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May 10

Aaron Rodgers has 30 million reasons to talk extension

OK, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. There’s no reason to wait anymore.

Jimmy Garoppolo got $27.5 million per year in February.

Kirk Cousins got $28 million a year in March.

It’s time for Rodgers to top them all.

Trump’s vast outlay of cash, tracked through public records and totaled publicly here for the first time, provides a new window into the president’s private company, which discloses few details about its finances.

It shows that Trump had access to far more cash than previously known, despite his string of commercial bankruptcies and the Great Recession’s hammering of the real estate industry.

Why did the King of Debt, as he has called himself in interviews, turn away from that strategy, defying the real estate wisdom that it’s unwise to risk so much of one’s own money in a few projects?

The new eyes belong to Giants offensive coordinator Mike Shula and tight ends coach Lunda Wells, who is new to the position after playing and coaching offensive line. The playbook looks familiar, however.

Pat is calling the plays, so it’s very similar, Carter said. He has changed some things up, some words around, some plays around. This is his baby now.

The Vikings boasted one of the best offenses in the NFL last season, with receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, tight end Kyle Rudolph, and running backs Dalvin Cook, Jeremiah McKinnon and Latavius Murray.

In Minnesota, we had a lot of talent. I feel like the receivers and tight ends here can do the same things, Carter said. Like he did in Minnesota, there is a lot of multiple tight ends and multiple formations to keep people on their toes.

If Carter has an upper hand, he isn’t banking on it.

Griffin’s tale is an incredible one, as the linebacker with one hand has seen his story sweep the globe since the Seahawks made the pick. Expectations will likely keep ballooning given the hype, but the Seahawks themselves simply expect a linebacker with superb speed to consistently be around the ball and offer some quality blitzing in sub-packages.

The guy with the biggest impact on the Seahawks this year is going to be Penny, even if he’s seeing some of the spotlight shine elsewhere.

New Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Vita Vea gets to keep doing what he does best after hearing his name called at No. 12—clog lanes. canucks_036

May 07

Sam Darnold wants to begin overcoming this hurdle at Jets’ rookie minicamp

Sam Darnold hopped on the bus at 6:45 a.m. Friday and headed from his hotel to the Jets’ training facility, eager to start his NFL career.

Darnold knows he won’t get it all done at once this weekend, at the Jets’ rookie minicamp. He knows this is a process for him, going from third overall draft pick to potential franchise quarterback savior for this success-starved franchise.

But as Darnold approaches rookie minicamp and its three practices from Friday through Sunday there are a couple things in particular he wants to accomplish.

Kylie Fitts, OLB, Utah: The Broncos can continue the Ute movement they had with Bolles to get a pass rusher to match that pass protector. Fitts would be a good complement to Miller with his versatility, speed, quickness and ranginess. He is good at pursuing QBs, both inside and outside the pocket. Fitts is not the best power defender, but he could help as a situational sack artist at first before getting a little stronger in the NFL.The agility and athleticism stand out for a fourth- or fifth-round pick.

Elway needs to come through with a home-run class with starting-caliber talent over several rounds, not just the first. There’s transition in the division with the Chiefs breaking in a new QB, the Raiders bringing back Jon Gruden and the Chargers surging. The Broncos need to accept the fact that they need to be more of a rebuilder than a reloader, keeping it in mind through all five rounds.

Appearing on 93.7 the Fan Pittsburgh on Friday, Roethlisberger was pointed when asked about last week’s selection of Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph with the 76th overall pick.

Veteran linebacker Akeem Ayers, who finished the 2017 season with the Giants, has been suspended for the first four weeks of the season, a league source tells Field Yates of (on Twitter). The reason for the suspension is not yet known.

Ayers finished out the 2016 season with 18 tackles, two sacks, and one interception for the Colts. He graded out as the No. 54 edge defender in the NFL out of 110 qualified players in that season, per Pro Football Focus’ metrics. Last year, he dressed for six games for the G-Men and registered one tackle.

It’s not going to be something that separates the locker room, he said Friday on the first day of rookie minicamp. We’re not going to be fighting over who’s the man in the locker room. I’m a team-oriented guy and I just want to win.giants_148

May 03

Roethlisberger ‘surprised’ Steelers drafted Rudolph

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was surprised the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted a quarterback months after he notified them about his plan to play three-to-five more years.

Mayfield, the draft’s No. 1 pick, was forewarned by coach Hue Jackson that Taylor is the starting quarterback this season, and he’s not fighting it.

It’s not about individuals, said Mayfield. They brought him and I in because we’re both team-oriented guys. He’s the starter, and all I can do is help us out. So when you get a guy like that that helps out a locker room in just the best way possible, he’s a grinder. He comes in early. He’s the last one to leave, and I can only aspire to be like that.

