Washington is reportedly considering franchise-tagging Kirk Cousins. That’d be so dumb

Any team interested in trading for Cousins would have to cross its fingers that the quarterback would be fine playing for anything less than Andreas Martinsen Jersey $34.5 million.
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Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions currently leads the league with an average salary of $27 million. Cousins will almost certainly eclipse that, but anything over $30 million per year is in an entirely different stratosphere of pay. Maybe a team is willing to pay an eye-popping amount, but more than $34.5 million?!
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Essentially, Washington giving Cousins the franchise tag could mean the team is stuck with a quarterback it doesn’t want. And he’d be a quarterback who doesn’t have much trade value because teams probably won’t be jumping through hoops for a ridiculously expensive one-year loaner who’s set to hit free agency in 2019.

Ivan Barbashev and Vladimir Tarasenko had the goals for the Blues, who have lost a season-high four straight.

St. Louis coach Mike Yeo was not happy with his team’s performance.

I didn’t think we played well, Yeo said. Desperation time was a while ago. This is where pride has to come in. We have to make sure we stop the bleeding and we have to start building confidence in the game that we’re playing.

With his three points, Barzal has a team-leading 65 and a 14-point lead over Brock Boeser of the Vancouver Canucks in the NHL’s rookie scoring race.

Barzal has eight games with three or more points this season, one shy of Bryan Trottier’s franchise rookie record.

It’s unfortunate we couldn’t score (in overtime). It’s unfortunate to lose that extra point, Barzal said.
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We weren’t shy to push the pace early. (Clutterbuck) and (Casey Cizikas) finishing checks early kind of set the tone for the rest of us. I thought we played a pretty good game.

Johnny Manziel commits to The Spring League showcase

Johnny Manziel will play organized football once again, at least for two weeks.
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The Heisman winner has committed to play in The Spring League 2018, a two-weekend showcase in Austin, Texas, featuring four teams comprised almost exclusively of players with NFL experience, according to the event’s website.
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Manziel, a Texas native, recently revealed he has bipolar disorder and is taking medication as he works toward an NFL comeback. He also said he’s no longer drinking.

Other recent commitments to The Spring League include former Raven running back Lorenzo Taliaferro and former Jets tight end Kellen Winslow Jr.

Why did Bill Belichick not call for an over-the-shoulder pass to Tom Brady in Super Bowl LI? Why did he not sit Malcolm Butler for some reason? Why did Matt Patricia not put together a defensive gameplan that could be summed up as beardedly lackluster? Why?

I don’t have an answer to any of those questions, but I hate that I’ll be asking them for the rest of my life. It was nice to see the Patriots lose, but it might have actually made things worse for Falcons fans.

Last year’s anthem, sung by Luke Bryan, was fairly uncontroversial. That has not always been the case. Two years ago, the national anthem prop bet stirred up a bit of controversy, when Lady Gaga repeated the word brave a second time as jets flew over Levi’s Stadium. This led to some books paying the over and some others paying the under for the prop bet.
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The most controversial anthem performance in recent years was when Christina Aguilera skipped a verse of the song. She was chugging along to hit the over, but skipping a verse brought her well under. Many sportsbooks called her performance a push, while others even elected to refund customers. Aguilera’s performance sparked bets of whether a performer would Womens Jah Reid Jersey miss a word in future anthem performances, though that bet stopped when Idina Menzel did not miss any words in her performance a few years back.

Richardson is gone, and Wilkerson isn’t far behind him. Nose tackle Steve McClendon is 32 and also might be cut, while end Kony Ealy is a free agent. That sets up one-time Pro Bowl end Leonard Williams and third-year nose Deon Simon to be the Jets’ best returning D-linemen.

According to the Observer, Jeanne Hurney withdrew the complaint, which effectively ended the scheduled hearing.

If anyone is qualified to inform Martinez on the ins and outs of being a big-ticket free-agent addition in sports-obsessed Boston, it’s Price, a lightning rod since he signed a seven-year, $217 million contract in December 2015.
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Boston isn’t for everyone. Expectations for the four professional sports teams tend to be unreasonably high. The Red Sox, for example, have won 93 games and the American League East title in back-to-back seasons, yet most fans viewed last year, in particular, as a disappointment.
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Only one team in the NHL has a worse goal differential when trailing this season, which isn’t like past Hawks teams. During the 2013 lockout-shortened season, the team posted an astonishing 69 percent goals for percentage when the other team was winning. This season, that figure has plummeted to 42 percent.

The inability to muster the intensity to rally upon trailing seems reflective of a team that no longer believes in itself Josh Morrissey Youth jersey like it used to. And with so many new faces in the locker room compared to a year ago, a lot of these players haven’t been there and done that like the veterans. It’s clear this team doesn’t have the mental fortitude that it used to.

Hurney and his ex-wife divorced in 2014, and Jeanne Hurney filed for a protective order against her ex-husband on Friday, leading to a complaint hearing being set for Feb. 16. According to the complaint (via the Charlotte Observer), Marty Hurney was extremely controlling and was verbally and emotionally abusive during their marriage. She also expressed fear that he may resort to violence and my privacy has been violated for the past seven years.

