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Wednesday’s PFT PM includes a visit with USC coach Clay Helton

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USC quarterback Sam Darnold may be one of the firsters taken in the draft. To find out more about him, we talked to his most recent coach.
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Clay Helton, who coached Darnold for the last two years, joined the PFT PM podcast to discuss the first-round prospect, along with plenty of other topics. The entire 16-minute interview appears within Wednesday’s show, along with Five-Down Territory and the best questions from Twitter.

Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun thinks it’s possible, noting that Flacco is 33 years old, has been dealing with injuries the last three seasons, and has been a thoroughly mediocre quarterback in the past few years. Zrebiec thinks it’s more likely the Ravens would try to find a quarterback in the middle rounds this year and use their first-round pick on aer who can help them win now, but a first-round quarterback can’t be ruled out.

What can be ruled out is Flacco getting cut: His contract is structured so that he’d actually count more against the Ravens’ salary cap if they cut him this year than he would if they kept him on the roster. But next year it’s possible that he could be released, even though he’d have a fairly big dead cap number next year as well.

Borges ran with the story, attributing it to unnamed sources (plural), and the Boston Herald splashed it across their front page. The next day the prankster revealed himself and the paper released a statement retracting the column and announcing that Borges had been suspended pending further review.

Borges remains on the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee, and he says on social media that he’s writing a book and producing a documentary. During his former job at the Boston Globe, Borges was suspended for plagiarism, and no one who has followed his career can be surprised that he got suspended again at the Herald. And yet his career continues to move along, despite the Womens Tevin Coleman Jersey kinds of journalistic lapses that sometimes end careers.

The 31-year-old Reed ed in every game last season but had a reduced role, as he battled groin problems which required surgery.

The Falcons also gave guard Andy Levitre a pay cut, as they work to create more room before the start of the league year.
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Rams tender a pair of exclusive rights free agents

The Rams have been busy on the trade market so far this offseason and they took care of some other business before those deals can become official on Wednesday afternoon.

The team announced that they have extended tender offers to running back Malcolm Brown and cornerback Troy Hill. Both ers are exclusive rights free agents, which leaves them with the choice of signing the tenders or not ing for anyone in 2018.

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It聽happened with DeSean Jackson. And Percy Harvin. In yesteryears, tea leaves suggested during the spring meetings that star receivers were expendable… and, ultimately, they were.

But don鈥檛 expect to see that happen to OBJ. At least not now.

Talent has a way of buying leeway. It鈥檚 an NFL tradition. And Beckham is in a special class with Antonio Brown and Julio Jones as the best receivers in a sport dominated by throwing.

Sure, Beckham’s string of off-the-field incidents 鈥?including the recent viral video that showed him lying in bed with a pepperoni pizza, near some suspicious-looking substance 鈥?constitutes a major headache on top of the ticking clock of a contract matter.

It’s believed only a handful of offers have been made, with the status of several ers creating a logjam of sorts. For quarterbacks, it’s Kirk Cousins. Teams want to see what he’ll do before moving on to other options. At receiver, it’s Sammy Watkins. At offensive tackle, Morris Claiborne Jersey Nate Solder. For interior offensive linemen, it’s Andrew Norwell. For running backs, it’s Dion Lewis and Jerick McKinnon.

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Prince Amukamara likely to stay with the Bears

As the Bears look to bring in outsiders in an effort to make the team better, they’re likely keeping one of their own.

Cornerback Prince Amukamara is expected to re-sign with the team, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.

A first-round pick of the Giants in 2011, Amukamara spent 2016 with the Jaguars before joining the Bears in 2017. He appeared in 14 games with 12 starts in 2017.

That’s not to say the Ravens can’t use Grant, as their options were limited. But the market for pass-catchers has gone bananas today, with ers coming off injury or with middling statistics getting lucrative deals.

From Sammy Watkins (never caught more than 65 passes in a season) getting $16 million a year to Allen Robinson (coming off a torn ACL) getting $14 million per year, the market has skyrocketed for ers who are not necessarily stars.

Even ers in the 40-catch range are getting $8 million a year (Albert Wilson, Paul Richardson), which means the few remaining options could still do well for themselves.

