Jordan Greer: Beckham, not so much because of what he can gain, but because of what Leonard can lose.

Leonard plays for one of the most successful franchises in NBA history and arguably the greatest coach the league has ever seen. But it’s not just what Leonard could give up on the court — there is a huge financial component. The Spurs could offer Leonard a supermax contract worth $219 million to keep him in San Antonio through 2024. That is a significant advantage over every other team. Beckham could easily find a better situation. Leonard? That’s less certain.

corrected OBJ graphicTadd Haislop: Beckham is phenomenal, no doubt, but his only exceptional trait is his ability to catch the football. That, of course, is his primary job as a wide receiver, so it works for him. Leonard has many jobs on the basketball court, and he does all of them at an All-NBA level. Considering the size difference and the all-round ability of Leonard in his sport — we doubt Beckham would be an effective pass-rusher, for example — the NBA star is the answer.

Great! The efficiency of pitcher usage is improving. We have more hard-throwing young relievers than ever. Often, they are a faceless, nameless lot, and because of their sheer quantity, they feel almost interchangeable. You might go to a game and see your team shut out the opponent on three hits with 15 strikeouts. It might take five pitchers to do it. A week later, you can’t remember who pitched.

What we are losing in this process is clear. We’re losing the man-to-man pitching matchups that used to so fixate us. We look at a table of pitching probables that might tell us that Jose Quintana is pitching against Alex Wood that day, but it’s not completely true. The Cubs are playing against the Dodgers, and the Cheap Baseball Jerseys Kids pitchers are squaring off against their own pitch counts.

Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean that we won’t have Verlanders in the future. It just means that they will be Cheap Authentic NBA Jerseys that much more special.

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. 

Robby Anderson charged with misdemeanor for Jan. 19 arrest

New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson will not face felony charges stemming from his arrest in Sunrise, Florida, on Jan. 19, according to online court records.

He was charged with a single misdemeanor count of reckless driving on Friday, according to the records.

Anderson enjoyed a breakout season with the Jets, as he led the team with 941 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. He made the team in 2016 as an undrafted free agent out of Temple.

Arizona clinched a series victory against the Dodgers with a 6-1 win at Chase Field on Tuesday, when right-hander Zack Godley completed the D-backs’ first turn through the rotation by out-pitching Clayton Kershaw, who is 0-2 for the first time since 2009.

Godley became the first Arizona starter to work into the seventh inning this season, giving up one run on four hits while striking out three and walking one. He used 96 pitches, and the Dodgers were 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. Godley struck out Matt Kemp on a breaking ball with a runner on third base and two outs in the sixth inning while holding a 2-1 lead.

Arizona (4-1) will look to complete a three-game sweep when opening day starter Patrick Corbin (1-0) faces Alex Wood (0-0). Only one D-backs starter has given up more than three runs in his first start.

The Yankees, after coming up just one game short of the World Series last October, were destined to be a contender this year. That was before adding Giancarlo Stanton and rounding out the roster with depth in almost every position.

From a talent perspective, there’s few teams (Astros Dodgers Cubs Nationals ) that even belong in the conversation with this current rendition of the Bronx Bombers. But for ex-Yankees superstar turned ESPN Sunday Night Baseball analyst Alex Rodriguez, it’s even bigger than that.

During last week’s Yankees-Twins spring training telecast on ESPN, Rodriguez said Cheap Jerseys Elite this about the current team: It’s the most talent I’ve ever seen on a Yankee team.

Considering that A-Rod play on the 2009 World Series championship team in the Cheap Jerseys Coupon Code Bronx, it’s a huge claim and shows how good this team can be.

Falcons adding guard Brandon Fusco

The Falcons can’t do too much in free agency until they deal with quarterback Matt Ryan’s contract, but they got him some protection.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Falcons have signed veteran guard Brandon Fusco to a three-year deal.

Fusco, 29, spent last year with the 49ers after ing his first six years with the Vikings.

