Raiders add a fullback in Keith Smith

Raiders coach Jon Gruden said last month that he will be trying to throw the game back to 1998锟斤拷 in his return to the sideline after a long spell in the broadcast booth and you can’t be a throwback in pro football without a fullback.
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Gruden got one on Thursday. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Raiders have signed former Cowboys fullback Keith Smith to a two-year deal worth $4.2 million.

Smith spent the last four years in Dallas and moved from linebacker to fullback two years ago. He was in on about 12 percent of the offensive snaps while ing in every game each of the last two years and got 10 touches (eight catches, two carries) over that span.

Berger had offers on the table from the Vikings and Detroit Lions to continue his career but opted to retire, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported.

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The Bozeman native said he couldn’t in good conscience be a part of Saturday’s banquet in Billings celebrating a sport that caused great suffering among his friends and that he believes endangers children.

When I refused entry I had to give an explanation, and my explanation is concussion, Widmer told Lee Newspapers of Montana.

That seems to be the proper interpretation of the gesture. The CBA doesn’t require formal signature. It speaks only in terms of the tender having been accepted.

In this case, the tender has been accepted. Whether formal signature happens or not, Landry is under contract with the Dolphins for 2018 at $15.9 million, and that one-year contract can be traded to another team.

Washington wasn’t willing to commit to Kirk Cousins

As he eased a hottakemobile through the ESPN car wash, former Washington cornerback DeAngelo Hall questioned whether quarterback Kirk Cousins was committed to the team. The question isn’t whether Cousins was committed to Washington, the question is whether Washington was committed to Cousins.

And the answer is that Washington wasn’t.

When Dansby Swanson Authentic Jersey Cousins emerged as the starter in 2015, that was the moment to pounce. With games remaining in the regular season (and, in turn, the lingering risk of serious injury), an offer in the range of $17 million per year on a four-year extension could have done the trick.

Indeed, Hall’s comments sound a lot like the whispers that emanated from the front office over the last two years, as Washington justifying dating Cousins but never marrying him. Not that the breakup has arrived, it’s no surprise that Washington will sell its version of the events via the media. Who better to do that than a former er who is trying to break in to the media?

Since his part in the Saints’ ill-fated last-second in the divisional off loss, Marcus Williams is making it easy to root for him to rebound.

The safety, who had a solid rookie season with four interceptions, has handled what likely is the worst moment he will have in the NFL like a pro’s pro.
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Williams posted a two-minute video on Twitter of his offseason training at Winner Circle Athletics in Southern California. It opens with Stefon Diggs鈥?game-winning touchdown catch against the Saints before a day-in-the-life of Williams with audio from the Any Given Sunday speech that coach Tony D’Amato ed by Al Pacino gave in the movie.

The league did not say what the resolution of the matter was, but Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Jones paid the more than $2 million in fees sought by the league. Whether Jones was really satisfied by that outcome is for him to say, but his appeal of the initial ruling suggests he was hoping for a different outcome when things got underway.
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Vikings appear to be closing in on Kirk Cousins

The dominoes are falling. Quickly.

With Case Keenum and Drew Brees off the market, the Vikings look to be moving on Kirk Cousins. Mark Rosen of WCCO reports that Cousins will sign with the Vikings. The deal, per Rosen, will average $28 million per year.

With the cap space they have, the Browns are expected to pursue some of the top names, including Trumaine Johnson and Bashaud Breeland.

Two of the most important figures in the history of the New Orleans Saints – quarterback Drew Brees and head coach Sean Payton – will follow Tom Benson’s casket as honorary pallbearers at the deceased owner’s private funeral on Friday. Benson owned the Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans before his death last week at age 90 . Public visitation for Benson occurred Wednesday and Thursday as several former players, coaches, owners, and personnel from around the league came to pay their respects.

Bennett, who was a member of the Seattle Seahawks at the time of the incident, was at the Super Bowl , in part, to watch his brother, Martellus Bennett , who was playing for the Patriots . The three-time Pro Bowler was traded to the Eagles last week at the start of the new league year.

The 10-year veteran could be subject to potential NFL discipline under the league’s personal conduct policy.

This decision is mine alone, and although I know this will not bring me happiness, it is the right and honorable action to take at this time in my life. I cherished every moment of my NFL career, and it has been such a blessing to the game for as long as I have ed. I anxiously look forward to next football season to arrive, but this time with the sole focus of being a great husband and father for my loving family.