I’t want to do that anymore.We’ve spent years trying to figure out Belichick, but his thinking this offseason might be a lot simpler than we’re making it out to be.He hit. 375 against the Red Sox last year’s World Series, which Boston won six. Pass to Radim Vrbata.But couldn’t say the same thing for himself.It’s a special sauce, and it’s very, very good.

The Yankees ‘ seasoned lefty starter has been in the ear of the younger one all spring with pep talks.

CC Sabathia’s words of wisdom include a phrase that Jordan Montgomery says that he hears every day, You’ve got more in the tank.

Yankees’ No. 3 catcher is a surprise … and a ‘natural’

Montgomery was a godsend to the Yankees last season when he came out of nowhere late in spring training to become a reliable fifth starter as an unheralded rookie.

The 6-foot-6, 225-pounder’s stats were impressive. He was 9-7 with a 3.88 ERA over 29 starts with 144 strikeouts in 155 1/3 innings . 49ers_210

Raiders retain starting defensive tackle Justin Ellis

Raiders defensive tackle Justin Ellis was about to become a free agent, but instead he’ll stay put.
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The 335-pound Ellis had his best season in 2017, starting 14 games and emerging as a potent force in the middle of the line.

His announcement comes the same day his older brother Michael, a retired NFL player, was indicted by a Texas grand jury for聽injuring a 66-year-old paraplegic security staffer at the 2017 Super Bowl in Houston.聽

According to the district attorney’s office, Michael was attempting to get on the field to celebrate with Martellus.聽

Martellus Bennett finishes his career with 433 catches for 4,573 yards and 30 touchdowns.

ESPN now will have to turn to Plan B as it seeks to replace Jon Gruden.

The 2018 free agency class boasted and still boasts an underwhelming crop.

The group included some big name quarterbacks like Kirk Cousins.

But outside the quarterback position (which NFL media and fans occasionally think about), the options were sparse.

That made it difficult to find good options for the right price.

But every year, teams find a way to get good value, even in a year when that might be more challenging like 2018.

How are the Eagles going to use their cornerbacks?

3) The Eagles are likely looking for Wallace to take over, to a certain degree, the role that Torrey Smith played last season. The Eagles wanted Smith to be a deep threat for them, but that didn’t work out, as Smith was a nonfactor in most games.

The 21-year-old is easily worth a top-five pick. But which top-five pick?
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The Giants could turn their attention elsewhere after dealing Pierre-Paul, most likely to Chubb. Beyond them the Jets will surely still take the best quarterback available, as that’s why they sacrificed so much in their trade with the Colts to move up to the third spot.

Barkley would then tumble pleasantly into the Cleveland Browns’ lap at No. 4, which could shut down the factory of sadness for good.

Ravens were the only other serious suitor for Jarvis Landry

It ultimately came down to the new Browns and the old Browns.
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Womens Charles Harris Jersey Per a source with knowledge of the thinking, the Baltimore Ravens were the other other serious suitor for receiver Jarvis Landry, who was traded by the Dolphins on Friday (officially, next Wednesday) to the Browns.

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That injury would be a point of interest for any team considering Pugh as an addition to their line, which is why he’s making sure to get Eli Manning Authentic Jersey word out that he’s recovered well this offseason. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that spinal specialist Dr. Robert Watkins has cleared Pugh for football activities with free agency about to get underway.

While talking about Pugh during the Scouting Combine, Gettleman said, via Newsday, that he is a versatile, smart football player. We’ll likely find out pretty soon whether he’s also going to remain a member of the Giants.

We’re not trading him, Gruden said, via the Washington Post. I just saw that on the ticker. He’s still a member of this football team and we have every intention of seeing where he’s at. I’ll have to talk to him and see where he’s at mentally. Physically, I know he’s going to be in great shape. The big thing is, is this something that he wants to do He has to commit to it full time. He’s a good football player, there’s no doubt about it. He’s a great kid. I’m sure it will work out for him.