After walking on at Texas Tech and Oklahoma and winning the starting job at both schools, Mayfield isn’t one to take sitting lightly. But he made the most of it when he sat out his first season at Oklahoma because of transfer rules.

For one, he needs to get more comfortable with calling pre-snap audibles at the line of scrimmage. It was something he rarely did at USC. Darnold said getting used to that is a goal for him this weekend, as he gets back on the practice field for the first time since late December.

The Broncos have three picks from No. 40 to No. 99. That’s the sweet spot of getting value in this draft without reaching.

If they can’t or don’t get Barkley early, Georgia’s downhill-styled Nick Chubb should be the top running back target. This also is a good range to dive into a wideout or tight end. Clemson’s Deon Cain and LSU’s D.J. Chark would be good, big bodies to go after at the former position, with Penn State’s Mike Gesicki and Oklahoma’s Mark Andrews standing out at the latter position.

It’s also likely Denver will address its offensive line here. Although guard will be in play, the good tackle values in the second and third rounds include Western Michigan’s Chukwuma Okorafor and Oregon’s Tyrell Crosby. All this sets up a defensive-heavy final day.nike_jets_1637

Apr 30

Philip Rivers Discusses Chargers Possibly Taking QB in 2018 NFL Draft

Philip Rivers is 36 years old and understands he won’t be the quarterback of the Los Angeles Chargers forever.

With the 2018 NFL draft approaching later this month, Rivers addressed the possibility of his team selecting another signal-caller.

To tell you the truth, I don’t know why. I did ask, but I didn’t get any answers. —Former Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola, now a Dolphin, to Mike Reiss of ESPN. com , on the absence of Malcolm Butler in the 41-33 Super Bowl loss to Philadelphia.

Can a player come closer than Amendola just did to saying, What the hell was Bill Belichick doing that night? I don’t think so. Dez Bryant Stats of the Week Lots of hubbub about the Dallas Cowboys’ release of wide receiver Dez Bryant, who will be 30 years old this year and hasn’t been worth the big money he’s been making since he signed a huge contact in early 2015. A few points, numerically, back up my question about the Bryant cutting: What took the Cowboys so long? I Rishard Matthews has been a more productive NFL player over the past three years than Dez Bryant.

The news comes shortly after there was controversy between the Seahawks and Kaepernick. The former 49ers quarterback was invited to work out in Seattle, but the team decided to hold off on the visit when Kaepernick would not promise to stop kneeling during the national anthem, per multiple reports.

The timing of Morris’ signing with the Seahawks sparked only more controversy as Kaepernick, who hasn’t played since the 2016 season, tries to navigate finding a spot in the NFL after drawing attention with his social activism and protests.

It didn’t take long for Eagles defensive lineman Chris Long to share his criticism of what was happening in Seattle, saying Kaepernick is getting blackballed. Long has been one of the more vocal players to express support for those who chose to kneel during the national anthem.

So let me get this straight: SEA scheduled a workout w Kaep and 2 weeks later, cancels it on the grounds of social activism knowing full well what the fall out would be?dolphins_083

Apr 27

Dez Bryant wants to play in NFC East: ‘It’s personal’

Dez Bryant doesn’t want to leave the NFC East after being released by the Cowboys Friday. He wants to take on Dallas as often as he can.

“Being in the division is a huge possibility, it’s something that I want,” Bryant told NFL Network. “It’s personal.”

Bryant repeatedly said during the offseason that he wanted to play for the Cowboys. He also said he didn’t want to take a pay cut, but wasn’t quite as strong expressing that point of view.

Kyle Rudolph continues to produce and has two years left on his contract, but he also is coming off ankle surgery and turns 29 in November. Minnesota lacks another athletic pass-catching option behind him, and new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo saw what the Zach Ertz-Trey Burton combination did for Philadelphia last season. Kirk Cousins already is loaded with targets on his new team, but in Washington, he thrived most when two tight ends (Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis) were key threats.

There’s some anticipation building that the Patriots, especially after the Cooks deal, might pull off another shocker and go after Odell Beckham Jr. But the extra first-rounder allows them to land Tom Brady’s successor however they want, even over QB-needy rivals like the Jets and Bills, if necessary. For now, if New England stays at this pick, Rudolph is an ideal prospect.

Moore has been getting more buzz as a first-round pick, and there’s a chance his stock rises even higher. Moore could help Philadelphia replace Torrey Smith with his ability to make big plays both before and after the catch.

We’re not prepared to be that specific, so here are 10 players, based on team needs, who we believe are first-round fits for the Lions.

Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan: After being held out of the combine due to an irregular EKG, it looks as if the interior lineman has been cleared of those concerns. Lean and explosive, he was one of the nation’s most consistent pass rushers from the inside last season and could provide the Lions with a much-needed boost in that area.