However, the league’s investigation will go on as planned. Marty Hurney’s attorney, Kathi Lucchesi, called the allegations complete fiction.

Marty Hurney has been serving as the Panthers’ interim GM ever since the team fired Dave Gettleman last summer. He interviewed for the full-time job shortly after the team was eliminated from the playoffs but had yet to officially earn promotion. 49ers senior personnel executive Martin Mayhew, Bills assistant director of college scouting Lake Dawson, and Texans assistant general manager Jimmy Raye III are also candidates for the Panthers’ GM position.

Since the 1970s, nothing has more defined the identity of this city than its scrappy hometown football team.

The Steelers rose at the same time the city’s economy sank, becoming a symbol of underdog hope.

They still had their Steelers even though the factories, mills and coal mines shuttered. They still had their Steelers as families were ripped apart, children forced to move away in search of opportunity.

It’s a way of life around these parts. We hold our athletes and owners to a high standard. And on Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers failed to meet that standard. And not just one or two players, but the entire franchise, from owner on down.”

Given his track record of rebuilding the Bengals into playoff teams after mini-slumps, I would rather bet on a known commodity than an unknown prospect that doesn’t have the chops to handle the unique circumstances of this job. Remember, this is a franchise that traditionally hires coaches with previous ties to the organization, and none of the viable options (Hue Jackson, Jay Gruden and Vance Joseph) hit the streets during this coaching cycle.

“Right after practice, me and one to three other [players] would go to somebody’s house [to get high],” Britton recalls. “Smoking helped me to socialize with teammates. We let our guards down . . . But a lot of the time [stoned talk] wasn’t even about football. Cannabis took us out of football. We were hanging out and just being people. It brought us closer together as teammates.”

So Chiefs coach Andy Reid, in an effort to both rest veteran Alex Smith and give Mahomes some valuable experience, opted to make this move.

“Every snap that he gets is a valuable snap for him for whenever he has that chance of getting in there [as the full-time starter], Fortunately, we’re in a situation where we can do that,” Reid said.

This is something Payton did in 2006, when he selected a handful of players (Reggie Bush, Roman Harper, Jahri Evans, Zach Strief and Marques Colston) that helped make up the core of the team’s Super Bowl-winning squad in 2009. With each of those aforementioned players (plus Rob Ninkovich, who spent a year in New Orleans before moving on to Miami and New England) putting in a decade of service in the league, Payton had enough examples of the kind of players he needed to return the Saints back to prominence.

“The football makeup of that class, those guys all played 10 years,” Payton said. “The football makeup, the intelligence, the grit, those key factors in trying to measure success, it was important that we were clear. We weren’t being hard on each evaluation, but we need that type of foundation again of smart, tough football players that we had a clear vision for.”nike-youth-cardinals-063

This was a sobering week in the NFL, and it had nothing to do with what took place in a game.

On Thursday, the same day the Colts placed franchise quarterback Andrew Luck on injured reserve to officially end his season and the Texans lost their rookie sensation QB Deshaun Watson for the year to a non-contact knee injury.
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On the upside, the trade deadline provide some punch, highlighted by the 49ers acquiring quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo from the Patriots in a trade. With that, here’s a look at The Post’s NFL High Five for Week 9:

Most trades leading up to or during the NFL Draft (April 27-29) are for current or future draft choices instead of veteran players. Draft picks are the most cost-effective players in the NFL. Their salaries are determined by a rookie wage scale that doesn’t pay productive ones anything close to their true worth.

Redskins president Bruce Allen confirmed to The MMQB’s Albert Breer at the NFL’s annual owners meetings in late March that Cousins was offered a five-year extension over the $23,943,600 franchise tag he’s currently scheduled to play under this season. According to Mike Jones of the Washington Post, this is the same $20 million per year offer with low guarantees that was made around the time of the NFL combine in late February. The offer is below the average of 2016’s top 15 quarterback deals, which is approximately $21.225 million per year.

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Panthers: Their plan was twofold: A need for speed and more help for QB Cam Newton. The marquee pick was Stanford’s dynamic RB Christian McCaffrey in the first round. He immediately fills three needs 锟斤拷 change-of-pace back, receiving threat out of the backfield and a punt returner. Brooklyn’s Curtis Samuel, another jack-of-all-trades offensive weapon, was taken in the second round. Samuel will line up as a slot WR and replace the departed Ted Ginn Jr.

The biggest play in NFL this year happened to the wrong guy

Jesse James is trying to catch, if nothing else, his breath.
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The Steelers tight end, thrust into the spotlight after the catch that wasn’t on Sunday, just wanted his phone to shut up in the aftermath. And so the third-year player out of Penn State, with 28,000 and counting Twitter followers, shut it off.
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Hearing from mostly family and friends, people I haven’t talked to in a while texting me, James told ESPN on Wednesday. Social media was pretty crazy. I was getting overloaded. I quit looking after the first hour; it was too much.

Roethlisberger deflected responsibility for the play-call, saying it came from offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

It wasn’t a fake spike. I was yelling ‘clock it’ because I felt that was the thing to do, to clock it and get yourself one play, Roethlisberger said. And it came from the sideline: ‘Don’t clock it, don’t clock it.’