Cravens, who was a second-round pick in 2016, left the team last summer and his agent said recently that he’s been cleared to return to football after receiving treatment for post-concussion syndrome. The reaction to his reinstatement hasn’t been uniformly positive among players and Gruden acknowledged people around the team were disappointed, but thinks people will move past it.

He made a decision that he thought was right for him and his family and at the end of the day, no one can really put themselves in his shoes, Gruden said. He had to do that for himself and make that decision himself. People make decisions. We’re not the judge and jury. It’s up to him to come back and I think guys will accept him back.

NFL looking to overhaul catch rule

NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent confirmed to the Washington Post in an interview published Tuesday that changes to the league’s catch rule will be proposed.
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Commissioner Roger Goodell has reportedly made the catch rule a major focus this offseason, seeking greater clarity after opening dialogue with former and current players and coaches.

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The Bears and Ravens have already been in contact with Landry’s agent, according to The Miami Herald speculated that the Dolphins would hope for a second-round pick, Crockett Gillmore Authentic Jersey but might have to settle for a fourth-rounder.

There is no question that all three are enticing options, but options whom current teams view as castoffs. It will make for some interesting numbers when NFL free agency begins next week.
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Online jail records also showed the player, whose legal name is Isaiah Avery Jones, had been released.

The 22-year-old Jones was arrested after officers were called to a disturbance in downtown Los Angeles, said police spokesman Luis Garcia. Jones was found breaking glass doors and windows and arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism, Garcia said.

Prosecutors did not immediately file a case against Jones and have asked police to further investigate the matter, district attorney’s office spokesman Paul Eakins said.

The arrest was first reported by TMZ, which posted a video showing a nude Zay Jones pushing his brother, Cayleb, in what appeared to be the hallway of an apartment building. Cayleb Jones, a Minnesota Vikings receiver, on Wednesday also posted a note on his Twitter account, which read: I am my brothers keeper.

Robert Jones, who lives in Texas, is a former NFL linebacker, and won three Super Bowl championships with the Dallas Cowboys during his 10-year career.

Jones was held on $20,000 bail. His agent, Zeke Sandhu, did not reply to text and voicemail messages. Sandhu also represents Cayleb Jones.

As expected, the Indianapolis Colts are having some problems in free agency.

The Colts are in that odd stage of a rebuild where they simply aren’t an attractive destination after years of blunders and the question marks surrounding Andrew Luck.

Money can’t solve everything here, which means it wasn’t a surprise when running back Dion Lewis chose the Tennessee Titans in the AFC South despite interest from these Colts, according to NBC Boston’s Mike Giardi.

This could be a Navorro Bowman or Preston Brown, but the market for inside guys should develop soon and the price shouldn’t be too high, especially for a guy who might have to compete with a rookie over the summer.

The third-round values of Pro Bowlers Alvin Kamara and Kareem Hunt likely danced in their heads after Detroit’s backs finished dead last in the league in yards per rush and yards per carry.

But for a franchise tag, losing that player means receiving two first-round picks in return. The transition tag doesn’t reap any rewards if a player leaves.

That makes the franchise tag a much more commonly used designation, but the transition tag is cheaper. By giving it to Fuller, the Bears committed about $12.9 million to the cornerback in 2018. If he was franchised, Fuller would’ve been due to make $14.975 million.

The $2 million in savings came with the risk that a team might try to poach Fuller like the Packers did.

Because Fuller is tagged, the Packers didn’t have the option to sign the cornerback. Instead, they could write up a deal for Fuller to sign called an offer sheet.

The Bears had no choice but to either sign Fuller to the same exact contract that was offered by the Packers, or allow him to leave and sign with Green Bay.

Fuller struggled badly as a rookie in 2014 and missed all of 2016 with a knee injury. His 2017 season is really the only good year he’s had. He just turned 26 in February and will probably only get better in the next few seasons. But he hasn’t proven it for very long, and it’s likely why the Bears didn’t go the safer route and give him the franchise tag. patriots_142

Odell Beckham Jr. Reportedly Misidentified in Atlanta Club Fight Video

A video posted by Black Sports Online on Saturday allegedly showed New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in the midst of a brawl at Atlanta’s Gold Room club, but Beckham was reportedly misidentified.
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Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News tweeted: Just received a call that this video is a FRAUD and that it’s not Beckham.