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This is hardly a silver bullet for Burfict (assuming he tested positive for a stimulant like Adderall), since he reportedly took two different prescription medications, one for a concussion and one for a shoulder injury. Stimulants like Adderall typically aren’t used in the treatment of a shoulder injury.

Dickson spent the last four seasons with the Panthers as a complement to Greg Olsen. He took on a bigger role while Olsen was injured last season and finished the year with 30 catches for 437 yards and a touchdown. Dickson, who spent the first four seasons of his career with the Ravens, has 178 catches for 1,985 yards and 12 touchdowns for his career.

With Jimmy Graham headed to Green Bay and Luke Willson also set for free agency, Nick Vannett and Tyrone Swoopes are the only tight ends currently under contract in Seattle.

Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell on Friday announced the departures of two seldom-used Cheap Jerseys America reserves, a pair of transfers that could lead to a highly regarded point guard Cheap Ireland Jerseys prospect to join the 2018 incoming recruiting class.

Intrinsic to the math is that teams will continue to use the standard five-man rotation.

At least one, the Los Angeles Angels, stated they’re going with a six-man starting staff.

Once Gretzky hit 30, his shots per game, and thus his goals per game, dropped considerably. After Gretzky’s first full season as a 30-year-old (1991-92), he didn’t score 40 goals again and had just two 30-goal seasons. I don’t think Ovechkin will have the same erosion.

After a hot start, Ovechkin cooled off and finished with 33 goals in 82 games, one more than his lowest total for a full-length season (32 in 2010-11). That left him with 558 career goals as he finished his 31-year-old season. Ovechkin would need 337 goals to pass Gretzky’s record of 894.

This might be a little bullish, but it is the final season I have Ovechkin with a 50-goal-plus season, and it is only a year away. Some years, everything can go your way when it comes to scoring. Having one more big season from Ovechkin would help his chances.

Arrieta can opt out of the deal after two seasons, but the Phillies can void that opt-out clause if they first trigger a two-year extension to make the pact a five-year deal, according to FanRag Sports.

That two-year extension would start at $20 million per season but could be worth up to $30 million based on the number of starts Arrieta makes in the first two seasons of the deal and Cy Young Award finishes in those seasons, FanRag Sports reported.

Arrieta is the second major free agent added by the Phillies this offseason. The Cheap Blue Jays Jerseys team signed first baseman Carlos Santana to a three-year, $60 million contract in December.

Arrieta, 32, had a strong second half of 2017 leading into free agency, as he compiled a 2.28 post-All-Star break ERA. That kind of production was reminiscent of his historic second half in 2015, when his ERA was a minuscule 0.75. That helped garner him a Cy Young Award and a reputation as a Cheap Custom Jerseys big-game pitcher who gets better as the season progresses.

“The appropriate standard and mechanism for considering it is up to each individual.

I think some of the arguments against it frankly are silly. People will say, ‘Ty Cobb spiked someone and was not a nice man, and he’s in the Hall of Fame.’ Standards evolved. We’re Basketball Jerseys Custom right in the middle now of a major revision of social standards in our own country that we read about every day.”

“I think each person has to make his own judgment based on his own standards. Every day in this country, juries deal with the individual liberty of citizens based on their code of what a reasonable man would do in these circumstances. It does impose upon your judgment. It does require you to search your conscience and ask what your values are. There isn’t a cookie cutter way to do it.”

As the Hall prepares to welcome Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and the rest of its 2018 class Wednesday, ESPN.com spoke with Mitchell about the long-term impact of his report, the challenges baseball faces in trying to stamp out performance-enhancing drugs and the debate that continues to rage among voters on all sides of the issue.

George Mitchell: “I don’t have any comment on that. I’ll just say we stand by every word of our report. We think it is a relevant subject. I think [steroid use] should be a factor in the voting. It’s up to each person voting. I’m not saying the three criteria set out by Joe Morgan are the only ones that should be used. That’s his personal judgment. I have great admiration and respect for him, but each voter must decide on his or her own. I think our report has stood the test of time.