By all accounts, it will be Ballard who is in charge of the coaching search, taking Jim Irsay out of the equation outside of simply signing off on the choice. That’s good for Ballard, because it gives him an opportunity to actually work with someone who he wants to work with, and it’s good for Colts fans, because it should mean a lot less dysfunction between the front office and the coaching staff. No one wants Ryan Grigson-Chuck Pagano Part Deux.

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Fox, in $3.3B mega-deal, grabs NFL’s ‘Thursday Night Football’

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Brown, a 14-season NFL veteran, initially served a light one-game suspension in 2016 stemming from an arrest regarding the matter on May 22, 2015, but a league source told ESPN that they reopened the case and found new information that justified a longer suspension after he violated the league’s personal conduct policy.

The Giants eventually cut Brown amid mounting public pressure, and he has not had any reported NFL interest since.

Brown admitted to physically, emotionally and verbally abusing his then-wife Molly Brown numerous times, through personal journals, counseling exercises and court documents. He also wrote that he had been serially abusing women since he was a child.
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It’s unclear what new evidence the league has found, but Brown did not fight the ban.

The disappointing TV audience for Week 15’s eight games, including two on Saturday, left the NFL’s average TV viewership 9 percent below last season’s total for the same period, according to Nielsen.

After Week 14, viewership was 8.4 percent behind last season.

Each of the NFL’s 96 national telecasts this season has averaged 15.1 million viewers, compared with 16.6 million for the 95 telecasts through Week 15 of last year.

All told, viewership of all NFL telecasts this year has dropped by 130 million.

The CBS season-leading broadcast of the Pittsburgh-New England contest attracted 26.9 million viewers, an 8 percent increase over last year’s comparable game.

The only other match-up to post a gain was NFL Network’s telecast of the Kansas City Chiefs’ 30-14 win Ivan Rodriguez Womens Jersey over the Los Angeles Chargers. Yet its bump of 59 percent took viewership to a mere 7 million.

According to Pro Football Focus, Guice forced seven missed tackles against Notre Dame in the Citrus Bowl.

Third, that talent is constructed in a way that should be familiar to Patriots fans, and not in a good way. The Eagles bear a striking resemblance to the 2011 Giants team that upended the Pats in Indianapolis.

On a text thread with a couple of friends during the Eagles game, we were debating whether not Philly could trade Carson Wentz or if he was losing money on his second contract with every big Foles completion. I think we were joking? I was joking. But Foles has a history of doing some good things, both small and big sample size, in the NFL.

After sitting atop my quarterback rankings for the vast majority of the season, a brutal game at home against Kansas State sunk Rudolph to No. 2, just behind Lamar Jackson, as bowl season approached. Following a masterful 351-yard, two-touchdown, zero-interception performance against Virginia Tech, he regains the No. 1 quarterback spot.

Clockwork for him. On the season, Guice had four games with at least five forced missed tackles. One can reasonably argue that Guice is more impressive than Barkley between the tackles, and he’s probably more powerful through tackles. He just lacks elite long speed.

The Jets stayed put and had their choice of Adams or Lattimore, the draft’s top cornerback. They went with Adams, who was well worth the No. 6 selection. Should they have gone the QB route and taken Watson or Mahomes? Perhaps. But a case could be made that neither was worth the No. 6 pick.

Eric Reid, who has taken over the 49ers’ leadership on the matter since Kaepernick became a free agent, has promised that the team will continue to be out front on the issue. He and his teammates have, he says, the backing of owner Jed York, who has “expressed very clearly that he wants to support us,” Reid said. “That he’s not going to force us to do anything. Speaking for our team, that’s what he’s told me explicitly.”chargers_042

They were great, but they weren’t exceptionally great because they didn’t decide I was the winner.

When Colin Kaepernick opted out of his 49ers contract before NFL free agency began in March, he likely did not expect that, more than three months later, he’d still be out of a job. However, with not only the initial free agent rush behind us, but also the draft and every teams’ offseason training activities and mandatory minicamps, the quarterback continues to be unemployed.
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No one was ever really saying it. Or, if you said it, it never really happened. Tom as created the mentality of, ‘This is a reality.’

Jennings said Brady’s ability to consistently reboot every single year has helped New England become a team people love to hate like Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls in the 1990s or the New York Yankees across multiple decades.

While the Patriots have had the recipe for success in the NFL, Jennings put his own recipe skills to work as part of PepsiCo’s GameDay Grub Match, in which he competed against fellow retired NFL players Nick Mangold and Rashad Jennings to create meals using only PepsiCo products. The three-episode contest was Andreas Martinsen Jersey judged by celebrity chefs Anne Burrell and Josh Capon, and PepsiCo’s corporate executive chef Stephen Kalil.

I will hold that against them until the day I stop breathing, Jennings joked, adding he made sure to mention he was a Super Bowl champion.

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However, Jenkins said in a statement last week that the agreement does not mandate an end to any player demonstrations, and Bennett, who praised the league’s offer, took his customary seat on a bench Sunday during the anthem.