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I think there are different ways you can go about restructuring you contract, he said in an interview with NFL Network (via Darren Urban of the Cardinals’ official site). Some guys like their money up front, some guys put it on the back end. The tough part is when someone asks you to take a pay cut. I don’t think that makes sense for a lot of players.

While the Cardinals may have been better off keeping Mathieu, the fact his release even became an option highlighted how much his stock has dropped following his All-Pro campaign in 2015.

That season ended with Mathieu tearing his ACL. Whether the injury is solely or partly to blame, he hasn’t been the same player since.

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Mathieu remained healthy in 2017, but his 78 combined tackles, two interceptions and seven passes defended were noticeably below the standard he had set in 2015, when he had 89 tackles, five interceptions and 17 pass breakups.

Mets reportedly reach 2-year deal with 3B Todd Frazier

Kids Myles Garrett Jersey The Mets added some instant pop to their lineup Monday, reportedly reaching a deal with free-agent third baseman Todd Frazier.
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Frazier, who turns 32 on Feb. 12, had hinted on Twitter Sunday the Mets were his likely destination. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Frazier and the Mets have agreed to a two-year, $17 million contract.
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There’s no doubt that I’m disappointed, Beltran said of the relief response after Irma and Maria leveled the island last year. I’m not the only one. There’s a lot of people disappointed. We haven’t (gotten) some benefits. Being part of the United States, you expect to at least get the same benefits when tragedies like this happen. The fact that we haven’t (gotten) those, yeah, it’s a disappointment.

Beltran said Tuesday that 40 percent of Puerto Ricans remain without power some four months after the hurricanes hit.

I mean, I’m retired, he added. I feel like I don’t belong to any team. I just feel like I belong to the only team 鈥?and that’s my family. That’s the team that I belong (to) right now. I wish those (Astros players) the best over there. I hope they have a great time, enjoy their day, with what it comes to visit the White House.

Frazier struggled at the plate last season, slashing .213/.344/.428 in 474 at-bats between the White Sox and the Yankees. But the two-time All-Star has proven power. He hit 40 home runs in 2016, and 175 homers in six full MLB seasons.

The addition of Frazier fills the void at third base the Mets have had the past three seasons with seven-time All-Star David Wright hampered by injuries. Wright, who missed the entire 2017 Johnny Boychuk Youth jersey season with a variety of ailments, told in January he’s not ready to retire yet. He underwent rotator cuff surgery last September.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway has some different options to explore on the left side of the infield, but the most likely scenario will see Asdrubal Cabrera moving from third to second base, with 22-year-old Amed Rosario getting the full-time job at short. Jose Reyes would be the utility infielder.

Dez and Dallas might appear to be headed for a breakup, but they need each other more than they will admit.

Bryant stays as an appeased wideout with a restructured deal to continue trying to help Dak Prescott.
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Given Sherman has a pretty smart and flexible agent 鈥?himself 鈥?he will make sure he stays in Seattle. With its secondary in flux, the team will keep its constant into his age-30 season. The question is whether Sherman gets an adjusted deal to keep him from becoming a free agent as scheduled in 2019.

Quarterbacks who have had just one big year are always of major concern to GMs. The latest free-agent horror story was Houston’s disastrous signing of Brock Osweiler two years ago following his one strong season with Denver.

Keenum is a lot better than Osweiler, and the former looks like a top-15 quarterback. The problem for Keenum: With a better supporting cast in Minnesota than he had in Washington, Cousins should be a top-10 QB; perhaps top five.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer at last week’s Combine expressed the Keenum concerns when he said, Is Case the guy that he was at Houston or the Rams, or is he the guy who played for us? Is it because he had a good team around him?

Keenum is likely to be the most in demand. If the Vikings can’t or choose not to sign Cousins, Keenum, the most durable of their 2017 QBs, is sure to be their choice.

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Cousins says he wants to play for a winning team, which puts Vikings GM Rick Spielman ahead of other suitors. But sometimes the money is just too good for a player to pass up, and the guarantees will be key.
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