What’s the best fit for OBJ, if/when he’s traded?

With the Giants reportedly applying a price tag to a potential Odell Beckham trade and with Beckham reportedly interested in being traded (to the Rams, maybe elsewhere), momentum continues to build toward a deal being done.

So if a deal is done, which team would be the best team to make that deal?

“Football is a violent sport and it can be scary but I know what I’m signing up for,’’ Cravens said. “I think we all do. I’m well aware of my situation and this is my decision to continue to play. I’m not going to second-guess my decision to go out there and play. I’m planning on making plays and being the same physical player I’ve always been and I’ll live with the consequences because this is my choice to do so. Every man, every woman, they have a choice they can make. This is my choice.’’

If he plays like he did in 2016, the Broncos will be happy he made that choice. But the possibility of another concussion — and possibly another decision to stop playing — will loom, especially if Cravens plays with the kind of physicality he intends to display.

The 2011 labor deal revamped the compensation system at the top of the draft, implementing a rookie wage scale that prevents busts from absconding with millions. Unfortunately, this keeps the non-busts at the top of the draft from getting proper compensation until their teams decide to give them a second contract.

Those who arguably have earned a new deal (given that their fith-year options were exercised) but who are still waiting for a new contract include Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack, Falcons tackle Jake Matthews, Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr, Titans tackle Taylor Lewan, Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr., Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, Cowboys tackle Zack Martin, Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley, Dolphins tackle Ja’Wuan James, Patriots receiver Brandin Cooks, Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford, Bengals cornerback Darqueze Dennard, Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett, Cardinals linebacker Deone Bucannon, 49ers safety Jimmie Ward, and Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby.buccaneers_040

Bengals keep punter Kevin Huber

The Bengals have a lot of work to do. But they have to have a punter, and now they do.

Per Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com, the Bengals have re-signed punter Kevin Huber as he was becoming a free agent.

That brings Huber back for his 10th season in Cincinnati, and keeps together their special teams core.

The Seahawks had a chance to place the franchise tag on Richardson, but it would have cost $14.5 million in 2018. The Seahawks found that number unreasonable given their cap situation, so they aren’t going to pay him $15 million a season. Russell Wilson is the team’s highest-paid er with a base salary of $15.5 million in 2018.

The Seahawks also are dealing with safety Earl Thomas, who is dissatisfied with his contract.

So Richardson is testing the market to see if another team offers more than what the Seahawks have.

Garafolo tweeted that he misspoke in saying the Seahawks offered Richardson $11 million, saying he meant Richardson would take something in the $11 million per year range. “Gotta clear something up. I’m being cited as saying the Seahawks are offering $11m per year to Sheldon Richardson. They are NOT. I reviewed the clip and I see how I phrased it in a way that made it seem that’s what I was saying. Bad wording by me. Apologies on that.”

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Burkhead was the No. 97 er in our list of the Top 100 free agents in the NFL.

Just days after signing with the New York Giants, former Arizona Cardinals defensive end Josh Mauro was suspended for the first four games of 2018 for violating’s the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances, the Giants announced.

Mauro will remain eligible to participate in offseason and preseason practices and games.
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The Jets got a 2013 first-round pick and a conditional 2014 fourth-round pick.

“No one said anything when she left the stage,” the family member added. “It was like, ‘Uh-oh, we’ve got trouble.’”

Before the game was over and the Patriots had beaten the Panthers, 32-29, Jackson’s representative had issued the first statement, explaining that Timberlake was supposed to have pulled off the bustier cup only, not the bra itself.

The conditional pick would have become a third-round pick if Revis had remained on Tampa Bay’s roster on the third day of the 2014 league year (March 13). Revis, a couple months shy of his 28th birthday, signed a six-year, $96 million contract as part of the transaction. Sherman, who just turned 29, earned his fourth straight Pro Bowl berth in 2016.

