things kicking a football, Ryan has vastly more experiencing holding for place kickers. He’s also thrown a touchdown pass in the NFC Championship game and caught a 109-yard touchdown pass when playing at the University of Regina in Canada.

Bears release veteran tackle Matt McCants

The Chicago Bears signed veteran tackle Matt McCants just three weeks ago after a tryout with the team during rookie mini-camp.

The language of the rule now reads that a ball is caught when the player has control, two feet or another body part down, and makes a football move while making no mention of completing the process.

Like I say, it just took them seven years to figure out what we knew on Day 1, Johnson said, via the Detroit Free Press. … I think you [have to take the human element] into account. Yeah, slow motion can show every bitty frame, but you have to also take into account what actually happened in real time, I feel like. You take it slow mo and that easy catch can turn into, ‘Dang, he bobbled it a little bit.’

Walker believes that he — not Rob Gronkowski or Travis Kelce — is the best tight end in football.

Honestly, I feel like I’m the best tight end in the league in all phases, Walker said, via the Tennessean. Blocking, run blocking, catching the ball, breaking tackles, stuff like that. At the end of the day, if you don’t feel like that you shouldn’t be in the league.

Walker said he’s been focused this offseason on his conditioning and believes he’s primed for a big season at age 34.

Every year I try something new, Walker said. I don’t eat pork, I don’t drink alcohol. That’s been helping me, keeping me fit and in shape. Just go out here and I try to bust my butt every day in the weight room, on the field, and it’s tended to work so I’m going to stick to that regimen.

He’ll need to have a big season, to match his big talk.

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In his first eight years in the league, Dunlap has already put together enough highlights to earn himself a nice new deal, whether it is in Cincinnati or not. He will look to make his case stronger this season, though the Bengals certainly could offer him a new deal before the 2018 season rolls around. Dunlap has done nothing but prove to the Bengals they should be doing everything they can to keep him in Cincinnati.
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The onus is on Johnny to write the next chapter to re-earn respect. He’s going to be given every opportunity to do that.

Shurmur is real creative with his offense: Different schemes and lining people up in different places, Smith said. I’m excited. They’ve put me at receiver and motioned me back. They want to run the rock downhill and get back to that hard-nosed football.

In this one, it was Sanchez’s line single to center as the Yankees’ leadoff hitter in the seventh that ignited a rally that turned 1-0 deficit into a 4-1 lead when rookie Miguel Andujar went yard with the bases juiced.

And it was Sanchez who was putting down the right fingers time and again for CC Sabathia, who turned in a two-run, seven-inning outing that might have been his best of the season.

When Sabathia Charles Hudon Jersey went over his third win of the season and 240th of his career during his post-game presser, the lefty Authentic Carl Lawson Jersey threw credit Sanchez’ way in his second sentence.

Asked what keyed his strong effort, Sabathia answered, Being aggressive in the strike zone. You know, Gary called a good game and I was able to execute pitches.

Backup Austin Romine has been the Yankees’ best catcher thus far, as he’s a long-time highly skilled game-caller who is having a breakout offensive season with a.373 average, four homers and 19 RBIs in 21 games.

George Springer Jersey and the Astros found a way to beat the Rangers anyway for a shot at a four-game road sweep of their Texas rivals.

Springer hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning after Morton tied an American League record by hitting four batters, and the Astros beat the Rangers 4-3 on Saturday night.
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Reliever Brad Peacock hit Isiah Kiner-Falefa with his final pitch in the sixth to break Houston’s franchise record with five hit batters.

The Rangers also set a club record by getting hit five times but the worst hitting team in the majors with runners in scoring position went 1 for 17 in those situations. Texas stranded 12 runners in scoring position. The Astros struck out 10, six of them called.

From first-rounders who could reach the majors soon to late-round fliers hoping to surprise, we break down every National League team’s draft class.

From mock drafts to rankings, check out ESPN’s coverage of the 2018 MLB draft.

Prep lefty Drew Rom (4) came on at the end of the spring, sitting in the low 90s with a solid-average breaking ball and an athletic body with some projection and a delivery that works. Iowa outfielder Robert Neustrom (5) has a big, strong power bat, showing power even the other way. He’s a below-average runner who’ll start in right but could end up in left. Yeankarlos Lleras (6) is a smaller right-hander E’Twaun Moore Authentic Jersey with a Ryan Johansen Jersey fast arm who bumped 96 mph at the end of the spring and flashed a real slider.

Eagles’ Chris Long, Malcolm Jenkins Jersey rip NFL’s ‘clumsy’ national anthem policy

The two most prominent voices of consciousness inside the Philadelphia Eagles’ locker room, Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Long, left no gray area: They detest the new national anthem policy that NFL owners adopted last week.
I think it was driven by fear of a diminished bottom line … and the underlying factor is that they are afraid of the president,Long said Tuesday.

The new policy subjects teams to discipline if players do not stand or show respectduring the anthem. Players who don’t wish to comply can remain in the locker room while the anthem is played.

We don’t have these types of policies for the other causes that we support, whether it is our Salute to Service, breast cancer awareness or anything else,Jenkins said. It’s just when you start talking about black folks. It’s disheartening.

Jenkins, who is African-American, and Long, one of the few white players to speak about the issue, both said they are unsure if they will be on the sideline or remain in the locker room during the anthem.

So it Dale Hawerchuk Jersey seemed like it would be a futile exercise for Agholor, who’s 6-feet, 198 pounds.

Yet he worked diligently with Groh, who showed Agholor video of players like Detroit’s Golden Tate, New England’s Julian Edelman and Brandon Sutter Authentic Jersey Dallas’ Cole Beasley.

Groh’s strength as our receivers coach last year was being able to explain the game on all different aspects, Agholor said. He watches tapes on some of the guys in this league. He shows you different things that you can do, that he sees in other players that have done it… He’ll show me techniques that I did already that these guys did well that would help me excel in the slot.

Agholor was so impressive during OTAs last spring that the Eagles traded Matthews to Buffalo last August for starting cornerback Ronald Darby. Agholor then had the season of his career, including a team-high nine receptions for 84 yards in the Eagles’ Super Bowl victory.