Giants decline 5th-year option on OT Ereck Flowers’ contract

Ereck Flowers’ time with the Giants is running out one way or the other.

The Giants did the long expected and declined to pick up the fifth-year option on Flowers’ rookie contract, according to multiple reports. That decision means the No. 9 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft will be a free agent after the 2018 season instead of after 2019.

Had the Giants picked up the option, Flowers would have been on the books for $12.52 million in 2019, according to CBSSports.com. Flowers’ salary cap hit is $4.57 million in 2018 and the Giants do not save any money against the cap by releasing him.

The deadline for a decision was 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The league has not decided whether it will investigate the situation. We will discuss the matter with the club and make a decision in the next few days about what, if any, further steps we will take, an NFL spokesman told the Buffalo News. Brandon resigned as the Bills and Buffalo Sabres president on Tuesday. Brandon’s departure came after an internal investigation of Brandon’s workplace behavior and allegations of inappropriate relationships with female employees, Tim Graham of the Buffalo News reported.

The Cowboys used a fourth-round draft pick on Stanford tight end Dalton Schultz as well, which seemingly indicated the team was preparing for a post-Witten future. Schultz caught 55 passes for 555 yards and five touchdowns in three years with the Stanford Cardinal.

Dallas doesn’t have another clear replacement for Witten lined up, so Schultz may have an opportunity grab the starting job this offseason.

But the arm and upside mean Allen is likely expected to compete for the starting job right away after the Bills made a lateral move in free agency by signing a backup-caliber player in AJ McCarron. If Allen can pull it off, he’ll get to work with a somewhat interesting core of LeSean McCoy, Kelvin Benjamin and Charles Clay. 

Seemingly lost in the shuffle is No. 16 pick Tremaine Edmunds, a linebacker who will have to not only come in and start right away but assume a leadership role in the middle of the defense. 

Considered a great value in the third round, defensive tackle Harrison Phillips out of Stanford will join the Cheap Dog Jerseys rotation behind 34-year-old Kyle Williams to bolster Cheap Custom Hockey Jerseys the unit so Edmunds’ and Co. can go to work. 

Broncos Decline Shane Ray’s 5th-Year Contract Option

The Denver Broncos declined the fifth-year contract option on linebacker Shane Ray’s rookie deal Wednesday, according to Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic.

The option would have been worth $9.232 million for the 2019 season.

This was a surprise for the linebacker, who was confident about remaining a part of the team when he told Jhabvala on April 20:

Similarly, the Raiders will want to see some instant flashes from P.J. Hall, a 6’1, 310-pound interior disruptor who blazed a 4.73 40-yard dash at his pro day. Arden Key out of LSU should start seeing some action as a sub-package rusher immediately as well, with his ability off the edge paired with Khalil Mack something offensive coordinators will have to worry about weekly. 

We can’t know the future for defensive tackle Maurice Hurst, who fell to the fifth round because of a heart condition. But he’s worth a mention because he boasts first-round traits, so anything at all from him should register as a bonus. 

Anderson faces a potential NFL -imposed suspension as a result of the two arrests. The NFL usually waits until a player’s legal cases have concluded before it hands down a suspension.

Eagles’ Tim Jernigan out 4-6 months, contract restructured; is his roster spot in jeopardy?

Tim Jernigan’s injury is more serious than initially thought. Now, his future with the Eagles could be in jeopardy.

Jernigan had surgery on a herniated disc earlier this week and was reportedly set to miss some portion of off-season camp. It will be much longer than that.

The 25-year-old defensive tackle will be out 4-6 months as he recovers from the surgery. Jernigan is unlikely to Cheap Bruins Jerseys be available for the team’s season-opener on Sept. 6 and could open up the season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, per an ESPN report.

No. 11 pick Minkah Fitzpatrick Cheap Basketball Jerseys UK arrives as an instant starter at nickel corner, his 6’0, 204-pound frame with quick-twitch athleticism allowing him to spar with bigger slot receivers if necessary and do versatile things like rush the passer well. 

Can Jets’ Teddy Bridgewater prove he is healthy when it actually matters?

Jets  general manager  Mike Maccagnan went on WFAN on Tuesday and said quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is healthy and threw passes earlier in the day. 

The Jets on Tuesday began the second phase of their offseason workout program, so it is somewhat encouraging that Bridgewater was out there throwing the ball around. 

It’s not a glamorous position, but they are very important. The problem for both of these schools is they don’t have any kicker prospects this year. If Florida’s Eddy Pineiro (Kiper’s No. 2 kicker) gets drafted, the Gators will have had two place-kickers taken in the past five years.

Having 270 draft picks over the past five years is insane, and the SEC has led all conferences in draft picks each of the past 11 years and has had 50 first-round picks since 2013. Also, consider the fact that the SEC finished with 12 total top-10 recruiting classes in 2014 and 2015, and during those two years the SEC also signed 162 ESPN 300 members. That just means more southern talent is going to get snatched up this weekend.

Tampa Bay ranked dead last against the pass last year, so Vea will need to free up McCoy to apply pressure while a pair of rookies reinforces a suffering secondary in a division featuring Matt Ryan, Drew Brees and Cam Newton.

The Tennessee Titans decided to go with a plug-and-play starter in the first round with one of their four draft picks, selecting Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans. 

Evans, a typical Nick Saban thumper, should hold down one of the two interior linebacker spots and put his solid sideline-to-sideline speed on display right away. He’s going to need to arrive and make the Titans forget about the loss of free-agent Avery Williamson. 

If healthy and used consistently, Harold Landry out of the Cheap Authentic NHL Jerseys second round could have a big impact as a rotational rusher. If he’s good enough, he might be able to Cheap Authentic Baseball Jerseys edge a veteran like Brian Orakpo or Derrick Morgan out of the way in the snaps department.