I was involved in a pre-draft trade of a high-caliber veteran cornerback during my agent days. The Dolphins gave us permission to shop three-time Pro Bowl selection Patrick Surtain, who was entering his contract year, in 2005 because our contract demands for an extension were deemed excessive.

In fact, the last time a Cowboys-Giants game began at 1 p.m. was in 2005, the year before Goodell was hired to do whatever it takes to further maximize TV money.

Acquiring a veteran player at a need position would lower the draft-choice compensation. That’s where Amerson, who is close to four years younger than Sherman, comes in. The Raiders rewarded him with a four-year, $33 million extension containing $17 million in guarantees last summer after a breakout 2015 campaign in which he was an early-season waiver wire pickup.

If you would’ve told someone before this game that the Packers’ defense would outplay the Seahawks’ defense, they probably would’ve thought you were crazy, but that’s exactly what happened. The Packers limited the Seahawks to just 12 first downs — compared to 26 for the Packers — and they absolutely shut down Seattle’s offense in third down situations (the Seahawks went 3 of 12 on third down conversions).

Of course, you can’t talk about the Packers without talking about Aaron Rodgers. A big reason why the Packers were able to pull off the win is because Rodgers went full Rodgers on a third quarter touchdown pass. With less than a minute to go in the third quarter, Rodgers caught the Seahawks defense with 12 men on the field, got it a free play, and then used that play to throw a 32-yard TD pass to Jordy Nelson.

So, you get the picture: The Broncos are a mess at the quarterback position.

“I’m all about Sunday right now, and Brock’s the quarterback right now,” Broncos coach Vance Joseph told reporters this week when asked whether this was a permanent move. “And after this week, we’ll kind of figure out next week. I’m only concerned about Sunday. It’s a week-to-week business, so my focus is absolutely on Sunday.

“It’s simple, right? If Brock plays well, he’ll play next week. That’s just simple. That won’t be hard to determine after Sunday’s game.”
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Bengals’ Marvin Lewis seems skeptical of Jeremy Hill’s decision to get surgery

Bengals running back Jeremy Hill was placed on injured reserve Saturday as he decided to have season-ending surgery, but his head coach seemed to question that decision during his time with the media on Monday.

“I don’t think he had any instance of (a problem) since this August when he rolled his ankle in training camp, or whatever it was, training camp or warmups in a game. I can’t remember what it was,” Lewis said. “One of those times in the preseason. But that’s the only instance he’s had this fall.”

Hill’s role in Cincy was being downgraded with the team’s addition of rookie Joe Mixon. Hill averaged just five touches per game, and he’s set to become a free agent in the offseason. It would make sense for Hill to just call it a season and get fully healthy as teams look to acquire him next year.

Freeman has been in concussion protocol since being hit by Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens early in the first quarter of Atlanta’s 27-7 win over Dallas last Sunday. Freeman was also in concussion protocol for two weeks in August.

While Freeman is Atlanta’s primary backfield option, Tevin Coleman is a solid No. 2. Coleman has 83 carries for 399 yards and two touchdowns, as well as 17 catches for 203 yards and two scores this season. Last week against Dallas, Coleman had 83 yards and a score on 20 carries. He’ll be making his fourth career start in Seattle Monday.

“He ran the ball well,” Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian said of Coleman, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He played a complete game. We feel very confident and comfortable in Tevin. If this is his ball game Monday night, he’s going to go out and play well for us.”

That sounds fine for Falcons fans but doesn’t do much for Freeman’s fantasy owners.
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Falcons coach Dan Quinn defends offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian despite lagging offense

Impact: Compounded with the loss of star running back David Johnson in Week 1, injuries to Iupati and other offensive linemen have crippled Arizona’s rushing attack. The Cardinals rank last in the league with a 63.4-yard average even with newcomer Adrian Peterson rolling for 134 yards in his Arizona debut against Tampa Bay in Week 6.

