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John Elway open to trading fifth overall pick

Broncos General Manager John Elway wouldn’t mind picking up more draft picks.
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Elway, whose team drafts fifth overall, said that he is interested in hearing from teams that want to move up.
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I’m open to trading, Elway said of the fifth pick.

She also confessed that she has redone a video or two for free for disappointed fans, telling us that their requests were complicated by asking Authentic Derek Wolfe Jersey her to mention numerous names and locations. Her five-star rating is still intact.

I wanted to make sure my price point was not too expensive in a way that I could be accessible to most, Morgan told us, adding that she has done over 500 videos for fans and is maxed out with requests every day.

I love having a personal touch with my viewers and inspire them because they inspire me, she added. I have agita when they expire before I can get to them because that’s someone’s special life moment I missed.

McKenzie did say that he has had conversations with Cooper’s agent, so there could be a longer deal in the works that would eliminate the need for the fifth-year option. Until that comes to fruition, though, the Raiders will likely do what’s necessary to keep the wideout in the fold.

Plan E: Give Eli someone your mother could have scouted, because he had never had the luxury of playing with a transcendent talent you believe will be a gold jacket guy behind him. Who you believe would give you plenty of bang for your $5,694,864 salary cap bucks in 2018.

The dilemma, we know, is that the Giants may never be picking second again and would be kicking the franchise quarterback can down the road.

Plan E: Because Eli has not been able to elevate the team in desperate moments, get him a rare talent who can help elevate him.

There is no denying that Manning is on the back nine, but in truth, he had no running game last season and no Beckham for much of the season.

Plan E: Barkley and Beckham, his Killer Bs.
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New York Times publishes more secretly-recorded quotes from last year’s anthem meeting

The secret recording made during last year’s meeting between owners, league executives, and players regarding the anthem protests extend well beyond Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie calling the current presidency f鈥搆ing disastrous.
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The New York Times has published more quotes from the meeting, and they are at times revealing and at other times inflammatory.

As to the issue of kneeling during the national anthem, Patriots owner Robert Kraft delivered a strong assessment of the Commander-in-Chief’s strategy.
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The problem we have is, we have a president who will use that as fodder to do his mission that I don’t feel is in the best interests of America, Kraft said. It’s divisive and it’s horrible.

In an article in Sports Illustrated, the woman, identified only as a female staffer who once worked directly in football, said she is speaking out because the NFL’s probe into Richardson has produced no findings in four-plus months 鈥?or Joe Morrow Youth jersey even a timetable for when findings might be divulged.

Her comments came in the form of a series of first-person letters to the NFL, Richardson and various other parties.
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As a practical matter, that makes sense, because, you know, the draft begins tomorrow and people are kind of busy with that. But it could also impact his future, as any team considering him might think differently if a receiver of their preference is there in the early rounds and they’re able to grab one.

It also underscores the disservice the Cowboys did Bryant by squatting on him as long as they did. If he’d have been on the market in March, he might have benefitted from the largesse that saw receivers with much smaller resumes get much bigger money.

Perhaps his desire to sign with an NFC East rival played into the Cowboys’ thinking, but they severely limited his market by waiting to cut him until teams had signed other receivers and spent all their cap space. Now he’s going to have to wait to see if his market is depleted to a greater degree by rookies.

There’s a glut of NFL games on with ‘Thursday Night Football’ and a lot of the games were bad this season, and you can’t fool [the people], Sporting News media reporter Mike McCarthy said.

Giants trade for punter Riley Dixon

The Giants acquired punter Riley Dixon in a trade with the Denver Broncos on Friday night, filling one of the glaring roster holes on special teams. 

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that the Giants dealt away a 2019 conditional seventh-round pick in exchange for Dixon. 

Last season, according to Pro Football Focus , the Giants finished with the league’s worst special teams unit. As a result of Wing’s struggles, the Giants allowed 10.4 yards per return on the 43 returns of his 95 punts and are helping that Dixon is an upgrade.

He had 84 tackles with 11 passes broken up and two INTs in 2017. In the NFL, he’ll fit best as a strong safety as a tough presence in the box.