Derrius Guice, RB, LSU: If the Lions are going to take a running back in the first round, Guice is the most logical option. A violent runner with plus speed and good balance, he could round out the team’s current backfield rotation while providing a long-term replacement for LeGarrette Blount, who is operating on a one-year deal.dolphins_105

Apr 25

Redskins schedule 2018: Washington to host string of playoff contenders

The Redskins’ 2018 schedule is loaded with intriguing matchups against teams from the NFC South and AFC South in addition to Washington’s NFC East rivals.

For Washington to compete for a spot in the NFC playoffs this season, they’ll need to navigate a schedule full of strong contenders. The good news for the Redskins: Several of those contenders will have to travel to Washington.

Biggest breaks: Some of Washington’s toughest opponents in Atlanta, Carolina, Green Bay and Houston have to travel to FedEx Field, which should help. The Redskins also have just one long trip out west on their hands — the game in Arizona.

Bottom line: Washington appears to have a middle-of-the-road schedule. It could be tougher, and it could be easier. As if the competition in the NFC East wasn’t strong enough, the division being matched up against the NFC South, which some consider the best division in football, makes life harder on Washington and its rivals. The Redskins could see a gloomy projection for their own season and think about what the Eagles were able to accomplish last year given a similar outlook. The problem is Washington doesn’t have the same level of talent on its roster. Record prediction: 6-10

With that in mind, Sporting News breaks down the Steelers’ 2018 NFL Draft outlook, including needs, first-round possibilities, Day 2 and Day 3 plans and a few sleepers.

Linebacker: Ryan Shazier’s injury left a huge void in the Steelers’ defense last season. Pittsburgh allowed 28 points per game in five games after Shazier’s injury, and that included the 45-42 loss to the Jaguars in the playoffs. The Steelers love their linebackers, and there are good ones available in this class.

Quarterback: Roethlisberger is 36, and while retirement talks have not yet reached the Favre-like hysteria, they’re close though. It doesn’t hurt to have a quarterback of the future waiting, and there are good options that should be available.

Running back: Just in case the Bell situation reaches a worst-case scenario, it doesn’t hurt to have a backup plan. This draft is flush with middle-round running backs who could fulfill that need.dolphins_016

Apr 23

Former Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga dies at 80

Wayne Huizenga, who once owned the Miami Dolphins and brought two other pro sports to South Florida has died.

Was also named to the All-American team 2004…Was ranked among the top 200 football players his state and earned first-team allcounty honors as a sophomore…As a freshman on the track team, he was a member of the 4×100 relay team which won the state title…Also earned first team all-county honors as eighth grader and freshman for Fort Meade High School as a baseball player…One of the brightest spots about this lousy was’s durability and availability through nine. He got mostly checkdown patterns this game and never got open downfield.While he has a questionable background, his aptitude is replaced by pressure, and efficient aggression.

Everybody around the hockey world was pretty impressed with what Auston Matthews did.Box 405, Frackville, PA infinitely better than and his agent is gonna to it that someone pays his client what he’s worth whether it’s or elsewhere.ditto and Hart..they make Thomlinson look athletic as a guard Brown put up solid sparq numbers…better then Thomlinson or or obviously the st trio..

The 23-year-old Worley is a Philly native who spent the first two seasons of his NFL career with the Carolina Panthers after they selected him in the third round of the 2016 NFL draft out of West Virginia.

Carolina dealt Worley to the Eagles this offseason in a trade for veteran wide receiver Torrey Smith.

Worley started 14 games for the Panthers last season and finished his second NFL campaign with 63 tackles and a career-high two interceptions.

It was expected that Worley would be in the mix for a starting job in Philadelphia along with fellow corners Ronald Darby, Jalen Mills and Sidney Jones.

The Bills paying AJ McCarron backup-type money and trading into this spot while also holding the No. 22 overall pick suggests they are making a strong play for franchise quarterback early, either by trading up again or staying put. Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott from their days in Carolina should be well aware of how far a defense, a running game and a dual-threat QB can take a team. Mayfield has the “it” factor to finally give Buffalo a long-term solution.seahawks_035

Apr 21

Will Giants pass on a quarterback?

The most recent reporting regarding the Giants’ plan for the second overall pick was simple: Quarterback Sam Darnold if he’s there; otherwise, running back Saquon Barkley or defensive end Bradley Chubb.

The Ravens will be thinking about wide receiver and offensive line with this pick, but like the Packers, they could use some rebooting in their 3-4 with Wink Martindale taking over the scheme and Terrell Suggs turning 36 in October. Davenport can turn into a Suggs-like dynamo while learning from the veteran in a situational role at first.