Yates: Saints. I’ll go with New Orleans and take this moment to highlight just how strong the 2017 draft class already is for the Saints. Kamara is a star out of the backfield, cornerback Marshon Lattimore has rapidly emerged as a top end player, safety Marcus Williams is a rangy playmaker with plenty of upside, and lineman Ryan Ramczyk has been a rock-solid plug-and-play starter. Kudos to the Saints for infusing the roster with young talent. This team is here to stay.

In the injury department, the Jets might be without cornerback Buster Skrine due to a concussion. He played all of Sunday’s game in Miami but didn’t complain of symptoms until he reported to the team facility on Monday.

For the Falcons, rookie linebacker Duke Riley will likely need knee surgery after getting hurt against the Patriots, while running back Tevin Coleman (knee) was limited at Wednesday’s practice but should play Sunday.

Coleman has 229 rushing yards this season, and Devonta Freeman has 425, for a total of 654, which is more than the combined total for the Jets’ three running backs Bilal Powell (283), Elijah McGuire (205) and Matt Forte (157), who have 645.

But surprisingly, Jets quarterback Josh McCown has thrown 10 touchdown passes to Matt Ryan’s seven.

Yet if there’s one bugaboo for each team, it’s penalties for the Jets and lack of takeaways for the Falcons.chargers_017

It’s going to be a good feeling for Oakland.

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But Peters, who, along with NBA star Damian Lillard, is destined to take over Lynch’s hometown reins, exemplified what it means to be from Oakland — the toughness, confidence and edge — when asked about what it’ll be like for Lynch to get to play this year at the Coliseum.

“It’s going to feel good for him,” Peters said. “It’s going to be a good feeling. It’s going to be a good feeling for Oakland. But when we come here, we’re going to beat the dog s— out of him.”

Irma was packing 185 mph winds and gusts of more than 200 mph as of 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, and is expected to continue churning with deadly hurricane-force winds and a dangerous storm surge across a wide swath of the Caribbean this week before moving toward southern Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Pulido heavily cited Dr. Alan Shewmon, who concluded in a court declaration that Jahi doesn’t currently fit the criteria for brain death after reviewing 49 videos of her moving specific fingers and other extremities when given commands to do so. Shewmon, a professor emeritus of pediatrics and neurology at UCLA, wrote that Jahi “is a living, severely disabled young lady, who currently fulfills neither the standard diagnostic guidelines for brain death nor California’s statutory definition of death.” Shewmon also reviewed an MRI.raptors_140

Chris and Kyle Long speak out on hometown Charlottesville

Chris and Kyle Long felt they had to speak up.

In the wake of the weekend’s violence, the former Charlottesville, Va., residents weren’t going to stick to football.

“Some people are tired of hearing me tweet because they want me to stick to football but I like to use social media like I was a regular guy because I think I am. I don’t tell people to stick to their job when they want to talk politics. And this isn’t political. That’s the thing. Everybody is trying to turn this political. This isn’t a political issue. This is right or wrong. I believe you’re on one side or the other. For me, being from Charlottesville, no one wants to see you sit idly by and watch that stuff happen and not say anything. And I wish there was more categorical denial from some very important people in this country who have had the opportunity to strike it down but didn’t.”

Kaepernick remains unsigned following the backlash last year for kneeling during the national anthem before 49ers games in protest against police brutality and racial injustice, though he said he would not continue the protest this season with a new team.

“He deserves to be back in the game, regardless,” Smith said. “He is an American citizen and he does have rights, and his rights should not be violated — just like no one else’s rights should be violated.”

Other players have already begun to echo Kaepernick’s protest this season. Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett sat on the team’s bench with a towel over his head during the national anthem Sunday night, and Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch posted up on a water cooler while eating a banana during the anthem Saturday night.dolphins_068

It was Game 4 of 2013 Eastern Conference Finals matchup between the Pacers and the Heat

It was particularly great for me because I had a chance to be down right at the goal line when he ran in his touchdown and then again when Vernon Davis caught his game-winning touchdown. After the Davis touchdown, I found myself jumping up and down hugging the 49ers team president on the sideline. It was an amazing day of football.