The 33-year-old signed with the Jaguars in 2011 and endured the lean years, and then was moved out of the middle on an every down basis when Myles Jack was ready to take over there. He was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent tomorrow.49ers_181

Report: Cowboys discussing Orlando Scandrick’s future, with all options in

Less than 24 hours after finishing with 40 saves in a 4-3 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, Kinkaid carried over his strong play.
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Kinkaid kept the Lightning scoreless through the first 44:22 of the game before they struck for a power-play goal in the third period. Ondrej Palat punched in a rebound after Kinkaid made an initial save.

Shortly after word of the trade sending Landry to Cleveland broke, there were multiple reports that the Browns have also traded for Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor. The Browns are Al Jefferson Jersey set to send the 65th overall pick in the draft to Buffalo once the trade becomes official next Wednesday.

Taylor leaving the Bills doesn’t come as a surprise as the team never fully committed to him as their starter last season or this offseason. They were due to pay him a $6 million roster bonus at the start of the new league year, but that will now fall to the Browns while the Bills kick off the hunt for a quarterback to join Nathan Peterman on the depth chart in Buffalo. With two first-round picks at their disposal, they have a lot of potential paths to finding that er.

All of the trades will become official on March 14 assuming no one backs out. There’s no word yet on what compensation will go to Green Bay in the deal.

Randall was the 30th pick of the 2015 draft when new Browns personnel execs Eliot Wolf and Alonzo Highsmith were working in the Packers front office. Randall started 30 games in his three years with Green Bay, including a September game against the Bears last year that saw him get sent to the locker room by the coaching staff after a sideline argument.

Randall also got into a Twitter spat with new teammate Josh Gordon that featured him saying Gordon must be on that s锟斤拷 again after Gordon said Randall couldn’t hold his jock strap. They’ll have plenty of time to work out any lingering animosity once the Browns’ offseason program gets underway.

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Tuesday is the deadline to use the tag, which comes with a salary of $15.982 million for the 2018 season, and John Oehser of the Jaguars’ website calls it unlikely that the Jaguars will do so. That doesn’t mean they won’t try to bring him back, but does suggest that the team is uncomfortable with that much financial commitment to a player coming off a serious injury that didn’t interfere with them from winning the AFC South.
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The Jaguars also have wide receiver Marqise Lee and cornerback Aaron Colvin set for free agency, so there are a variety of ways to spend money while trying to maintain continuity on the roster. If that’s the choice, Robinson may be moving on once March 14 arrives.

Sitting in metal chair in a cafeteria, surrounded by reporters, Stanton said his style is, if the situation presents itself, you handle it.

There’s things that the team needs to be addressed. Womens T.J. McDonald Jersey There’s things that one or two guys need to be addressed. It just depends. It depends (on) the situation, he said.

The Yankees’ clubhouse is a mix of veteran former All-Stars ( Brett Gardner , CC Sabathia ) and rising phenoms ( Gary Sanchez , Luis Severino , Aaron Judge ).

Stanton, 28, finds himself somewhere in the middle. He’s got eight years in the game. He’s a four-time All-Star. He’s the reigning National League MVP. And he’s got baseball’s richest contract, currently in the fourth year of a 13-year, $325-million deal.

The derailed year for Bradford came a season after he started 15 games for Minnesota, missing Week One only because he’d just arrived eight days before that, in a trade with the Eagles.

Although former Eagles quarterbacks coach (and new Vikings offensive coordinator) John DeFilippo raves about Bradford’s accuracy, his dependability and durability continue to be a real question. And the uncertainty as to his health will surely impact the extent to which other teams are interested in signing him and, more importantly, paying him.

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All the other projected first-round quarterbacks — Rosen, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield , Wyoming’s Josh Allen and Louisville’s Lamar Jackson — threw in front of scouts at the Combine.

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Luke Willson: Going to Lions ‘surreal’ after ‘dream come true’ with Seahawks

It was a bittersweet day for 710 ESPN Seattle’s Danny, Dave and Moore as the crew bid farewell to Seahawks tight end Luke Willson with their own version of an exit interview.
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The Windsor, Ontario native is the latest Seahawks free agent to sign elsewhere this offseason. Willson, a five-year veteran who has spent his career in Seattle, made his decision to sign with the Detroit Lions yesterday. It was a tough one, he told Danny, Dave and Moore, but he’s excited for the new journey.
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Limited Kids Albert McClellan Jersey While the most recent free agency period had moments of uneasiness, Willson told Danny, Dave and Moore he feels grateful for his time with the Seahawks.