“The most important thing in my judgment is that baseball — the owners, commissioner and players — have taken it seriously. When we did our investigation, the Players Association was adamantly opposed and actively discouraged players from cooperating, and most of them didn’t cooperate. I made the argument to the players that there were a minority who were cheating, and the principal Cheap NFL Jerseys Paypal victims were the majority who did not cheat.

Concussion Legacy Foundation CEO and co-founder Chris Nowinski said this kind of thinking is a flaw.

In the Sunday night game, Derek Carr threw for 300 yards and a touchdown, Marshawn Lynch ran for two scores and weathered a late push from the Miami Dolphins to claim a 27-24 win. Miami Cheap Authentic Jerseys From China recovered an early surprise onside kick and intercepted Carr once, but couldn’t convert either opportunity into points.

Passing a sideline concussion test does not mean a player didn’t suffer a concussion. Players can experience a concussion but not show symptoms until the next morning, and they would still be at risk of suffering the grave consequences of a second concussion. Nowinski said teams and doctors need to be more aggressive in holding out players.

“If they show signs of concussion like holding their head after impact and you cannot find another reason why they would hold their head, you have to assume concussion and you cannot clear them,” Nowinski said. “I’ve talked to a lot of doctors. No one can come up with any reason why his hands would go to his head and drop to his side and not move, other than a concussion.”

Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, said both Colts medical staff and independent docots continued to monitor throughout the game, in adherence with the NFL’s unstated policy. Brissett only experienced symptoms after he had showered and was ready to leave the stadium, Sills said.

“It sounds like if you pass the protocol, you’re forced to put him back in,” Nowinski said. “We need to know what kind of guidance [independent doctors] are given. Are any NFL players kept Cheap Barcelona Jerseys out just in case? Or are we just accepting [several players] are going to show symptoms after the fact, and thank god they survived?”

Sills disagreed with the notion a replay could provide clear evidence of a concussion. “There is no medical professional or scientific body in the world that would say that video is alone is sufficient to cause a concussion,” Sills said.

In some cases, the protocol protects such players. On Sunday, the Redskins announced wide receiver Ryan Grant had cleared tests after his head bounced off the turf. And yet trainers escorted him to the locker room, and he stayed out of the game and remained in the recovery protocol this week.

Reason for hope: The defense is an absolute monster.

Entering Sunday’s game, the Vikings had held four of their previous six opponents under 10 points, and two of those opponents were the Rams and the Falcons. They allowed the fewest points per game and fewest yards per game of any team in the league. They had the second-best third-down defense and the second-best goal-to-go defense. You wish they were better at generating turnovers (just 19 all season entering Sunday), but the defense is so good at limiting opponents in so many situations that it should keep the Vikings in every game.

Reason for concern: Since they didn’t secure the No. 1 seed, the prospect of having to win an outdoor game in Philadelphia to advance to the Super Bowl (which would be in their own home stadium, by the way) looms large. And as great as Case Keenum’s story and season have been, we haven’t seen him tested under playoff pressure.

But perhaps this is a sign of what’s to come. Certainly, Toronto spent all offseason focusing on a changed approach that prioritized a quicker pace and, yes, more threes. DeRozan is slowly but surely joining the revolution.

Reason for concern: Same as for a lot of teams in this NFC field — inexperience. Jared Goff has been an NFL starter for a season and a half. Gurley is a third-year player. The wideouts and tight ends are a young, inexperienced group. And there’s also the fact that no other potential playoff team but Tennessee entered Week 17 with more turnovers than the Rams’ 19. The margin for error shrinks this time of year.

X factor: Aaron Donald. The Rams’ all-world defensive tackle is the kind of player you just feel is built for the playoffs. He might be the best defensive player in the league, he’s looking for a big new contract, and there just aren’t many interior offensive linemen who can Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap handle him. Donald is Wade Phillips’ game-wrecker, the way Von Miller was for the Broncos on their Super Bowl run two years ago.

I’ve grown up in football all my life and my dad went through some times at the University of Minnesota where it wasn’t very good and they weren’t saying very good things, Gutekunst said. The one thing I learned about that, usually (for) the guy in the chair it’s not as Basketball Jerseys hard to take. You worry about your family.