He had 74 tackles with 2.5 sacks, three INTs and four passes defended in 2017. Harrison is a tough run defender who has the athletic skills to cover, but his weakness is covering receivers in man coverage.

Projects to be a good free or strong safety with the ability to run. Has been compared by scouts to HaHa Clinton-Dix. In 2017, he had 99 tackles with six passes broken up and five interceptions. Reid, the younger brother of free-agent safety Eric, had 57 tackles with seven breakups as a sophomore.

Second addition : Young committed to Rutgers six days after head coach Steve Pikiell and staff landed three-star Ohio guard Caleb McConnell .

At Texas : Young, a four-star recruit from Yates High in Houston listed at 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, appeared in 63 games over two seasons for the Longhorns with 10 starts. He averaged 6.2 points in about 17 minutes a game for Texas as a sophomore, including a career-high 29-point game against Texas Tech in the Big 12 Tournament in March. 

Family ties : Young’s father, Michael Young, played for Houston during its famed “Phi Slamma Jamma” years. His brother Joe Young plays guard for the Indiana Pacers.

Down the road : Young won’t be able to help the Scarlet Knights this coming season, which means sophomore Geo Baker still appears set to act as Rutgers’ main ball-handler in 2018-19. Young could become the team’s true point guard once he’s eligible and complement a deep backcourt that will feature Baker, McConnell, Peter Kiss (who sat out last season after transferring from Quinnipiac) and incoming freshman Montez Mathis.

Scholarships left : Rutgers should have one remaining scholarship for this current 2018 signing period, which concludes in May. The Scarlet Knights will likely be looking for a graduate transfer guard or a big man, or they could roll it over to 2019.
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Bills put Richie Incognito on reserve/retired list

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Former Bills guard Richie Incognito announced he was retiring earlier this week, and the Bills did their part of the paperwork today.
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The team announced Incognito has been placed on the reserve/retired list.

He seemed to make it a moot point earlier this week when he said he was absolutely not changing his mind about being finished with football, but the Bills have been through this recently so gave themselves a little cover.

He had a really nice night, Kerr said. I was concerned with that sprained ankle. We’ll see how he’s doing. We need him, but he told me he was doing OK.

Popovich on whether he saw potential Bobby Clarke Jersey in Kerr to coach during Kerr’s four years for San Antonio:

Oh, sure, I mean are you kidding me? He played for Phil (Jackson) for 97 years and he learned a lot and won championships. … He’s a no-brainer.

I’m super excited about it, Couch said. I haven’t been back in Cleveland since I left there. It’s going to be nice to get back up there and be around the organization again.

Although Couch heard his share of boos in Cleveland, he says he loves the fans there and hope they passionately support whoever their quarterback is this year.
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The fans are tremendous, he said. They’re some of the best fans in pro football. They show up and support the team no matter what. Last year was a really tough year for them, but I think they’ve made some great moves in the offseason. They’re on the right track now and they’ve got some really talented players in there and have some great draft picks coming up. The opportunity is there to get better really fast.

The Browns went 22-37 in games Couch started, which isn’t good but is a lot better than their 1-31 record over the last two seasons. He’s hoping to see the makings of an improving team when the 2018 Browns take the field in the preseason.

Ziggy Ansah expected to sign franchise tag on Tuesday

Defensive end Ziggy Ansah was not at Lions workouts last week because he was in Ghana dealing with family matters, but his absence is not expected to stretch much longer.
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Ansah is returning to Detroit on Monday and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that he is expected to be at the team’s facility for Tuesday’s work. He’s also expected to sign the franchise tag the team used earlier this offseason.

That suggestion also is expected to come up at future meetings, beginning in May at the Atlanta owners get-together.

Also tabled was whether to allow video on sideline Surface tablets that teams use now to view photos. McKay said the voters weren’t there to pass it.

On-field officials supported having a member of the staff in New York calling for an ejection in certain blatant circumstances that involve non-football acts such as fighting. They cited the difficulty of determining the culprits in a fight or other such situations.