Honestly, (it was) a dream come true, Willson said. Even off the field, as a person, as a human being, the city of Seattle, being in a system with Pete Carroll and just the energy and competitiveness that he brings every day I still talk to (my tight end coach) every day, I have a special relationship with him. The amount of passion that everybody in that building brings to football, it kind of ignites you. It’s hard to put into words. And that kind of passion has leaked into the rest of my life as well in a very positive way 锟斤拷

Some of the leaders that I got to look up to, Sherman and Kam, guys like that, Doug and Jimmy. For me as a person, it was an unbelievable five years. It’s been something very, very special to me.

At No. 9 overall, Weiss has Florida State defensive back Derwin James going to San Francisco. Here’s what he had to say about the selection:

The team needs a lot of help in the secondary, and they may be able to get a guy like Derwin James at No. 9 overall. James is a very versatile prospect, and had he not gotten hurt in 2016, he may be a top-5 pick this year.

James not only played safety at Florida State, but also cornerback, while being the top return man in school history. The 49ers are doing a nice job building up this roster, and James could be a game-changer at the next level.

Let’s get the negatives out of the way first. The Niners appear to be set at safety, boasting three starting-caliber players Jimmie Ward, Jaquiski Tartt and Adrian Colbert at this position. This surplus is likely the Andre Hal Jersey prime reason San Francisco let veteran safety Eric Reid walk in free agency.

James could be an upgrade over any of those three, but even the secondary might not be the biggest need the Niners have. That’s likely the pass rush, where the 49ers ranked 26th in the league last season with just 30 sacks.

I believe in myself, Williams told ESPN in a text message.

My best football is ahead of me.

Releasing Williams, a Broncos 2013 first-round pick, saves the Titans a little more than $3 million in salary-cap space while carrying a little more than $2.5 million in dead money salary charge.

One area in which he could make his mark is as a power rusher; the 230-pound Hill is the biggest running back on the Patriots’ roster.

As for the 6-foot-6, 303-pound Tobin, his addition highlights how the Patriots must make contingency plans at left tackle after Solder signed a four-year, $62 million deal with the Giants as one of the NFL’s top free agents.

After entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Iowa in 2013, Tobin has been with the Eagles (2013-16) and Seahawks (2017), appearing in 57 games, with 21 starts.

Tobin joins 2017 undrafted free-agent Cole Croston and 2017 third-round draft choice Antonio Garcia on the Patriots’ depth chart at left tackle.

It’s possible the team could also re-sign two of its backup offensive tackles from last season — LaAdrian Waddle and Cameron Fleming.

ESPN’s Katherine Terrell, Mike Reiss and Vaughn McClure contributed to this report.

He played in four preseason games before being released during final roster cuts.

After two seasons in Cleveland as a wide receiver, including a 1000-yard season in 2016, Pryor regressed in 2017 with Washington, catching just 20 passes for 240 yards in nine games.

Instead, Mathieu was able to survey the landscape and sign where he can enjoy the most team and individual success. Plenty of his NFL colleagues were rolling out the red carpet in hopes of landing the 25-year-old:

Mathieu has the potential to be one of the biggest free-agent signings of 2018 if the Texans get creative with how they use him.The length of the contract mitigates some of the risk they’re assuming with this move as well.
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Any questions about Beast Mode’s future in the Bay Area appear to have been put to rest.

Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch will receive his $1 million roster bonus Sunday. With it, all signs point to the 11-year veteran being the feature back for the Silver and Black.
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It’s been an interesting start to the offseason for Oakland. The team has added Gruden, Martin and Jordy Nelson, among others, so far. With Beast Mode apparently staying in the fold and quarterback Derek Carr looking to bounce back with Chris Sale Authentic Jersey a healthy campaign, the Raiders will be a team to keep an eye on next season.

The Lions, who had already brought in DeMarco Murray and Frank Gore for visits, were looking for veteran running back help. They鈥檝e consistently had one of the worst ground games in the league and finished the 2017 season last in the NFL in both rushing yards and yards per attempt.
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In the last decade-plus, Detroit鈥檚 best rushing season came in 2013, when it finished 17th in the league. That was also the only time in that span the Lions have had a 1,000-yard rusher (Reggie Bush ran for 1,006 yards that year).