The greatest moment in sports I ever witnessed was Game 6 in the Wizards vs. Celtics series last year. I covered the game and, as a Wizards fan, it was a heart attack. But at the same time, it was entertaining as hell. There were lead changes galore, but John Wall hit the eventual game winner to force a Game 7 in Boston. I graduated from grad school the next morning a few hours after I finished my column on the game.
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One family in front of my friend and I said they were going to “talk to Vince” after the game. I assumed they were fans hoping to meet Carter and get his autograph. They ended up being Gary Payton’s family and extended family.

It was Game 4 of 2013 Eastern Conference Finals matchup between the Pacers and the Heat, with the Heat leading the series, 2-1. It was before Lance Stephenson thought he should be an all-star. It was before Roy Hibbert fell off the Earth. It was when Paul George was young enough that Pacers fans felt like we had the entire world ahead of us.

Who in the world can survive without drinking coffee? Or alcohol? Or eating strawberries? This man has a freezer full of avocado ice cream. It’s either admirable or obnoxious.

As your feelings about one go, so they go for the other member of this dynamic duo. Belichick and Brady’s winning ways are intertwined, and if you hate one, you probably hate the other, and vice versa.

Butter anyone?! Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown pranked with car full of popcorn

Who needs some popcorn?! Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown certainly doesn’t.

Brown’s Boston teammates had his car filled will popcorn after their win over the Timberwolves on Wednesday night.

Kurucs plays for Barcelona’s second team in Spain, starting while putting up solid numbers for a teenager in a pro league. At 6-foot-8 with solid length, athleticism and instincts, the hope is that over the course of the next few years he can develop into a high level player.

The key will be developing from a solid shooter to a great one over that period, as his frame and athleticism should get by at the highest levels.

Collins is a tough prospect to peg at this stage. On one hand, it’s arguable that only John Collins has out-paced him this season in terms of productivity on a per-minute basis. Collins averages nearly 24 points, 13 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per 40 minutes to pair with a 31.6 PER and a 70.7 true-shooting percentage.

In reality, Wall probably wouldn’t average over 15 assists per game, but he might be able to give Stockton’s record a run for its money if he was in Harden’s position. Remember, people scoffed at the idea of Harden averaging 12 assists per game entering the season, and he is on pace to lead the NBA in assists. Wall is more of a pass-first player than Harden, so the extra shooting around him would likely result in his assists jumping to astronomical levels.magic_042

Spoelstra played college ball at the University of Portland

“I was getting after team in film session about defensive rotations, rebounding, hell, everything to be honest,” Spoelstra told Sporting News. “We weren’t very good. Next thing I know Whiteside gets up and says, ‘we’d still beat any team you played on,’ to which I said, ‘barely.’ We all laughed.”

Spoelstra played college ball at the University of Portland, and professionally for Tus Herten in the German league. It wasn’t a stretch to say Whiteside’s joke was accurate, but it was also time to get in gear. At first, the 13-game streak was a novelty for a team that had only won 11 games prior. But the Heat kept smiling and laughing, while still winning games.

Whiteside had plenty of experience in finding the laughs in darkness during his days with the Kings. Fans knew the talent was there, but the Kings organization wasn’t sure he’d become anywhere near the double-double machine he is today.

“We had to learn to laugh to keep from crying,” Whiteside said. “When we stayed losing in Sac, it made me stronger. I decided that no matter how bad things looked, I’d always find ways to smile. It may not seem like I smile much on the court, but I laugh all the time off it.”

Frustrations were high for San Antonio at the end of the third quarter as Dewayne Dedmon was involved in a scuffle with Harden along with Nene, who intervened by grabbing Dedmon’s neck. Nene was ejected for the grab while Dedmon and Harden received technical fouls.

The Cavs’ comeback was even more remarkable for the fact that Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving did not play in the fourth quarter, with James praising the roles played by Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert, Deron Williams and Kyle Korver.
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