That means Joyner will make $11.287 million this year, and he’ll hit free agency next year if he doesn’t work out a new contract with the Rams. If the Rams were to Orleans Darkwa Jersey franchise Joyner again next year, they would have to pay him $13.544 million in 2019.

Joyner started 12 games at free safety for the Rams last year and is part of a secondary that now also includes Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib. The Rams are going all-out for the Super Bowl, and Joyner will be a big part of that.

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The 54-year-old also longed for the days when the college game did a better job of producing blocking tight ends and talked about wanting to bring back the work ethic and character of his first Raiders team in 1998.

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What these moves are not: Part of a grand design to rebuild.

Every move made by the Giants this offseason was designed to improve the talent level on the roster and ensure the culture in the building and environment in the locker room is in lockstep with the demeanor and personality of Pat Shurmur, the new head coach.
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Authentic Mens St. Louis Blues Jersey A case can be made the Giants, coming off a 3-13 season 鈥?their worst in 43 years and the most losses in any season in franchise history 鈥?need a teardown, a start-over, a total reconstruction. Ownership does not see a terrible team needing several years to get back to playoff contention. And so, the hiring of Dave Gettleman, a 67-year-old general manager, who hired Shurmur, a soon-to-be 53-year-old head coach. Together, they committed to Eli Manning, a 37-year-old quarterback.

Matt Murray stopped 26 shots for his second shutout of the series and the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins are a win away from playing in the second round for the 11th time in the last 12 seasons.

Crosby scored in Travis Frederick Jersey the second period for a 4-0 lead and topped the team owner and Hall of Famer in Lemieux for most playoff points with 173.
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A lot of his records aren’t going to be touched, Crosby said. The fact I can be close to him and around that one, I guess I’ve been fortunate to play in a number of playoff games helps a lot.

The Flyers were already on their second goalie by the time Crosby scored. The Penguins chased Brian Elliott early in the period after the maligned goalie allowed his 14th goal of the series. Michal Neuvirth relived Elliott and it didn’t matter. Neuvirth lost track of the puck behind the net and had his head turned to the right when Crosby found it and snapped it under the goalie’s left skate.

At ill mother’s behest, Celtics’ Marcus Smart targets return from thumb surgery

Celtics guard Marcus Smart said his 63-year-old mother has been diagnosed with bone marrow cancer but that she implored him to rejoin the team for the start of the playoffs in hopes that she can watch Smart play again this season.

Smart said his mother, Camellia, revealed her diagnosis when Smart visited her in Dallas last week. Smart is currently rehabbing from thumb surgery but has said he’s targeting his return for a potential Game 7 in the team’s first-round series against the Milwaukee Bucks. That game, if necessary, would be played on April 28.

Smart’s older brother, Todd, lost a long battle with cancer at the age of 33 in 2004, when Smart was just 9 years old.

Smart said he planned to travel home to visit his mother again soon, pending the results of a checkup she had Tuesday.

Green said Spurs forward Davis Bertans played a role in the incident, which occurred with 4:52 left in the contest, and warranted the same penalty. The two players were battling for position to collect a rebound. Bertans was sealed off by Green, and Bertans’ left elbow appeared to be planted near Green’s throat. Green reacted by swinging his right elbow into Bertans’ chest, and the follow-through appeared to make contact with Bertans’ chin.

“I think it was a little bit of a flop,” Green said at the podium, after producing nine points, five boards and six assists. “I don’t even know if I hit him, but if I did — I’m not saying I didn’t, I don’t know — but if it’s going to be a flagrant foul, shouldn’t it be a double flagrant? Like, I can just get grabbed around my neck? I’m not going to sit up here and say I did nothing. I’ve got to get someone off my neck, though. If you’re going to penalize me, then why not penalize both? That’s really my only thing.”

Green was animated and irate after the officials reviewed the play and made their ruling. Bertans then missed the free throw.