Free agency can still be a useful roster-building tool when used smartly, but almost every new addition comes with inherent risk. And not all deals are created equally when it comes to risk. Generally, the more money spent, the more risk.

Here are the riskiest signings of the NFL’s free-agency period so far.

This is not a team that is done (with moves), I’ll just say that, the general manager told NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala, courtesy of 92.3 The Fan’s Keith Britton.聽

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‘Tito’ Francona, MLB All-Star and father of Indians manager Terry Francona, dies at 84

John Patsy Tito Francona, an MLB veteran of 15 seasons and the father of Indians manager Terry Francona, has died. He was 84.
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The Indians announced his death Wednesday.

His best seasons came in Cleveland, where he was an All-Star in 1961 and finished fifth in American League MVP voting in 1959.

After his career concluded in 1970 Francona completely stepped away from baseball, never managing or coaching at any level. He went on to become the director of parks and recreation in New Brighton, Pa. until he retired in 1997.

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Oh, and he finished that game with a quarterback record of 5.1, which is about what you’d expect from a quarterback with this level of situational awareness.

He was a raw prospect coming into the draft and analysts didn’t see him as a Day 1 starter.

But the Browns made him a Day 1 starter, and he threw twice as many picks as touchdowns.

It’s only fair to note that he played nine of those losses without the benefit of the best left tackle in the league, because Thomas was on IR with a torn triceps.

Now Kizer’s off to Green Bay to be Aaron Rodgers ‘ backup.

The Rays have played in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg since their inaugural season in 1998. But the stadium is widely regarded as one of the worst in baseball. Noted sports economist Andrew Zimbalist once called it a bad facility in a bad location.

Despite signing a 30-year lease at The Trop when they began play in 1998, the Rays got permission from St. Petersburg in early 2016 to begin searching for a new stadium site. The team eventually considered eight different locations before reportedly settling on the spot near Ybor City.

This is a major step, Hagan told the Times. I’m hopeful this will continue to build momentum on our effort to bring the Tampa Bay Rays to Ybor. (Friday’s) announcement will go a long way toward that, and I imagine at some point in the near future they’ll announce their ballpark design.

A new stadium is far from a done deal. Financing must still be obtained, and the Times reports efforts will be launched Friday to line up sponsorships and ticket sales, which will demonstrate demand for the team’s relocation. The Rays annually rank last in the majors in attendance.

His three-year, $24 million deal reportedly contains $18 million in guarantees, which is an extraordinarily high percentage for a player on a veteran deal.

NFL Combine doesn’t redefine Lamar Jackson, but it clears up who should draft him

Coach Anthony Lynn said a few days ago he thinks Philip Rivers can play into his 40s, a la Tom Brady. But given Rivers just turned 36, that’s far in the future. In the present, the Chargers have established strong playoff momentum for 2018. Los Angeles led the league in passing last season, but it’s a team that would be better off by upgrading its rushing attack and getting more out of Melvin Gordon to complement a potentially elite defense. Jackson’s makeup aligns Quinten Rollins Jersey with that, and in the meantime, he can be groomed behind Rivers.
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With those four other teams, Jackson would need to wait a little for his turn, but all would set him up well based on coaching and supporting personnel.

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Like with every QB prospect, where Jackson ultimately goes depends on the organization believing it can maximize his strengths while diminishing his weaknesses. But Jackson’s definitive statement at the Combine about the type of QB he is puts him in position to land in a more favorable position than any QB in his class.

The bigger question: Would Gettleman also take a chunk of what’s left and invest in either a center (Ravens’ Ryan Jensen, Chiefs’ Zach Fulton) or right tackle (Steelers’ Chris Hubbard, Patriots’ Cameron Fleming)? There are some other solid guards out there who fit the Giants, including the Titans’ Josh Kline, but Norwell is the perfect signing 鈥?maybe more so than any other team-player fit in free agency.

Bennett is 32, and although he played another full season in 2017, age and injuries caught up to him a little. Regardless of the limited cap savings, he’s headed for a break-up with the Seahawks.
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With David Johnson ready to take over feature duties again, Peterson won’t be retained coming off a season-ending neck injury. He’ll be looking to stick with another team as he turns 33 in March.