The Chargers are nasty on the edges with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, but they could use more explosiveness inside to round out what has the makings of an elite defense in 2018. Payne has Bosa-like short-area speed and can add to opponents’ backfield nightmares.

There are some things football fans already know about teams’ schedules for next season. First off, every team will obviously play its conference rivals twice a year.

Secondly, the annual inter-conference battles between entire divisions have already been decided: AFC East vs. NFC North, AFC North vs. NFC South, AFC South vs. NFC East and AFC West vs. NFC West.

Several of those same owners haven’t even been reluctant or reticent about their abject refusal to budge over players protesting during the national anthem. Not even a full day after Kraft’s Meek Mill visit and his praise of the players’ advocacy came the news of the Bengals’ attempt to strong-arm free agent Eric Reid into backing down from kneeling during the anthem.

Which, again, follows the unambiguous statements from Bob McNair and Stephen Ross earlier in the offseason, not to mention the reported debates at the recent owners meetings between those who wanted strict prohibitions on protesting and those who did not.seahawks_090

Apr 19

Matt Ryan relieved wife, newborn twins OK after difficult pregnancy

Matt Ryan is a dad, but it wasn’t an easy process.

The Falcons quarterback announced in November that he and his wife, Sarah, were expecting twins. Sarah provided an update Monday on Instagram, saying she was placed on hospital bed rest Jan. 9 due to pregnancy complications, which explains Matt’s absence at practice that day because of a “personal matter.”

Gone from the reigning AFC champions are notable names like cornerback Malcolm Butler, left tackle Nate Solder, right tackle Cameron Fleming, running back Dion Lewis and wide receivers Danny Amendola and Brandin Cooks. The notable arrivals so far include cornerback Jason McCourty, wide receivers Jordan Matthews and Cordarrelle Patterson and defensive linemen Danny Shelton and Adrian Clayborn.

After one blockbuster trade last season (Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers) and a the surprise move this offseason (Cooks to the Rams), the Patriots are up to eight draft selections later this month, with half of them coming in the first two rounds.

With Tom Brady and Bill Belichick still around, New England maintains its status as a strong Super Bowl contender for 2018, even with the big veteran changes. But the team is also in semi-rebuild mode as it prepares for near-future life without Brady. It also has pressing needs at other key positions, especially for the now Matt Patricia-less defense.

Rodgers is in India with girlfriend Danica Patrick on behalf of the Starkey Hearing Foundation, which gives hearing aids to those who can’t afford them nor have access to them.

The Browns have their pick among potential first-round quarterbacks and Darnold remains the best match ahead of Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield, Josh Rosen and Lamar Jackson. From there, Cleveland fills a need in the secondary with Ward, the best cornerback in the draft. Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick and N.C. State’s Bradley Chubb are other possibilities.

The Browns probably won’t do it, but we’re sticking with what we’ve said all along — Cleveland should draft Penn State’s Saquon Barkley. He’s the best player on the board and he gives the Browns a playmaker who could elevate the offense like running backs Todd Gurley, Ezekiel Elliott and Leonard Fournette have done for their teams in recent seasons. Of the top five players on the board, Barkley is the least-likely bust candidate.seahawks_124

Apr 17

Raiders’ Bruce Irvin stokes Marquette King feud with veiled threat

Shortly after the Raiders parted ways with Marquette King, the punter signed with the archrival Broncos, but one former teammate is already looking forward to facing King on the field.

In a Twitter exchange, Raiders linebacker Bruce Irvin shared that he asked for permission to play on Oakland’s punt return team when the Raiders and Denver play this season, which would put the two on the field against each other.

Now they’re off the hook with a second notorious kneeler. They can claim they never did anything that fit the legal definition of “collusion,” in case the topic ever comes up. They can say, hey, someone gave Reid a chance.

So what if the team wasn’t as sold on Reid’s character as it is on the guy who knocked a woman unconscious on video, or the guy who yelled at an officer while being arrested, “I hope you die tomorrow,” or the guy who’s been fined nearly $82,000 for on-field violations in his career against one team alone?

Reid got the message. So did every other player who ever did or ever might think about protesting. And it was Mike Brown and the Bengals who sent it. Go figure.

“Betting on sports may become widely legal, but we cannot allow those who have lobbied hardest for sports gambling to be the only ones controlling how it would be ushered into our busineses,” the statement read in part. “The athletes must also have a seat at the table to ensure that players’ rights and the integrity of our games are protected.”

Per ESPN’s Sports Betting Bill Tracker as of April 1, lawmakers in almost 20 states from New York to California have crafted, are crafting or have passed legislation, wagering that sports gambling could become legal by summer and help the states’ cash-strapped budgets.

The PGA Tour this week said that it has collaborated with the NBA and Major League Baseball to align lobbying efforts on the state and federal levels for legislation it supports, USA Today reported.seahawks_016