Green has one flagrant point on his record this postseason; if he exceeds three points, he will receive an automatic suspension for the following game. Green accumulated five flagrant points during the 2016 postseason, and it earned him a suspension for Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The Warriors, after going up 3-1 in the series, lost the final three games as Cleveland won its first championship.jets_033

the NFLPA wished Incognito good luck in the next stage of his career.

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The 23-year-old Philadelphia native Worley was also found鈥?with a gun鈥?in his possession鈥? the NFL Network鈥?s Ian Rappaport鈥?first reported.

The incident unfolded a鈥媟ound 6 a.m. near Broad Street and Pattison Avenue, in the shadows of the Eagles’ home at Lincoln Financial Field. Worley’s car was reportedly blocking a highway.

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We are in the process of gathering more information about Daryl Worley’s arrest this morning, according to a statement from the Eagles.

Incognito is leaving football a little over three years since signing a one-year deal with Buffalo to resume his career after spending 18 months away from the game.

His play throughout his career has been hailed and reviled, as he was voted the league’s second dirtiest player in 2012 鈥?which he wore as a badge of honor.

McCarthy got the best of that first matchup. He worked 5 1/3 innings in his Atlanta debut and the Braves won the game 15-2, a contest made notable by Philadelphia manager Gabe Kapler’s decisions that burned through the bullpen

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Velasquez only lasted 2 2/3 innings in his first start against the Braves. He allowed seven runs (four earned) on nine hits, including a double and a triple, and two walks.

Trevone Boykin: I want to be clear that the story is false

The Seahawks released Trevone Boykin shortly after a report surfaced that the quarterback’s girlfriend has accused Kirk Gibson Youth jersey him of domestic violence. Boykin released a statement shortly after that.
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I understand the Seahawks’ decision to release me, Boykin said, via Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. The story that was reported casts a bad light on the organization and on me.

Nelson posted 1,000 yards receiving four times in his tenure in Green Bay and recorded double-digit touchdowns on three separate occasions. However, he caught just 53 passes for 482 yards and six touchdown with the Packers last year and averaged less than 10 yards per reception for the first time in his career. The absence of Aaron Rodgers certainly factored into that equation as Nelson caught six touchdowns in the team’s first five games with Rodgers before putting up a goose egg the remainder of the season.

Fowler showed some promise as a rookie, making a key catch in the Broncos’ narrow divisional-round win over the Steelers and hauling in a two-point conversion in Super Bowl 50 that doubled as Peyton Manning’s final pass, but the Broncos did not view him as a fit at the near-$2MM rate it would have cost them to place the low-end tender on.

The league’s proposed new catch rule will result in some plays that previously were incomplete passes, now being complete passes. But a less-discussed change is that there will be more fumbles: When the ball pops out after a catch, that’s a fumble, not an incompletion.

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Steve Spurrier wants to coach Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow is playing minor league baseball right now. But if he wants to play minor league football a year from now, he has an offer on the table.
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Steve Spurrier, who will coach the Orlando franchise in the upstart Alliance of American Football, says he’d like to have Tebow, his fellow Florida Heisman Trophy winner, on his team.

At the time, the 34-year-old Incognito seemed fired up about the chance to stay in Buffalo, but he apparently changed his mind in the interim.

Unless this is some kind of delayed-reaction April Fool’s joke or a ruse, it’s an unusual way to do business with agent David Dunn and a firm that has represented him through a career which has included a number of high-profile incidents, from the bullying scandal in Miami to charges of directing a racial slur at an opponent.

With the benefit of: (a) a night of sleep; (b) a cup or two of coffee; and (c) a chance to talk through the situation during the opening segment of PFT Live, it’s possible that I’ve figured out the connection between the Ravens announcing on Wednesday that quarterback Robert Griffin III will be signed (not has been signed, but will be signed) and G.M. Ozzie Newsome and coach John Harbaugh being questioned on Thursday in quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s pending collusion grievance.
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Newsome and Harbaugh likely will be saying that Tim Hardaway Jr. Jersey they regarded Griffin as being a superior talent to Kaepernick. If they would have been saying that on Thursday without letting the world know on Wednesday that they’ll be signing him next week, the line of questioning would have gone something like this:

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