Brandon Browner went in on the Patriots for benching Malcolm Butler for Super Bowl 52

Former New England cornerback Brandon Browner was fed up with the Patriots’ decision to play Malcolm Butler only on special teams.

Bill Belichick told Michele Tafoya on NBC’s broadcast, “I made the decisions that give us the best chance to win.” But Browner isn’t buying that. In fact, he dedicated multiple Instagram posts to vent his frustration.

The collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA outlines specific dollar figures for the winning and losing teams in each playoff round. Game checks are the same size for both teams in the Divisional and Championship rounds, and they’re close in the Wild Card. The Super Bowl’s the only game with a really wide discrepancy and pay between the two teams. Here’s how playoff pay works under the CBA:

Just prior to the game, the Golden Knights were in fact involved in a three-team deal with Ottawa and Pittsburgh in which Vegas gave up American Hockey League prospect Tobias Lindberg. In turn, the Golden Knights will receive Penguins forward Ryan Reaves and a fourth-round pick from the Canucks. The deal also sent Senators center Derick Brassard to the Penguins, who sent defenseman Ian Cole, goalie prospect Filip Gustavsson and draft picks to the Senators.

While the trade deadline is Monday at Noon eastern, several of the Golden Knights said the team is too focused on their playoff push to worry about major moves affecting the roster.

Pelicans: Have won five straight overtime game and are 6-2 in overtime game this season. … Davis hit a 3-pointer, giving him a career-best 41 3s in a single season. … Walter Lemon Jr., signed to a 10-day contract on Wednesday, saw his first action in the second quarter.

Davis wasn’t the only one blocking shots for New Orleans. Emeka Okafor, now in his second 10-day contract after being out of the league for four-plus seasons, had five blocks to go with seven rebounds in a little less than 18 minutes.

“My role as of now is just to do all the little things, you know, play good defense, grab rebounds,” the 35-year-old Okafor said. “It feels great that we’re winning and I feel like I’m contributing in some form or fashion. … but I’m just falling back on my go-to of, when in doubt, play good defense and just rebound the basketball and run.”

The Spurs cleared Leonard medically to return a long time ago, but the forward just doesn’t feel comfortable or confident playing on that injured quadriceps. So the organization has put everything on Leonard, as far as when he feels like he can return. If he doesn’t decide to come back soon, I could see the Spurs deciding to just go ahead and shut down Leonard, because as Popovich said, the team has to “move on.”49ers_007

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